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StrategyPsychology

Scripting

Introduction

In this Article
  • you will learn how to implement your theoretical knowledge as efficiently as possible
  • the script will explain some difficult questions from different hand situations
Many players are familiar with the following situation: you're playing at 4 or more tables, focused on implementing your theoretical knowledge as efficiently as possible. After just a short time, you find yourself playing below par and more or less avoiding all the strenuous thought processes that are necessary to play the hand optimally. You fall into a lacklustre routine, neglecting the reaction from the opposition or the texture of the board, missing important valuebets and giving up freecards.
The following article does not aim to reinvent the wheel, rather it is meant to suggest a method for applying what is already known to the greatest effect. For this reason, it is directed at players who already have good theoretical knowledge of the concepts discussed. This article cannot compensate for a lack of theory!

So as to avoid undermining the complex decision making needed throughout a hand, I prepare a script for myself that I run through mentally. At first it will be difficult to remember all the factors, or to categorize the situation correctly and react accordingly, but the more you practice this kind of analytical thinking the more automated this process will become.

Psychologists in the field of learning assume that a large portion of people exhibit what are more or less complex scripts in their behavior, assignments, and demands in all areas of their work – and also in their social life. I maintain that in poker too, scripting can give many players a performance boost.

Scripting is not a fully automated, unquestionable process; it's more about a dynamic approach that does have boundaries. And here you must deepen your understanding of poker theory and post unclear or difficult hands.

The scripting process outlined below is far from ideal, however it's enough to give you an idea of the questions and difficulties that arise from different hand situations.

Applications

A few notes on practical application: as indicated, many players already ask themselves the questions below, particularly at the beginning of a session. The goal must be to think of these questions in every hand, even after 4 hours of "8tabling". It can be helpful to reduce the number of tables so that you can think through every hand in all it's complexity, thus automating the essential questions and factors. If you feel overwhelmed, you can print a list of these and other factors and have them ready for the concrete in-game situation. Working on your own list seems sensible, since this refreshes your old theory and brings it into a meaningful context.

Example script

1. Pre-Flop

HOW STRONG IS MY HAND?
  • What's my position?
  • What is the action before/after me?
  • What might the hand ranges of the opposition be and what is the probability that he has a draw or made hand?
  • From where is the action coming?
ACTION AND REACTIONS
(in relation to hand strength, action position (oop, ip), opponent type, odds/outs, pot size)
Questions in this context could be:
  • Does my hand have an equity advantage against the opponents behind me?
  • Does my hand have an equity advantage against the opponents in before me?
  • Does my hand have good implied odds?
REPERTOIRE OF ACTIONS
  • Fold
  • Call/Openlimp
  • Raise
  • Isolation raise
  • Complete for the Blinds
  • Coldcall
  • (Delaytheory Blind play)

2. Flop

HOW STRONG IS MY HAND?
  • In relation to the board texture?
  • What was the action pre-flop and from which players (player types and weak spots)?
  • What will be the action based on the handranges of the opposition and what is the probability that he has a draw or made hand?
  • How is my position and how many players are seeing the flop?
  • What does the action look like behind/before me?

ACTION AND REACTIONS
(in relation to hand strength, action position (oop, ip), opponent type, odds/outs, pot size)
Questions in this context could be:
  • Is the flop connected?
  • Is the flop 2/3 suited or rainbow?
  • How many high cards are in the flop?
  • Is the flop paired (high or low?)?
  • Do I need to protect my hand?
  • Can I take or give a freecard without thinking about it?
  • Does it make sense to buy the initiative or give it up?
  • Is there a chance that my opposition will fold to a single bet/check or raise?
  • Is the opposition's weakspot already showing on the flop?

REPERTOIRE OF ACTIONS
  • Standard moves
  • Protection
  • Freecardraise
  • Fold
  • Donk
  • Slowplay
  • Valueraisen
  • Bluffbet
  • Calldown

3. Turn

HOW STRONG IS MY HAND?
  • In relation to the board texture?
  • What was the action pre-flop, flop, and from which players (player types and weak spots)?
  • What will be the action based on the handranges of the opposition and what is the probability that he has a draw or made hand?
  • How is my position and how many players are seeing the turn?
  • What does the action look like behind/before me?

ACTION AND REACTIONS
(in relation to hand strength, action position (oop, ip), opponent type, odds/outs, pot size)
Questions in this context could be:
  • How great is the chance that I'm ahead?
  • Did the turncard complete any possible draws or open new ones?
  • Why and with what might the opposition have called the flop?
  • Will the opposition fold to just one bet?
  • Do I need to protect my made hand or can I risk a freecard?
  • Is the opposition tricky, for example prone to making semi-bluffs?
  • What is the chance that the opposition raises with a worse hand?
  • What is the chance that the opposition raises with a better hand?
  • Can I make an easy call/fold/reraise against a raise?
  • What does my opponent think my hand range is?
  • Is the opposition able to think about both my hand and his own on a metalevel (I think that you think that I think...)
REPERTOIRE OF ACTIONS
  • Raise for free Showdown
  • Check/Raise (Valueraise/Semibluff)
  • Donkbet
  • Bet/Raise
  • Check/Fold
  • Slowplay
  • Protection
  • Check behind (Induce a bluff)
  • Calldown

4. River

HOW STRONG IS MY HAND?
  • In relation to the board texture?
  • What was the action pre-flop, flop, turn, and from which players (player types and weak spots)?
  • What will be the action based on the handranges of the opposition and what is the probability that he has a draw or made hand?
  • How is my position and how many players are seeing the river?
  • What does the action look like behind/before me?
ACTION AND REACTIONS
(in relation to hand strength, action position (oop, ip), opponent type, odds/outs, pot size)
Questions in this context could be:
  • How great is the chance that the opposition calls with a worse hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition calls with a better hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition bluffs the river with a worse hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition raises with a better hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition raises with a worse hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition folds with a worse hand?
  • How great is the chance that the opposition folds with a better hand?
REPERTOIRE OF ACTIONS
  • Bet/fold (thin Valuebets)
  • Bet/raise
  • Bet/call
  • Check/call (Induce a bluff)
  • Check/fold (no Showdown value)
  • Check/raise (rarely!)

Sources

Diverse Pokerstrategy.de articles, FL Holdem books and internet postings from various forums
 

Comments (13)

#1 mouse89, 06 Oct 08 14:32

thanks

#2 Rap1d007, 12 Oct 08 20:54

vov nice script, thumbs up....

#3 roswellx, 27 Feb 09 17:17

good one

#4 theboydave, 23 Jul 09 01:45

Would be nice if you could compute all these things in your head in real time during a game perhaps after 1000s of hands it will come.

#5 Gabinr1, 08 Aug 09 03:14

Nice article. I will print the script out :) Thank you!

#6 hahahihi, 05 Oct 09 15:18

hi<br /> <br /> i am daniel negreanu and i dont quite understand this....

#7 Monarc2010, 16 Sep 10 16:28

I never put this much thought into any of my decisions, maybe I should start!<br /> I see this at first taking bit long until the scripts come second nature and then be able to do this with more and more games to be played at once....very nice article

#8 RazvanDan, 06 Oct 10 20:16

this comes with thousends of hands played,it requires discipline patience mental attitude image of players and the attention you pay on patterns tells,it takes time to study and practice,no money is free money

#9 Salivanth, 31 Jan 11 02:41

Wow. Bookmarked: Will absolutely come back to this when I become a better player. A mental "script" is something that's helped me with competitive games in the past, after all.

#10 Pouserly2, 12 Aug 11 09:13

Still a good and interesting read.

#11 bankrollmanagment, 17 Nov 11 10:00

now I am ready to make 10k from zero

#12 Raknyo, 08 Feb 13 02:51

0 -> 10K isn't a good goal.<br /> <br /> Set realistic goals:<br /> Try getting from 0 -> $10<br /> $10 -> $25, etc.<br /> <br /> Such a giant goal almost always sets you up for failure.

#13 un1t, 26 Jul 13 10:32

This article is the nuuuuuuuts !