# What is this M?

• Bronze
Joined: 28.10.2008
In several of the posts there is an M value?

What is this value and how does it work/apply to tournaments?

Sorry if this is something obvious but I couldn't see any mention of it in the strategy area.
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• Bronze
Joined: 06.03.2008
Hi Smileyphil,

M = The amount of orbits you will take to blind out, at the current blind level.

Its like saying I have 20 BB's. Apart from the fact M takes the big blind, small blind and antes into account.

Hope thats understandable
Stiev
• Bronze
Joined: 18.12.2008
M is a concept most are familiar from Harrington's books on hold'em.

M is the ratio of your stack to the pot before any action (blinds plus antes)

If your stack is 15000, and the blinds are 500/1000, antes are 100 and 9 players that makes.

M= 15000/(500+1000+9x100) = 15000/2600 ~ 5.8

Instead of just looking at the number of BB, we see that we can survive six rounds of blinds and antes.

M ranges define your playing options. There are different M range zones Harrington discusses; green, yellow, orange and red.

There is also a 'Q' which is your stack compared to the average stack (I'm not sure how useful this is?)

Maybe the letters themselves come from James Bond movies?
• Platinum
Joined: 28.01.2008
Hi,
M is a value that is based on sum of all the chips before anyone acts in the pot or this is the sum of BB+SB+antes. The idea is that you must calculate your stack to this value M since every round you will be blinded with exactly this much of chips.

LOL i was too late i guess!
• Bronze
Joined: 28.10.2008
Ok I see thanks for clearing that up.

Does Dan Harrintons book deal specifically with MTT's or is it for hold 'em in general?

I may have to get a copy of it
• Platinum
Joined: 28.01.2008
It is mostly for MTTs. His books helped me a lot to improve my tournament play!
If you are a MTT player you should definitely read them!
• Bronze
Joined: 20.09.2008
Originally posted by gavinonymous
There is also a 'Q' which is your stack compared to the average stack (I'm not sure how useful this is?)
I think Q is mostly a general indicator of where you stand, if Q is less than 0.5 for example then you know you might need to double up soon... but M is the "strong force" and should therefore always be "obeyed" more than Q.
• Bronze
Joined: 02.07.2008
Most important thing
• Bronze
Joined: 28.05.2006