Chapter 3 of 38 from Daniel Negreanu

Hand Ranges and Board Texture

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Daniel breaks down hand range theory using specific scenarios to demonstrate how to identify ranges based on board textures, betting patterns, and player tendencies.

Topics include: Strive to Identify Range, Not Specific Hands • Build a Mental Database of Your Opponents' Ranges • As Betting Grows, Ranges Become More Polarized • Keep Your Range Balanced • Playing Against an Opponent’s Perceived Range • Range Advantage on Dry Flops • Range Advantage on Wet Flops • Factor Player Tendencies Into Range Advantage • Think Ahead • How to Adjust Your Ranges Based on Perception • Adjust Your Ranges Based on Opponents, Not Stakes

Daniel breaks down hand range theory using specific scenarios to demonstrate how to identify ranges based on board textures, betting patterns, and player tendencies.

Topics include: Strive to Identify Range, Not Specific Hands • Build a Mental Database of Your Opponents' Ranges • As Betting Grows, Ranges Become More Polarized • Keep Your Range Balanced • Playing Against an Opponent’s Perceived Range • Range Advantage on Dry Flops • Range Advantage on Wet Flops • Factor Player Tendencies Into Range Advantage • Think Ahead • How to Adjust Your Ranges Based on Perception • Adjust Your Ranges Based on Opponents, Not Stakes

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Jim G.

Excellent info on the semantics of poker, especially Texas hold 'em. Well worth the yearly calls fee all by itself.

A fellow student

For discussion, Not narrating on specific hands: Middle: Raise 2x BB SB: called the raise Flop- 8H, 5C, 7S. Who has a range advantage? I am thinking of a more of a 50:50.

A fellow student

the blinds are the 1st Bet a first preflop raise is the 2nd bet A player raising the first preflop raise is a 3bet and so on.... On the flop this starts again, bet, raise , 3bet etc

Paul H.

Really enjoyable presentation. I question the range vs range example where Daniel has JJ and an opponent that can only have AA KK or AK, He said that as he would be ahead of over half the opponent's hands he should call the 15BB shove but if he loses 80% of the time against the AA & KK and 47% against AK, giving him 35% chance of winning how is the call of 12BB to win 20BB profitable? Or was just over-simplifying?

Michael S.

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Eyla R.

Gave a better understanding of ranges and what they mean for different positions. Will definitely review a few times until it sinks in to a more natural process :)

Cobain M.

Learned a lot from Lesson 3 on ranges. Couple of improvements to my game that can instantly be implemented from this lesson!!

Daniel C.

Pretty cool how we can figure out Elizabeth's hand based on ranges, and how she acted....but Im wondering - after Tony called her preflop reraise, what range should Elizabeth think Tony has after that wet flop? An aggressive player like Tony could have a much larger range...but considering he put Elizbaeth on aces and called the preflop reraise, am I right to assume that Elizabeth should think Tony has something like jacks, 10s, or 910, 10j, kq, aj (all suited)? And If he 3 bet preflop, youd have to put him on AK or queens or kings, especially considering how it was likely she had aces, right? And after that wet flop....Should Elizabeth have bet smaller after the flop, in case Tony did get strong draws on that flop (knowing his range COULD have hit that board/gotten him a strong draw)? Or should she have made her bet bigger to chase out one pair, or drawing hands? Or should she have even checked, because the pot was already large and the flop could easily have been in Tony's range? I would continuation bet there too, and take control and put pressure on Tony, but did she make the right bet size? I guess bet sizes is a later lesson, huh, haha.

ROB H.

Where can I find definitions of poker terms such as, straddle bet, limp in, value bet, etc?

Transcript

Poker's evolved a lot obviously, over the last 20 years since I've played. And one of the main ways that it's changed is just the way that you read hands, right? So when I started out, the common theory was, OK, what is my hand, right? So you understand what you have, the strength of your hand based on the board. And then the second question is, what hand do I think my opponent has, right? Very simple. What do I have, what do I think my opponent has. Well, that developed through the years to, now I know my hand, and I know the strength of my hand. So what range of hands could that opponent have? Could he have a pair of 6's, could he have three aces. So now you're not putting them on one specific hand, you're putting them on a range of hands. Well, that's evolved even further now to a point where poker is at sort of a really game theory based place. Where now, I'm focusing on in a situation, what range of hands could I have that my opponent may think I have, and what range of hands does my opponent have. Now so instead of playing which was the very elementary version, my hand versus your hand, which became my hand versus your range, which ultimately becomes my range versus your range. And this is going to become important when we talk about situations where you'll have a range advantage. Certain boards where you know you're more likely to have stronger hands on your opponent. It's very important to know this kind of stuff because it's going to affect how often we're betting, what frequencies we're deciding to go with based on understanding we have a range. They don't know exactly what we have, they have us on a range. We can have them on a range, and we need to play accordingly. When you're trying to break down an opponent's hand, you don't just throw out a dart and be like, you must have king 5. Now you may have seen me do this on television in the old days, but essentially, I was still doing the same thing in terms of breaking down a range starting with a wide one, making it smaller. And sometimes, because players were so obvious back then and they had such a honest way of playing that I was able to pinpoint the exact cards. Now ideally, you want to narrow it down to the smallest number of hands you can. And sometimes, against some specific players, you can specifically figure out their exact two cards. But ideally, what you want to just figure out is OK, how many combinations of value hands do they have versus how many combinations of bluffs. Because that's all that's going to matter. You don't need to know exactly what the bluff is. You don't need to know exactly what the value hand is. You just have to gauge whether or not your hand you know is good enough to beat the value hands or whether or not your opponent is bluffing or not. How long it takes to kind of figure out what range of hands your opponents play in certain situations-- there's no real way to say like it takes exactly one hour, it takes 20 showdowns. I mean, ...