The world's best post about the red line. Part. how to raise the red line, increase your winnings without showdown
The red line myth is a mystery for many people
Let's start by defining the red line, what it is, and why everyone is talking about itThe red line (in Holdem Manager) is nothing more than a chart of Non-Showdown Wins, that is, the money you won without a showdown. It is enabled in the Graphs menu as shown in the figure below. Before I go into all the trouble, I'll say a few more words about the red line and the General hysteria around it. It all started about two years ago, when suddenly on The twoplustwo forum people started asking the question 'what is it and what is it eaten with'. Then a serious debate broke out on the topic of red lines and how they generally reflect the player's level. And as is usually the case in the poker community, all the answers were divided into three groups: the General consensus was that the red line directly reflects the skill of the player, because to win without a showdown you need to be able to bluff where you need to and make big folds (and this cannot be done effectively without using mining, - approx. Once they hear that a positive red line schedule will make them gods of the game, many young Padawans begin to do absolutely ugly things with the zeal worthy of the best representatives of the lemming family, coming up with no less ugly reasons and excuses, referring to the opinions of others like them on the forums. I'll probably start from a long way off, and after I tell you everything and show you about the red line, I'll give you some tips on how to improve it and what kind of poker you need to play in order for it to go up. And you will decide for yourself whether you are ready for it or not. The red line (Non-Showdown Wins or Won Without Showdown) is the sum of all the money that you lost by investing in the pot, but not reaching the showdown.
Example: you made a -bet with o preflop and received a -bet from your opponent.
You they discarded their cards, thus not reaching the showdown and losing the size of their bet. Or you make a counter bet on the flop, check the turn, and fall on the river bet - we also put it in the liability of our red line. Did you bet the flop and turn, but get a raise on the turn and fold your cards? Minus for the red line. Did you check raise on the flop and win the pot? And here, please write it down on your account - you won the money without opening, the red line goes up. Thus, the less you lose in situations where your opponent rarely discards his cards (for example, counter bet on the flop against fish), and the more often you use situations where your opponent is more likely to give you the pot (check raise on dry boards like K), the higher your red line. The essence of this indicator is that it is contrasted with the Showdown Wins line, that is, statistics showing how much you have already won at the showdown.
At the same time, there is no mystery here
Both of these charts add up to your win or loss. So, we have turned on the red line, and we can see that something is wrong with it.
Not only do we lose for, hands, but the red line is down - does that mean we have to go to the dump? The first thing you should be aware of is that this red line also includes situations when you were in the blinds.
Is it important? Let's take a look. We had -$, in Non-ShowDown Wins. We will exclude from the statistics all cases when we were on the small and big blinds Oh, really? It turns out that our test subject plays a very, very good plus when he is not in the blinds and does not lose these mandatory bets in most cases! The red line just soars up. Now it seems to me that many supporters of the red line are starting to lose their heads and they are already reaching out to their Holdem Manager to prove to everyone that I drew this graph in photoshop. But let's not get hysterical and slap ourselves on the shoulder, saying that " everything, the riddle is solved, it's time to retire." In fact, no-otherwise I would limit myself to just these two graphs. Let's dig deeper. We have already decided that if we are not in the blinds, then our red line becomes directly representative. What happens on the blinds themselves? Obviously, if we are sitting in the big blind with o and someone else opens CO, then we fold our blind. Thus, Holdem Manger believes that we lose money without a showdown.
Let's keep this in mind for now and move on to another question.
How do we play when we are in the blinds, but still decide to enter the game (via raise, call, or bet)? Let's apply the 'VPIP True' filter only to SB and BB positions, so now we'll only look at situations when we invested money in the blinds ourselves, and not just lost our money with garbage: Do you still consider yourself an outcast with your negative red line? I hasten to disappoint you - perhaps this is true, but we will already talk about this in the second part of the article. In the meantime, let's take a look at the information we already have is available: What does it mean? That in the vast majority of cases, our red line goes down due to natural causes - the blinds that we place every round, and at the same time throw out our cards. If you still don't understand where the money is coming from on the red line, let me demonstrate that in Other words, following the age-old rule of tight and standard poker, you absolutely correctly play few hands without a position. Why poker is not worth playing without a position has already been described and covered in countless articles and notes, so we will not dwell on it here. But the fact remains that if you fold a lot of hands in the blinds, your red line will inevitably go down. This is an absolutely natural consequence of your strategy. And all you can do in most cases is limit your losses on the blinds. Indeed, all your attempts to bring the red line up - this is the desire to level the cost of the game. How much is it we'll talk about variance or not later. But right now, I really ask you: don't take this as a guide to action, don't be lemmings. The number of hands played does not mean quality, it is a banal consequence of a simple and easy-to-learn tight strategy game! In just a few lines, you'll see why you can continue to fold in the blinds and still see your red line grow before your eyes. Well, in the second part of this article, I will develop this topic. Since this is the case, I'll give you a moral about the importance of the blinds. A very good statistical indicator is this thread on the TwoPlusTwo forum. After playing a little bit with the statistics, I came up with this result: the Weighted win rate for such statistics is approximately. ptbb - that is, the average win rate of today's regular, which does not exceed its limit very much. If you take a closer look, you can see that our loss on the blinds is about bb, or. In other words, to recapture this disadvantage, we spend all our winrate in UTG, MP and part of the winrate in CO, and make money (in fact) only when we are in the dealer's position. Why exactly this way, and not from the other end? Simply because being in the position you have the most opportunities to make this winrate, for quite obvious reasons. This is a word about the importance of the dealer's position in poker But we digress a little. What was the point of this analysis? Yes, to the fact that even minor changes in your game on the blinds can lead to a huge result in terms of your profit. What does this have to do with the red line? The most direct one. Remember what I told you to keep in mind when we fold in the big blind and the Holdem Manager counts it as a loss in the red line? What if our mathematical expectation of playing this hand is higher than what we lose? Then our red line will not be affected (or it will suffer, but not so much). Several of the axioms: What does this mean? If if you translate it into regular Russian, you will get the following: open your statistics in Holdem Manger and see with what hands and in what situations you lose on the blinds. Eliminate these hands from your range and you will see your red line rise and winrate rise along with it. That is: if it is not profitable for us to play s in the big blind position, then from now on we will only fold with them and be happy that we have lost only one blind and our red line will sink less (and maybe the blue line, if we go to showdown with this hand so often). Let's take an example of this. Here are the statistics of the SAME nl-NL player in the blinds: it is Obvious that he loses slightly more than the average for -max games, so it is worth looking at what brings him the biggest loss.
Let's start with a situation where our hero is a preflop caller.
To do this, we need to determine with which types of hands he calls pre-flop and loses. To start, select the following filter: display only the SB and BB positions, and only when the hero made a preflop call: in Total, our hero made a call in the blinds times and won about $. Sparsely populated. You can correct this, and to do this, let's see with which hands he lost the most. Oddly enough, the picture is as follows: Two big losses with AJ and AQ come from rather stupid bluffs, but there is no excuse for the rest: what range hero doing As, As, KTo, QJo, To, s, ATo, Ao, o, o, etc, if he obviously plays them regularly and is clearly not able to play them (it would be allowed to play them in the big blind against a raise from the small blind, but they still need to be able to play!). Just remove these hands from the statistics and get this: Who says money doesn't grow on trees? And the win without shoudan, our favorite red line, increased more than times from $ to $ (not shown in the picture - too late turned on). That is, everything that I said above is fully confirmed in practice - Yes, we have started to discount some hands and losing our blinds, but we used to lose even more with them. And thus, without leaving the box office, we increased our Non-Showdown Wins in just one specific situation by times compared to the previous indicator.
You can do the same thing with your bet score - look at the appropriate filter, draw conclusions, open the calculator, calculate what range you need to have (if it is balanced) and exclude unnecessary hands.
By the way, our test subject with bets was doing well and it was difficult to wish for anything more there, so I decided not to post these statistics. In the same way, you can analyze the limit pots that you play from the blinds and the effectiveness of your barrels on the flop, turn, or river - in short, the scope for improvement is endless and we will talk about it again in one of our training videos (both about limit pots and statistics in Holdem Manager). I think we should finish this for today. Well, the most interesting thing is how to raise it I'll leave your postflop red line for the second part. The first Russian winner of the European poker tour (EPT) tournament, winner of the world series of poker (WSOP-) bracelet. He has been a professional online poker player for seven years and during this time he has not had a single negative month. PokerStars has announced a super action to celebrate the anniversary of the introduction of three-player Spin Go tournaments. Now poker fans can enjoy tournaments that cost just half a dollar and you can win a million dollars! Developed by canadian game theory specialists from the University of Alberta, the algorithm cannot yet absolutely guarantee to beat a person in each game, since the layout of cards is random, but in a long match, the computer will always take up.