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Let’s have a look at CombCalc as a tool for improving your poker skill. You can download user guide. Well, you have pocket pair of aces and pair of jacks comes on board. It is cash hand play analysis for NL10 on the 6-max table.

Table: Circleville [282451653] (NO_LIMIT TEXAS_HOLDEM $0.05/$0.10, Real money)
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5 players (stacks):
SB: da-CurL ($6.74)
BB: Kid Elviss ($9.36)
MP: Stahleck ($14.05)
Hero (CO): NikNukPro ($5.57)
BTN: pablopro68pl ($6.65)
Blinds: $0.05/$0.1

Pre-flop: ($0.15, 5 players) NikNukPro is CO: A , A
Stahleck folds, NikNukPro raises to $0.3, 2 folds, Kid Elviss calls $0.2

Pic.2-1. Opponent range

The opponent range Pic.2-1 is taken from well-known Holdem Manager. VPIP/PFR are 20/5.
Range with combs will be represented after flop with blocked cards. The blocked cards are Hero hand cards and board cards. This cards we need exclude from the range. The blocked cards commonly referred to as dead cards.



Flop: 4 , J , J ($0.65, 2 players)

Kid Elviss checks, NikNukPro bets $0.35, Kid Elviss calls $0.35
The primitive playing line would be to make a big bet or play all-in. In the pic.13 we can see the opponent range. It consists of 138 combs with +109 – 29 =0 (+win -lose =draw).
We lose 29 combs: KJs(2),QJs(2),JTs(2),J9s(2),AJo(3),KJo(6),QJo(6),JTo(6).

Pic.2-2. Opponent range considering the dead cards

Let’s think why opponent calls rather than folds. He might have one of 29 winning combs. Then he may have flush draw (only spades) and two over cards AQ, KQ and pairs 66,77 and 88. Let’s assume that only spades in suited combs without jacks are left. For example right-click ATs so that window suits selection on the right pic. 2-3.

Pic.2-3. Suit selection for A9s

In the suit selection window choose spade-spade only. Then repeat this operation for ATs, A8s, A7s, A6s, A5s, A4s. For A4s only diamond-diamond combs and then remove them. We don’t touch KJs and continue with KTs,K9s,K8s,QTs,Q9s,T9s. We remove ATo,KTo,QTo,A9o from the range.

Pic.2-4. We choose call cards opponent

We press Op1 button. Please refer to pic.2-5 (+48 -29 =0)

Pic.2-5. The range before turn



Turn: K ($1.35, 2 players)
Kid Elviss checks, NikNukPro checks
We choose Kh in Cards pane and press Op1 button (pic.2-6).
We lose 3 winning combs KQo and 2 losing combs KJo. The result is +45 -27 =0.

Pic.2-6. The range after turn



River: 3 ($1.35, 2 players)
Kid Elviss bets $1.35
3h is not in range. Opponent makes bet of the bank size. Bluff, perhaps? Unlikely. The opponent statistics say us that he is TAG (cautious, plays by cards). Let’s remove AQ, 66,77,88 and all draw combinations from the range. The final range is shown on pic.2-7

Pic.2-7. The range after opponent bet on the river

We see +12 -27 =0.
We lose 12:27, chance of the bank 1:2. 12/39 < 1/3! Fold is the right option now!
NikNukPro calls $1.35
It is a mistake! Combinatory may have saved me 13.5 bb (big blinds). That's what a good combinations as opposed to equity. They can be counted!
Bank is 27 bb (big blinds).
Final Pot: $4.05

Results follows:
Kid Elviss ($11.14), net: +$1.78, [Kc, Jc] (FULL_HOUSE JACK, KING)
Main pot: $4.05 won by Kid Elviss ($3.78)
Table: Circleville [282451653] (NO_LIMIT TEXAS_HOLDEM $0.05/$0.10, Real money)

What mistakes do I see in my play? I had AA and made a weak raise of 3bb. I was afraid that all of my opponents would have folded and my aces would have not collected any money. Not lucky enough? Could be. Understanding of ranges could have saved my stack at least partially. So you may improve your game analyzing your hands with CombCalc!

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