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StrategyFixed Limit

Preflop: Starting Hands - Expert Theory

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In this article
  • The equity principle
  • The open raising chart

The key factor in determining how to play your hand profitably is the so-called pot equity. The pot equity of your hand is a percentage representing your chance of winning the pot relative to your opponent's hands - provided that all players remain in the hand until the showdown. For example, if you have AQo against two random hands, you have a pot equity of 46%.


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Comments (4)

#1 manwithn0name, 20 Apr 08 00:11


#2 DAIMA2, 18 May 11 10:50

1 you write
If the small blind is only 1/3 of a small bet, you will only complete those hands that you also would have called on the button
where it says what hands you call at the button?
2 sometimes yousay that you want more than 50% and sometimes 46% difference when50 when 46?
3 at example 2 you look only the previous raiser but at 2,3 ex also the players after yoy why?

#3 datsmahname, 01 Jun 11 03:26

Daima2, as I understand it we only need 46% equity when considering an isolation 3-bet against an average opponent. However, when isolating a limper we need a minimum of 50% equity against his hand range.

It also seems that the range of hands we can isolate is further diminished if these hands do not belong to our open raising chart, but that exceptions exist. This however didn't seem to be explained further.

#4 datsmahname, 02 Jun 11 15:56

"A raise will increase this expected value advantage even further."

I would like to know... Does raising with an equity disadvantage have the inverse effect?

As I understand it, the rule they're advocating for seems to be that exploiting a preflop edge with a raise doesn't just pay us dividends with an immediate positive expectation, but that it also leads to higher expected values postflop.

If the reverse is not true then there are other factors involved, and probably important ones that cannot be covered by discussing the value of a preflop raise with respect to postflop expected values.