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The mathematics of in-position play in Pot-Limit Omaha from pre-flop to river explained in 5 interactive lectures.
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Phil Rocquemore

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Online poker is the first real-time ‘Data Sport’

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players (i.e., everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

Poker is not just a game of cards.

Modern online poker is played over multiple virtual tables simultaneously, with decisions for significant sums of money taking place every second of every day. In Pot-Limit Omaha poker, my game of choice, we play 70 hands per table per hour. The average pot size each hand in a $2/$5 stakes game is around $200. If you play 7 tables at once, a minimum for many professional players, you will play 500 hands an hour, and make at least 1 decision per hand. A professional poker player makes thousands of micro-decisions per hour for many thousands of dollars. With so much at stake, even a small percentage advantage in decision-making skill compounds to a significant profit over time for the astute player. (more…)

By | 2017-04-10T13:22:57+00:00 August 18th, 2014|

When to bet to induce: Does villain have a short fuse?

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good deal of hocus-pocus clouds many betting lines in Pot-Limit Omaha. The exact bet size to use for a given situation often seems quite arbitrary. But this is to be expected! Seeming arbitrary is not the same as being arbitrary. If you haven’t done the math, why should you know the best bet size? Experience you say?

Then consider this: There is enough variance in poker (No kidding, right?!) that your subconscious mind is often going to mistakenly attribute profitable events to being a causal result of the betting line you chose. Thus whether you are correct in your belief that you know the right bet size in a given situation is largely a question of luck. (more…)

By | 2017-04-10T13:22:58+00:00 June 4th, 2014|

Let your opponents work for you: how to protect your check

“In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.”
Alfred North Whitehead

The best thing about doing research in an area with a huge game space that is largely unexplored is that one’s initial ‘best guesses’ at a strategy often turn out to be definitively bad. Online poker research provides very fast access to large samples of empirical data with which to test a theory before one gets too attached to it. When the evidence contradicts that theory we know we are about to learn something…

Most of you are comfortable with the idea of C-betting a lot on Ace-high boards as the 3-bettor and not C-betting so much on 876 duochrome. On boards like Q75r and 983d your decision metric likely consists of checking your opponent’s fold/raise/call versus a flop C-bet and little else. Construction of your checking range is usually an artefact of your C-bet construction rather than a conscious choice.

In this article I’m going to prove that, in principle, we need to protect our checking range in 3-bet pots when out of position. I’m going to explore the circumstances under which protection is especially important and when we can profitably deviate from ‘correct’ strategy. (more…)

By | 2017-04-10T13:22:59+00:00 May 1st, 2014|