FaLLout86: Fold Equity Coaching – Day 1

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      Not so long ago we had a week-long coaching course in our German and Russian communities. This course, during which you'll learn how to count card combinations, was created by a famous German coach FaLLout86. And now we proudly present its localized version!

      Train for 20 minutes each day, and in a week no-one will be able to fool your sense of fold equity!



      The frequency of your opponents' folds is arguably one of the most important assessments for you to make at poker tables.

      Overall, fold equity depends on a number of factors:
      • Strength of your own range -> The better it fits the board, the more reliable is your bluff.
      • The probability of your opponent to hit a playable combination.
      • Your opponent's game plan and the frequency of their bluff with weaker hands.
      • General assessments regarding board structures which can cause "leveling wars".
      • Auto-profit break even points for different bet sizes.

      Here I place this learning course that will help you better understand and assess fold equity. Each day of the week, you'll be given 30 tasks to train your skills. Their difficulty will gradually increase from day to day. You'll notice how much your intuition will has improved after this course, and you'll be able to instantly and clearly figure out if you have 30% or 60% fold equity in a particular spot!

      I also prepared this introductory video in which I explained how you should approach these questions:



      ATTENTION!
      Please post if you'll like it or simply say "I'll try!" in the opening thread.

      So please post there:
      "I'll try!" – if you've decided to participate in this coaching.
      "I've finished Day X" – as soon as you've completed all tasks for the corresponding day!

      Of course, you are also free to leave feedback about this project, so that we could improve it further.


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    • Kogtistiy
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      Day 1 combos – Task 1

      How many aces are there in a standard poker deck?
      4 – Yeah, that was a simple one :f_p:
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      Day 1 combos – Task 2

      How many combos of AJ are there?
      There are 16 in total but you should divide them into:
      AJs = 4 combos = :Ah: :Jh: , :Ac: :Jc: , :Ad: :Jd: , :As: :Js:
      AJo = 12 combos where the first card is one of the Aces and the other is one of the Jacks.

      So in total we have 4*4 combos, but from this we need to subtract 4 suited combos if we want to know how many off-suited ones are there (16 – 4 = 12).
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      Day 1 combos – Task 3

      How many AJs combos remain after this flop: :As: :3c: :3d: ?
      3 – :As: is blocked by this board, that means only 3 combos left.
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      Day 1 combos – Task 4

      How many AJs combos remain after this flop: :As: :Ah: :5c: ?
      2 – :As: :Js: and :Ah: :Jh: are blocked by the board!
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      Day 1 combos – Task 5

      Last question, and counting AJs combos will no longer be a problem!
      How many AJs combos remain after this flop: :Ah: :Jh: :4c: ?
      3 – Although the board blocks two cards, they belong to the same combo!

      ATTENTION!
      Don't forget to make a post saying "I'll try!" in this thread, so that we could continue this project!

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      Day 1 combos – Task 6

      OK, now really is the last question about AJs, and then we'll move on. I promise!
      How many AJs combos remain after this flop: :As: :Jh: :2d: ?
      2 – :As: :Js: and :Ah: :Jh: are unfortunately blocked by the board today!
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      Day 1 combos – Task 7

      Finally, we're moving on to AJo. You must have been waiting this for so long! :f_p:
      How many AJo combos remain after this flop: :As: :2d: :3h: ?
      9 – Long time ago, there were 12 combos of AJo, but now :As: :Jh: , :As: :Jd: , :As: :Jc: are blocked by the board and thus no longer can be in a range.
      12 – 3 = 9 -> That would be the correct answer here!
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      Day 1 combos – Task 8

      How many AJo combos remain after this flop: :Js: :9c: :7d: ?
      9 – This time all the combos containing :Js: are no longer in our range, i.e. :Js: :Ah: , :Js: :Ad: , :Js: :Ac:
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      Day 1 combos – Task 9

      Our range keeps losing combos!
      How many AJo combos remain after this flop: :Ah: :As: :Ad: ?
      3 – Only one ace remains but, fortunately, there are three 'off-suited' jacks still alive: :Ac: :Jd: , :Ac: :Jh: , :Ac: :Js:
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      Day 1 combos – Task 10

      Let's raise the difficulty, just a little bit!
      How many AJo combos remain after this flop: :As: :Ah: :3c: ?
      6 – All 3 combos with :As: are no longer in play, :Ah: X hands are also out. So, out of 12 combos, only 6 remain in our range!

      ATTENTION!
      Don't forget to make a post saying "I'll try!" in this thread, so that we could continue this project!

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      Day 1 combos – Task 11

      Now let's count two-pair combos. I hope you're familiar with AJo by now, so let's be faithful to it.
      How many AJo combos remain after this flop: :Ac: :Jd: :4d: ?
      7 – As usual, we start with 12 basic combos and then see which ones are no longer possible:
      :Ac: blocks 3 combos: :Ac: :Jd: , :Ac: :Jh: , :Ac: :Js: .
      :Jd: blocks 2 more combos:
      • (:Jd: :Ac: – doesn't count! Because of :Ac: this hand is already lost)
      :Jd: :Ah: , :Jd: :As:
      12 – 5 = 7
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      Day 1 combos – Task 12

      OK, you're familiar with AJ. Let's take a closer look at another combo.
      How many T9s combos remain after this flop: :Th: :3c: :5h: ?
      3 – :Th: :9h: is blocked because :Th: is already on the board. Thus, from 4 initial combos, we need to remove 1 suited hand (:Th: :9h: ).
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      Day 1 combos – Task 13

      How many T9s combos remain after this flop: :9s: :3h: :2s: ?
      3 – This time :Ts: :9s: is blocked because of :9s: on the flop, and that leaves 3 combos.
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      Day 1 combos – Task 14

      I hope two-pair combos are no longer a problem as well.
      How many T9s combos remain after this flop: :Th: :9h: :2c: ?
      3 – Three combos again because only the hearts are blocked with :Th: :9h: .
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      Day 1 combos – Task 15

      Is anything different here compared to the Task 14?
      How many T9s combos remain after this flop: :Th: :9c: :2c: ?
      2 – This time only 2 combos left as not only :Th: :9h: is blocked by :Th: , but so is :Tc: :9c: because of :9c: .

      ATTENTION!
      Don't forget to make a post saying "I'll try!" in this thread, so that we could continue this project!

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      Day 1 combos – Task 16

      You've probably figured out that it's time to switch to T9o, am I right? :f_cool:
      How many T9o combos remain after this flop: :Th: :2h: :7h: ?
      9 – There are 12 combos of T9o in total but :Th: :9c: , :Th: :9s: and :Th: :9d: are blocked on this board.
      So we have to subtract them from 12 and that leaves us with 9 combos.
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      Day 1 combos – Task 17

      How many T9o combos remain after this flop: :9d: :Th: :2s: ?
      7 – This time subtract :Th: :9d: , :Th: :9c: , :Th: :9s: , :Ts: :9d: , :Tc: :9d: because they are blocked by this board.
      So in the end we get: 12 – 5 = 7.
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      Day 1 combos – Task 18

      This is the last question about T9o but you still need to find the answer :f_ugly:
      How many T9o combos remain after this flop: :9d: :Td: :2s: ?
      6 – This time 9 and 10 of diamonds are blocked and that leaves only :Th: :9s: , :Th: :9c: , :Ts: :9h: , :Ts: :9c: , :Tc: :9h: and :Tc: :9s: .
      So in the end we get: 12 – 6 = 6.
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      Day 1 combos – Task 19

      Enough about T9o, it's time for another hand :f_smile:
      How many A2s combos remain after this flop: :5h: :4h: :3h: ?
      4 – OK, that was a simple attention check :f_p:
      Of course, only pairs get blocked and that leaves all the possible A2s combos.