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LD1977

LD1977

LD1977 started his poker journey in November of 2012. when he opened an account at newly launched Full Tilt Poker. Since he was a complete beginner, he decided to start from the bottom and work his way up through levels until he felt ready to make a deposit. This meant freerolls and then cash games. To get help with his first steps he looked around the Internet and decided to become a member of CardsChat. Focusing mainly on cash games, he became an active member of Cash Games subforum ( http://www.cardschat.com/f11/ ). After a year of learning and successful progress through levels, he finally made his first deposit with Full Tilt and cleared it, and then did the same with PokerStars. These days he is mostly playing 50NL full ring Zoom on PokerStars with occasional MTTs and SnGs thrown in (at both PokerStars and Full Tilt).

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

LD1977 - November 14th, 2016

SB is the worst position on the table because: it guarantees information disadvantage against all other players it offers limited strategic options it lowers EV of both premium and speculative hands Play in SB is heavily based on HUD and notes, which serve to compensate for the inherent positional weakness. Opening ranges This is the […]

Late Position Ranges: Part 2 (BTN)

Late Position Ranges: Part 2 (BTN)

LD1977 - November 1st, 2016

BTN (button) is the best position on the table because: it guarantees information advantage against all other players it is fairly frequently possible to pick up the blinds uncontested (in unopened pots) it allows for maximally exploitative play with (comparatively) very little risk Play in BTN is extremely heavily based on HUD and notes since […]

Late Position Ranges: Part 1 (CO)

Late Position Ranges: Part 1 (CO)

LD1977 - October 8th, 2016

EP and MP ranges are primarily concerned with strength and balance, so they can’t be easily attacked from LP both pre and post flop. However, due to increased positional advantage, CO and BTN are best played exploitatively. This is achieved by using HUD extensively to identify opponents’ tendencies. In this article I will cover CO […]

Middle Position Ranges: Part 2

Middle Position Ranges: Part 2

LD1977 - September 26th, 2016

In the first part of the article, I discussed only the opening ranges, which we use when we are the first player in the pot (= it has been folded to us). Now lets see what can we do in more complicated situations. Facing 3-bets Since our MP ranges are a bit wider than EP […]

Middle Position Ranges

Middle Position Ranges

LD1977 - August 25th, 2016

Articles on MP (Middle Position) and LP (Late Position) ranges are mainly intended for full ring tables (9 players) but are applicable for 6-max, assuming readers understand the relative positions: BB, SB, BTN and CO are the same on both types of tables MP (UTG+1) on 6-max table is MP on full ring table (called […]

Early Position Ranges

Early Position Ranges

LD1977 - August 9th, 2016

This article will mainly be applicable to full ring tables (9 players) since the proposed ranges are too tight for 6-max. Ranges for 6-max will be discussed in the next article. Early position (EP) is first 2 seats on the table, namely UTG (under-the-gun) and UTG+1. Opening ranges (+ defense against aggression) EP has to […]

Ranges (balance, composition)

Ranges (balance, composition)

LD1977 - June 28th, 2016

Range is a group of hands played under specific circumstances (position, previous actions by opponents, perceived ranges). Criteria for evaluation of hands to include in a range include: Hand quality (explained in previous articles) Range balance Individual hands (included in out default ranges) are evaluated in Hand Quality articles. Range balance is a special criterion […]

Value of Freerolls

Value of Freerolls

LD1977 - April 8th, 2016

I have already addressed the optimal strategy for starting a poker career in my first article From Zero To Hero: How To Build A Poker Bankroll. The reason I am now returning to the topic is a recent discussion on the CC forum about actual profit numbers from this activity. The answer to this question […]

Hand Quality: Offsuit Broadways, Suited Gappers

Hand Quality: Offsuit Broadways, Suited Gappers

LD1977 - April 1st, 2016

These two groups of hands are normally considered 2nd tier, but are often included in late position and blinds ranges so they need to be covered. I advise readers to refer to previous articles Suited Broadways and Suited Connectors for comparison. Offsuit Broadways Offsuit Broadways (excluding AKo and AQo, which were covered in Big Aces […]

Hand Quality: Suited Aces

Hand Quality: Suited Aces

LD1977 - March 15th, 2016

Suited Aces (A9s – A2s*) represent only 2.41% of all starting hand combinations. This is slightly more than suited connectors (JTs-54s) as defined in the previous article (important from range balancing perspective, which will be discussed later). *AKs and AQs are covered in earlier Big Aces article, while AJs and ATs are in Suited Broadways […]