By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Combos video info.


  • Type: Concept
  • Stakes: -
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:43:58
  • Added: 15 April 2011

Combos video overview.

This is SplitSuit's first concept video for ThePokerBank.

In this video, SplitSuit explains how to work out combos for different types of hands. This is followed by practical examples of using combinatorics in both preflop and postflop poker. The video concludes with 3 hand history examples that highlight how combos can be used to help make more +EV decisions.

Other important concepts discussed in this training video include weighted ranges and blockers. There is also a quick introduction to Flopzilla EV Calculator, which is a valuable tool for when working with (and learning about) combos and blockers in Texas Hold'em. Watch Using Flopzilla for an introduction to this tool.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

Table of contents.

  1. (0:00) Intro
    1. (0:22) James "SplitSuit" Sweeney Intro
    2. (1:25) What are ranges and combos?
    3. (2:20) Video outline
  2. (3:14) Preflop combos
    1. (3:14) Number of combos for paired and unpaired (suited and unsuited) starting hands
    2. (4:05) Weighted ranges
      1. (5:05) Weighted ranges and PFR
      2. (5:50) Weighted ranges example
        1. (8:40) O-ranges and C-ranges
        2. (10:05) Blockers in combinatorics
  3. (18:25) Postflop combos
    1. (18:25) Types of postflop combos
      1. (18:46) Combos of pocket pairs and sets - 6/3/1 rule
      2. (19:32) Combos of single pair hands
      3. (20:20) Combos of flush draws
    2. (21:24) Flopzilla
  4. (30:20) Examples
    1. (30:20) Example 1 - Stealing from CO with 97s, SB calls. K528 board.
    2. (36:13) Example 2 - Open with QQ from HJ, BB calls. BB c/r on A77 flop.
    3. (39:48) Example 3 - Open with AJs in CO, SB calls. Value betting 3 streets on T926T board.

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