Poker Statistics: The indicators you need to consider

Of course, there are many additional indicators such as check – raise, Second barrel etc. But there are some important indicators that you need to consider all the time. The recommended minimum is as follows: Number of hands, AF, VPIP, PFR, ATS, FoldBBSteal, FoldCB, WTSD. Of course, when you play, you need to choose the indicators you need the most – everything depends on the game. The most important thing is to remember that you need these indicators and to know that they will help you take the right decisions and win. Take these indicators into consideration not after the game but before that. After the game you can see whether your moves were right or not and analyze your play. Of course, this would be very useful. You should always analyze your play. But you need to learn how to use the statistic indicators during a play as well.

Poker Statistics: Went to Showdown (WTS, WTSD)

WTSD – it is very important indicator which shows how often a player comes to a showdown after seeing the flop. In case this indicator is higher than 40 %, you should forget about bluffing and play only the strong hands. In case the indicator is lower than 25 %, you can try to win the pot by bluffing but if there is a strong resistance, you should fold a weak hand. For a player with a short stack 30 or 40 % WTSD is absolutely normal due to the fact that it is often advantageous to go all – in on the pre – flop or on the flop. For a player with a large stack 20 – 30 % WTSD is preferable.

Poker Statistics: Fold to contbet

As the name implies, this indicator shows how often your opponent folds in response to a continuation bet. In case this indicator is more than 50 %, you can contbet very often. In case the indicator is less than 30 %, it makes no sense to place bets. But you should take into account this indicator when you decide about the style of the blinds since it will help you to calculate what is your chance to win the pot during the flop if your style has been called. The indicators that show how often your opponent calls or raises a continuation bet are called, respectively, call contbet and raise contbet.

Poker Statistics: Contbet (continuation bet)

If on the previous round you were the last person to bet or raise, or re – raise, and the next round you place a bet as well, it is called a continuation bet. This indicator shows how often your opponent who last raised on the pre – flop, makes a continuation bet on the flop. The indicator usually is expressed as a percentage and the maximum is 65-75 %. In case your opponent shows lower percentage than the aforementioned, most probably he places bets with strong hands and you need to be very careful with him. In case the percentage is higher, most probably he is bluffing too often.

Why do you need a continuation bet? At this stage of the game it is not very important why made a raise or re – raise during the pre – flop, the only important thing now is that you did not win the pot i.e. the amount of money you have bet is not yours anymore and you are enter the flop as a leader! Of course, if you have a strong combination such as over pair, top pair or higher, it is obvious why you need a contbet – you have every reason in the world. The problem occurs in case you don’t improve your hand on the flop or the flop looks dangerous. On the other hand, your opponents do not know how strong is your hand at the moment and after the pre – flop raise, the contbet will really disturb them and they will allow you to win the pot even if they have better hands than yours. If you place bets only when the flop improves your hand and you don’t bet when it doesn’t or it looks dangerous, your opponents will read your strategy very easy and every time you don’t bet on the flop, they will try to steal the pot, since they will know that you don’t have anything. This way the contbet may be used to make your game less readable. Of course, the opponents should have very good reasons to answer your contbet since they know that they are playing against hand which strength is already declared on the pre – flop and confirmed on the flop.

Poker Statistics: Aggression Factor (AF)

The Aggression factor is to be defined as a ratio of the number of the post- flop actions such as bets and raises to the number of calls. Bear in mind that checks and folds are not be taken into account. Players need to take into consideration the total aggression as well as the aggression on the different streets – flop, turn, and river. Usually AF is greater on the flop and on the turn and the river it decreases. In case your opponent’s AF increases on the river, you need to be very careful, since he may be willing to use slowplay with his strong hands. A non- aggressive opponent most likely won’t bet and in order to win, you need to bet yourself. A very aggressive opponent is willing to bet even with a bad hand, using a pure bluff. Against such an opponent, when you have a strong hand, you may check – raise or even check –call.

It is impossible to recommend maintaining a certain level of aggression since different successful players have different aggressions. But no matter what, the aggression should be not lower than 1,5. In short stack games the aggression should be higher, since only the strong hands are played. Besides, there are played always actively – raise on the pre –flop and in most cases it ended during the flop – turn with fold or all – in. But bear in mind that you can lose very easy if you bet often on weak hands and your AF is 5 or higher. With a big stack usually more hands are played, there is an opportunity for limp or call with low pairs in order to form a set, with suited connectors etc. In case you haven’t managed to form a better combination with these type of hands on the flop, you are to play check – fold and your aggression factor becomes lower.

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