Showing posts with label hold'em. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hold'em. Show all posts

Thursday, January 7, 2016

PokerStars Heads-Up Fixed Limit Sit N Go

Heads Up FIXED LIMIT Sit and Go tournament
 Poker Structure Information

Regular1500 chips, blinds go up every 10 minutes: 10/20; 20/40; 30/60; 50/100; 100/200; 150/300; 200/400; 300/600; 400/800
Turbo1500 chips, blinds go up every 5 minutes: 10/20; 20/40; 30/60; 50/100; 100/200; 150/300; 200/400; 300/600; 400/800

FL Hold'em (HU, 2 players) on PokerStars

Buy-in for each player and Prize pool for the winner

$1.50 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 2,76 $
$1.50 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 2,80 $

$3.50 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 6,58 $
$3.50 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 6,64 $

$7.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 13,34 $
$7.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 13,42 $

$15.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 28,58 $
$15.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 28,78 $

$30.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 57,14 $
$30.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 57,56 $

$60.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 114,56 $
$60.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 115,34 $

$100.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 191,38 $
$100.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 192,64 $

$200.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 385,50 $
$200.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 387,70 $

$300.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 582,50 $

$500.00 FL Hold'em [HU, regular, 2 Players] Prize pool: 970,80 $
$500.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 975,20 $

$1000.00 FL Hold'em [HU, Turbo, 2 Players] Prize pool: 1958,40 $

FL Hold'em (HU, 2 players)

Buy-in and Rake for each player
The name of the SNG is simply the Buy-in that the player has to pay.

Then the Prize pool / winning prize is very simple to calculate.
Prize Pool = (Buy-in x 2) - (Rake x 2)

Rake % 
$1.50 (Regular)
$1.50 (Turbo)

$3.50 (Regular)
$3.50 (Turbo)

$7 (Regular)
$7 (Turbo)

$15 (Regular)
$15 (Turbo)

$30 (Regular)
$30 (Turbo)

$60 (Regular)
$60 (Turbo)

$100 (Regular)
$100 (Turbo)

$200 (Regular)
$200 (Turbo)

$300 (Regular)
$300 (Turbo)

$500 (Regular)
$500 (Turbo)

$1,000 (Regular)
$1,000 (Turbo)

Monday, November 3, 2014


Polaris is the Deep Blue of poker.

The patience of a monk or the fierce aggression of a tiger, changing gears in a single heartbeat. Polaris can make a pro's head spin. Bluff, trap, check-raise bluff, big lay-down -- name your poison.

Polaris is a Texas hold 'em poker playing program developed by the computer poker research group at the University of Alberta, a project that has been under way for 16 years as of 2007. Polaris is a composite program consisting of a number of bots, including Hyperborean08, the winner of the limit equilibrium series in the 2008 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Computer Poker Competition. Polaris also contains a number of other fixed strategies, and chooses between these strategies during a match. Polaris requires little computational power at match time, so it is run on an Apple MacBook Pro laptop during competitions. Polaris plays only heads-up (two player) Limit Texas hold'em.

Limit Hold'em (LH) Heads-up Duplicate poker

On July 23–24, 2007, Polaris played against poker professionals Phil Laak and Ali Eslami at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.  The competition consisted of four duplicate matches, with 500 hands per match. In each duplicate match, the same cards were dealt to both pairs of players, human and bot, but with the seating reversed.  After roughly 16 hours of play over two days, Polaris tied the first round, won the second and lost the last two.

Final result -- Polaris record: 1-2-1

On July 3–6, 2008, Polaris competed against six human professional poker players in the Second Man-Machine Poker Championship, held in Las Vegas at the 2008 Gaming Life Expo. Polaris defeated the human players with three wins, two losses and one tie. Each of the six sessions was a duplicate match of 500 hands against two different players, resulting in six thousand hands played.

Across all six sessions, Polaris won 195 big blinds. The version of Polaris used in the 2008 match was much stronger than the 2007 version, both in the quality of the component strategies and in its ability to learn which component strategy to use.

Final result -- Polaris record: 3-2-1

Overall Polaris's record vs. humans: 4-4-2

Polaris and Deep Blue

Comparing Polaris results with IBM chess computer Deep Blue versus reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov in two games under tournament regulations.

Result: Kasparov–Deep Blue (4–2)

Result: Deep Blue–Kasparov (3½–2½)

Overall Deep Blue record versus Kasparov (5½–6½)

Polaris (4-4-2 or 5-5) vs. Deep Blue (5½–6½)

So with that being said. We can see that Polaris had better results versus humans than Deep Blue.

Polaris's Strategies:

Polaris have a total of 5 different strategies
The Nash Equilibrium plus 4 other to use against different types of opponents.  Polaris identifies which common poker strategy a human is using and switches its own strategy to counter.

1- The first approach is to approximate a Nash equilibrium strategy which is robust against any opponent.
2- The second approach is to find an exploitive counter-strategy to an opponent. We will show that these counter-strategies are brittle: they can lose to arbitrary other opponents.

3- The third approach is a compromise of the first two, to find robust counter-strategies.
4- The four approach is to combine several of these agents into a team, and learn during a game which to use.

Why is Polaris so good?

a) Adaptation. Polaris doesn't have a "best way" to play; it has a "best way" to adapt.
b) Specialization
c) No emotion
d) Aggression

Andy Beal

Andy Beal
Billionaire banker from Texas &
high stakes heads-up limit hold'em poker player
Net Worth: Increase US$8.5 billion (March 2013)
    • Born November 11, 1952 Lansing, Michigan, U.S
    • Lives in Dallas, Texas.
    • Father of six
    • Divorced two times (spouse1, Simona Beal)
    • A self-made billionaire
    • Banker
    • Founder and chairman of Beal Bank and the now-dissolved Beal Aerospace Technologies
    • Graduate, Sexton High School, Lansing MI but dropped out after becoming bored with the classes.
    • Attended Michigan State University and Baylor University
    • At age 19 he bought a house for $6,500 and rented it for $119 a month which led to his first gain as a businessman.
    • Played blackjack as a youth.
    • 1981- He started buying property that no one else wanted and made it profitable.
    • 1988 – Opened first bank in Dallas (later renamed Beal Financial)
    • 1993 – Discovery of conjecture (mathematical number theory). Has offered $100,000 for its proof or disproof.
    • 2000 – Bought over 1 billion commercial loans and collected on the debts.
    • After September 11, 2001 – Began buying airline bonds. He makes about $70 million a year from those bonds.
    • 2001 – Began visiting Bellagio to participate in high stakes poker games. Andy Beal was 48 years old in 2001
    • BETWEEN 2001 AND 2006 – Began playing The Corporation
    • His long series of ultra high-stakes heads-up battles were featured in the Michael Craig book The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King

    High Stakes Heads-Up Limit Hold' Em

    Greatest Feat:
    During visits to Las Vegas between 2001 and 2004, Beal participated in high-stakes poker games against professional players. The games included USD$100,000 to $200,000 limit Texas Hold 'Em poker. On May 13, 2004, at the Las Vegas Bellagio, Beal won one of the largest single hands in poker history, $11.7 million.  The games have been chronicled in the Michael Craig book, “The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time.”

    While the games outlined in Craig's book ended in 2004, Beal returned to Las Vegas from February 1–5, 2006 to again take on "The Corporation" in a $50,000/100,000 Limit Hold 'Em match at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino. Opponents included Todd Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Ted Forrest, and others.

    Phil Ivey vs Andy Beal

    On February 5, 2006, Beal was down $3.3 million (USD). He then returned to the Wynn Casino a week later, and won approximately $13.6 million from the Corporation during daily poker sessions from February 12–15. The games resumed February 21–23, with world champion poker player Phil Ivey representing the Corporation against Beal at limits of $30,000/60,000 and $50,000/100,000. During these three days, Beal lost $16.6 million to Ivey.

    Andy Beal High Stakes Heads-Up Limit Hold' Em strategy:

    Step 1. Play nearly every hands
                Raise (most of the time) every pot he enters
    Step 2. Check-call all the way down to the river with any A-high hand
                8-bets the turn with two pair
    Step 3. Obsession with preventing tells

    Why is Andy Beal so good?
    a) Obsession
    b) Specialization
    c) Mathematical approach
    d) High stakes
    e) Ultra-aggressive
    f) Impossible to read

    Carl Icahn once said of Beal, "I always thought of myself as a good player. But I'm not in his league."

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Sit and Go

    Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Sit and Go (HUSNG)


    We also like the high win rates that are possible and how quickly your bankroll can grow playing heads up sngs. With a bankroll of 20 buy-ins, and a win rate of 60%, your bankroll doubles every one hundred tournaments. This means that you move up a level every hundred tournaments as long as you are strong enough to win 60% of your matches, and a strong player can move up very quickly. Starting with a $200 bankroll and doubling it every hundred tournaments, you will have enough money in your bankroll to play heads up sit and gos for a living at the $150 buy-in level after just 400 tournaments. A good player at this level makes well over $50 per hour!

    You should not just be limping a lot more, because by raising with most of your hands, you will be putting extra pressure on your opponent and increasing the chances that you will win the blinds and antes. In a typical hu sng tournament, you should be:
    • Open raising or limping nearly all of your buttons;
    • Raising any face card;
    • Raising with any pair;
    • Calling with nearly everything else;
    • Re-raising with premium hands and medium pairs.

    HUSNG grinder

    Best HUSNG players