Tag: r is for reading

Jan 07 2022

The Third Goal of Hand Reading: Put *Ourselves* on a Range & Line

Jan 07 2022 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  r is for reading

The third primary component to hand reading is part of so-called “level-3” and above poker thought, or “reverse reading.” This is the process of determining which range and line the Villain is putting us on during the play of a hand. At low-stakes poker games, level-3 hand reading isn’t very important. This is because the majority of players at those stakes are not...

Jan 06 2022

The Second Goal of Hand Reading: Put the Villain on Line

Jan 06 2022 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  r is for reading

The second key goal of hand reading is determining what the Villain is trying to accomplish with their cards in the current hand situation. We call this intention—and how they go about trying to accomplish it—their “line.” We may, for instance, have determined that an opponent has predominantly small and medium pocket pairs in their current range. One type of opponent may treat...

Jan 05 2022

The First Goal of Hand Reading: Put the Villain on an Ever-Decreasing Range of Possible Cardds

Jan 05 2022 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  r is for reading

Without question, the most important aspect of hand reading is determining which cards our opponent (a/k/a “the Villain” in a hand) likely holds. But there’s a key distinction to understand: when hand reading, we don’t actually attempt to put the Villain on a specific two-card combination, like A♠-K♥ or 7♣-8♣. It is essentially impossible to be this precise in poker. Instead, our goal...

Mar 31 2021

Sky Matsuhashi Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong about HUDs! Well, kinda...

Mar 31 2021 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  r is for reading

I wrote a guest post for the Smart Poker Study website on the dangers of HUDs:...

Jun 17 2020

The Real Work Begins *After* You’ve Folded Your Hand

Jun 17 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  r is for reading

The Vital Importance of Paying Attention When You’re Not Directly Involved In A Poker Hand “A healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past.” -- Daisaku Ikeda The first step to making a good decision is reading your opponents hand and line and then evaluating the overall hand situation. And the first step to...

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