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Rating Flop Textures and Cbetting

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In this lesson we learn about what board textures are best to Cbet on. When we are the pre-flop raiser we have to be aware of our perceived opening range and how this interacts with the flop and how credible our continuing range/ cbet for value line is. 

As the PFR from early/ mid position we need to be aware that our percieved range is something like:

- Any pair

- Big aces like Aj

- Suited wheel aces like A5

- Big face cards like kQ

- The odd suited connector like 89

When deciding to cbet we must take into account our opponents calling range pre-flop and how this interacts with the flop and how likely is it that he will fight back with nothing. Chances are that the credibility of our opening and continuing range does not matter, as our opponent is playing his hand. In this case we are more concerned with how his pre-flop calling range interacts with the flop.

Calling ranges in position are generally wider than the PFR's range and include the hands like:

 

- Most pairs: but not usually hands like JJ as these are usually 3bet and not used to call with.

- Big aces: but not usually hands like AK as these are usually 3bet and not used to call with.

- Suited wheel aces like A5

- Big face cards like kQ

- More heavily weighted to suited connectors than the PFR.

 

We must remember draw heavy boards that interact well with the Pre-flop callers range are not good to cbet on, similarily are boards with a lot of high/face cards. We can break flops down into different catagories to cbet on, A+ are the best board textures to cbet on and D are the worst:

A+: Flops like A72 or K72 (we can credibily represent a hand on these flops and our opponents PFR calling range connects poorly)

A: Flops like A75 (we can credibly represent a hand on these flops and not many of our opponents hand connect - there are not many possible straight draws at all)

B: Flops like Q72 (we can represent a hand, but this is not as credible as an ace or king high flop and our opponents PF calling range does not connect well)

C: Flops like J67 (we can represent a hand but this is not as credible as an ace or king high flop, there are also more combinations of draws in our opponents perceived range here)

D: Flops like J78 or KJ10 (these flops connect well with our opponents PF calling range and there are draws all over the place, if we have not connected ourselves it is unprofitable to cbet on these boards against the vast majority of opponents.

 

Before we cbet we must grade the flop to determine if it is profitable to cbet!

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