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Learning No-Limit From Scratch ­- It’s About Ranges, Not Hands: Part II

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 10, 2015


In part one, I discussed how to estimate your opponent’s range. In this column, I’ll discuss some of the ways in which you can utilize your read of your opponent’s range to develop a clearer edge. Hand ranges are often discussed in poker literature, but most players don’t vary their play enough based on their opponent’s ranges. Once you’ve determined his range, you need to establish the best play against that specific range. And that doesn’t mean that you should make those determinations based on the percentage chance that you currently have the best hand. These determinations need to be based on how your hand performs expected value-wise (EV-wise) against the totality of his range. A simplistic example of this concept is calling an all-in player with Q-Q when you know his range is A-A, K-K, or A-K. He has 12 combinations of better pairs (AA-KK) and 16 combinations of ...

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