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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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A fellow student

Why'd he say Shlomi sized down on the turn? Wasn't that bet way bigger than the previous two?

richard K.

I liked it and have always enjoyed Daniel's style at the table. He seems like a regular guy, no sun glasses or hoodie

A fellow student

In this hand, assuming instead of the 4 it was a 6, and the 3rd player flopped a set: would you call the bet of KKs after the other player also called/raised?

Micah B.

Very intriguing and exciting to break down. But for someone who is not playing in tournaments with other professionals that are more predictable, many of us are just playing casually and the erratic betting isn't necessarily indicative of the quality of hand the opponent has. Still, incredibly fascinating to digest.


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.