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Learn the Value of Hands in Poker to Enhance Your Win Rate

Learn the Value of Hands in Poker to Enhance Your Win Rate

In the previous Texas Hold'em game, we discussed the approach to extracting value from the first poker hands and shared with everyone the decisions before the flop, which influenced the outcome of the entire Texas Hold'em game.Today, we will continue the previous discussion and elaborate on the recent value of hands in poker games. Let's get started.

Learn the Value of Hands in Poker Game Introduction

In the previous Texas Hold'em game, we discussed the approach to extracting value from the first poker hands and shared with everyone the decisions before the flop, which influenced the outcome of the entire Texas Hold'em game.Today, we will continue the previous discussion and elaborate on the recent value of hands in poker games. Let's get started.

Learn the Value of Hands in Poker to Enhance Your Win Rate

In Texas Hold'em games, utilizing image-based re-raising is crucial for maximizing the value of hands in poker.

How to Use Table Image to Add Value to Poker Hands 

At a ten-player table with blinds at 20/40, the action folds to the middle position (MP), who raises to 300. The players in the cutoff and button call, the small blind folds, and in the big blind, we see Ac10c.

According to Game Theory Optimal (GTO), this situation may border on the edge of a folding range. However, knowing that the MP player is aggressive and the other two players lean towards playing solid poker hands, their lack of re-raises indicates a narrower range. Considering I already hold the blocker cards with an Ace, reducing the likelihood of opponent having AA by 3 combos and limiting possibilities for A/K and A/Q by 3 combos each, I decide to re-raise to 1800.

My decision is influenced by the fact that I am a tight-aggressive player, and opponents might fold hands like AJ or A/10. Additionally, my image limits their perception of our range. After some thought, MP re-raises to 4500, and the players in cutoff and button fold, bringing the action back to us.

With the blocker As in my hand, the chances of the opponent holding an Ace decrease. Considering the aggressive nature of the player, their 4-bet range may include poker hands like JJ, 10 pairs, or 9 pairs. The goal is to put my A/Q hands at a positional disadvantage, and A/K is behind until community cards are revealed.

Contemplating the situation, I recognize the possibility of facing hands like A/A or K/K, but also hands from Q/Q to 9/9. It becomes evident that calling is not advisable in this scenario; typically, folding would be recommended.

However, leveraging my tight-aggressive image, I decide to go all-in, providing fold equity against hands below Q/Q. The result: my all-in move prompts an immediate fold from the opponent, who later reveals they held JJ.

Take Advantage With Your Value of Hands in Poker

Take Advantage With Your Value of Hands in Poker

In Texas Hold'em games, it's essential to extract value of hands in poker; otherwise, you might find yourself being overtaken for free.

In another scenario at a ten-player table with blinds at 20/40, MP calls, and I, in the button position, find Qd10d. I raise to 300, the big blind calls, and MP calls, creating a pot of 920.

The flop comes Qs 3c 4h. The big blind and MP check. Recognizing my top pair with Q, I continue with a bet of 450. The big blind folds, and MP calls, bringing the pot to 1820.

Analyzing the situation, I assess the MP's range to include hands like Q/10, Q/9, 3/3, or 4/4. We are either ahead or in a tie in these scenarios. Additionally, hands like A/2 or A/5, which form straight possibilities, are in our favor.

The turn reveals Ad, an unfortunate card for me. The opponent checks. Examining their remaining stack of approximately 5000, a 1000-bet continuation might lead to a challenging decision if the opponent decides to push. Conversely, checking allows me to control the pot, and I can decide the appropriate sizing for a call based on the upcoming community card.

The river brings 10h, giving me two pairs. Although I am still behind the opponent's flop set, I now lead against hands with an Ace. If the opponent has A/3 or A/4, they might attack the pot on the turn. Therefore, my two pairs only lose to the rare A/10 floated on the flop.

The opponent bets 1000, and after careful consideration, I decide to raise to 4000. With a range including 10/J, Q/K, K/J, I create a bluffing range against hands with an Ace. The pot expands to 3820, and the opponent ultimately decides to call, revealing A/5. My two pairs win, securing the pot of 11820.

This illustrates that if the opponent chooses not to attack on the turn, GTO suggests a check-call on the river. However, if they shift towards aggression on the turn, an all-in on the river is recommended, as there is fold equity against their two pairs unless I hold A/Q.

These recent poker hands showcase the importance of extracting value from poker hands. I'll continue to provide updates on poker hands, and I invite you all to share your hands for mutual improvement. Until next time.
 


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