The Importance of Balance

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After rooming for over a year since his second place finish in the Aussie Millions, favourite James "SkolSuper" Keys speaks about balance and when it should go out of the window. A must watch!


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  • pleno1


    Enjoy James "SkolSuper" Keys first video of 2012. He is currently playing EPT Latvia, but will be around ASAP to respond to all feedback
  • imfromsweden007


    Nice video, well done
  • erlent


    call with a polarized range :-)

    it could make sense, to call with the bottom range of the greyzone, to make some kind of educational call. if you know your opponent is a reg who addapts to your "loose" rivercall, and is often on your tables it might be profitable.

    thanks, nice video good explanations
  • Jenobence


    Great video.
  • monkee1980


  • Gabinr1


    * so, what is it?
  • DrObst


    nice vid!
  • mnl1337


    exception would be, when we block bluffhands with our toprange.
  • skolsuper


    @#3: That's a nice idea, if I understand you correctly and you're saying that if our opponent sees us call with a hand at the bottom of our range they will probably make the incorrect assumption that we will call with all better hands and therefore make a bad adjustment vs us in the future.

    @#6: #8 is correct

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to watch the video and post positive feedback :-)
  • Gabinr1


    If we block bluff hands with our top range and we decided beforehand that calling, folding, and 50/50 random call/fold is almost equal in value, wouldn't this be a case where folding is better than 50/50 random call/fold? As we will see less often a bluff.
  • Gabinr1


    That will make it 50/50 toprange/bottomrange < 50/50 random call/fold < fold :)
  • dyeti


    Nice vid, got me thinking, but hurt my brain a bit in spots (still not sure I understand the exception @8 and example would be good). Aren't you just saying that you should basically bluff catch with the top half of your bluff catching range when the you feel the decision is 50/50.
  • skolsuper


    @#12: An example is a good idea:

    Say you have a flush on a paired board, and you think any full house is a definite call, and the Q-high flush is a definite fold. In this case if your opponent is sometimes bluffing with the bare Ac missed nut flush draw, then a K-high flush could be a call where an A-high flush would be a fold.

    So, re: #10+11: I think the presence of blockers in our range should be taken into account before deciding which hands we are uncertain about and therefore we should still guess high as often as we guess low, if that makes sense. Then in the case where our toprange includes blockers but the bottom of our range does not, top/bottom < random selection < bottom/top
  • skolsuper


    @#12 again: Yes in this video I have used a bluffcatching situation to illustrate my point, which makes it seem a little inane, but really I recommend using this methodology on any close decision, where one of the options will always be the more 'aggressive', i.e. a raise is more aggressive than a call, which is more aggressive than a fold, and a bet is more aggressive than a check. So another example might be if we are unsure of whether to value bet the river, or on the flop in my example hand if we are unsure of whether to check back, we could think about our range and make the thin value bet with only the top of our range and the cautious check with the weaker part of the range we would consider betting.
  • skolsuper


    @#12 again: Yes the situation I chose to make my point is a bluffcatching scenario so does make the whole thing seem a bit inane, but I recommend using this methodology for any close decisions. One option is always going to be the more aggressive, with the hierarchy raise > call > fold and bet > check, so another example would be when we are unsure whether to make a thin value bet on the river, we could rule out obvious value bets and obvious checks and then divide the remainder by hand strength and this would be better on average than
    deciding at random or based on a persistent strategy of always going for thin value.
  • skolsuper


    Well that is tilting, I thought it lost comment #14 and now I can't delete either of them.
  • meymoon1


    Nice vid, ty!
  • IMGameOver


    Nice thoughts! Thx!!