In poker, equity is the most important notion to understand. We hope this post will help you improve your poker game if you’re unfamiliar with it.
Let’s look at what equity is and why it is so important.
What is equity?
A player’s equity is the portion of the pot that would be his or hers if no other moves were made and all the cards we’re dealt. In this game, the best hand is determined by how likely a player will win.
A pre-flop all-in with Pocket Aces and a caller with Pocket Kings has an 82 percent chance of you having the best hand at the flop, turn, and river regardless of what cards are given. As a result, you own 82 percent of the company.
How is equity determined?
Tools like Poker Equilab can compute pre-flop and flop equity more accurately. The best poker hand (see: poker hand rankings) is rewarded with the pot when these tools go through many simulations of possible runouts.
Choosing the Right Bet Size Using These Tips
When there is a weak player in the blinds, raise your pre-flop bet size accordingly.
We want to get more out of our underperforming player with this tweak. A’static’ calling range is used by weak and inexperienced players, who call raises with the same hands no matter how big the pot gets.
It is better to raise 3.5bb in this case than 2.5bb because the weaker player is more likely to fold with the same range of hands if you raise 3.5bb (on average).
- When you have a nut edge, you should bet more.
- An overbet is a good strategy on a board that gives you an advantage over your opponent, especially if you have the strongest hand.
- Only strong hands and bluffs should make up an overbetting range. Using a huge stack, you can get the most out of your value hands and earn the most fold equity with our bluffs.
- It’s usually better to use overbet bluffs with hands that prevent our opponent from calling with their strongest hand. Nut flush blocker on a three-to-a flush board (think A-K on Q-8) is an excellent example.
- When shooting the second continuation bet, bet at least 66% of the pot on the turn.
Polarization is the most critical aspect to remember when playing on the turn. You want to establish a betting range that includes hands that can value bet on the river and have a reasonable possibility of improving to the best writing on the river to maximize your profits.
For the following reasons, middling hands, which are often found in small betting ranges, should be checked:
- If the turn is a check, a bet on the river for value can be made with mediocre hands.
- When playing on the river, you can take advantage of your opponent’s bluffs with middling hands.
- Middling hands protect poor showdown value hands (such A/K-high).
- You can bluff with really weak hands on the river by including moderate hands in your turn-checking range.