Calling All-in

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You are playing a SnG. Someone in front of you pushes Allin. Do you call or fold? Douglas "pzhon" Zare explains his decision process and asks the most important questions: What odds do you get? How risk-averse are you? How much equity do you have against the pusher´s range.


Calling All-in Theory Video

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  • CBFunk


  • Hhopeless


  • Maxim222


    Перевести бы...На самом деле очень интересно.
  • Fox999


  • Mart1


    schaut sehr solide aus
  • Sickk


    my english is ok but too bad for this vid i guess... go for german version pls
  • DANTE0071


    Да!! Хотим перевод!!
  • IhasLuck


    great one:)
  • 00thunder00


    got to tell you this video change my point of view on poker...
  • JustgAMblin


    5* !!

    Very good vid.
  • b00nster


    @5 wie schwer kann es denn sein simples pokerenglisch zu verstehen? in der schule net aufgepasst?
  • JannoT


    Oh if only i could view it. I have lost so many times calling somebodys all-in.

    -Goes to grind that silver status-
  • HariRadovan


    Definitely one of the best vids I saw. Very good job!
  • LgWz


    Nice video, and great topic.
  • chenny8888


    What I do for pot odds in the more "difficult" spots, especially situations where antes are in play, is keep a calculator at my desk and quickly calculate how much I have to call/(my call+ the size of the pot already).
  • maniac


  • elhh82


    awesome vid..
  • chenny8888


    Amazing video. One thing I would suggest for a later or followup video would be with regards to calling hands against an uncertain range. For example you may make a call that loses you significant equity if opponent is pushing tighter than you expect, whereas only gaining you small amounts of chips if he is pushing wider than you expect. Without having run the numbers, the K5o hand is a prime example of this I would expect.
  • SerhioPok3r


    +1 перевод!!! желательно от Losin'Ы =D
  • AleXiSofT


    На следующей неделе будет перевод. К сожалению #3 не от лосины
  • StrategyMaster911


    very nice vid. more please
  • DonTabamsey


    extremely good vid, like your first, especially the first example hands were pretty instructive, the later ones seemed more standard
  • uludaq


  • GoldSilverBronze


    Ждем перевода
  • masterace1


    "calling gaines about 1.7% of the price-pool?
    perhaps 14% of the buyin.
    if you are advised 5%, folding here would burn the profits from almost 3 tournaments?"

    how do you calculate that?
  • Preaver


    I really like the mathematical background you present in your videos. The examples were also pretty interesting imo. Thumbs up for your vids and postings in the forums so far.

    @5 phzon's English is accentfree, fluent and he speaks rather slowly. I can think of an english video I have seen so far which was easier to follow.
  • pzhon


    @13 Programs like SNG Wizard report equities as percentages of the prize pool. A disadvantage is that important equity differences appear to be small percentages. I like to convert to percentages of a buy-in since this makes them comparable with the ROI.

    In a 9-player $10+$1 SNG, the prize pool of $90 is about 8.2 times the buy-in of $11. 1.7% of the prize pool would be about 8.2 x 1.7% = 13.9% of a buy-in. Both would be $1.53. With a different rake, the conversion would be to multiply by a different value close to 8.

    @14 Thanks. To those more used to British English, I should have an American accent. However, I have tried to reduce my slight regional American accent.
  • Cardbender


    good video ty
  • charlescoria


    Lo podrían traducir al español, por favor?
    Parece un video muy interesante para los que jugamos sit.
  • Shujee


    Very well explained, great vid.
  • elfigus


    nice video ;)
  • teancum


    videos otimo!!!
    melhor do qu indicar esse video seria
    nossa comunidade ter a capacidade de produzir um

    afinal nm todos falam ingles se nao tiiver como produzir pelo menos legendar
  • PokerAddict36


    Very nice vids sir, please make more :)
  • pporsche


    Olá teancum,

    Iremos ter em conta o teu pedido. Em breve teremos um vídeo novo ou este será dobrado.
  • salvatoreannunziata


    In italiano qualche utente può doppiarlo?
  • pzhon


    Thanks, I am working on several more.
  • gedwashere91


    Woah, the info on 2:1 calls is definitely going to change my play. I had thought for a while that I was making some bad calls due to the "magic 2:1", now i KNOW i have been making bad calls :P
  • iNspiRe


    Hello there, Douglas.
    Here is one question for you from russian community:

    How the playability of the stack is important? For example, on a 7-handed table in big blind position we have stacksize equal 3.5BB and trash holding. Very agressive button pushes in front of us. Following your theory we miss few percents of equity for our call to be correct. And if there are few regulars seating after us - there is an easy fold, we can steal their blinds after. But if those opponents after us are fishes? Or some random cash players, who would call any two when they have 2 to 1 odds? That means we won't have any fold equity against them. So on the long run we are losing 1 bb by folding on big blind. Isn't it right to ignore that lack of equity and to call with trash holding?
  • pzhon


    @38 If you feel that the ICM does not estimate your equity well due to the table conditions or your position, then you might have a different reward:risk ratio, and you might need a different equity to call. However, make sure that you apply this both to folding and to the consequences of calling. If you don't like having players who make spite calls after you, remember that those players will still be there harming your equity even if you call and win.

    I favor making adjustments to the model, and adjusting the equity you need, over "ignoring the lack of equity."

    By the way, if you lose your folding equity, this means you should drop weaker semibluffing hands from your pushing ranges. However, you also value bet more effectively, and after you double up, you may have folding equity again. Also, most players who call you too much will also call your other opponents too much, and you often gain more from watching your opponents collide than you lose from not having folding equity.
  • nibbana


    Finally got to watch it, excellent video. Nice, clearly explained examples. It's given me a lot to think about and an urge to study.

    Fist-pump call IMO.
  • strategic12


    Good video! It emphasizes the points which I maybe have heard of but after seeing it here I can remember them better.

    As a non native speaker I stopped the video frequently for catching all the information. :)
  • ElPokerin0


    Thx for that!
  • DjolusVicenus


    thanks a lot pzhon..

    this video is advanced for me, but i find it helpfull, and Ill watch it a couple times more..

    It opens more viewpoint for me.. How to analyze and understand SnG

    thanks a lot :)