Inverse (Part 2)

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney

INVERSE Part 1 : INVERSE Part 2 : INVERSE Part 3 : INVERSE Part 4 : INVERSE Part 5 : INVERSE Part 6


Download MP4 video - 59.0MB (right click > save link as)

INVERSE (part 2) video info.


  • Type: INVERSE
  • Stakes: $25NL
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:32:45
  • Added: 25 July 2011

INVERSE pt. 2 overview.

What is an "INVERSE" video? If you're new to this video series, check out INVERSE part 1 – I've included an explanation on that page. But if you've already started, INVERSE involves looking at another player's (the Hero's) hand history and trying to figure out their thought process and reasons behind the decisions they make.

There is no set theme to INVERSE hand history review videos, but there just so happens to be 3 recurring concepts in this video. These are:

  1. Hand planning – Determining what kind of pot size and bet sizes put us in to optimal situations as the hand develops.
  2. Bet sizing – Making the most profitable bet sizes on any given betting round.
  3. Pot geometry – Betting with the intent to create optimal pot sizes for the class of hand we hold.

Almost all the hand histories in this video include mistakes in one or more of these areas, which results in missed value when holding a strong hand. SplitSuit highlights where these mistakes take place and explains how and why bigger bet sizes in certain spots can have a hugely positive influence on your winrate.

The video concludes with a report card on the Hero's play throughout the 8 hand histories reviewed, which is cool. The 4 areas that are graded in this report card are:

  1. Bet sizing
  2. Planning
  3. Preflop
  4. Postflop
INVERSE 2 Report Card Screenshot
SplitSuit's report card for the Hero.

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
  2. (0:54) Hand 1 – AJ on BTN. Hit TPTK on flop heads up vs SB.
  3. (5:07) Hand 2 - AK in 3-way pot, hit TPTK on flop. 3flush on turn.
  4. (8:59) Hand 3 - Flatting with AK preflop instead of 3betting. Hit TPTK on flop.
  5. (12:07) Hand 4 - Set mining with 66 preflop. Flop is QQ6 in 4-way pot.
  6. (15:20) Hand 5 - Steal from BTN with KK. SB calls, we raise on 874r flop.
  7. (18:40) Hand 6 - Stealing with K3 in SB, BB calls. Lead out on 43K flop. [inelastic range]
  8. (22:19) Hand 7 - Stealing 83o on the BTN. BB calls, 57J flop. [hourly winrate]
  9. (26:50) Hand 8 - Stealing with QJ in SB. BB calls, 8Q5 flop. [variance]
  10. (30:27) Video recap

Go back to the immense Texas Hold'em strategy videos.


Ready To Play?

Ignition Poker Screenshot

Ignition Poker is the busiest US-friendly poker room and currently has the worst players.