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Instructions
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You can do this electronically or on paper.
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Click on the sheet called TABLE OF PREFLOP SITUATIONS.
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This table shows positions along the top and prior actions down the side. It depicts 40 different preflop situations. This covers most everything except 4-bet pots and 5-bet pots. You could add those if you like. You could also add granularity to the early positions.
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Choose a situation from the table, such as CUTOFF, NO ONE IN.
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Click on the BLANK RANGE CHARTS tab.
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Fill in GAME, POSITION, and PRIOR ACTION.
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Assign a number to the new chart (1, 2, 3 etc). That number will go in the appropriate square in the Table of Preflop Situations.
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Then do this:
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Mark the hands you think you should always fold.
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And that’s your auto-fold range for that situation. The other hands are your it-depends range.
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(To mark your auto-fold hands in the spreadsheet, you can use bolding and/or coloring and/or cell shading.)
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Filling in a chart is a simple task. But not easy. It’s hard to decide on which hands to mark.
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There’s another way to do the same thing, from the opposite direction. Start with a blank chart and mark every hand that you might want to play in that spot against weak opponents. Now step back and look at the range of hands you did not select. And that’s your auto-fold range for that situation.
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Both methods of discovery provide enlightened views. In theory, they should produce the same ranges.
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When you have finished filling in a range chart, put the chart number where it goes in the situations table.
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Then do that 39 more times.
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The benefits and details are in this article:
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Auto-Fold Ranges
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My auto-fold ranges are here:
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My Auto-Fold Ranges
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It’s not as arduous as it sounds because you’ll find yourself using some ranges more than once. It turns out I use only 4 ranges for all 40 squares.
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(If I were you, I’d be curious right now as to how many auto-fold charts I will end up with.)
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I recommend that you not do this drill all at once. Spread it out. Fill in a few squares in the table, go play poker, then do a few more squares, and so on. Carry your new ideas from your desk to the poker table in small buckets.
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