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    Hi all - not sure who has done the tournament masterclass but on the flop section Jonathan talks about building your ranges such that you bet premium/draws with a ration of 1:2 and check marginal/ junk 70:30. My question is though, when playing tournaments why does this matter as getting to the flop and betting enough times with the same players in order to make you seem that polarised would just take a long time to do. Am I missing the point?

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    This is just a balanced strategy to play against everyone until you find out what your opponents do incorrectly, then adjust.

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    • #3
      It doesn't really matter what we "seem" to be doing from our opponent's point of view.

      If we are sticking to this strategy then are fairly unexploitable and won't be making many mistakes.

      We should only start deviating from this once we've identified a mistake our opponents are making and we look to exploit them.

      If you are betting 2 premiums for every 1 draw on the flop then even if your opponent does not know this but they are playing the correct strategy themselves, then they will profit against you in the long run. This is known as passive-exploitation.

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      • #4
        So taking this on a little further and in to the range analyser. Is the expectation that at the table we quickly categories all the hands in our head in to premium, draws, marginal and junk? That sees like a tough job to do so from memory against all the charts for different stacks and positions. How do you guys approach these situations at the table, and also remember when you have then bet as per the ratios above? Am just curious about how I can start making this implementable.

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        • #5
          I'd find it impossible to think through my entire range and categorise each hand in play. Especially when multitabling online.

          This is exactly why we study situations away from the table. When I'm playing a hand I don't know what my exact range looks like, but through practice I've got a fairly good idea of where my current holdings would fit into my entire range and can play accordingly.

          There is no magic solution. The key is extensive study and practice.

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          • #6
            The most important for me is to have a very balanced style when playing. It's essential to remain focus and to keep the same betting and checking strategy. This is a very safe way to win in poker. I used this method and won around 300$ in two hours. I play on platforms from https://www.noaccountscasino.nl/. The thing is that they are offering significant cashback that you can use again. Their poker rooms are fascinating. I play every day after work, and for me, it's very relaxing. I would like to participate in a tournament like this.
            Last edited by kurtbronj; 05-16-2021, 07:54 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kwisatz78 View Post
              So taking this on a little further and in to the range analyser. Is the expectation that at the table we quickly categories all the hands in our head in to premium, draws, marginal and junk? That sees like a tough job to do so from memory against all the charts for different stacks and positions. How do you guys approach these situations at the table, and also remember when you have then bet as per the ratios above? Am just curious about how I can start making this implementable.
              This is why you should practice doing that often. After you do it enough times in practice, you should be able to do it in game. Of course you will never be perfect, but the idea is to get as close as you can to how the solvers would be in the situation.

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