You have been playing well for hours and finally make the final table of a tournament. This is an opportunity you do NOT want to squander – but your results at this point are governed by luck, preparation, and mental game. The truth is, if you don’t prepare correctly, you are left relying on luck – and I don’t ever want luck to be the leg you stand on!
So today I want to share the best resource for preparing yourself for crushing final tables. And to make your life even easier, I’m going to lay out your study plan too. Continue reading
Over the last year I have released three poker workbooks. These are first-of their kind workbooks that guide you through the hand reading/range building process and layout the kind of intense study that most players know they truly need.
That being said, I get an endless amount of emails that go something like this:
“I just bought your workbook. There is no answer key and I have zero idea if I am doing these exercises correctly.
What am I supposed to be getting from this?”
That seemed like the perfect kind of thing to write an article about. So here are a bunch of the major takeaways you should be getting from every exercise you complete…
Ace-high is always tricky. Any Ace-high hand, even Ace King, is going to miss the flop completely and end up as nothing more than high card more often than not. But solid players understand when Ace-high actually has showdown value. They know when to ditch this hand and when to call it down facing postflop pressure. So today, I’d like to take you behind the play and show you the ranges and assumptions that make calling down with Ace-high a profitable play.
This is the final table of an $82 online tournament. Starting off, let’s plug the basic information into HRC. We see that our 75BB stack is worth 17% of the prize pool given that we are 3rd in chips. Also take notice that the chip leader in the big blind, even though they have an almost 50BB lead over us, only has 21% of the prize pool. And finally, we are playing for $1,800 up top and we are guaranteed $440 if we bust this hand.
My goal, when I started creating these workbooks, was to help players like you develop your hand reading skill set through guided exercises. To help you work through the same repetitions that I did when I was growing as a player. To help you explore the spots that impact your win rate in every session. And to layout your poker study so that you always know what to work on.
Today, we’re going to finish up the final instalment; part 4. We’re going to analyze the river of this hand 15 from the Hand Reading Workbook for Live Players: Volume 1. If you haven’t already checked out parts 1, 2 and 3, please check them out first. We analyzed the preflop action and range, flop action and range, turn action range, so of course, today we’re talking about the river.
If you need a quick refresher to remember where we are in this hand, the cutoff opened $10. We called on the button. The SB called as well. We analyzed small blind’s range at that point. The SB decided to lead out for $20 on JJ7. We raised to $60. They decided to call. Of course, now we are analyzing the turn.
Welcome to part 2 of dissecting hand 15 from the Hand Reading For Life Players Workbook: Volume 1. If you haven’t seen part one of this video series yet, please pause this and go watch that first. Otherwise, a lot of the things we’re going to talk about today just simply won’t make a tremendous amount of sense. So start with part 1 first.
If you’re here, exactly where you need to be, today we’re going to talk all about the flop range. We’re going to analyze the exact action the SB takes, exactly what range we think they did that with, and, of course, talk about tips and tricks that you can use to hand read better when you’re actually playing and making these decisions in real-time. So without further ado, let’s jump right in to it.
This begins a complete series all about hand reading. We’ll dissect an entire hand history and assign a fish’s range on every street. If this is your first time doing this, this may seem complex and severely confusing. You are not alone. But this process gets easier with practice and eventually becomes a skill you can do in real-time while actually playing!
Hand reading is the lifeblood of poker. Good players are always working to assign correct ranges throughout a hand, and the best players can narrow their opponent’s range with great precision. If you are not already working to hand read better in your 6max games – you are leaving heaps of money on the table.
To help you improve your hand reading skillset faster (or refine it if you are already pretty solid at it), I put together this range building video series for you. In it, we go street-by-street through a hand at 50NL 6max dissecting ranges and breaking down the logic and framework every step of the way. And don’t get blinded by the fact that we have KK – because hand reading becomes even MORE important when that damn Ace falls on the river! Continue reading
To help you improve your range building process I created this mini-series where we dissect a hand together – going street-by-street and action-by-action to assign precise ranges. This is the actual process I use when studying poker off-table and exactly how my brain processes information in real-time…and you will get stronger with it the more you practice assigning ranges.