Aggressive poker is winning poker. But still, most players aren’t super comfortable going all-in preflop with less-than-premium hands. This is an effect of not understanding the EV of shoving preflop, especially since the EV (expected value) of going all-in can sometimes be a bit counterintuitive. So let’s go through a few examples together and see when getting it all-in preflop is totally profitable!
3-BET SHOVING WITH J9
This hand comes from Tim who wants to review this hand played in a tournament. In this hand we have J9s, there’s a $40 ante, the blinds are $150/$300, and in this exact situation there’s a raise from DIOGEN, it folds around and Tim decides to rip it.
The concept of blockers in poker has been around for a while but, until recently, it’s one that has been far more stressed in Omaha games. Lately, however, we’re seeing the concept applied more in Texas Hold’em as well. While the value of blockers may not be as high in Hold’em as it is in Omaha, they’re still well worth considering as a part of a greater overall gameplan.
Ace Queen can be a tricky hand to play. Especially as the action mounts, it can be tough to discern if AQ is strong enough to go all-in with, or if it’s smarter to just fold it and save your chips. Today we’ll look at an AQ hand together and see how our answers compare to over 1K other poker players – and see if going all-in with AQ is actually the best play…
I use many tools when analyzing poker hands away from the table…but one of my favorite tools is the fold equity calculator. This tool only requires a few simple inputs to give me information about how often my opponent needs to fold in order for me to run a bluff. This is super helpful when going all-in preflop, semi-bluffing draws postflop, and increasing your overall aggression.
This free video will show you what fold equity is, what a fold equity calculator is, and how to use this tool on your own. As always, if you are a reader make sure to check out the script below. Enjoy!
Hello, and welcome to today’s Quick Plays video on using a fold equity calculator. There are so many different poker tools available, but this is one tool that I use quite often. In this video, I’ll show you what a fold equity calculator is, how it’s useful, and show you how to use it with some examples!Continue reading
Folding AK (Ace King) preflop is not something I typically advise doing. But, there are some correct spots to do so which can help you avoid spewing money on nitty players. In this video, we’ll break down a hand from $2/$5 and see if making a big fold preflop was actually a huge mistake.
Along with the hand, Ray actually sent in a write-up as well. This is what Ray said: Continue reading