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How To Use Blockers When Counting Combos

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Hand reading is the cornerstone of solid poker. When you know what your opponent has, it’s far easier to apply pressure, hero call correctly, and take more profitable lines. Combos and blockers are huge assets when it comes hand reading, and when you have this skill hammered down you can dissect their range with absolute precision.

Let’s start by talking about blockers. A blocker is something that is very, very useful to understand when you’re counting combos, but if you don’t either of these two terms are let’s start with quick definitions: Continue reading

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Why A Math-Driven Approach To Poker Is Powerful

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Poker is a game of math. The math can range from simple things like figuring out the size of the pot to very complex things like calculating the EV of multi-street plays. But poker is also a social/psychological game where tells, psychology, and dynamics come into play. Players that approach the game solely through the social lens are just as much missing a crucial element as players that solely approach the game mathematically. Like most things, balance is required to be a well-rounded player who can thrive at any table.

While most math-based players understand the value in the social side of the game (albeit, usually not giving it the credence it deserves – myself included years ago), social-focused players tend to ignore much of math side of the game. This is normally due to the fear that the math will be too complex, too cumbersome, and maybe even too nerdy. Continue reading

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How To Think About Ranges (Now With Pie!)

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Truth be told, I’m a very visual person. I’m also a very mathematically-oriented person. So being able to visualize math-based things is crucial for me when trying to learn and use something.

So when I began studying hand ranges and learning how to exploit various ranges, I created a simple model to help me visualize this stuff easier. And while many things in poker can be complex, I knew my model needed to be simple enough to use in real-time. Which is why I began visualizing poker ranges in pie charts.

Pie Charts In Poker

A pie chart is a simple circle that contains multiple pieces (and each piece looks like a piece of pie!), and when you add up all the pieces they equal 100% of the circle. So my idea was to look at the entire pie as the complete range my opponent has, and then to chunk that pie into pieces representing different kinds of hand strengths.

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Semi-Bluff Shove Poker Math

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There are very few things in poker that are more fun than shoving. And if you are considering doing more 5bet bluff shoving preflop or semi-bluff jamming postflop, then understanding the math behind it is crucial. In this video I explain when and how to expand the math to make sure you are solving the spot correctly. If you’d rather read the script of this video, read on below. Otherwise, turn the video to 720p and enjoy easy-to-digest complicated poker math!

(Save time and download my free EV spreadsheet to make these calculations MUCH quicker!)

Hello, and welcome to today’s Quick Plays video on advanced EV in poker. We’ve done another video on basic EV, but there are many situations in poker when a basic EV formula just doesn’t quite cut it. So in this video ill show you a more complex EV formula and how to use it with an example.

The basic EV formula we worked with in the past was EV = (%W*$W)-(%L*$L). So essentially what we stand the win multiplied by how often we’ll win…minus what we stand to lose multiplied by how often we’ll lose. If this seems confusing at all, please first watch the basic EV poker video and then come back to this one. Continue reading

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