FaLLout86: Open Raise Coaching – Day 1

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      Not so long ago we had a 5-day-long coaching course in our German and Russian communities. This course, during which you'll learn how to assess open raise ranges, 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 few days you'll know what ranges are played by best regulars!


      What ranges should I open raise in a given spot? With what should I call raises and 3-bets?
      To answer these questions, we selected a few of the strongest NL $400 regulars and checked their positional raises.

      Also this course was constructed in a way that after you complete it you'll be able to build ranges for your current limits. We merged all the opponents under a single alias in Holdem Manager 2 and then applied some filters.

      Main themes of this course are as follows:
      • Getting to know different Raise-First-In ranges of the best NL $400 regulars.
      • Understanding calling ranges.
      • Which hands to protect after a 3-bet (position dependent).
      • Which boards suit us best after we open raise.
      • Which boards suit us best after we call.


      "Every problem presents an opportunity."



      Since the whole analysis was done in Holdem Manager 2, it will be useful for you to have HM2 as well. If you don't have HM2, it's not a tragedy, of course, but then you'll have to skip some tasks.


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

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      Check out another forum course by FaLLout86:
      Your 20 Minute Poker Training - Fold Equity Overview

      Good luck!

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    • Kogtistiy
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 1

      In which menu of Holdem Manager 2 can we see stats of all opponents and compare them?
      --> Opponents --> Summaries
      Here you'll find all the players you've ever met at the tables.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 2

      Now we want to see the players who've amassed a big volume of hands while playing profitably overall. Where's the option to filter out losing players?
      --> More Filters.
      --> Leave only 'Show winners' checked.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 3

      We have a huge database. Later we'd like to merge all the best players under a single alias in order to see what ranges they play. Which filter do we need to add under Player Summary Filters?
      --> Minimum Hands
      Since our database is very big, under this single alias we want to have only profitable players with a certain amount of hands.
      I'd set Minimum Hands to 20,000.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 4

      So now we have only winning players with at least 20,000 hands played. Now, who would you exclude because their VPIP/PFR stats deviate too much?
      Graph:

      I'd filter out all the players with VPIP more than 29.6 or less than 23.6%. These extremes are already big enough to affect our ranges.
    • Kogtistiy
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 5

      Now we want to merge all the remaining players under a single alias. Then we'll be able to see what ranges and in what positions this player pool open raises, 3-bets and calls. How can we create an alias in HM2?
      --> Settings
      --> Aliases
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 6

      So, we're in the right menu, but how can we merge all these players under a single alias?
      --> Alias Names + Here we can set any name for our alias.

      All the players' nicknames in the Opponents tab should be selected and moved into Player Site Names. In this case, our alias is named OrRanges.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 7

      Now, how can we see our alias' stats?
      --> Reports
      --> Select Player: OrRanges
      You're now in the same tab where you analyze your own game. As you can see, now we have a big enough sample of winning regulars.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 8

      We've merged all the needed players under a single alias, and now we can see their average stats in the Reports tab. How can we add more stats we're interested in or replace the stats we see in the general review?
      Click Stats to add or replace them.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 9

      Now we're interested in positional stats.
      What parameter should we add to see which portion (in %) of the range we raise in the early position (previously unopened pot)?
      We should add the EP RFI stat.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 10

      Now we see that, on average, we open 18% of hands from EP.
      What does this range look like? What hands can be there? Use Equilab to answer this question.
      Our 18% range can look like this:

      22+, A2s+, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, T9s, 98s, 87s, 76s, ATo+, KJo+
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 11

      But now we're interested in knowing if our suggestion is correct and corresponds to the actual range that winning players use. Is there a feature in HM2 that can visualize ranges?
      Of course, there is. If we click this symbol, the range will be visualized.
    • Kogtistiy
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 12

      So far so good, but now we see all the hands we open raise with.
      However, for now, we're interested only in that 18% range.

      What filters (under More Filters) should we use to visualize these hands?
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 13

      So, the required filter was set.
      Let's keep Early UO PFR in the stats for now to make sure the filter indeed works.

      What should we see now in Early UO PFR?
      It should be 100 because we only see the hands we open raise early in unopened pot, that's what was filtered in the first place.
    • Kogtistiy
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 14

      We've got an average opening range which looks like this:

      If we mark all the red hands, what range shall we get?


      (Range: 20.36%):
      22+, A2s+, K9s+, Q8s+, J9s+, T8s+, 97s+, 86s+, 76s, 65s, ATo+, KJo+
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 15

      Why do we lose money with KQs, QJs, and 66, judging by this graph?

      We have a huge database, however many players keep playing at 6-max tables when 1 or 2 players are not present. So, in general, early position has the smallest sample size.

      According to our database, we were dealt 22,471 hands in the EP. From them, of course, only a small part went to showdown, so some hands can show bad results in the short run. But in the long run, they should all become "green".
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 16

      So hands like these should also be open raised.
      If we add the missing hands to our range, we'll get the following:

      Does it make sense to open this 20.36% range from EP?
      Please write down your 'pros' and 'cons'.
      These are all the hands open raised most frequently, and the average range is 18%.
      The given range of 20.36% would be too loose if we plan to use it at every table. Of course, we can loosen up the 18% range in some way if weak players are on the blinds or the table in general is too tight. On the other hand, we should also tighten up if there are loose players or maniacs sitting after us.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 17

      Now please use Equilab to describe the range you consider as most realistic for EP:


      (17.95%)
      22+, A2s+, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, T9s, 98s, 87s, 76s, ATo+, KJo+

      I think the presented range is very close to those 18%. Of course, we could still argue if we'd prefer KJo to more suited hands there, like 76s or stronger 'gappers'. Overall, however, such a range suits us nicely!
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 18

      Do we always have to use this range in EP?
      Not at all. You should view this range as a solid base. You can adjust the range depending on who's sitting after you and act tighter or looser. If there are unknown regs at the table, I'd prefer to use exactly this range.
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      Open raise ranges, Day 1 – Task 19

      What stat should we add to see how much (in %) do we open first-in from MP?
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