COMPARING THE PLAYING STYLE OF PHIL IVEY, ANDY BEAL, POLARIS, AND TEXAS HOLD' EM HEADS UP POKER "THE BRAIN" TO DEVICE YOUR OWN
At the highest level of excellence. There is two obvious reasons that push you to excel in an particular activity. OBSESSION and/or PROFESSION. So what is the fuel behind the success and the excellence of our four champions?
PROFESSION - Phil Ivey plays for a living.
OBSESSION - Andy Beal was obsessed with facing the bests to be the best.
OBSESSION - Polaris was created to beat the best pro players.
PROFESSION - Texas Hold' Em Heads Up Poker machine was manufactured to legally take the maximum amounts of money out of patrons's pockets.
As you can see in the four above examples. Those who are mainly fueled by OBSESSION wants to be THE best in the world. And those doing it as a PROFESSION are mainly interested in the money.
Now that we know they main motivation. Let's analyze their playing style and do a mix of it all to create The Ultimate Heads-Up Hold' Em Winning Strategy.
P.S. (Read the first part of this guide... The HULHE winning strategies of Phil Ivey, Andy Beal, Polaris, and Texas Hold' Em Heads Up Poker machine.)
First of all, as I see it.
All four are hyper aggressive.
All but Ivey are specialized and exclusively play Heads Up Limit Hold' Em. Phil Ivey is excellent in any form of poker.
All four take on all comers.
All four want to be the best in the world.
All four want to face the bests of the world.
No table selection and bum hunting here!
Phil Ivey learned the game by playing it.
Andy Beal learned the game by studying it.
And Polaris and "The Brain"... Well? Are both robots.
Phil Ivey's style is purely exploitative.
Andy Beal is a machine. Purely GTO (Game Theory Optimal), probabilities and mathematics.
Polaris, despite using the Nash Equilibrium as his default strategy, is exploitative. Since his playing style is all about adaptation.
"The Brain" can't be exploitative so it is GTO defensive. All about preventing itself to be exploited.
What is the main strength of each player / robot? Just one word to describe each player/bot's main secret to win and be so excellent at HULHE.
Phil Ivey = his reads
Andy Beal = mathematics
Polaris = adaptation
"The Brain" = defense
CHANGING GEARS / UNPREDICTIBILITY
We don't know much about Phil Ivey and Andy Beal unpredictibility and different play modes. This isn't the case with Polaris and "The Brain"
Polaris changes gear to adapt.
"The Brain" changes gear for defense.
Polaris have 5 strategies
"The Brain" have 3 "tag team fighters"
Polaris 5 different strategies
1- Polaris default strategy is Nash Equilibrium.
2- Exploitative Counter Strategy
3- A compromise between the first 2???
4- A team of all strategies to learn which one to use during the game???
"The Brain" 3 tag-team fighters
1- Neutral net with optimal number of bluff.
2- A slightly different style.
3- To finish off a short-stacked opponent. I like this one!
Aggression level might change randomly.
So, if we can do a melting of those four winning strategies. What it would be like?
I will call it the P.I.B.B. in hommage of our four HULHE gods.
P.I.B.B. stands for...
or if you prefer
Now let's look at the
HULHE P.I.B.B. Winning Strategy aka P.I.B.B. Strategy
Pre-Flop (LOOSE AGGRESSIVE)
- Play nearly every hands
BUTTON (in position):
- Raise almost 100% of the time
BIG BLIND (out of position):
- Raise called button 75% of the time.
- Always raise (3-Betting) with Ax, Kx, Q3s+, Q6+, J8+, T7s+, T9+, 98s+, 22+.
|Or you can use the Polaris's 3-Betting strategy from the BB.|
- Continuation Bet 100% of the time.
- Continuation Bet 100% of the time.
- 8-bet the turn with two pairs
- Check-call all the way down the river with any Ace-high hand.
- Call with K-high unless the board is scary.
Be The Aggressor
Tag team fighters / different strategies (P.I.B.B.)
1- Extreme Aggression (default strategy)
Push or Fold when villain (or you) are 4BB
- You are the aggressor
- Leave after losing one buy-in
- Keep playing when winning
- Obsession with preventing tells
Now, after studying the playing style of my four heads up limit hold em icons, heros and idols. I have enough information to devise my own strategy. The Perfect Heads-Up Fixed Limit Hold' Em Strategy. This will be the third part of this highly instructive guide.
For an analysis of the respective playing style of Polaris. Ivey. Beal. Brain. you have to see
The bio, profile, in-dept playing style of each of our four marvels read the following.
Stay tuned for the 3rd and last part of this article. Where I will devise a more usable, realistic, and adaptative strategy. Everything you need to know to be a $ucce$$ful poker player from playing style to money management.
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