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Old 02-09-2019, 06:27 AM   #1
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Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

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I have posted this question on reddit with no response, maybe im posting it wrong. I'm ready to start practicing with equilab and ranges/equity and all that, cause I know its important to becoming a good player. I have downloaded the software and understand how it works. What I dont understand, is how I decide what ranges to put in? am I studying an opponent and coming up with their range?[]]]]]]]]]]]]].../ <--- my dog. Or am I just practicing all ranges? I dont get how I can practice ranges if everyone has different ranges... all I need to know is how im coming up with the ranges I enter into the software, so that I can get familiar with the equity in certain spots against those ranges. Basically, what ranges do I put in, and why?
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:57 AM   #2
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

There are some “standard” preflop ranges, but in general you have to come up with your own because as you already said “everyone has different ranges”.

Why would you like to look at spot X where your opponent has a range of Y if that’s not his real range? (Or at least what you think his real range is)
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:07 PM   #3
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

Examine what you think range vs range equity distribution looks like for (good players vs good players)

Then look at how the distribution changes depending on how loose or tight you make the ranges.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:41 PM   #4
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

Start by saving your own opening ranges as presets in Equilab.

e.g. Suppose you typically open 66+, ATs+, A5s-A2s, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, AJo+, KQo (11.92%) UTG. You can save that as "UTG open" in Equilab.
You should do the same for each of the positions.

You can then quickly call up a range, and then input a flop, and run that range against some specific hands.

e.g. Suppose you were playing against yourself and you opened UTG with that range and called with 99 on the BTN. You can compare the equities on various flops.

Pre-flop, 99 has 51.6% equity vs that 12% opening range I mentioned.

UTG****48.41%**47.88%***0.53%*{ 66+, ATs+, A5s-A2s, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, AJo+, KQo }
BTN1**51.59%**51.06%***0.53%*{ 99 }

It's basically flipping, but that's just pre-flop. The flop can radically change the equities.

On a flop like A72r, 99's equity drops down to 34%. This is because UTG's range contains so many aces.

Board: 2A7
*******Equity*****Win*****Tie
UTG****65.80%**65.41%***0.38%*{ 66+, ATs+, A5s-A2s, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, AJo+, KQo }
BTN **34.20%**33.82%***0.38%*{ 99 }

So you learn that that flop is a good one for UTG, and a bad one for 99. (Change the BTN's hand to AQ and re-run the equities and you'll see just how strong TPGK is).

On a flop like 855r, 99 is doing better vs UTG, since villain's range has so many Ace highs and suited Broadways that missed.

Board: 855
*******Equity*****Win*****Tie
UTG****38.78%**38.45%***0.34%*{ 66+, ATs+, A5s-A2s, KTs+, QTs+, JTs, AJo+, KQo }
BTN**61.22%**60.88%***0.34%*{ 99 }

I won't do the calculation, but a flop like A96r would be particularly good for 99 (sets are good hands, obv).

By repeatedly studying spots where you run hands against ranges, you'll get a feel for which flops are good/bad for each range. It's essential that you start with reasonable ranges though, which is why I suggest building your own opening ranges and saving them as presets.

Once you've got used to what your own ranges are, you can make estimates of what your opponents are playing. e.g. If someone much looser than you opens UTG, then add 5-10% more hands to your default UTG range, and run some equities on the same flops, to see how much they vary according to the width of the starting range.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:48 PM   #5
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

So, putting villains on a range is the heart of modern poker strategy. And it is not very easy. The built in ranges in equilab are a great way to start, as is the slider selecting what percentage of hands are in the range. But that is fairly unnuanced, you need to consider the following

1. How often is villain playing or opening?
2. How is their range constructed (do the play a merged range or do they play a polarized range)?
3. How is their range affected by current position?
4. how is villains range affected by effective stack size?
5. How is villains range affected by his perception of your (and any other players to act behind) image?
6. Are there a lot of players behind villain?
7. What action is villain facing?

For example, I am going to put a TAG player who cold 3-bets from UTG+2 with several LAGS behind him on a completely different range than a short stacked LAG who open shoves against two weak tight limpers from the cutoff.

Also, consider what sample size or exposed hands you are using to make your determination on his range. Some players love showing a wide range early to skew your read, and then tighten their range. Other players do the opposite, playing very tight, value heavy ranges early, then getting wider as stacks get shallow.

Where a lot of people get screwed up on ranges is underestimating how often players will play ugly, suited crap or low one gappers or connectors. You think you are safe with JJ on a low board because you bet pot sized preflop, and get stacked when a guy makes his two pair with 63 suited. So you need to keep on eye out for players who have quirks in their range. Some guys will call any 22-99 no matter how much action they are facing preflop. Some guys will continue with a flush draw regardless of the price. These are traits you have to identify when you are trying to narrow their range.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:48 AM   #6
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

Hello, thanks to all four of you for replying. The effort was extremely surprising. Although I still need to re read some of those answers and study them more in depth, the combination of those four responses fully answered my question. Thank you guys for that. As you know from the question, that was something I was having a hard time googling. Thanks yo.

Not sure if I gotta tag y'all like on insta or other social media apps, I don't see anyone else tagging. But just in case. @Madlex @Bob148 @SpewingisMyMove @ArtyMcFly
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:51 AM   #7
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

Also @ArtyMcFly did you really calculate all that for me.. can't believe that. Thanks so much I'm gonna look at it all in great depth thanks g really appreciate it.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:27 AM   #8
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

I don't mix 2+2 and social media.

Have you tried the training feature in equilab? I think it's in the tool tab.

try this:

plug this button range (kinda loose, but typical)in the trainer: 22+, A2s+, A4o+, K2s+, K8o+, Q5s+, Q8o+, J7s+, J8o+, T7s+, T8o+, 96s+, 86s+, 75s+, 65s, 54s. Then the trainer will give you flops and you guess the equity.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:40 PM   #9
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Re: Want to take next step with equilab but dont know how. Please help.

I haven't been able to use equilab lately cause I don't have a laptop or anything. Am looking to buy a cheap one soon. Once I do I will certainly plug in those ranges I'm sure it will help. Before I was using my girlfriend's but we haven't been seeing each other much lately. Can't wait though cause I know this is gonna improve my game a ton.
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