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  1. If you're not familiar with it, 2CardsCollegeis the largest poker school in the Russian-speaking part of the world. Currently, the school regularly trains over 150 students. You might have seen a link that says "Poker School" on the top of our site. Well, it goes straight to 2CardsCollege. 2CardsCollege is now launching on the global market with such renowned coaches as PocketFivers Apestylesand Assassinatoon its roster. PocketFives talked to the founder of 2CardsCollege, Ivan, who is better known as tannhauseronline. Ivan started the interview by reminding us, "The times when you could make money in MTTs without working on your game are gone." So, how do you go about working on your game? PocketFives: How can a player keep up with new trends? Ivan: Poker is very dynamic and the play of the "field" changes quickly. What worked well half-a-year ago may not work at all today. One must constantly change their game and adapt it to the new conditions. In the recent past, tournament players who used Flopzilla or ICMizer were way ahead. Today, we are teaching that players starting from an ABI of $10 and top MTT players use CREV as much as cash game players do. PocketFives: Why do players who used to win consistently stop beating the game? Ivan: You can very often observe how a player who used to beat the field with an ROI of 40% suddenly starts losing or struggling. This is a reality. I personally know a few top regulars who have played a lot and managed to maintain an ROI of greater than 35% at high limits for several years now. They all have one thing in common: they spend a tremendous amount of time working on their game. There are still players who continue to win without working on their game. However, this is only a temporary phenomenon. PocketFives: Can you talk about the pros and cons of existing studying formats? Ivan: Many believe that studying is just watching a couple of training videos a month, picking around their database once, and watching their friend's game. This no longer works. It is hard to imagine a professional boxer who "trains" by hitting a punching bag in his bedroom for half-hour a day and jogs in the mornings when he manages to get up early enough. This analogy is not coincidental. All of the best tournament players who make more than $200K a year treat poker as a sport. The pros and cons of personal coaching: Pros: a) the player receives the knowledge he needs; b) the player is involved in every phase of training and can ask any question at any time; c) the player picks the time for studying that is convenient for him; d) the player has no obligations to his coach and may stop training anytime. Cons: a) personal coaching is very expensive and not everyone can afford it; b) it is hard to tell on your own if the coach is actually good; c) it is possible that the player will receive a one-sided point of view on the topics discussed. Pros and cons of lectures, webinars, videos-on-demand: Pros: a) low price; b) ability to watch VODs from different players; c) wide variety of the material available. Cons: a) it is hard to find the material that solves a particular player's issues; b) you cannot ask a question and receive an explanation; c) language barrier. Pros and cons of Skype conferences for poker players: Pros: a) communication with peers; b) division of duties when searching for specific information or making calculations. Cons: a) generally, there is no organizer; b) low level of quality discussion. Pros and cons of working solo: Pros: a) a player inspects his hand history database on his own; b) finding and removing leaks; c) makes his own calculations and digests the obtained information better. Cons: a) it is easy to pick the wrong topic to study; b) no one can provide you with hints or advice; c) most players do not have enough motivation and discipline to work on their own. At 2CardsCollege, we have tried to incorporate the advantages of every format of studying. We watch every player and know his strengths and weaknesses and then design the training programs and tournament schedules based on this information. We arrange lectures from different coaches; a player works with 4 to 10 coaches on average in one year. The players are divided into small study groups based on their level of skill and motivation. Each group has a Skype-based conference supervised by the regular coach. The coach motivates the players, answers their questions, and monitors the quality of hand analysis and discussion. The players receive homework. The coaches always make sure that it is completed and the results are discussed during the training sessions. All of that has a monthly price comparable to a single training session with a strong regular. Alternatively, this training is free of charge if it comes packaged with a staking contract. PocketFives: How much time should a player devote to studying? Ivan: Studying poker is a complicated process. Not only time and effort are important, but also consistency, correct methodology, and motivation. However, there is a distinct pattern. The more time you spend studying, the more significant the results will be. PocketFives: Who is 2CardsCollege best suited for? Ivan: We coach MTT players of different levels: beginners who play low ABI, mid-stakes players, players with an ABI over $40, and anyone who wants to switch to MTTs from other poker specialties. PocketFives: What are the prerequisites? Ivan: A player has to have made a profit over at least 1,000 tournaments or 180-man SNGs. Currently, we do not coach true beginners. However, if we gather a substantial number of candidates, we will introduce this as well. PocketFives: How often are the training sessions conducted and what are their formats? Ivan: Students get formal training twice a week. The coach assigned to the group conducts the first formal session, which is an intragroup webinar where the students are actively engaged in the discussion. The second session is a school-wide lecture for several groups based on their ABI where players can use chat to ask questions. The students receive homework and are always in touch with their group and the coach via a Skype conference. PocketFives: How is 2CardsCollege different or better than other training sites? Ivan: We spend a lot of time designing the coaching team and the training methodology. We always monitor the coaches' personal results and regularly inspect their graphs. We conduct student surveys asking to evaluate their coaches and conduct informal talks with coaches based on the results. We hire new coaches, including strong players, who never considered coaching before. We can tell a good coach from a bad one. We also develop our own coaches. Some top students have already started coaching the low-limit groups. We offer convenient terms of payment. If a person cannot afford paying for training directly, he likely cannot afford moving up in stakes either. We provide both of these opportunities through staking. Finally, we watch players closely. If someone develops fast, he will quickly move up to another group. We try to give players knowledge, the ability to be part of a strong team, discipline, and motivation. PocketFives: How long have you been involved in training? Ivan: Even though our school has only been in existence for one-and-a-half years, I have been involved in training and backing for over four years. As far as poker, I got interested in it about six years ago. I was looking at it as a field with an opportunity to make money and I focused on playing PLO. I was moderately successful at PLO 200-600. However, at some point I started making more money in my other line of work, so I quit the game as a player, but my love for it did not go away. After a while, I organized a backing fund and started thinking about other projects, which led to the birth of the MTTMarket.com Staking Exchange and 2CardsCollege. Check out 2CardsCollege today
  2. As you probably all know, analysis of hands played is a big part of working on one's game. Obviously, we pay a lot of attention to this part of the learning process at the 2CardsCollege training program. In fact, analysis of the hands by trainees is a good indicator for their coach on how well they've digested the new theoretical knowledge and whether they successfully apply it in their game. The experts of 2CardsCollege has analyzed some hands by students of the first group to show you the importance of hand analysis: Click here for Hand 1 Flop is a standard check, because there is no value bet. To bet for value against two opponents, we need our hand to have more than 33% equity against the opponent's range of defense. A second pair on an A-high flop does not have it, so check is our only option. We check the turn as well to let the opponent bet widely, maybe turn a pocket pair into a bluff if he plays it this way on the flop. As for the draws, which we want to collect value from, our opponent would often bet those since he would be betting almost all of his range. Against a passive opponent, we could have donked to prevent his draws from realizing equity. This is why we bet the river after his check. The opponent's line looks like AT or less. I think sets and straights should bet the turn since our range is capped and if we check/called the flop, the opponent wants us to pay when he has a strong hand. We can reduce the possibility of strong two pairs, straight, or a set to the minimum. Just 99 and Ts8s are his most likely holdings. At the same time, he could check KJ or JT on the turn and the decision about calling should be based strictly on the opponent evaluation, which is how often he can turn showdown value into a bluff. Considering his river sizing, we can hardly beat anything. Besides, we block his range of hands, which he could have turned into a bluff. Therefore, I think bet/fold was the right decision by Hero. Click here for Hand 2 First off, I want to note the pre-flop squeeze sizing. We are giving the opponent in position great odds to realize his equity, so squeezing more would be more reasonable. I would also bet the flop more since MTT players are often inflexible to bet-sizing. Those who fold to bigger sizing would also fold to 30%. I mean floats with no backdoors and draws, but on this board texture, the opponent will call with almost any AX or each one that has a gutshot. He will also call widely with backdoors and overcards to a flush, raise or call weaker pocket pairs and flush draws, so we are favorites in equity considering that with hands like TT+ the opponents will mostly try to stack off pre-flop. TT calls a little more often, JJ less often, QQ+ usually shoves. Considering everything said above with respect to opponent's range of defense, we should definitely bet more on the flop. In addition, we want to have the turn SPR, which allows us to push without overbetting, or check/push like Hero did, but only if the opponent floats often and would not check behind with strong and weak draws to realize his equity free. At the same time, I think the opponent should bet this turn a lot since we often miss this board due to the wide range of squeeze. I guess both lines are all right, but in both cases, we need to bet more on the flop. Against a regular, the given hand was a cooler. Click here for Hand 3 An interesting hand. First, I hope this opponent was a good one for 3betting, at least high fold to 3bet or continuation bet. He should be a compliant one, so we do not lose extra chips out of position in a bloated pot. I like Hero's line. I think there are two ways to play in this spot: check/folding flop or getting ready to triple barrel since no one usually folds to one or two, but should often fold the river. The opponent is going to have a wide range on the river due to getting through flop and a turn, which his range of defense would hit better. Although there is a nuance in a triple-barrel line, which may be tricky for us depending on how we play the nuts, which is a second 8. Barreling this card looks very strong and we are representing a strong range. For example, I would often check the non-club 8 turn with strong pocket pairs not to narrow my range too much since I know the second barrel into this card looks strong. This is very image-dependent, but it is the 8 of clubs that we need to continue on, since the opponent is unlikely to have a turn raise range and if the flushes do not get there on the river, he would often fold, which improves our triple-barrel line equity due to increased fold equity. Do you want to find out in more detail how the proper hand analysis is done? Post your own hands in this threador send it to mail@2cardscollege.com (you should specify your login on PocketFives in the subject line) and our coaches will analyze 5 of the more interesting ones every week! In order to facilitate the process, please post the hands in a converted format (using converters like weaktight.com or similar). Links to the posted hands or screenshots from the hand viewer in Holdem Manager are okay too. We will accept your hands for review from today and our coaches will have the analysis ready for you within a week from receipt.
  3. Staking Basics: Mark-Up and Profit Sharing This article is published by courtesy of 2CardsCollege Pro Training Program. Today, we are going to talk about two models of staking: mark-up and player-backer profit sharing. What does 1.17 mark-up presume, what does 20% player profit share mean, and how do they compare? Selling stakes with a mark-up Currently, the basic and most widespread method of selling stakes is selling with a mark-up. The idea of а mark-up is that a backer is placing a bet by purchasing a share. Let's consider an example. When the backer buys a 10% share with a 1.17 mark-up in a $1,000 offer, he pays $117 instead of $100, securing 11.7% of the buy-in and getting 10% of the prize. In fact, the backer pays another $17 for the right to buy the share and that money goes straight into the player’s pocket. Thus, by paying $117, the backer bets that the player is going to produce more than 17% ROI in the long-run. Then, he will receive no less than $117 for his share. In this case, 17% ROI is the breakeven point for the backer. From the player’s perspective, the idea of mark-up is that he waives his claim to a share of the prize for receiving a specific fixed amount, determined by mark-up and total sum of the buy-ins. The table shows that the player is granted a $17 profit regardless of his winning or losing. This method is suitable for a player seeking to exclude all of the risks and get a steady income. At the same time, he should be ready to limit his prospects of winning by a lot. For this player, his future profit “freezing” occurs precisely when he sells the stake. In fact, the player insures a part of his investment in the buy-ins and gets a steady 17% ROI that no one can take away from him. When choosing this method, the backer takes all the risks. If the player wins less, only the backer incurs losses. If the player wins more, the backer gets the deserved reward for the risk. Selling stakes with profit sharing When selling stakes with profit-sharing, the player does not get any extra margin in advance. If the backer provides 10% of the buy-in, he pays exactly $100. However, in this case, the backer gives the player a part of the profit from the purchased stake in the given offer or a group of offers. This share of profit can range from 10% for the complicated, high-variance tournaments to 50% for longer term backing. In the case of а mark-up, the player’s income only depends on his total amount of buy-ins instead of his profit. The key factor is how many buy-ins a player sells and how much they are worth. His yield from selling the stake will grow proportionally. On the contrary, a player’s share of profit depends on his winnings. Therefore, it is only possible to establish a correlation between the mark-up and profit sharing for a specific ROI since the ROI displays the buy-in to pot ratio. The table below shows an example of a 20% ROI for a 1.17 mark-up in the first case and 20% profit share for the second case. You can see that the ratio of profit is significantly different for the player and backer when using mark-up or profit sharing. It may seem that profit sharing is very unfair to the player, but it is not. If the player achieves the expected ROI of 20%, not all of the offers will have been played out, as shown in the table. The player will not always get $4 instead of $17 from each offer. In most cases, when the player loses, his backer takes all the losses. On rare occasions, the backer pays the player's share from the profitable offers. On average, a player makes more from an offer than his backer does. To make these points clear, let us consider the long-run, assuming that the probabilities of winning and losing are 25% and 75%, respectively. Let's set the values of profit by purposeful selection: (value of profit from the positive offers)*(probability of 0.25) added to (value of profit from the negative offers)*(probability of 0.75) should yield a weighted profit of $20. Then, just like in the first case, the ROI will be 20%, but the player only gets a profit share from his profitable offers. Consequently, the player’s total profit is going to be higher than it was in the previous example. Even in this situation, a player with a 20% ROI would make more by using a mark-up instead of profit sharing. Now, let us consider the situations with the calculated distribution of probabilities of winning and losing and a higher ROI in addition to that. With the help of a variance calculator, we can evaluate the chances of winning or losing for the specific data provided. For example, let's review a 500-entry tournament with 63 places in the money, $1 buy-in, and 20% expected ROI over a 20-tournament sample. Thus, if the expected ROI is 20%, the breakeven point is 67%. In 67% of the cases, there will be an average loss of-$13 and in 33% of the cases, there will be an average profit of $87. This matches the weighted profit of $20 or 20% ROI in the long-run. The player will receive 29% (5.74/20) of the profit. If we input ROI=40% into the variance calculator, the percentage ratio of profit shifts towards equilibrium between the backer and the player. Almost half of the profit, 47%, goes to the player. It is obvious that the higher the player’s ROI is, the more beneficial it is for him to choose profit sharing over mark-up. Conclusions When a player chooses between selling stakes with a mark-up or profit sharing, he should primarily assess his present stamina, skills, and talents. If the player is not confident in his abilities or gets on a downswing, playing with a mark-up is a more risk-free option for him. Regardless of the result, he will get a margin. Playing under a profit sharing model, a losing player will get nothing. Simply put, for a player, a mark-up is stability and profit sharing is maximizing the profit. On the contrary, buying with a mark-up is riskier for a backer. In case of a losing player, a backer loses not only the amount of invested in buy-ins, but that amount multiplied by the mark-up, which increases his losses significantly. In case of a losing player with profit sharing in the long-run, a backer only loses the amount invested in buy-ins.
  4. Backing/staking is an irreplaceable tool for building a poker player's career. Any talented player may find himself in a situation where backing is the only way to continue playing. A severe downswing or a need to spend most of a bankroll on unforeseen needs sometimes leave a person no choice other than to quit playing or sell stakes. There are, of course, much less dramatic situations. A player may feel that he is ready to move up in stakes, but he is not prepared to assume all of the risks connected with this move. A player may feel like playing large fields and some expensive tournaments with relatively weak players where he is able to show a high ROI, but he cannot afford it. In this case, it would be a better idea to share some of the potential profit with backers. But how does a player, especially a beginning one, find a backer? Tips from 2CardsCollege MTT Pro Training Program Earn reputation and build an image Reputation in the community is one of the crucial factors that will affect your ability to get staked. Inaccuracy in your financials and aggression in the chat or on the forum will undoubtedly injure your reputation. A competent backer would not trust his money to a player who was once inaccurate in calculations selling an offer and treat with caution a person who allows himself to insult his colleagues. Honesty and politeness are a pledge for good reputation. Aside from reputation, there is a person's image. Image is a part of a strategy at the tables and a trump card away from them. Having an image of a successful player, you can sell stakes for online and offline sessions in a quicker and less formal way. So, how can you build it? Tell people about yourself Create a blog to tell how old you are, where you live, and what your hobbies are. Post a photo and share links to your social network profiles. This way you can give potential investors a complete picture of yourself. It is always more pleasant to deal with a real person. Backers are afraid to trust money to anonymous players. Post some interesting hands and life stories, share streams or videos of the sessions that you record, and, of course, post links to your offers. Communicate with your readers and be an active member of the community where you plan to sell stakes. Eventually, you might be invited to a pro players' study group to work on your skills together. If you have trained with some well-known coaches, be sure to mention it. Ask your peers, friends, and old backers to give you a brief recommendation. Learn to sell yourself A backer should have no doubt that your pretty graph displays your actual skill and not just a random upswing. Take screenshots of your actual and expected win rates from Hold'em Manager and PokerTracker, post- and pre-ante stages separated. Pay a well-known coach to review your hand history and provide an expert evaluation. Aside from the general Sharkscope graph, show graphs after applying the following filters: - All tournaments, excluding 1,000+ player fields and turbos, the cheapest and most expensive ones, where you do not have a sufficient sample - All tournaments for the last 12 months - Your regular stakes tournament sample It will remove many questions of your backers, especially if your graph resembles a cardiogram or you are selling stakes for expensive tournaments while having a low regular ABI. Avoid competition If you are not a well-known player, sell your first offers with a small mark-up. All things being equal, a backer would prefer to buy from a well-known player and not you. You can avoid competition by offering stakes at a smaller mark-up or profit share. Design your tournament schedule carefully The more balanced your tournament grid is, the more backers will be interested in investing in you. There is nothing worse than an offer where $5+R rebuys and $11 freezouts are combined with $109 turbos and $215 1,000+ fields. Many backers never invest in offers that include turbos. If you want to play different types of tournaments, publish two offers with different terms. Another advantage of this approach is that you may adjust the terms and your investment in buy-in more liberally. Be punctual This is by far the most important rule. Publish your results right after you finish playing. Transfer the funds on time. If you decide to postpone an offer, make sure to warn your backers and explain the reasons. Ask for their express approval of this action or cancel the offer and return their funds promptly if anyone of them disagrees. If you won a major tournament on PartyPoker, where there is a fee for cashing out via Skrill, ask your backers if they agree to pay the fee or can wait until you find an exchange. Better yet, outline the rules for this type of a situation in the original offer. This way, you will prevent any potential misunderstandings or disagreements at the outset. In general, warn your backers of any possible adverse events (withdrawal/exchange fees, tax consequences, etc.) beforehand. Want to learn more about backing and get more practical advice from the 2CardsCollege's senior coach Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald? Register for Alex's free webinar, which will be held on July 30 at 19:00 CEST. Register for Assassinato's webinar
  5. In the first article about a proper diet, the 2CardsCollege nutritionist studied the set of nutrients necessary for the brain's effective functioning and showed how to convert this set into meals. For the second article, we've asked the expert to set out a menu for each meal, simple but healthy dishes! Breakfast: the morning does not begin with coffee Breakfast is the most important part of your daily diet, so plan it with some responsibility! Drink a glass of water right after you wake up, half-an-hour before the breakfast. That will be the right start to the day. Examples of a classic breakfast: The first option (a good lazy breakfast with minimal effort and time spent): Oatmeal with water (10 tablespoons will make 2 servings of grains), 1 spoon of honey (0.5 servings of sugar), 2 teaspoons of chopped nuts (0.5 servings), raisins, dried apricots (0.5 servings of fruit). Wheat bread (1 slice will be 1 serving of grains), 1 slice of cheese (0.5 servings of dairy), butter (0.5 serving of milk). The second option (for those who like dairy) Low-fat cottage cheese (2% fat, 1.5 s) with raisins (0.25 s), apricots (0.25 s), sugar (0.5 s), and sour cream (0.5 s). Bread (1 s), 1 slice of cheese (0.5 s), butter (0.5 s). The third option (medium option, teenager breakfast): Wheat flakes (2 s), milk (1 s), a spoon of honey (1 s), toast (1 s), 2 slices of cheese (1 s). Choose food in order to make it tasty because breakfast doesn’t only charge you with the nutrients, it also makes up the emotional tone for the entire day. Two hours after breakfast, drink a glass of juice (fruit or vegetable, it depends on the daily menu, 1 s) with a plain sandwich with rye bread (1 s) and 2 slices of cheese (1 s). The calories per serving are calculate according to this table: The number of calories for men: (9.99 * Weight (kg) + 6.25 * Height (cm) - 4.92 * age + 5) * 1,375 - for the first 2 weeks of an eutrophy (9.99 * Weight (kg) + 6.25 * Height (cm) - 4.92 * age + 5) * 1.2 - subsequently And for women: (9.99 * Weight (kg) + 6.25 * Height (cm) - 4.92 * age - 161) * 1,375 - for the first 2 weeks of an eutrophy (9.99 * Weight (kg) + 6.25 * Height (cm) - 4.92 * age - 161) * 1.2 – subsequently C-bet for banquet Let's divide lunches into two groups: with the first course and without one. Include hot first courses in your diet at least three times a week. The first option (with soup): Soup with potatoes and vegetables with chicken broth (2 s of vegetables, 1 s of potatoes, 0.5 s soup), bread (1 s), boiled chicken from the broth (1 s), vegetable salad (1 s). Simple, intuitive option. Vegetable soup can be replaced with another one, but do not overdo on the fatty broth. The second option (soup-less): Chicken cutlet (1,5 s), rice (1 s), vegetable salad (2 s). The simple principle of creating an alternative lunch: meat + side dish + vegetables. This option assumes smaller portions and is another reason to remember that allocating portions of the daily meals works best if planned in advance. Two hours after lunch, drink a glass of milk or eat some yogurt. Then sit down to play and get ready for dinner. Dinner and small pieces of the puzzle At least 3 hours must pass between dinner and bedtime. Keep this in mind when drawing up the plan of your diet and daily routine. This makes eating tough-to-digest foods possible! Tip: the leftover dinner will suit for the next lunch. Cooking lunch and dinner at the same time and for a few days in advance will save you time. The first option (single dish, easy to cook): Potatoes (1.5 s), baked with meat (1 s), mushrooms (1 s), and sour cream (0.5 s). The second option: Buckwheat grains (1 s), fried fish (1.5 s), vegetable salad (1.5 s). Eat fish at least once a week. Important points: While working at the computer, eat something out of the above items (1 combination): Option 1: large apple + banana / orange Option 2: Two kiwi + banana / orange Option 3: + kiwi apple. If the main courses did not contain nuts, you can eat half a handful of them during work (combine peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, one Brazilian nut). In order to help the body with stocking the glucose necessary for the brain, add the obligatory one-hour walk (more hours will be even better). *** A balanced diet is a way to increase productivity and strengthen the brain in order to prepare the body for mental stress. Naturally, switching to a balanced diet is not a matter of one day. If you have been eating very little before, the prescribed number of daily servings will seem impossible to handle at first. During the first week the restructuring, activity of gastric enzymes will have occurred and soon the body will completely adapt to eating by the clock. Nutrients will begin to replenish the stock. A week after that, the body will arrive at the optimal condition for productive work and handling mental stress. Visit 2CardsCollege today! Good luck and good health.
  6. Here is another edition of hand reviews from 2CardsCollegeexpert Yuri, aka "Ivantbearich". This time, we are reviewing two of our training program students' hands. Visit 2CardsCollege Pro Poker Training! Hand #1: This hand is from the Super Tuesday on PokerStars. The opponent is a high-stakes regular, his stats are 18/12 and, so far, he has only called to protect his blind from a steal from late positions. We have 222 hands on him and know he flats a raise with JJ when he is in late position. He tends to fold 67% on the flop, so we can at least infer that he does not play back with no equity. At first look, at these stack sizes, a top pair with a medium kicker should be played for stacks. However, this is just a first look. It may seem that I am being results-oriented here, but I think we are going to come to the right conclusion having analyzed the hand in Flopzilla. Let us start by defining the opponent's pre-flop calling range. I guess he might slow-play QQ+ and most often shove any other pocket pair as well as most of the high card combos. Opponent's range: Not everyone prefers to shove small pocket pairs pre-flop, so I assigned 22-44 a 50% probability. Then we get a check-raise from the opponent. I think he knows I would bet top pairs, some second pairs, draws, and some of the hands with backdoor draws on this board. We have not had post-flop clashes before this, so I believe he would give credit to my betting range and would not make any moves based on exploit. I also think he would check-push most of the draws and check-raise weak draws (let's say with a probability of 20-25%) and rarely strong draws (besides, I have a Jc blocker for his semi-bluff range) with the same probability. All value hands would not need to generate extra fold equity and would play this way in 100% of cases. He would also do it with strong top pairs with a kicker higher than the top card on the flop. I also think he would semi-bluff check-raise/fold only the weakest gutshots because the strong ones he would either check-raise and go all-in or check-call. The rest of his range he would fold. Thus, we have defined the villain's range of check-raising and calling our shove: I am behind in equity and have insufficient equity for a value push. We should also note the effective stacks. I do not think the villain would ever fold to a push and, even if he would, the probability is too low to make a push profitable due to fold equity. We need 21% equity to make a break-even call and we have 30.5% as seen from the screenshot above. However, this equity is based on draws in the opponent's range, mostly the weakest ones. Thus, if we call the flop, we are in for a difficult decision. Our equity would be lower, but we should go all-in if we hit cards that strengthen our hand, although we would still be way behind the villain's value hands, even considering he might check-push all draws from the screenshot above with close to 100% probability. Even if we keep all of the top pairs and draws, we still do not have a value push. This hand presented quite a few important details that we had to note when making a decision. A seemingly simple decision may turn out to be quite complicated due to factors we cannot assess precisely since we have little information. In addition, this hand shows that we sometimes want to see balance in opponents' actions, which might not actually be there. There is a fact, which confuses me the most: with a stack of this depth, I expect the opponent to play straightforward after check-raising for almost half of his stack. Conclusion: I should have bet/folded against a straightforward opponent. Hand #2: In this hand, I would like to show that you should not get married to your hand. It might be an easy river fold for many of you, yet I would like to show how a single mistake during a hand may lead to an expensive blunder on the river. The opponent is an average regular of low- to mid-stakes. First off, I would like to note Hero's pre-flop action. Since we are playing with antes, we have good pot odds to realize our hand's equity against the opponent's range. However, KQo is a hand that realizes its equity best when it is played by 3-betting an opponent to put him under pressure. This hand is most likely suitable for a call, but there are several players behind us and we do not want to get into a multi-way pot since we would need to hit top pair or a strong straight draw. For a multi-way pot, I would prefer to have a suited hand. We have blockers for the opponent's value range and would like to take pots with 3-bets more often, taking into account all of the factors mentioned above. A call would be the #2 option for me since there is a high chance of getting a squeeze and I do not want to get into a multi-way pot with a non-ideal post-flop potential. Nonetheless, this hand plays pretty well heads-up in position. Anyway, the call option is second best for me and I would prefer it to avoid high-variance 3-bet/5-bet shoves spots only if the opponent is known to often defend with a 4-bet. The opponent's opening range looks like this: I think he would bet the following range in a multi-way pot: We are already not doing too well since we only have slightly higher equity than we need to have against his range. However, we can call if we believe the opponent would sometimes c-bet a wider range. It is important to understand that we already have a borderline decision on the flop since we cannot realize our hand's implied odds. We would face-up our hand by getting aggressive with a straight. Thus, we can only call one bet. There are almost no pure semi-bluffs and the opponent would not always continue turning third pair plus a draw type of a hand into a bluff. This is what LAG players usually do, while an average TAG would try to get a mediocre showdown value hand to the river as cheaply as possible. The turn is an ideal card for us, but I am afraid we cannot raise the opponent's bet since all of his top pairs should bet/fold and he would continue with pair plus flush draws and strong hands. Thus, it turns out that we have no equity for a value raise. I think he would check the turn with top pair with a kicker lower than a Jack or even more likely than a Queen. Also, pair plus flush draw combos or just flush draws might continue betting with this sizing. The flush got there on the river and now we do not beat anything, especially considering that AJ and AQ would not c-betting. Conclusion: It is better to develop a habit to think 20-30 seconds longer before making a big decision. This will lead to a much higher quality decision. Hero should have definitely folded the river, but he may also need to rethink his pre-flop decision. Do you want 2CardsCollege expert to analyze your hand? Just send it to mail@2cardscollege.comor post it in the training program thread. In order to facilitate the process, please post your hands here in a converted format using сonverters like weaktight.com or similar. Links to the posted hands or screenshots from the hand viewer in Holdem Manager are okay too. We will accept your hands for review from today and our coaches will have the analysis ready for you within a week from the receipt.
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