June 28, 2010

Notes from SSNL v1

  • There are only 2 ways to make money in poker; 1. make the best hand 2. steal the pot
  • All hands have 2 kinds of equity; 1.showdown equity 2. steal equity
  • When the combination of steal and showdown equity is good you should play, if it is bad you should fold
  • Remember the questions you should ask yourself at every decision:
  1. How do I plan to make money in this situation?
  2. What is my showdown equity?
  3. What is my steal equity?
  4. Which one will be more likely to make me money?
  5. And how should I plan my play to make the most of the equity I have?
  • Avoid playing speculative hands unless you expect to have significant steal equity.
  • If you have low steal equity, you need high showdown equity otherwise you should fold
  • Several basic factors help you steal. They include:
  1. Position.
  2. Stacks deep enough that opponents aren.’t likely to commit with one pair.
  3. Fewer players, making running into a big hand less likely.
  4. Nonaggressive or timid opponents.
  5. An image conducive to stealing.
  • If you hope to generate a meaningful edge, you have to adopt a more complete strategy. You have to bluff and play hands for value. You have to read hands. You have to adjust to your opponents.You have to exploit others while you avoid getting exploited.
  • The difference between a break-even player and a modestly successful pro is one blind steal per 100 hands.
  • If both blind players fold to a steal about 80 percent of the time or more, you can reasonably open any hand on the button and expect to make a profit. Against players who play roughly the same strategy against a small or a large steal raise, raise small.
  • Choose small steal-raise sizes against players who like to 3-bet. Choose large steal-raise sizes against players who like to call and then play fit or fold.
  • When stealing against players who often 3-bet when they defend, choose a small bet size and trim the worst offsuit hands from your range.
  • Against players who defend often, but who usually defend by calling and who play fit or fold postflop, choose a large bet size and open with most of your hands.
  • Calling stations force you to tighten up your stealing range. But against them you can choose larger raise sizes and value bet more aggressively after the flop If the big blind folds more than about 60 percent of the time, open every hand from the small blind.
  • Barrelling - a basic outline of the generic optimal strategy is to bet a large percentage of hands on the flop, bet a smaller percentage on the turn.—weighted toward betting good hands for value and betting some draws as semibluffs for balance.—and bet a smaller percentage still on the river in a polarized fashion.—strong hands and terrible hands for balance.
  • Deviate from the generic optimal strategy only consciously and only when it benefits you.
  • When you.’ve raised preflop, ace-high flops are prime candidates for a continuation bet. But if your flop bet is called and you still have garbage on the turn, continuing the bluff will usually be unprofitable.
  1. Play Tight - don't play trash, play tighters vs a raise
  2. Don't play OOP
  3. Don't Overcommit in Small Pots
  4. Big Pots for Big hands - swing for the fences, try to play for stacks
  5. Pull the Trigger
  6. Adjust to your opponents - classify players
  7. Keep your Head in the game

Posted By Acombfosho at 10:22 AM


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