Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Friday, 18 September 2009

More Pokerazor Analysis.

Been playing around with this software some more. Most players seem to be 3-betting about 10% of the time on average these days. So I have been trying to figure out how to adapt to this and turn it to our advantage. Some interesting things have surfaced.

Coping with a 10% 3-bettor
One method is to tighten our range so that we have good equity against his, and four bet shove after his typical 3-bet. However this means becoming a nit since we'd be raising less than ten percent of our hands. Once a few hundred hands have passed villain is bound to stop 3-betting as often and we will lose out again. Another is to four-bet (small). This is where things get interesting. If our opponent is likely to fold out most hands to a four-bet then we can profitably do this with our ENTIRE RANGE, even if we fold all but KK+ to the occasional shove. However, if we do fold all but KK+ then a good player is liable to shove HIS ENTIRE RANGE profitably back into us - and we'll lose money. I suspect that currently most players will fold out more of their range than is good for them allowing us to four bet often profitably.
The evolution of cash games
This brings me onto another subject. If two players who know the 3-bet/4-bet/5-bet maths are playing one another, it makes little sense for them to indulge in this game. In the long run neither is going to make money. Surely then, it is better for good players to see more flops and seize post flop edges off weaker players? Maybe we'll see 3-betting die out and tons of limpers in the games again. Who knows... For now, I'll be trying my best to 3-bet less, keep out the way of liberal 3-bettors unless I know for sure they are folding weakly to four bets.

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