Spin & Go tournaments on PokerStars are 3-player, short-stacked, hyper-turbo tournaments. Because all players are short-stacked, most of the decision making happens preflop. Because they are hyper-turbo and 3-max, you need to be aggressive. As there are only 3 players you’ve got plenty of room to display plenty of HUD statistics. I’d recommend these stats:
Blind Steal, Fold to Blind Steal (effectively, the button has a blind steal opportunity on every single hand!) You could just load up your HUD with every possible blind steal stat (fold to blind steal, raise blind steal, call blind steal, blind steal from button, blind steal from small blind) and you’ll already have a ton of information that would converge to accuracy quite quickly.
Three-bet and fold to three-bet. I wouldn’t care too much about four-bet stats, because a four-bet is going to be an all-in raise most times.
Postflop, I’d use continuation bet, and fold to continuation bet. “Donk Bet Out of Position” and “Fold to Donk Bet Out of Position” could be useful for distinguishing between donks and maniacs. Donks would have a high Donk Bet Out of Position stats.
Simple, but effective I think. You can add continuation bet by street, but I don’t think Spin & Go’s offer the opportunity to use such detailed stats effectively.
Here’s what it looks like in Poker Copilot 6’s HUD Layouts window:
What are the advantages to assessing player stack size in number of big blinds remaining?
A) Psychological Factors
To make clear decisions, you need to understand poker in terms of big blinds rather than money. Distancing yourself emotionally allows you to make the best decision.
B) Understanding the effective stack
Understanding our own stack and our opponent’s stacks in terms of how many big blinds gives us the “effective stack” of any situation. If we raise pre-flop with a 200bb stack and are called by a single player in the big blind who has a stack of 100bb, then we can only win or lose up to 100bb. Therefore, the effective stack is 100bb. If the player in the big blind had 20bb, then the effective stack would be 20bb.
What is the Unopened Preflop Raise poker statistic?
Unopened Preflop Raise (UOPFR) tracks the percentage of times that a player raises preflop when the action folds to him. This allows you to understand a player’s tendencies at a deeper level than the VPIP/PFR poker statistic. VPIP/PFR gives you a general idea of the player type of your opponent. UOPFR gives detailed information on the range of hands your opponent is playing from each position.
The next chapter in our poker statistics guide is now available. This one explains all you need to know about unopened preflop raising.
Understanding your opponent’s range of hands from each position is key information for developing your preflop cold calling range, your blind defense ranges, and your 3-bet ranges. This guide will give you an introduction to preflop hand ranges and calling raises in position.
It can be incredibly frustrating to play at a table where someone seems to be 3-betting your opens over and over. Against a weak, overly aggressive player, you can combat their strategy by either 4-betting light or simply calling them with a strong range of hands and letting them bluff of their stack when you catch a piece of the board.
Against a strong, aggressive 3-better to your left, you will be playing large pots out of position with a capped range versus their uncapped range when you flat call. This is one of the toughest spots to play profitably in poker. While using a good 4-betting strategy and analyzing their 3-bet range to discover which hands to call with is the long-term strategy for success, as a beginner it simply may be better to leave the table.
If you do decide to stay at the table, most likely because there are many other poor players at the table, then the quickest and easiest way to adapt is to simply start raising a tighter range of hands first into the pot so that your range can handle the heat of their active 3-betting.
Less than 48 hours ago, PokerStars became the first online poker room to operate legally in Portugal. Today we released an update to Poker Copilot 5 that supports PokerStarsPT (the Portugal-specific version of PokerStars), on both Mac and Windows.
Poker Copilot users in Portugal get all the features of Poker Copilot:
A poker HUD showing a large range of statistics for each player on the table
Hand tracking and analysis
Leak detectors that reveal where you are leaking chips
A hand replayer that lets you record videos of your best hands
A customer sent us a hand history unlike anything I’ve seen before. It starts like this:
***** 888poker Snap Poker Hand History for Game 542583455 ***** $200/$0 Blinds No Limit Holdem – …
See that big blind of $0? What to make of it?
When we receive a unique hand history problem, we need to work out whether this is a correct hand history, perhaps due to a new tournament variant we’ve not seen before. Often it is a bug.
In this case, it is indeed a bug. The hand’s expected big blind was $400. However the player in the big blind was so short-stacked that paying the ante left him with no chips. So he paid no big blind. Strangely 888 then indicated that the hand was a $200/$0 hand.
We’re working on a work-around as follows: if the hand is on 888poker and the big blind level is 0, then we’ll auto-correct it as twice the small blind. This will almost always result in correct data, and is a much better solution than showing the big blind is $0.