Phil Rocquemore

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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|

Why indecision is killing your poker profits

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”

There are a lot of gurus in the world who claim to know how to guarantee success. I take a different and more robust approach to succeeding: I find strategies which aren’t proven to be unsuccessful, test them in my own life and see how effective they are for me.

I was inspired to this ‘falsification’ approach to poker strategy in large part by Karl Popper’s excellent text, ‘The Logic of Scientific Discovery’. However I only realized quite how useful it was to generalize it to other areas of my life when I read this quote from Michelangelo about one of his sculptures,

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

In a flash of insight I realized that one can arrive at successful strategies by chipping away one’s unsuccessful strategies.

By | 2017-04-10T13:23:00+00:00 March 18th, 2014|
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