re: Poker & Hand-reading help
Originally Posted by Caesura
So, forgive me for sounding dense, is it that simple to judge? A players % of open bets correlates closely to their range %? A player that only opens 5% of hands is only playing the top 5% of range (give or take)?
Almost that simple, until you have to add in positional factors, but it is a very useful start to evaluating the situation. If you start and stop with that info, bad things will happen to you, but for a start its the right place.
The stats you have on your villains are generally a gross approximation (based on facts) that cover all positions.
So, for another simplified example, player V(illain) has a VPIP of 20. That might be a solid number for middle position. UTG he might be 10, button he could be 40, with a non straight line describing how he plays in each position.
Again, simplified and using the above nonstraight line, V in the CO should probably be in the 30-35 VPIP range. Usable info from a hand chart will give you the bottom end of his range.
Other variables in his stats will be how many hands over what period of time you have on V. If you have tons of hands on a player, that might go back a year or more, I would tend to want to restrict how many of those hands you are using to some number of more recent hands. I do this often in Tourneys where I see the same folks over and over and have for a long time. Year old stats means V has had a chance to get Phil Ivy as a coach, and he graduated with honors.
Size of table will be very important. 9 seats vs 6 seats. If you come to a 9 seat table with a villain you have 6 seat stats on, trouble will ensue..