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Preflop ranges
September 14, 2016
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Hi, I have just read your article about the 6max preflop ranges, and I have some questions.

 

1. JTs is marked but QJs is not in the Opening range UTG pos. Why?

2. Why is no ranges for BB?

3. AKo is not in the calling ranges, and its not in the 3bet UTG ranges. So what should I do when I have AKo, and the UTG opens? Should I fold?

Thanks. 

September 14, 2016
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slaca said
Hi, I have just read your article about the 6max preflop ranges, and I have some questions.

 

1. JTs is marked but QJs is not in the Opening range UTG pos. Why?

2. Why is no ranges for BB?

3. AKo is not in the calling ranges, and its not in the 3bet UTG ranges. So what should I do when I have AKo, and the UTG opens? Should I fold?

Thanks.   

1. JTs is a great implied odds hand like T9s and 89s. It can flop good flushes and the nut straight. QJs is considered a non-premium Broadway hand and its not strong enough to open-raise for its Broadway strength because when you flop a Q or J you’re easily dominated. With a hand like JTs, if you flop top pair its easy to fold to multiple streets of aggression.

2. Playing from the BB is highly villain-dependent, meaning how wide someone is opening to steal your blinds, how wide the SB is open-raising, etc.

3. AKo is an optional call / 3bet hand versus UTG opening ranges. It depends upon your opponent to determine if you can value 3-bet AKo or if you should just flat.

September 20, 2016
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Thank you for the answer. I have anoher question about the calling ranges: Why does the CO ranges include more hands than Button ranges? I think Button plays with more hands, raise with more (weaker) hands therefore I should call button ranges with more hands, shouldn’t I?

September 20, 2016
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slaca said
Thank you for the answer. I have anoher question about the calling ranges: Why does the CO ranges include more hands than Button ranges? I think Button plays with more hands, raise with more (weaker) hands therefore I should call button ranges with more hands, shouldn’t I?  

You’re welcome. Regarding the calling ranges, you’re misinterpreting the ranges. Please re-read this:

When I say “UTG” Open Calling Range, I am providing a starting point range of hands you can call an open raise from UTG. The same goes for MP, CO, BTN, and SB. So MP Open Calling Range is not the hands you should call from MP, but the hands you can call from an open raise from MP. This is the same for my 3-betting ranges. So please don’t get this mixed up because it can be a bit confusing if you mis-read the diagrams.

When you’re calling a CO opening raise, you’re on the BTN, SB or BB.When you’re calling a BTN opening raise, you’re in the SB or BB, that is why it’s smaller because you’re always out of position and shouldn’t be defending your blinds too widely. 

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