WPT GTO Trainer Hands of the Week: Playing Against a Tough Big Blind From Middle Position


This week we’re focused on a typical cash game spot where you’re in position against a tough player in the Big Blind after making a standard opening raise from Middle Position.

Both player’s ranges are somewhat wide here consisting of between 15-20% of total hands. As the preflop raiser your range is uncapped, while the Big Blind’s range is capped as they would be 3-betting with most of their big hands in this scenario.

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When stacks are deep and ranges are reasonably wide, the in-position player has a very large advantage postflop. With wider ranges postflop hand strengths tend to be weaker which can make it tough for the out of position player to fully realize their equity with many of their holdings against a tough, aggressive player in position.

This dynamic means that as the in-position player you get to do a lot of continuation betting postflop in this scenario. On static boards you will have a significant range advantage and will often use a smaller c-betting size. On more dynamic boards solvers prefer a mixed strategy that tends to favor a larger sizing when you do bet.

Remember that dynamic doesn’t always mean coordinated, it simply means that turn and river cards can significantly change equities. This is true of coordinated boards, but it is also true of less coordinated boards containing low cards (particularly when paired) as many over cards can have a significant impact on player equities.

To see more examples and test your skills, you can play through five free solved hands from this scenario.

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Regular play on the WPT GTO Trainer will help you adjust your decisions closer and closer to GTO strategy.

You don’t have to be the world’s best player to use GTO Strategy, and thanks to the WPT GTO Trainer, now you don’t have to buy expensive software or have expert level knowledge to study GTO.

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The WPT GTO Trainer lets you play real solved hands against a perfect opponent in a wide variety of postflop scenarios for cash game and tournament play.

If your goal is to be a tough poker player then you should try the WPT GTO Trainer today.

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The WPT GTO Trainer has over 4 billion unique solved flops, turns and rivers that are fully playable.

As you make decisions in a hand,you receive instant feedback on the specific EV loss (if any) and Played Percentage for every action you take as compared to GTO strategy.

The full selection of scenarios for the WPT GTO Trainer are only available to members of LearnWPT, however we’re giving PokerNews Readers free access to the Trainer on a regular basis with the WPT GTO Hands of The Week.

Use this series of articles to practice the strategies you learn on LearnWPT (or at the table) and test your progress by playing a five-hand sample each week.

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