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Assigning a range with little to no intel

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  • Assigning a range with little to no intel

    Hey fellow poker schoolers. I was just wondering post flop what kind of range should I assign to someone who I have little to no intel on? Someone who I have no history playing against. Should I just do it based on what they did pre-flop or is thee a good rule of thumb?

    Thanks for your time.

  • #2

    Base it on position and stack size.. then from there, look at what % of hands the player is actually playing, once we get info on them.

    John (JWK24)

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    • #3
      As always the inestimable JWK24 is succinct and hits the nail on the head. (I really must work on incorporating stack size into my mental routine!)

      As I'm still a very basic learner, I like to assign a percentage opening range to each seat - e.g. 10% to UTG; 25% to mid table; and so on. I then try to think of what that range involves - i.e. 10% = 88+, A9s+, etc. I then check my cheat sheet to verify if my ranging is correct.

      I use these ranges as default behaviour that I should expect from each player in their position. Therefore, I assume the UTG will probably play a narrow range and tend to raise most, if not all, of their hands. If at some point I find that they limp or show a hand that is in a broader range, I then have new information on that player and put that information into their notes. As I find out more info, I add more to their notes.

      I suspect if I ever get better at the game I will be able to make this system more efficient, but for now I just need to do the work in order to reinforce my learning and hammer home the various range. I have a great memory for all science subjects. For poker ranges, not so much!



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