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  • Tournament Master Class Range Advantage

    Hello,

    I am currently taking the Tournament Master class and have a question regarding the Range Advantage Flow Chart. The flow chart says when we do NOT have the range advantage to bet larger. This confuses me, why are we betting large without the range advantage?

    I am visualizing a hand going like this: we open UTG to 2.5x and are called by the BB. Flop comes Jh 8c 5s. BB checks, why are we betting large (>50 pot)?

    Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    With a significant range advantage we generally bet with our entire range with a small size, because a large portion of our range is high equity combos, which means we have fewer "bluffs" and therefore we need to size down. Also with a range advantage it means villain has relatively few high equity combos and will have a hard time meeting MDF vs a small bet unless they correctly float with some low equity hands.

    Without the range advantage we generally are polarizing when we bet, betting only our strongest made hands and higher equity bluffs, with this composition we get to bet large. When villain has many high equity hands in their range giving them the range advantage we want to get maximum value with our nuts and put maximum pressure on their strong non-nut hands with our bluffs.

    Worth noting we generally stop betting large when we also have a very significant nut disadvantage, because a strong player will recognize this spot and put us in a bad spot by raising a ton

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dilly View Post
      With a significant range advantage we generally bet with our entire range with a small size, because a large portion of our range is high equity combos, which means we have fewer "bluffs" and therefore we need to size down. Also with a range advantage it means villain has relatively few high equity combos and will have a hard time meeting MDF vs a small bet unless they correctly float with some low equity hands.

      Without the range advantage we generally are polarizing when we bet, betting only our strongest made hands and higher equity bluffs, with this composition we get to bet large. When villain has many high equity hands in their range giving them the range advantage we want to get maximum value with our nuts and put maximum pressure on their strong non-nut hands with our bluffs.

      Worth noting we generally stop betting large when we also have a very significant nut disadvantage, because a strong player will recognize this spot and put us in a bad spot by raising a ton
      So even though in my example BB has more Jx hands in their range, we have more nut hands like AA, KK, QQ, 88 and bet large to punish their Jx, correct? Then we balance out our high equity overpairs with bluffs and bet a large size because we are polarized. (Just trying to make sure I am understanding, sorry if this is pretty basic).

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      • Dilly
        Dilly commented
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        You need to look at who has a greater percentage of strong hands within their range, not just who has more combos. In the example you gave, if we look at 40BB ranges, the UTG player has a huge range advantage (60%). UTG has all the strong TP, all the overpairs, and all the sets, and these combos make up a much larger portion of their entire range. BB is defending basically all the suited combos so even though they have more top pair combos, and they have some two pair combos, because their entire range is very wide including a lot of total air, they're at a disadvantage. On this board we could almost certainly bet our entire range small, but because we also probably have a nut advantage (overpairs being pretty nutted on this board, having all the sets, only disadvantage is not having all the 2pair,) and because villain has good connectivity (a lot of pairs, draws, pairs with draws etc.) it might be more profitable to bet large with our best TP+ for value to punish his JX and worse pairs and draws, put maximum pressure on those hands with our draws, and then check back a reasonably protected marginal range that can easily call villain's bluffs, because they're going to have a ton of hands that need to bluff to win

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      Thank you @ Dilly

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