THE STRENGTH OF YOUR HAND
I – DEFINING THE STRENGTH OF A HAND
If we consider the hierarchy of starting hands is the height to which are your hole cards in this ranking. Over your hand beats a large number of combinations of starting the stronger it is.
A – WHY SELECT STARTING HIS HANDS?
Even if all the cards can win, your starting hand is decisive in the decisions that you will take. It is easier to bet big with a hand consisting of a pair of aces with a hand consisting of a 9 and with 2. There are 1,326 starting hands in Hold’em. The chances of having a good hand before the flop are very low. In a poker game you throw approximately 70% of the hands as they are not usable.
B – WHY NOT PLAY ALL HIS HANDS?
For a simple reason: it is not profitable . Even if we consider the miraculous flops that let you flop a full house with 7-2 or successful bluffs it is not enough to recoup all the times you lose money. The golden rule is to throw all the garbage without exception.
C – WHY NOT PLAY THE ACES AND KINGS?
- The blinds that you must pay each orbit make this losing strategy. You can not repay the money spent playing only these hands.
- Another explanation stems from the fact that you make your ultra readable game for your opponents. Playing AA and RR is playing only 0.90% of your starting hands. Your opponents will adapt. They will quickly unmask your strategy and seek to avoid you very quickly.
A point on the pairs of Aces
If this pair preflop reigns once the community cards revealed this is another story. Remember that you are beaten by at least 36 combinations set and two pair. There is only one way to play for long term winner: isolate your opponent !
II – YOUR POSITION FEATHERS FORCE YOUR HAND
This is a crucial factor in the course of a hand. One could almost say that everything revolves in a shot depending on your position. Apart from premium hands the playability of your hand depends on your position.
A – DEFINING THE CONCEPT OF POSITION
The position is where one is based on the button . In a table of 9 or 10 players, there are three positions.
• Beginning word: SB, BB, the player placed directly to the left, also called UTG or UTG +1.
• Middle floor: the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh players.
• End of speech: the eighth, ninth and tenth players
See the schematic in our chapter the course of a hand .
B – THE BENEFITS GRANTED BY THE POSITION
If certain starting hands deserve played in late position, these hands have no interest to be played in early position. The best position is in the button .Worst is under the gun – UTG to the left of the big blind is the first player to speak.
Poker is a game to incomplete information.
A major advantage of the position is to fill this gap by storing a maximum of information.
1. Information about your opponent’s hand
Preflop if you have an average hand like middle pair , if the first player who speaks recovery then you know it’s a lock, you can safely fold your pocket eights for example. Speaking after you can see his reaction after the flop revealed. Its action will be determined by the texture of the flop - board scary ,scary cards , flop dry …
Updates without providing information 2. Pay
You had the chance to convert your pair brelan through community cards. You can then decide to just follow your opponent and hope he will continue to focus on the next betting rounds . If you have a print you can also take this course to give him any information about your playing style
3. Being in position to take the initiative
Your opponent checks the flop that contains only low cards. You can decide to build him fold his hand. Your opponent makes a continuation bet every time he takes the initiative, almost automatically, you can opt for a reraise to do folder or come in a strong position on the turn.
4. Controlling the size of the pot
Example : You hit your top pair with Ace Jack. The river brings you two pair but full at the same time draw on. Be in a position allows you to procrastinate, not outbid by checking and so avoid facing an uncomfortable decision.
Money with her hand
5. Unlike the previous case if you are sure of your strength you are able to extract maximum value from your opponent. If it seeks a draw, made him pay a high price. If you know it will not fold his hand and tentatively put on the river, go all-in. The position is an advantage to make value bets .
C – DISADVANTAGES TO PLAY OUT OF POSITION
1. Lack of information
Thank you you are the moves of your opponents who will use the information you disclose. If you are flat wedged on a flop with various prints, it will be difficult for you to evaluate the strength of your hand on the turn. And this equation will prove impossible if you face several opponents.
2. Declining playable hands
You will see in the last part, the number of playable hands OPP fell sharply in early position. And because these are hands that do not reveal themselves profitable. The devil so King-Jack and Ace-Nine other early speech.
3. Risk recovery is high
Squeeze , 3 bet bluff, minraise … tools do not fail to test the strength of an opponent’s play out of position. The more players behind you is great more likely that such situations happening is high.
III – TABLE OF HAND-OUT
Note that there are far fewer hands played in early position in the end. If you do not play your hands at the beginning and middle of words, you are a giant step towards winning poker.
This information is based on modeling the action that took place before you and reading you your opponents, the size of the pot … Future articles will help you to refine these parameters. Playable hands depend on the number of players at the table.