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September 6, 2011 by  
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August 30, 2011 by  
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No Limit Hold’em: The Importance of Position on the Turn

August 24, 2011 by  
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No Limit Hold’em: The Importance of Position on the Turn

We all know by now the importance of position in No Limit Hold’em, and just by sensibly acquainting ourselves with the numerous implications of being in or out of position in the more common types of situation we can make a significant improvement to our game.

Here we shall touch upon considerations we should give to position in certain scenarios at the Turn stage of betting. The turn is a particularly awkward phase to play because by this stage the field has been whittled down to those players who believe that they have a realistic chance of winning the pot, whether this is through the strength of a made hand, draws or by way of a bluff. But of course there is usually only one winner, so how the players act on the turn plays a vital role in deciding who emerges with the chips, and whether or not players have made the best of their circumstances – do we get the most out of the pots we win and – equally important – do we get away with losing as little as possible when we don’t succeed in taking a pot?

Regardless of what our strategy has been during a hand then, depending on what the turn brings, we might find ourselves having to change tactics, and we must also look at the action (or otherwise) on the turn in terms of how the card might have affected the opposition’s play. Clearly, with only a limited amount of time to act, it helps to have in mind what we might do in response to certain cards appearing that are related to both our own hands and those we put our opponents on. We need to get used to thinking along these lines rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted while ‘waiting’ for our time to act – it’s not possible to concentrate ‘too much’ during a hand, and there’s no excuse for realising that we made a mistake moments after the hand has gone pear-shaped when we could have worked it out when it mattered and acted accordingly (of course we should be concentrating throughout a hand – even those we’re not involved in!).

For instance if a scare card comes on the turn we need to weigh up for whom the card has more meaning. It might not help us, but may also not help our opponent, who could well me more afraid of its arrival than we are.   Consequently the matter of position here is crucial. Let’s say the card brings a third heart that could have filled someone’s flush (but not us). The choices afforded us by being in position are very helpful indeed. Factoring in our opponent’s tendencies both in this hand and in previous play, we can respond to a check, for example, by checking behind if we judge that by betting we might run into a spoiling check-raise. Alternatively, if this opponent has shown a willingness to back down, then we can instead bet and most likely take the pot if doing so fits in with how the betting has panned out thus far (and, hopefully, is believable in terms of our table image). Even if out of position it might be possible to exploit these same factors by betting if it appears that assuming the initiative will induce a fold. However, such a play brings with it some danger, highlighting the problem of being out of position in this typical scenario. First, this being a game of information, having to act first means that to avoid being in the dark we need to invest more money, yet even when we do bet we are not going to be much wiser if our opponent merely calls – in fact the problem could be compounded if the river fails to help or further adds to the confusion and again we are first to act. On the other hand, if we check the turn and are faced with a bet, this ‘information’ could mean completely different things – our opponent might have filled a flush or the bet could be a total bluff that might see us folding the stronger hand, while it is also quite feasible that it is a genuine bet with another made hand. This example well illustrates the implications of position at the crucial stage of a hand. Of course it helps to be in position, but the more we appreciate its significance the more opportunities we will come across if it is apparent the opposition doesn’t fully understand the concept.

Having position on the turn also gives us more influence on pot control, so that we can call/bet/raise and so on according to the relative strength of our hand. Acting first might mean having to check-call with a decent but not great hand, for example. With the same hand when in position we can simply check behind to keep the pot at an acceptable level in order to be able to make an affordable call on the river. This has the advantage of inducing a bluff and thus earning more from the pot than if we had bet the turn (thus running the risk of running into a hefty check-raise).

With a not so good hand that we probably won’t want to invest further in should the river not help, then it is prudent to give way to any aggression on the turn rather than planlessly waste a bet.

Some players don’t like to check with a decent hand out of position because of the subsequent uncertainty in the event of having to deal with the opponent betting. Instead they bet out to hopefully take the pot against an opponent who simply believes this show of aggression, but to do this it helps if we feel that a further bet (bigger, as the pot is growing) will do the trick – otherwise the resulting bigger pot makes the river situation more urgent than the turn. Nevertheless, getting into the habit of being too passive doesn’t win pots, and betting here also has the advantage of earning value from those players who call (and are loathe to raise) with a weaker hand.

Positional considerations are key to turn play, and combining these with relevant factors will make a big difference to our results, especially if we haven’t before properly investigated this specific part of the game.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD)
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Wise Guys Results (15th – 21st August)

August 22, 2011 by  
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August 4, 2011 by  
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Bankroll Management

July 22, 2011 by  
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Bankroll Management

It’s time to revisit the important subject of Bankroll Management, so here are some guidelines. Obviously different people have different attitudes to risk, but while we should find criteria specific to our personality, it’s sensible to have a realistic minimum number of big-blinds or buy-ins (and it is reckless not to).

There are all sorts of theories and opinions, so the recommendations below are aimed at providing a starting point for those players yet to give bankroll management serious consideration, as well as those not happy with how they currently approach their poker quest. Bankroll requirements depend on what type of game(s) we prefer as some formats of poker generate more variance and so on than others, while a Fixed Limit cash game, for instance, is a completely different animal to a massive multi-player No Limit tournament.

For Fixed Limit cash games I would suggest a bankroll of at least 300 big bets, preferably closer to 500 or 600 if possible. After seeing only No Limit tournaments on TV, many new players assume Fixed Limit cash games offer great security due to the betting restriction, but big downswings are a part of the game, in fact.

As for No Limit cash games, some experienced players might be happy with a mere 10 buy-ins, but even 20 buy-ins is cutting it a bit short. Instead, having a bankroll of 40 or 50 buy-ins offers both greater security and flexibility, so that it is easier to move down levels if necessary, or step up for a shot at a higher level.

The world of Sit & Go tournaments is quite different again, with anything from 30 buy-ins necessary to help withstand the inevitable variance. The ‘V-word’ really makes its presence felt, however, in multi-table tournaments, which is why it is quite feasible if you intend to concentrate heavily on the rough and tumble of this exciting but often frustrating format to play in tournaments costing only 1/100th of your bankroll. Remember that there are various tournament types, with few or many participants (each requiring it’s own style), and note also that if this level of caution seems restrictive, a decent win can sky-rocket the bankroll in one evening!

Generally, be prudent and make adjustments when appropriate, and keep in mind that the whole process could take time, during which the cumulative experience will anyway augur well for when the time comes to move up a level. And somewhere along the line don’t be too proud to move down levels in order to maintain more comfortable bankroll control.

As in life, patience is key…

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD)
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May 20, 2011 by  
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POKER QUIZ

May 9, 2011 by  
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Wise Guys Results (2nd – 8th May)

May 9, 2011 by  
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