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Head Games: Understanding and Using Hand Polarization to Your Best Advantage Preflop and Beyond With Reid Young, Jeff Gross, and Simon Jonas

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: May 13, 2015

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Craig Tapscott: When a player’s hand range is polarized, it means they are acting in such a way that their probable hand range is divided between two options – either very strong or very weak. Can you share how you polarize an opponent’s hand range preflop in terms of your decision to call, three-bet, and so forth? Reid Young: Preflop, ranges are not so easily defined as polar or linear. Because there are unrevealed board cards, the complexity of poker typically impedes use of static terms like “polarized” and “linear” to make set categories for hands preflop. However, particularly in deeper-stacked confrontations, situations where players want to negate a positional disadvantage, players want to exploit an equity advantage with a powerful hand (and bluff accordingly), and players want to prevent implied odds afforded to other players, preflop ranges should be defined as polar. With deeper stacks, reraising out of position ...


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