5 Worst Countries in Heads Up NL

Posted on Apr 07, 2010 by Gugel.


Switzerland Has the Worst HU NL Players

Switzerland Has the Worst HU NL Players

Ever play HU NL against a guy from Switzerland?  If you haven’t, you’re missing out according to some data from PokerTableRatings.com.  PTR analyzed Full Tilt players that played over 1,000 hands in 2010.  As expected, the majority of players are losers, but the Swiss take the number 1 spot as the worst heads up players!  Only 17.4% are winners.  Here are 5 countries that have the greatest percentage of losing HU NL players:

Country % of Winning Players
Switzerland 17.8%
Italy 19.6%
Israel 23.2%
France 23.6%
Spain 27.4%

Stay tuned for next weeks post with the 5 countries that have the greatest percentage of winning players. Post a comment with your guess on which country will get the number 1 spot.

20 Things Bruce Lee Can Teach You About Poker

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 by Gugel.

Bruce Lee

"Boards don't hit back."

Bruce Lee is widely considered to be the best fighter of all time.  He died when he was 32 from an allergic reaction to a painkiller, but his philosophy and wise words (which are shockingly relevant to poker) continue to be an inspiration.  Here are 20 lessons you can learn from Bruce Lee.

Mental Toughness

  1. Don’t fear failure.
  2. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.
  3. A good martial artist does not become tense but ready.

Tilt & Variance

  1. Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. To realize that it’s just an inconvenience [...] is part of waking up.
  2. Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose — to accept defeat. To learn to die is to be liberated from it.
  3. The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire — soon it will go out.
  4. A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and face the consequences of his own doing.
  5. Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain.
  6. Walk on.

Adjusting to Your Opponents

  1. When the opponent expands I contract and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, “I” do not hit, “It” hits all by itself.
  2. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life.
  3. You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.
  4. Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.
  5. Truth has no path.
  6. Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none.


  1. Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I’m still learning, for learning is boundless.
  2. We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy.
  3. Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
  4. When you’re talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you’d better train every part of your body!

Table Selection

  1. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession.

Bruce Lee’s words can help you find the path to poker enlightenment.  Next time you’re facing a difficult decision at a poker table, maybe you should just ask myself “What would Bruce Lee do?”

No Money Heads Up, Everyone’s Solid

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 by Gugel.


I’m kidding of course.  There’s still plenty of weak, exploitable players in HU (despite what some people think).  At many points in your poker career, you’ll feel like the game is unbeatable.  We’ve all been there, but dedication in the face of adversity is what makes the good players great.

Props to IheardJoeblows for creating the video.  Read the thread to get the inside jokes.  Here are the lyrics:

How the fuck did he call that? Ugh, then he sucks out. Ah fucking motha, ugh. Ugh.
These chips man, they’re fucking crazy. What’s wrong with these chips? Crazy chips! That’s what I call them.
Man, if they weren’t crazy, they would be like coming towards me in some sort of patternized notion man.

I’m quitting the game, when I reach in my wallet
No money heads up, everyone’s solid.
I move in ahead
And still you gonna call it
Then you suck out, cause everyone’s solid.

I’m quitting the game, when I reach in my wallet
No money heads up, everyone’s solid.
I move in ahead
And still you gonna call it
Then you suck out, cause everyone’s solid.

It doesn’t make sense, I’m on the small tables
but this heads up, it means a small table.
I’m really depressed, looking for an anchor
What should i do, stab me in the ankle?
No, I won’t do it, this isn’t my fault.
It’s the government and not enough donks.
The good players just dive bomb and win,
Thinking of a plan when a maniac moves in.

What should i do? Raise every button?
It’s like trying to raise Benjamin Button
He doesn’t grow up, he just gets younger
and after while he slow plays with under.
I’m fucking depressed, working real hard
To be a good player and play with these cards.
And then i realize, I’m not that good
I don’t have a shot so i really should…

I’m quitting the game, when I reach in my wallet
No money heads up, everyone’s solid.
I move in ahead
And still you gonna call it
Then you suck out, cause everyone’s solid.

I’m quitting the game, when I reach in my wallet
No money heads up, everyone’s solid.
I move in ahead
And still you gonna call it
Then you suck out, cause everyone’s solid.

Ah man, I’m just too lazy to work hard for easy money.
Jay-gee mofus.
Wanna know something? I have a job.
Unlike like you, I work hard during the day.
So maybe I’m a little lazy, yea?
You fucking degenerate.
God, what kind of cruel asshole would kick someone when they’re down!?
Jay-gee mofus.

The Poker Life Cycle

Posted on Feb 04, 2010 by Gugel.


People are born, grow up, grow old, and die.  Businesses are born, mature, and die.  Most businesses that were around 100 years ago aren’t around today — technology gets outdated, CEOs die off and the corporate bureaucracy stifles adaptation. Poker, like any other business, has a finite lifespan.

Take a look at the graph below. The most of amount of profit potential is in the “development” and “introduction” phase.  Starting a business in these two phases, however, carries a phenomenal amount of risk.  A lot of industries look like they’re in the “development” and “introduction” phase before stalling.  The “growth” phase is where you wanna break into the industry.  The early pioneers have proved that the industry is profitable and they have developed successful strategies that you can imitate and improve on.

Industry Life Cycles

Industry Life Cycles

So where is poker in the industry life cycle?  Notice the remarkable similarity between the general industry life cycle graph above the number of WSOP entrants as visualized in the graph below:

Poker Industry Life Cycle

Poker Industry Life Cycle

In my opinion, now’s not the time to get into poker.  If you didn’t start playing before 2006-2007, I think you’ll be trying to squeeze into a much narrower window of opportunity.  That’s not to say that someone just starting poker now can’t make it big.  They can.  It will just require more blood, sweat and tears to get there.

There are 3 main reasons why the poker industry has declined.

  1. Natural maturity of the industry is responsible for 70% of the decline.  Just like any other business, a big profit margin quickly attracts competition and that competition eventually drives down the profit margin. The profit margin of every industry always moves towards  (but never reaches) zero.
  2. UIGEA is responsible for 20% of the decline.  Passed in 2006, the legislation made American poker players jump through hoops to get money online and Party Poker withdrew from the U.S. market.  If the UIGEA is repealed and poker becomes regulated in the U.S., the industry will rebound but it will never return to anywhere near 2006 levels.
  3. The global recession – responsible for 10% of the decline.  Fish have less money to deposit.

For the record, I’m friends with the guys at DeucesCracked and PokerTableRatings, but I’ve tried to remain unbiased in my evaluation.  I’m on the fence if they’ve hurt or helped the poker economy, but either way, I think they’re making a relatively minor impact in the grand scheme of things.

  1. Online training sites – The availability of great coaching resources has made the competition tougher.  It’s also much easier for you to get better at poker.  It balances out.
  2. Online databases – On one hand, online databases make bumhunting easier and limit action.  On the other hand, it lets you table select much more effectively and increases your profit margin.  Also, the guys at PTR use their data to help prevent cheating scandals (like UB/Absolute) from harming the industry.   It balances out.

The main reason why poker is tougher these days is the natural maturation of the industry.  But is online poker dead?  Of course not!  If you have the right mix of dedication, talent, intelligence, and guts, you can still be really successful.

Is Shoving the River the Best Play?

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 by Gugel.


Here’s a pretty interesting hand I played today.  Villain’s stats:

VPIP BB: 34%
VPIP SB: 73%
3Bet: 12%
Checkraise: 14%
He’s somewhat aggressive on the flop, but calms down on later streets.

The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter

Hero (BTN/SB): $148.75
BB: $62.20

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN/SB with 6 of spades 7 of spades
Hero raises to $1.50, BB calls $1

Flop: ($3.00) K of spades J of spades A of diamonds (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $2, BB raises to $8, Hero calls $6
Villain would likely 3bet KK, JJ, AA, AK and probably AJ preflop.  The hands I’m most worried about are QT and KJ.  I think he has a lot of combo draws in his range (hands like KT, JT, etc.) and I have decent equity and good bluffing opportunities on later streets.

Turn: ($19.00) J of clubs (2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $13.50, BB calls $13.50
I’m not gonna win the pot with 7 high and this is a really good card for me to bluff. He’s probably going to lay down at least some of his semi-bluffs and I can credibly bluff some rivers.

River: ($46.00) K of hearts (2 players)
BB checks, Hero requests TIME, Hero checks
I’m not quite sure if shoving or checking is the best play.  I don’t think he check calls the turn with Jx, but how many kings are in his range?  Post a comment with your thoughts.

Cash Out, Reward Yourself & Stay Motivated

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 by Gugel.

Cash out and reward yourself

Cash out and reward yourself

We all know that setting goals is an important first step towards success. In a previous post, I said:

Don’t set goals for yourself that are out of your control.  Whether you win $3,000 this month or not is something that’s not entirely up to you.  Set goals on things you can control, like playing a certain number of hours, watching a certain number of videos, responding to a certain number of forum posts, etc.  Put in the time and success will follow.

But just as important as setting a goal is rewarding yourself when you reach it.  A lot of players make the mistake of trying to build their bankroll as fast and possible and refusing to ever cash out.  And early on in my poker career, that’s exactly what I did.  I thought that seeing the money in my account go higher and higher was all I needed to stay motivated.  It was like scoring points in a video game — getting the high score was reward enough.  But I was wrong.

As I matured as a poker player, getting a personal “high score” became less and less important.  I realized that money was only a suitable reward if I spent it.  Numbers on a screen or green paper in my pocket only goes so far.  I wanted memories and tangible objects for my hard work.  I used the money I won in poker to buy a TV, a camcorder and beer, start websites, go on trips, and take my fiancé to fancy dinners.

At the end of every month, I cashed out part of my bankroll.  Even if I had a bad month, I could still at least cash out and treat myself to something special.

And the best part is, when you do go on that inevitable downstreak, you can look back fondly on the stuff you’ve bought with your poker winnings and push through to that heater around the corner.

An Interview with HokieGreg – A HU SnG Guru

Posted on Dec 03, 2009 by Gugel.



I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a heads up cash game player and I don’t have much experience in HU sit ‘n’ goes.  While obviously there’s a lot of overlap, there are some really important differences (e.g. playing with 10 – 30 big blinds).  To get more insight into HU SNGS, I interviewed the one, the only, HokieGreg.  He’s currently ranked 4th on Sharkscope for Total Profit in 2009 in the $101-$300 level.

Greg (HokieGreg HU) is 26 year old professional poker player from Richmond, VA. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 and went on to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, before dropping out to pursue poker as a career. He’s been playing professional poker for about 2 years now and his long-term goal is to set himself up for a career in real estate investing.

What got you into HU SNGs?  Why not fullring SNGs?  Why not cash games?
Some people are “natural” poker players. They learn the basics, start playing a lot, establish pretty solid handreading abilities, and crush. I’m not one of those people. I spent about 2 years being a fish and 3 years as a marginal winner before I really started to understand the importance of bankroll management, tilt control, and self-discipline. In the Fall of 2006, I found the 2p2 forums and started grinding 10 NL 6max cash. I deposited $60 on Stars (lol bankroll management) and over about 150,000 hands I was overrolled to move up to 50NL. This is the first time I ever experienced what it was like to make money with very low risk (after I was up a few buyins initially) and learn how to deal with being a regular at a certain limit (yes, there are regulars at 10NL). It was a pretty exciting and motivating experience for me. For the first time, I realized that through hard work and discipline, it is possible to make consistent money playing poker…albeit at very low stakes in this case. I was hooked.

Fast forward a few months, I tilted off my entire bankroll that I had built playing 6 max cash (mainly due to life stress). I “quit poker” for a few months (we’ve all said we ‘quit poker’ before right?). I really felt like I just beat myself due to a lack of discipline and emotional control, so I really wanted to give it another shot. In March of 2007, I was randomly browsing the Heads Up forum on 2p2 and came across a link to a blog written by BCM11. I was amazed to read how he seemed to make a profit most days and almost certainly every month. I had always felt pretty comfortable playing heads up. Focusing on one person rather than a full table was appealing to me. Also, being the action junky that I am, I liked the idea of being allowed to raise 70% of my buttons. I deposited $40 on Pokerstars on March 17, 2007, starting at the $5 regular speed husngs, and I haven’t deposited again since. I slowly worked my way up the levels and am now playing 220-550 on a regular basis. Since that deposit, I’ve made approximately $250k including bonuses/rakeback/etc.

If you had to teach a friend to play HU SNGs profitably, where would you tell him to start?  Any 2+2 posts, videos, articles, you particularly recommend?
When you first start taking husng/poker seriously, START OVERROLLED. Don’t ever set short term monetary goals (i.e. don’t say “I’m going to make $200/week). Understanding variance and the importance of emotional control is essential (search gigabet tilt article on 2p2). Start at a stake where the money doesn’t mean a whole lot to you. Just focus on learning to make +ev decisions on every street of every hand. Do not put yourself in a financial situation where you have to be results oriented because you have bills to pay. You are not a pro yet. Get off your butt and get a job for a while (I did).


  • Register an account at 2p2 and start posting in the HUNL forum. There is a huge difference between reading 2p2 strategy threads and actually jumping into the fire and responding to threads. If you post poor advice, the regular posters will probably jump all over you. This forces you to be hyper-critical of your thought process. Stop browsing threads and saying to yourself, “I know, I know, I know”…If you knew you would be making bank. Drop the ego and get active.
  • HUSNG.com (shameless plug). Best resource for husng vids. Bunch of great coaches from all different stake levels and different playing styles. While the monthly subscription fee might seem like a lot to you now, try to look at it as a longterm investment. If you use our resources correctly, you should make back much more than you invested long term.
  • An hour of studying is just as productive as an hour of playing. Practice does not make perfect in poker, practice makes permanent. It is a lot harder to unlearn bad habits, than to just learn the right way in the first place.
  • 1 table until you have a solid winrate over a large sample size.
  • www.husng.com/variance: Use this tool to get an idea of how your swings can be with your winrate. When I am running bad, I just plug my stats into this program and click update over and over. Really puts things into perspective.

Do you prefer FT or PS for HU SNGs?  Why?
I play almost entirely on Stars. Stars has the best software and security. I have a lot of trust in Stars support. I also like their VPP system because it motivates me to play more to reach milestones for bonuses.

What are your top 3 tips for HU SNGs?

  1. Create an aggressive image by raising your button wide and cbetting a lot. We want an aggressive image so that our big hands get paid off and so that we are difficult to deal with. Don’t be a nit.
  2. Always think in terms of effective stacks (the shortest stack at the table). All decisions are based on the current effective stack. It makes absolutely no strategic difference whether you are the chipleader or the shortstack.
  3. When stacks get short, it is a MUCH bigger mistake to play too tight than to play too aggressive. If it’s close, just be aggro and get it in. Learn Sage/Nash for endgame. Don’t be a nit.

What are some common mistakes for HU SNGers?

  1. Bet sizing according to strength of your hand. The easiest guys to play are the ones that cbet a standard size, but then when they flop big they cbet larger. Other examples: large 2 barrel sizes are ALWAYS the nuts, turn check/minraise is always the nuts, etc etc etc. Don’t be transparent.
  2. When effective stacks get short, most people play way too tight. Learn Sage or Nash and be aggro.
  3. Ignoring the importance of mastering the “mental game.” Knowing when/why you tilt and how to deal with tilt, when to take breaks, how to avoid auto-piloting, how to get in more volume, etc. Most people just play and ignore these important issues and just focus on improving their strategy. I’ll take a player that has complete mental/emotional control that has an above average understanding of strategy over a really good strategy player with huge tilt/auto-piloting problems any day.

In your opinion, who are the top 5 HU SNG players?

  • Skilled_Sox
  • Jovial Gent
  • Croixdawg
  • Dibasio
  • Adonis

**In no particular order. Just listing guys that play on Stars. I don’t really know Full Tilt players.

What’s the craziest bluff you ever pulled in an HU SNG?  What’s the thinnest valuebet?  What’s the craziest hero call?

Craziest Bluff: http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/1135010
Playing very good cash player. Standard preflop raise and cbet. He hasn’t been calling too wide out of position and hasn’t been floating wide when he has called my cbet. I put him on AX/8X on flop. My plan initially was just to shut down turn/river, since I didn’t really feel like I could rep anything that would get me a fold. Then the river a 3 and the lightbulb went off. I’m like 99% sure he doesnt have a 3 in his range (barring A3) on the flop and am pretty certain he is just value betting AX with his river lead. I don’t think he thinks I’m a blufftard, I think that me cbetting 3X/checking turn/shoving river is a believable line to him, and I know he is capable of folding hands when he knows he’s beat. Ship.

Thinnest Vbet: http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/1135087
Played multiple games against decent Villain. He vbets really wide at weakness. On the river I know he would valuebet any heart. He knows I’m more than capable of bluffing. I think about a standard half pot valuebet, but realize he doesn’t have a heart and he knows that a lot of hearts are in my range and I would valuebet most of them. I think about how he thinks I would play Ah/Kh and I definitely think he thinks I would’ve at least cbet the flop and possibly raised the turn. I decide to overbet valuebet 1.5x the pot, trying to represent A/Khh, but knowing that he won’t put me on it and end up hero calling.

Sickest Hero Call: A few because I’m sexy like that. From the past few days:

  1. http://tinyurl.com/ybvcf7f – Standard villain that never, ever c/r cbet with any piece of this board or AX and is def capable of bluffing 3 streets.
  2. http://tinyurl.com/ybtoakt- Never plays a full house like this. Felt that he was frustrated because I was running him over. Don’t think he’d do this with AX either. Ship.

Honorable Mention:http://www.pokerhandreplays.com/view.php/id/1075090
** He had seen me small c/r his cbet wide a few times. He had min3bet me once before and showed when I folded. We obv had a pretty sick c/r-3bet dynamic going on, but I felt like he was def a spewtard enough to throw away his stack with complete air if I played back at one of his min3bets. Little different here bc we are limped, but I know he won’t give me credit for AX. I make small c/r with plan to induce a 3bet. He 3bets small and I felt like he would see a really small 4bet as me just trying to make a stand with air. I kinda expected him to shove the flop..when he flatted I really don’t have any reason to lead out turn bc I think he is going to shove or bet/fold when I check. Pretty cool hand imo.

What was your worst downsteak?  What is the most HU SNGs you won in a row?
Biggest downswing: 30 games. I’ve never really had big swings. I usually play a little lower stakes than I’m capable of beating. I like grinding with low stress.

Longest HUSNG Winstreak: Sharkscope says 9 in a row. I won 14 straight 220s yesterday actually, but had a few 4 man losses mixed in so not sure if that counts. I won 23 straight 11’s on Party Poker back in the day, but that was before Sharkscope’s time.

The Isildur1 Supernova

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 by Gugel.

The Isildur1 Supernova

The Isildur1 Supernova

According to Wikipedia:

Supernovae are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months.

It looks like Isildur1 fits that definition to a “T”.  He emerged on the poker scene from nowhere.  People have speculated that it’s likely blom90 (a Swedish poker player) from the iPoker network.  He ran up to the nosebleed stakes  in just a few months and eventually crushed the legendary durrrr for millions.

A lot of people questioned how long his run could last.  I mean, no matter how good you are, it can’t be a good idea to play durrrr, Phil Ivey, and Patrick Antonius simultaneously on 8 tables.  Not to mention he’s recently been playing a lot of PLO and NLHE is definitely his stronger game.

Anyway, there’s no doubt Isildur1 is a very good player, but watching the brutal Patrick Antonius vs. Isildur1 action last night, I got reminded of a great post on 2+2:

Poker history is full of hot shot maestros who quickly racked up big wins by making just the right mistakes to exploit their regular opponents. Unfortunately, their egos usually didn’t allow them to recognize their deviations from perfect play as theoretical mistakes; in their minds, they were natural talents playing an unbeatable game.

Then, the sober, seasoned players moved in, systematically destroying the maestros and their mistakes. Since the maestros were oblivious to their own mistakes, they lost. And they kept losing, wondering louder with each bad session how they could possibly run so badly against these “unimaginative” players. Their big wins disappeared, and broke, they slumped out of the poker world none the wiser.

Don’t be a sucker. There’s a perfect unbeatable strategy, and it’s determined by math, not by talent. Great players don’t stick to that strategy; they intentionally deviate from it to take advantage of their opponents. But truly great players also know full well what weaknesses those deviations expose, and if they see someone going after them, they shut down quickly. They’re willing to make mistakes, but only when they can swap those mistakes to their opponents for bigger ones. When their mistakes become the ones, they stop making them.

Learn the fundamental principles of no limit and stay perpetually aware that your goal is to trade small mistakes for big ones.

- No Limit Hold ‘em: Theory and Practice by David Sklansky and Ed Miller

Isildur1 didn’t change poker as we know it (as INTERNETPOKERS claimed).  He’s gonna be more a flash in the pan – crushing one month, gone the next.

New Version of Bing Blang Blaow (Dr. Seuss Style)

Posted on Nov 21, 2009 by Gugel.


Gentlemen, here’s an new, hilarious version of Bing Blang Blaow.  Enjoy!


Sit down, pour a drink,
I’ve a story to tell
‘Bout a villain who plays
Heads-Up 50 NL.

I’d been crushing the game,
Had a big winning session.
Zigging and zagging
With guile and aggression.

Just fifteen more minutes
‘Fore hitting the sack,
When a new guy sat in,
With a full fifty stack.

We traded some pots
But then I flopped three threes.
A bet, raise and call
Just as fast as you please.

On the turn he snap-called
The huge bet that I made,
But then donk-shoved the river,
Which had brought the third spade.

I called and he showed down
A flush, seven-high,
And then raked in the chips.
Just keep chasing, thought I.

Then shrugged and reloaded -
I’m used to hard knocks.
But thats when these words
Popped up in the chat box:



My jaw hit the ground.
I bit off a retort.
No need to trade barbs
With this douchey poor sport.

I’d get it all back
Plus more with no guilt.
Takes more than one beat
To put this pro on tilt.

Didn’t have to wait long
Made a big overbet
But top pair no good
This time HE had the set.



Did he really say that?
Was this some kind of joke?
Thats one more full buy-in
To go up in smoke!

No worries, he’d find out
With whom hed been messin’.
Twas time to dig in,
Teach this A-hole a lesson!

I asked him to open
One more table or two.
Cant lose since hes playing
81 / 62!

In ten minutes things
Went from awful to worst
And another three buy-ins
Had followed the first.

Who was this fool,
This lunatic punk?
Was he cheating somehow?
Was he high? Was he drunk?

My suited Ace-Queen,
Got run down by Ace-Deuce.
Had to listen again
To his verbal abuse.

Gnashing my teeth,
I tried to ignore
The bile coming from
This delusional whore.

But my bluffs got picked off,
And my traps went unsprung.
Until finally I just
Could not hold my tongue.

So far I’d played nice,
Remained civil til now.
But I’d had quite enough

You $%@#-sucking *&^#!
Your mothers a %@&!
I’ll find you – I’ll cut you
For your little stunt!

My fingers were shaking.
I typed out more curses.
But he only responded
With those juvenile verses:



My descent into madness
Then got out of hand.
By the time it was dawn
I’d lost more than a grand.

He finally quit,
And I staggered to bed.
But no sleep did I get
With that song in my head.

An entire months profits -
Flushed down the tube!
Or rather, got rubbed
On this maniac’s boob.

Let this be a lesson,
Dont play in a haze.
Control your emotions
And avoid the Ch3ckraise.

Street-by-Street Poker EV Graphs with SECT

Posted on Nov 05, 2009 by Gugel.

SECT: Showdown Equity CalculaTor

SECT: Showdown Equity CalculaTor

Let’s say you have AA on the button with 100bb stacks. You misclick and accidentally raise to 99bb. Villain, a crazy billionaire railroad tycoon, has 27 offsuit and decides to call. The flop comes 222 and the pot is 198bb. Villain shoves his last 1bb and you obviously call.

HEM and PTR will calculate your EV only when you go all-in. In other words, you have 0.1% equity on the flop (when you went all-in) and that translates to about 0.2bb in EV. That is obviously painting a very distorted picture…

But that’s where SECT comes in. It calculates EV street-by-street. So in other words, 99bb went in when you had 88% equity and 1bb went in when you had 0.1% equity. SECT will report your EV as 174bb (a much more accurate representation of what’s happening).

SECT only works for cash game hands and it reads off an HEM database (sorry PTR folks, you’re out of luck).

To install:

  1. Download the latest Java update.
  2. Download SECT
  3. Uncompress the .rar file (you might need Winrar)
  4. Edit the XML file in notepad (see steps 5 – 7)
  5. Replace “HoldEmManger” with the name of your database
  6. Replace “postgres” by your postresql login
  7. Replace “postrepass” by your postresql password
  8. Run SECT_v3.2.7.jar

Forgot the name of your database or your login information? Here’s how you can find it in HEM.

HEM Database Information

HEM Database Information

In the example above, my database name is 2008.  You’ll see your “Login name” and “Password” once you click on “Database Management”.

Props to Pprofesseur and Victor118, the  two French poker players who developed SECT.