Video Evaluation: Understanding Poker Ranges


January 21, 2021
Gareth James

In this video, MTT Poker School Head Coach Gareth James explains why it's important to connect the dots together to see what your range actually looks like for a particular line – in this case, a triple barrel!

James starts the video by encouraging you to hide your hole cards when checking hands to force yourself to think in terms of range rather than what you would do with your exact hand.

In the manual example, Hero opens from the CO and BB calls. You play about 50bb effectively. The flop is {j-Clubs} "style =" Bottom margin: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15{q-Diamonds} "style =" Edge-down: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15, Hero bets 1/4 pot and the BB calls. The turning point is {5-Clubs} "style =" Bottom margin: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15 and Hero bets 1.25x the pot and the BB calls. The river is that {k-Hearts} "style =" bottom margin: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15 and hero jams.

At this point, James encourages you to actively think about what your realm looks like and shows how easy it is to believe that your realm of values ​​is wider than it actually is by shaking off any strong hands you have in this situation could.

We could have Q7s, J7s, 75s, QJ, 77, 55, KK, QQ, AT, T9, AA, AK, KQ, KJ, K7s, K5s.

But not really!

James explains that we don't all have these hands for this 1/4 pot flop, 1.25x pot turn and river oververbet jam line. We wouldn't beat the turn {q-} "style =" margin-bottom: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15{q-} "style =" margin-bottom: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15For example if we block so much of the BB's call range. We wouldn't be overprayed either {k-} "style =" margin-bottom: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15{j-} "style =" margin-bottom: -3px; "width =" 25 "height =" 15 on the turn.

The most important thing he goes through in this video is to make sure you connect the dots from preflop to flow.

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Gareth James is the Head Coach and Founder of MTT Poker School and the lead instructor for MTT Game Changer, an interactive group coaching program aimed at MTT players and low and medium stakes bankrolls. Further information on group coaching and courses can be found here.