You know, there’s a lot of professional and semi-pro poker players who get solicited to provide strategy articles on various poker topics because of their on-the-felt prowess. Fact is, not all of these guys and girls can accurately articulate their thoughts into a column that’s both informative and instrumental. For triple crown winner Gavin Griffin, this is not a problem.
In fact, his column in Card Player is one of the most consistently readable and informative strategy/concept articles on our radar.
In his most recent write-up, Griffin takes an in-depth look at how to build hand ranges by taking a specific high-profile hand and attempting to backwards engineer the thought process that led to how it was ultimately played. While there’s no guarantee that Gavin is dead on in his own read of the situation, as he talks though each street one gets their own ideas of how they should think about hand ranges as a general concept – something you need to have if you want to get better at your game.
Instead of waiting until you’re facing a tough decision and then trying to figure out what your opponent has, your view of their range should be constantly in flux. From hand to hand, session to session, your opponents will continually give you more information that helps you define their range in each situation and you need to take that into account when you assign them a range.
Take a few minutes and check out his latest offering, you’ll be glad you did: Poker Strategy With Gavin Griffin: Range Building