Nowadays, you still hear such reasoning at the tables but only from beginners. So, a hand like seven-eight suited, you can call with that in position and play it profitably. To evaluate this play theoretically against tables which don't dictate that the play is profitable is like saying that fire extinguishers are, in general, useless because your kitchen is not currently on fire. But if he doesn't, you still have your hand strength to fall back on. Get a Coaching Program. Please try the best alternative which is available for your location: The latest news from live poker tours around the world including PokerStars Live, Live, partypoker Live and more.
I was trying to get a better understanding of ranges and poker lingo. So we say our range is polarized when we are representing a very strong hand or total air, right? Then we have a depolarized range. When is a range depolarized? Ive heard people saying i 3bet flop to polarize my range or something like that.
Cause they are not too clear in my head and would like some feedback from anyone here that knows what they mean and an example of when we use these terms and how. I obviously googled some of these terms and got some info but feel like a thread would help me grasp the concept better. November 14th, , 9: November 14th, , Its like, where i live nobody uses these terms so i don't fully get them.
Hear them around the forum here and there and am always thinking,," WTF" are they talking about. I am such a donk so please help me find answers to my questions.
I think polarized range is if you only play a limited amount of cards, like if you only play j's or better then you would have a polarized range, but im no expert on this subject.
Would like to hear more. So like, im purely guessing here, If we wanted to depolarize our range ,would we do it by increasing our vpip and pfr or is this term related to while in a hand.? Originally Posted by vinylspiros. I must sound like an APE. A polarized range for example, is like betting the river with only the nuts and near nuts, or bluffing.
Since many players assume that a river bet is the nuts or a bluff , a depolarized range betting more marginal hands allows to exploit their tendencies. The purpose of including low value hands in a range is to extract additional value from high value hands, or to play more hands in general against opponents that fold too often.
In the first case, you need high value hands in your range to make the strategy work. In the second, there is no reason to limit yourself to low value hands. When to use a high-value range Against loose-passive opponents, who will play most hands and take them to the river, you will want to play high-value hands. Since these players can't be bluffed, you need hands that can get to showdown and win.
Your "high value" range can expand to include some medium hands depending on how light opponents will call down if they call down with any pair, hands that make second pair can be played profitably , but it will not include low value hands.
This is the best strategy against a level 0 player. When to use a polarized range As your opponents become more able to fold hands in certain situations, it becomes profitable to start adding bluffs to your range. When adding bluffs to a range, it is best to start with hands that have little-to-no showdown value - the 72o-type hands. There are a few spots this can be applied. A polarized range can be used when 3-betting in position pre-flop against a good opponent.
A good opponent will not call with many hands out of position - they may have some high value hands in their calling range, but for the most part they will 4-bet or fold. In this situation, you will either want to get your money all-in, or fold. You go all-in with your high value hands, and fold the rest.
So if you 3-bet with a hand like AJs, but have to fold to an all-in, that is a waste of a hand that can be profitably played in position. This is why we polarize our range - when we get 4-bet with 72o, and have to fold, we aren't losing value.
You reraise to 1, The button thinks for a while and moves all-in for 10, A typical player would either fold such a hand, or simply call and see a flop, hoping to hit something big or outplay you. What about times when your range is polarised? How much should you bet to get maximum value when you have the nuts, and how much should you bet to minimise your chances of getting called when bluffing? Normally, your bet sizing is based on balancing several factors.
You want to maximise the chances of being called by a worse hand, maximise the value you will earn if you get called by a worse hand, but also minimise your loss if you are up against a stronger hand.
In a polarised situation, there is much less uncertainty about where you stand. In such situations, I recommend making a larger-than-average bet, because the likelihood of being called does not decrease in proportion to the amount that you bet. If your usual bet would be two-thirds of the pot, try overbetting the pot slightly in a polarised situation.
Not only will this put your opponent to a tough decision, but it will maximise the chances of achieving your objective, no matter at which end of the range your hand actually lies! Not long ago, it was common to hear a discussion at the table that went something like this: Bet sizing What about times when your range is polarised?
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