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Ranges: Hand Review

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 12:14 min

Using footage of a hand from The Big Game, Daniel walks you through his entire thought process as he deduces his opponent’s hand range in real time.

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So this is a format that I'm going to use throughout the class to provide real examples of these concepts in action. So we're going to be doing hand reviews that can be incredibly helpful learning tools when it comes to poker. And I'm super excited to include it in the class. Now, we're going to watch these hands together. And I'm going explain exactly what I was thinking as the action unfolds. At times, I'm even going to pause the footage so I can break down all the different variables and how they factored into my decision making. And of course, the goal with these lessons is to pull back the curtain and explain exactly how I do it, so you can learn to do as well. All right, let's get started. So this hand takes place in a EPT in London. Very early on, the blinds are just 1,500. Player stacks are very deep, which often, especially in position, allows you to play a few more hands. Now, you're going to see some interesting sizing from my opponent in terms of the way that he chooses to bet his big hand. And we're going to share with you what clues he gave away that allowed us to make a very bold move. MAN: Ten today and then . COMMENTATOR 1: Area is going to be in the big blind here. Angel Shlomi raising under the gun with kings. So see here, normally at 50 and 100 blinds, the standard raise is to about 250 or 300. To make it 475 is really sending a message to the table that I've got a super strong hand, get out of my way. Now, you would think when someone has a very strong hand, that well yeah, I'll just oblige and get out of his way. However, because we know what his range looks like, and it's so limited and so narrow, we can play a lot more hands and really potentially win a big pot if we catch the cards that we need to. Because when someone does have aces or kings, it's very difficult for them to get away from it by folding at any point on the flop turn of the river. COMMENTATOR 2: Shlomi has a big one and he's not playing around. He almost makes it five times the big line. COMMENTATOR 1: Bonyadi with sixes. Will call. Negreanu on the button has 10 nine of diamonds. COMMENTATOR 2: Negreanu's loving life right now in the button with this hand. So we're thinking about it. He's confused with this 5x open out of Shlomi. So this is exactly the kind of hand I want to have against a big pair or a range that's going to make it 475 from early position. You also see Freddy Bonyadi into the pot. So this gives me an even better price to go ahead and see this hand on the button. And it's in a hand that connects to a lot of things. Suited connector, where you can make straights, we can make flushes, we can make a lot of different things happen. And again, we've got his range narrowed down to a very limited group of hands that we can potentially win a big pot from. COMMENTATOR 1: both blinds will fold. So three players will see a flop. No six for Bonyadi, but a nine high flop could get Danie...

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What would he have done differently if he had three Qs and was worried about the flush? He would have bet more? I guess he gave a decent price for someone with a flush draw, but wasn't that price still a bit steep for a flush draw? Roughly 3:1 and a flush draw with 1 to come is roughly 4:1 right?

A fellow student

The lesson was as much about psychological manipulation as it was about position and reading ranges.

Jason C.

I love that the first live hand of his own Daniel reviews is a gigantic bluff!

A fellow student

There are also outliers in terms of perception which are very hard to narrow down a range for. People who play crazy or change their perception at will.

A fellow student

Good lesson. Although Daniel doesn't factor in outlier hands like two pairs and three of a kind, which are very difficult to factor into a player's range who changes their perception.

Dan S.

I dunno. When someone is 1st to bet and bets big, I'm thinking that perhaps he has low to mid pocket pairs and would be happy to take the blinds rather than face some over cards on the flop. Betting with AA or KK pre-flop and having everyone fold is PAINFUL! Although I guess I'm just restating the importance of not having your bet size reflect your hand strength....

Franz M.

Why wouldn't he slow down on the turn with TT or JJ? He could be scared that Daniel has a Queen...

Chuck C.

This was one of the best explanations of range reviews I have seen. I really like how Daniel breaks down his thought patterns and the hand. Very helpful. Easily five stars!


I just want to know how Daniel got so good at psychology; I mean, without the "you got AAs or KKs" comment does the guy even fold? He definitely increased his percentage chance of the guy folding right there with that comment, but a sloppily executed comment might have done the reverse! So how'd he get so good at knowing how people are going to react to his speech? I also like his honest speech style, as opposed to someone like Phil Laak who will straight up lie to you during a hand, lol xD He's still great though.

Amos B.

Daniel, what would have been your river move if the river was a none scary card such as 2d? The 8 on the river was scary and clearly a great opportunity for the river bluff.