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  • Tournament Masterclass Betting and Checking

    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?

  • #2
    This is just a balanced strategy to play against everyone until you find out what your opponents do incorrectly, then adjust.


    • #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.


      • #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.


        • #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.