In this episode, vandweller suggests that many players are mis-using ICM tools such as SNG Wizard. Rejecting the time-wasting "passive" method of learning, he breaks down the push-fold decision into its component factors. He offers an active, rational way to evaluate these factors in real-time and introduces an original small-blind bubble shove chart.
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Tis cool man, awesome vid btw, loving it. Especially liking the interactive nature of using the chart alongside the vid to get accustomed to it, just want my hungry mits on it now, save me from making retarded sb shoves on the bubble forever more hopefully, godspeed and welcome to DC.
I think they are still asleep over on the west coast, so I'm going to just post my own links to the chart and the little excel helper calculator...
Helper Calc: http://www.pokervan.net/uploads/1/1/0/1/1101451/sngcalc.xls
Vandweller is Jeff Garlin or he just sounds like him?
Heh. I recorded this video about a week after some emergency surgery, so I think my voice was still a little raspy just from general weakness and the fact that my throat was irritated during surgery by the breathing tube. And it just gets weaker and hoarser as the video continues. Hopefully I'll get back to normal soon.
You mentioned adjusting the chart for antes but didn't really go into detail. Do you just add up the antes and add them onto the blinds or do you have another method?
In general, and as an approximation, to adjust from a no-ante structure to an ante-structure, take the total preflop pot (the blinds plus the total antes) and multiply by 2/3 (or divide by three and multiply by two, if that's how you think). That's your "adjusted BB". Then proceed strategically as if that is the amount of the BB.
So for example, let's say it's the 100/200 25a level on Stars, it's 4-handed, and you have a 10BB stack. The total preflop pot is 100+200+(4*25), or 400. 400 x 2/3 = 266. You would then have 2000/266 or about 7.5ABB. Proceed then as if you had 7.5BB.
As I said it's an approximation and there are differences between playing with 7.5 real BB and 7.5 ABB, but it's pretty darn close. For purpose of measuring reward on the chart, however, it's the same.
(The main difference in playing in actual games is that you will have a larger stack in absolute terms with a 7.5ABB stack than a 7.5BB stack, which means you will generally have more equity at risk. This is counterbalanced to an extent by the fact that when you shove, you are shoving a larger stack at your opponents who will consequently have to be calling tighter.)
Incidentally you can do the same kind of adjustment in a no-ante structure when it's your turn to consider shoving, but because of a bustout, there is no small blind. Just take the amount of the BB and multiply by 2/3. That's your adjusted BB. So, if you are on the button, and there is no SB. The BB is 200 and you have 1200 chips. 200 x .66 = 132. 1200/132 = about 9ABB. So you would then shove as if you had 9BB.