Originally Posted by LD1977
Both merged and polarized ranges can be balanced although generally merged ranges are more value-heavy.
Polarized can be balanced while consisting of only value hands + bluffs.
Marged can be balanced while including medium strength hands and proportionally less bluffs (to be the same size as polarized range).
It is easier to make a decent polarized range.
Ok, so it sounds like polarized and merged are pretty much opposites, correct? So for example, if you 3bet preflop w/ KK+, AK+, and throw in some bluffs too, you're balanced, but still polarized because there's no middle range. And balanced is good because opponents won't be able to put you on a great hand when 3betting and are thus less exploitable.
But a merged range would involve mostly 3betting premium (but possibly just flatting occasionally), sometimes 3betting strong/non-premium hands, and throwing in a couple air hands as well.
Is that more or less the difference?