A Balanced Perspective of Augepaul: Part 2

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Boomer continues his review of a session played by Pokerstrategy.com member Augepaul.


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  • fitzinator18


    The latest from Boomer, enjoy!

    As always feedback and suggestions are appreciated!
  • vyczn15


    I was wondering what software do you use to analyze ranges?
  • vyczn15


    I was wondering what software do you use to analyze ranges?
  • Boomer2k10


    The program is called Combonator

    You can also analyze ranges in Pokerstrategy.com's Equliab and Equilator
  • Augepaul


    Hi Boomer, Thanks alot for the very in debth analysis! I was waiting for this but somehow didn't see that the first Video was released already!
    Just had a quick look at the Video and really liked it!You will get quite a bit of comments from me after i rewatched the Video and watched the first installlment!
  • madorjan


    Hey Boomer,

    Great vid as always (getting tired of writing that, but it's true, what can I do?).

    Couple of notes:

    T5: your counterargument vs his point is not really a counter. The problem is - we wanna call a lot (entire range maybe?) on this board, therefore we'll have a lot of air hands. We can't allow ourselves to raise some, because then we should call down with weaker hands (maybe even Q hi, didn't do the calc).

    Q4: from a purely balanced perspective it's fine, although I rarely see guys 3betting with a balanced range ftom the BB, or anything even remotely close to it, so in this spot (even readless) I can see ourselves making an exploitative fold on the flop. Also I'd rather peel with broadways than Q4s, cause against the pocket pairs it does much better.

    A8: 7:3 is a perfect flop raising ratio, no need to ever go below that. Also I'd rather fold T7, T6 than 73 or 74 (cause of the BDSDs).

    AT: I'd much rather donkbluff 88 or 77 with a heart. Also, it's interesting to think about our range in this spot, cause AT is the only hand that has a T in our check/calling range, so against a good handreader donking actually is not good. Exploitatively it's fine, cause people are too scared on this board.

    J9: If you want to c/c weak Q his, this c/f is definitely fine. :troll: I'd rathet check Q hi FDs on the turn, and build my range strictly by SD-value BTW.
  • Augepaul


    Hi Boomer,
    finally comes the answer to this video :)

    I just checked the original VIdeo, SB had 100% CBet Turn number on a small samplesize so I decided its best to let him bluff again on the River since he then has too many bluffs in his range that can only win if they bet and my hand gains alos value by letting hands bluff.

    Huh, that's scary that I folded here!

    Yeah, clear bluffbet, you're right!
  • Kreatief


    I am a bit confused to be honest. It looks like youre just playing some GTO style. You havent told once what kind of opponent you are playing against. No ranges of your opponents. You are just working your way up from your valuerange, adding bluffs in order to stay balanced, given the odds.
    At some points I find it hard to believe that this is max-ev compared to explotive play, or are you just assuming, villain is playing perfectly vs us?

    Dont get me wrong, I really like the way you analyse the hands, I do learn alot, but more from a GTO perspective.
  • Boomer2k10



    I am analysing these video from a GTO/Balanced perspective as, in my opinion, that is the way hands shold be analysed before you start looking at exploitation

    Most coaching has focused on doing the opposite which has resulted in what I call "Pre-Emptive Exploitation" wherein players try and exploit tendencies found in the "average" player without really any direction

    If you have a concrete read on someone, like Augepaul did in teh T5 hand then of course you're going to switch to a more exploitative line however the balanced approach allows us to examine places where we may be going wrong as part of our whole range

    The A9o fold in video 1 and the A8 fold in this video are perfect case-in-points.

    Exploitatively, they make sense. Does the average reg turn A-High into a bluff thereby making our fold abysmal? No he probably doesn't, but we can't say that for sure without a read and therefore we use Balance/GTO play as a shield to prevent making incorrect exploitations as these 2 folds from a balance standpoint are disasters

    Perfect exploitative play will always beat GTO play when playing vs a human in terms of maxEV, there's no doubt in that, however perfect exploitative play is much harder to achieve than most give it credit for, especailly vs modern day TAGs and I believe you should start with the balanced approach before making wild shifts to exploit someone and you'll often find the artificial equilibirum inherent in some of the players today isn't an equilibrium at all
  • Kreatief


    Thanks alot for your answer. That is what I was looking for and I perfectly agree with your approach. Thanks!