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Basic Hand Analysis

Video by Fox | Nov 23, 2014

Chris teaches how to realize your equity in order to properly analyze a hand. He also provides a spreadsheet designed for equity calculations that will ultimately help you make correct plays.


Fox over 4 years ago
The link to download the spreadsheet is -
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slimshady06 over 4 years ago
Great video that also emphasize the difference between a good and a great player. Loved it!
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viitor565 over 4 years ago
nice vid , the most valueble for me until today ^^
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jackontheriver over 4 years ago
Another great video. Thanks.
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onCard9 over 4 years ago
this video certainly re-ignited a passion for some new levels of self assessment for spots. Very well presented, some of the math viewed in this way is actually more simple that how i have viewed it in the past. Thank you. Headed over to your site right now!
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Fox over 4 years ago
Thanks guys, the positive feedback is much appreciated!
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gordon1gekko over 3 years ago
Dear Fox,

thanks for the video it pushed me to have a deeperreview of my hands.

Infact, if you don t mind, I would like to ask your support to review a hand I just played live

Situation 9 left on a MTT 5 players ITM (5th just buy in back), average is about 280 and there are 2-3 player short 100-160k, I am at exact average on bb.

Button open push all in for 110

I have KQoff what I do?

If I assign a range of top 15% pairs 55+ aces and some broadways I am about at a flip

However we are close to the bubble and I am trying to figure out the correct move incorporating bubble factor.
Using CSM as you teched us, I figure out my bubble factor of 1.2 (which should make sense as I am on exact average and playing against a shorter stack). what should I do now? divide my equity by 1.2? therefore it should be a fold as .5/1.2 < .5?

Also on kill everyone book I saw the concept of tournament odds to be compared to pot odds, how do I do that?

Thank you very much for your time and feedback
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Fox over 3 years ago
What are the blinds?

You'll also need to look at the extra money in the pot, but I can help with that once I know what the blinds are.
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gordon1gekko over 3 years ago
Sorry forgot to mention

5-10 k ante 1k. the dead money is just the blinds + antes as everybody folds to the button

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Fox over 3 years ago
Assuming that you know nothing about the player, I would assign a slightly wider range to an 11 BB shove. Is he folding 22 here? I would assume any pair is in his range. This is definitely a close spot. If the table is very active and you think you are a lock to cash or find a great spot to get it in way ahead, then you could fold, but the answer most tournament pros will give you is that you should call.

The ICM stuff (bubble factor) is more important if you are the short stack in this spot, though it is still something to consider. With four more people to go out before the money, it's also not as big a factor as if you were on the bubble or one away from it. My guess is that against a wider range that should include any two cards 9 or higher, most suited hands, any pair, and any ace or king, you will be a bigger favorite and with the ICM stuff being a little less important because of the factors I mentioned above, it is probably a fairly easy call.

If it was a big stack shove, I fold here. If the opponent had been much too tight, I might also fold. If you were on the bubble it might still be a call as long as there will still be one short stack who is at or below you if you lose the hand.
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gordon1gekko over 3 years ago
Thank you FOX, in the meantime I did my largest cash live at Malta EPT main event and in this case I think I did a pretty bad shove math wise ..

six handed UTG opens 2x I shove 16x with KJ

UTG has over 100x and is opening widely after winning few big pots. Pitty was that was my bottom hand shove and I got called only this time by QQ...
Now that I think back to it I think that beside the proper context (wide opening range) it was a mistake..

will try it again soon..thanks again
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Fox over 3 years ago
This is a debatable shove, and you could make a case for it being correct unless you were deep enough that the cash jumps were getting big. The wide range from the opener and a perfect resteal stack make this a good shove if he is going to fold a significant percentage of his opening range, but in a larger buy-in 6max event most players aren't folding to resteals often enough to make it correct. Congrats on your cash!
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