The British TV quiz show The Chase frequently asks its contestants poker questions, from “which card falls between the flop and turn?” to “In which game might you have a double belly buster?”
It’s only a matter of time before they ask: “In poker, capped, uncapped, polarised and merged are all types of what?”
The answer, of course, is that they’re all types of hand ranges. But do you know the differences between them? And more importantly, how you can assign one to your opponent?
If not, fear not. You will do after this week’s update from PokerStars School.
- Hand reading for beginners: Capped vs uncapped ranges, and polarised vs merged ranges
- Big Hands from the ZOOM Stream – Pouncing on Weakness
- New PokerStars School training schedule on PokerStars Twitch
Hand reading for beginners: Defining ranges
PokerStars School’s Pete Clarke has put together the perfect revision material for anyone considering applying for The Chase.
First, he has broken down Polarised Ranges vs. Merged Ranges, how to identify these ranges, and how you can play against them.
Then Clarke looks at Capped vs. Uncapped Ranges, how to spot them, and how to exploit them.
Big Hands from the ZOOM Stream – Pouncing on Weakness
As Clarke’s Twitch stream moves to a new time slot (more on that below), he’s also taken the time to break down some of his biggest hands from a recent ZOOM session.
“Playing winning poker is all about knowing when you can step out of the theoretical box,” Clarke writes. “One of the primary means of achieving sound exploitative play is pattern recognition, and more specifically anticipating spots where ranges are likely to be underdefended in the face of aggression.”
New PokerStars School training schedule on PokerStars Twitch
There have been some changes to the streaming times for PokerStars School training, so make a note!
Nick “OP-Poker” Walsh will now be live on the PokerStars Twitch channel on Thursdays from 5am-9am ET (10am-2pm GMT).
Pete Clarke will now be live on the PokerStars Twitch channel on Fridays from 3am-7am ET (8am-12pm GMT).
More from PokerStars School:
- A river decision: To raise or not to raise?
- When is your hand a bluff catcher?
- 4 bad reasons for playing a poker session
- What to do when the river ruins everything
- 4 bad reasons for checking your hand
- 3 common poker study pitfalls to avoid
- How to apply and avoid pressure when deep stacked
- When should you call for a chop?
- Inside the mind of a pro: How to exploit transparency
- The 3 steps to pulling off a big fold
- 4 online poker reads you can make on your opponents
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