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A hand from ICM trainer
August 4, 2016
5:20 am
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thrilaras7
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Hi poker lovers, I wanted to ask your opinion about a hand I saw on ICM trainer ( a free program from pokerstrategy.com)

BTN: 7.370$ (55.1% range)

SB (Hero) 610$ (10 3o)

BB 5.220$ (16.9% range)

Blinds:100/200

The program suggests I should push but I don’t understand why.

I mean, even if the BB folds because of his tight range, the BTN has more than 50% range and he has me covered by a lot

so, what is the point of pushing a crappy hand like 10 3o even if we are 3-handed? 

August 4, 2016
5:36 am
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Is it cash or tournament?

If it’s a tournament the hero’s M is only 2. That means he should push all-in with any two cards if he’s first in the pot, and even if the BTN opens, he should go all-in in that case too. After all he has a T high hand, and no time to wait for a better.

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August 4, 2016
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It is a Tourney but what exactly it is an M?

August 4, 2016
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I’m not a tournament player and by no means an ICM expert…so I’ll defer Markku to answer.

August 4, 2016
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M is simply the ratio of the blinds and all the antes to the current chip stack. Knowing your M helps you by making tournament strategy adjustments based on the M. Your M-level, and the M of your opponents, determines which zone you are in and so what your current strategy should be. There are 5 zones in total.

Tournament poker differs greatly from cash poker. If you are interested in tournament poker strategy issues, as for example in Harrington’s M and others, I can recommend to you Dan Harrington’s “Harrington on Hold’em: Volume I, Volume II and Volume III”, 1,183 pages.

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