PA Principle Week 23

You have probably heard or seen someone talk about a certain line, or simplifying a certain strategy not having a big deviation or drop in EV.

The simplified poker movement loves to use this argument by simplifying flop strategies when they compare a 2, or 3 sizing strategy to a 1 sizing strategy because the EV difference is very little.

Similar things happen if we look at hands to choose from when checking or betting, the EV's are close.

The truth is that in solver world everything is close on the flop, and EV’s start to vary more when we arrive on later streets, now why is that?

It is because no matter what strategy we let the solver play on the flop, it will have later streets to play and make perfect decisions after using a certain flop strategy.
This tells us that whatever strategy you decide to play, the execution of that strategy, aka converting potential solver world EV in to actual practical EV with which you can pay your electricity bills, is more important than the strategy itself.

Then once we arrive on later streets, if our strategy for example is limited to not betting big, or not doing much to any raising at all, these plays are part of the execution of our flop strategy.

IF we don’t do this with a high enough frequency it means we cannot pump enough into the pot in order to get maximum value out of our strong hands or put maximum pressure with our bluffs increasing our fold eq. Which will lead our overall strategy to be suboptimal regardless of which flop strategy we choose.

In poker we have to learn which factors drive EV in a poker hand and then estimate how we can convert the equity of our hand in to as much EV as possible given the situation we are in.

If you need any help with that, this is exactly what The Mechanics of Poker focusses on.

So, have you given enough thought to how your flop strategy should be executed once the turn and river are dealt?
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