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Nash Calling Range in Specific spots

    • DonCorleone369
      Joined: 16.11.2009 Posts: 1,267
      Hi everyone,

      I understand the fact that there are situations (esp. in bubble situations etc.) where your calling range can be as tight as AA only (mostly for overcalling).. or QQ+ for calling..

      But I'd like to have an explanation why there are those spots where you can call (a push) with 88+ only but not call with AKs since it's still considered to be a monster (e.g. tier 1 hands according to Sklansky's hand rankings includes AA, AKs, KK, QQ, JJ and "funny" thing is 88 belongs to the tier 4 hands)..

      Hope someone would be able to clarify this..

  • 1 reply
    • pzhon
      Joined: 17.06.2010 Posts: 1,151
      When you are very risk-averse, and your opponent is pushing a wide range, then 88 can be a call while AKs is not. 88 does better against a wide range than AKs does. Against a random hand, 88 has 69.2% equity, while AKs has 67.0%.

      Wide ranges may include hands with no overcards, and it is very hard for these hands to outdraw an overpair. Against 75o, 88 wins 86% while AKs wins 65%.

      Against a tight range, AKs does better than 88, since 88 is rarely better than a coin flip, while AKs is often far ahead of unpaired hands. Against one 21% pushing range, 88 has 53% equity, while AKs has 64%.

      I believe Sklansky's hand rankings are based on full ring limit hold'em, where postflop playability matters and you are up against tighter ranges.