Evolution of Poker - Modern Equity

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W43z3l continues his Evolution of Poker series with a more modern look at the subject of Equity and how to use it


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  • Boomer2k10


    Hi All

    Please enjoy w34z3l's latest video for Pokerstrategy.com

    If you have any questions/comments please leave them below
  • kacsa1st


    great job!
  • xmiammiamx



    Thanks a lot for the video! I have a question on the A9o vs T9s case. So, one of the problem with A9o is that we have to fold facing aggression because it's difficult to make a strong holding with this hand. But can't we "realize our equity" by bluff-catching?
    Sure looks like a dubious idea to check/call all the way with A9o, but I'm just trying to understand better why equity is not that relevant when there's still several rounds of betting to go.
    If our opponents only put large amount of money in the pot for value, I agree that we are in bad shape with A9o, as we will lose often against his value range. So in this case we lose big pots and win small ones. On the contrary, if our opponents 3-barrel 100% of the time on every board, we can realize our equity by calling down + sometimes maybe get extra value when we hit big.
    These are two extreme cases; it would even be ok to play A9o against the first opponent, as he will miss the board most of the time, and we can give up confidently when he bets if he's never bluffing. But what would happens against a more balanced opponent?
    T9s can sometimes hit big against our opponent value range and win us a big pot, but meanwhile A9o fares well against our opponent bluff range. We don't necessarily have to hit big. So to me the playability of A9o in a big pots depends on how frequently the guy is bluffing. And the guy has to bluff to some extent, as we can make a profit if he doesn't.
    I wouldn't play like that with A9o ever, but when I think about it, I find it hard to clearly explain why it wouldn't work. I feel like it's not that obvious!
  • w34z3l


    #3 Thanks =)

    #4 Thanks for watching.

    Of course we can realise our equity by calling down on any board run-out.

    In practice we won't though, since it's likely going to be -EV to call, so it's irrelevant if we realise our equity or not.

    Calling down with A9 requires a read. Against a nit we are donating money while potentially drawing dead. Part of the point is that even if we are playing against a nit 9Ts is going to retain it's equity better + we generally have a much high chance of improving on the turn.

    We also don't need to struggle with evaluating opponents bluffing frequency on river as often. Usually we either brick and fold easily, or make our draw and call easily.

    Also keep in mind that if our opponent is bluffing very wide we can just turn our T-high into a rebluff, whereas A9o generally won't suddenly gain the ability to make premium river hands at a higher frequency than 9Ts.
  • TeddyTheKiller


    Good Video
  • toateslafel


    Very nice!
  • MrIndependent


    Nice content, as the first part was as well and I'll watch the next parts too for sure.
  • betz13


    Hi, w34z3l!

    I understood the idea behind "value vs bluffs", and my question may seem a little bit out of the context, but are you never x/c the T8cc on the T52hhc?

    Nice video, thanks!
  • Laci24


    Really cool video! Thx!! :)