*Originally posted by bassyboy229*

Fantastic advice, really appreciate it!!

However, forgive me for sounding dumb, but how do you calculate against other hands and set your opponent on a range.. and should i use those odds as guidelines for the context of the game, you say?

I feel bad having such a short reply to your dissertation!

Thankyou!!

Hey bassy!

You set you opponent on a range from the information he gives you. The more information, the more you can define his range. Before I continue here, did you download

Equilab?

If not, do this now.

So there are 1326 combos of cards your opponent can have in NL Hold 'em.

The range is the number of combos you estimate him to have gotten to that point with, taking into consideration the actions you both have taken until that point. This is all assuming your opponent plays a reasonable game.

Let's say for example, a Villain is notorious for posting his blinds out of position, every time he does this and then checks, he has any two cards, because he will raise strong holdings, therefore your opponent has a weak range when he posts OOP and checks, and this means it is profitable to raise most of your own holdings into his blind because he will fold a large percentage of his range.

Range is important because the type of poker we study and practice is only effective over a sample size so large that averages are all we can take into consideration when trying to make assumptions about our opponents.

You can calculate ranges using Equilab, where there are pre-sets for what your opponent could have, depending on his position and his action.

Lets say you are in the Big Blind on two separate occasions.

The first time, UTG Raises 4 BB. How does your range perform here when you 3-Bet?

The second time the Small Blind raises 3 BB. How does your range perform when you 3-Bet the SB?

If you think about these two scenarios, you'll see how ranges perform / compare to each other, Equilab will not differentiate between positions in terms of absolute Equity when it comes to hands, because position does not have any value in terms of equity, but only information to gague your equity, and within Equilab, this information is stored in the form of the pre-sets from the various positions.

KK vs AA is always the same, 19% vs 81% regardless of position. Positional equity advantages come from the ranges we expect our opponent to open raise, call, limp, 3-bet from the various positions. Information is key to defining our opponents range.

It's imperative you play around with Equilab and the various options to gain an understanding here. Use Equilab while at the table.

Your questions can be as long as you like! I'm very happy to see you asking more!

-E