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Four standard charts for the push-or-fold stage
IntroductionIn this article
The push-or-fold stage of a tournament is probably the most complex stage. When to go all-in, when to fold? Sooner or later you will inevitably be forced to take the time to look into the mathematical background of this stage: the Independent Chip Model (ICM). In order to make this easier our software cracks programmed the ICM Trainer, which will help give you a feeling for correct decisions.
You may however feel a bit disoriented in the face of such a complex subject as the ICM, and more straightforward guidelines might be helpful. This is why our SNG experts developed four charts in collaboration with Florian "Morgoth" Langmann, the 2006 German Champion. These charts will help you decide, whether you want to go all-in with your hand or not.
At lower limits, especially as a beginner, these charts will give you an edge against typical opponents. But longterm, they can't replace taking the time to learn about ICM and the theory behind it.
The four charts distinguish four situations:
- Nobody is involved in the hand yet. You will use the push-chart.
- There are already players in the hand. It is not important how they were involved. Now you use our three rebound charts, which identify your possible positions.
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