sexta-feira, 19 de abril de 2013

A look at Perfect Preflop Play Deluxe

If you play online SNGs and tournaments, this app will make you thousands of dollars. 

Selecting a hand grants you access to six screens of information indispensable for online play. They expose the relationships between your hand and your opponents’ possible ranges, and help you reach the correct decision based on your assessment of the position. PPP Deluxe also includes a book that explains every concept you need to know to use the original PPP. And the Monster Book is currently being published in this blog as it gets made (see tabs on the top). 

The screens are organized in three files and two rows. The different rows are for break-even mode (tan background) and Relevant Profit mode (gray), and you shift between them by tapping the top of the screen, depending on whether you want to pursue an infinitesimal edge or to only risk your chips for a profit of at least 5% of your stack. Thus PPP Deluxe can be tailored to your style. Also, you get to choose your priority at the start screen, which determines which mode you land on immediately after typing in your hand – but the other mode is always one tap away. 

File one in break-even mode

Each of the three files has a Relevant Profit and a break-even version. The first file is original PPP for tables with antes. Original PPP means that the screen tells you how much you can call against an all-in bet (or re-raise all-in vs a bet against which you don’t expect to have fold equity, which amounts to the same) once you determine which range your opponent is most likely to be playing. If he's on the small blind vs your big blind and he has only 2 big blinds left, then a bet by him can be expected to represent the all-hands range. But if he's tight and under the gun with 15 BB left, then the 3% range is probably your best guess. 

File one in Relevant Profit mode

Tap the right-hand side of the screen and arrive at the second file, which is again for calling all-in bets, but for a table without antes. It comes second because it’ll be used less often, as people are usually shoving preflop late in the tournament, when there are antes. While the pot odds column gives you the same numbers as in the with-antes screen, the translation of the pot odds into big blinds shows different results, since the starting pot will be smaller. Of course, the number of big blinds you can call profitably also varies with your position, as you get different pot odds to call the same all-in bet depending on whether you’ve posted a blind. 

We call the third file Monster, and it supplements the other two by giving you the numbers for when it’s your turn to go all-in. The numbers shown in the gray screen are for how much you can shove the small blind without losing money (break-even mode). You will discover which hands can be shoved profitably no matter what your opponent holds or does (say, any amount of chips with Aces), which pushes could be exploitable but are still good (say, shoving 8 BB on the small blind with 62o, which is unprofitable only if your foe calls you with one of the two loosest ranges, which he won’t unless he is on tilt), and which are just bad (like shoving your last 2.5 BB with 72o in the SB, where the BB is almost certain to call you with any hand and you’ll only average 34.9% equity. 

File three in Relevant Profit mode. These are the numbers of big blinds you can shove when opening from the small blind versus each calling range, so as to profit at least 5% of the amount risked. Since the number of big blinds you can shove profitably naturally decreases as you get placed farther to the right of the big blind and you have more opponents yet to act, it's safe to say you want to shove a hand from the button that at the very least would yield relevant profit if you were in the small blind. So you may use this screen as your guide to shoving the button and the corresponding gray screen - which is one tap away - for shoving the small blind. Or you may bypass the gray screen altogether and use only this one. Note that this would make your shoving ranges from the button and SB the same. This may feel a little weird, but the truth is you would still be making every unmissable move available from the small blind. In Monster, the equity column replaces the pot odds column, so that you always know at a glance how often you are going to win against each calling hand. This becomes increasingly relevant as your position becomes such that there are over four players to act after you, and especially if your stack is so small as to give you very limited fold equity. The problem with being ahead of several opponents is that, unlike in the small blind where you are only going to get called by the big blind's 8% range at a frequency of roughly 8%, when you are under the gun with eight opponents you are actually going to face such a strong range more than half the time! So while you may be tempted to shove your last 3 BB with K2o, you would simply get trounced by either the 8% range (where you have 27% equity) or the 3% range (where you'll only win a heart-breaking one time in five). So often your best move will be to simply fold the K2o and accept that you'll probably be forced to call and all-in with crap next hand. It may sound bad, but the fact is that being aggressive is sometimes just plain wrong - as in having a weak hand with no fold quity versus eight players - and gives you worse expectation than a fold. Meanwhile, by calling and all-in from the big blind next hand getting 3.5-to-1 pot odds you'll most likely be making a terrific play. Needless to say, all pairs are great for shoving ultratight, as they'll have at least a respectable 40% equity versus the critical, certain-to-call-you, 8% range. Further, all class-C (green) hands and better will usually do a good job at this at 30% equity or more, with perhaps the exception of K9o, whose 28.4% equity versus the 8% range is pretty bad.

In Relevant Profit mode, the third file can be used as the numbers you can safely shove on the button vs the critical ranges we’ll discuss in the Monster Book. Plus, you’ll notice that the pot odds column is replaced by an equity column for Monster. This is to guide you in shoving from the earlier – and increasingly complex – positions. For instance, if you’re under the gun and with little to no fold equity, say with only 3 BB left, then Monster will show you why you should usually require at least a class-C (green) hand like JTs, since, as you’ll find, it has a relatively whopping 34.1% of equity vs the 8% range – much better than the 27% equity of K2o vs said range. 

Check out Perfect Preflop Play Light for a free sample. 

For more precision, pick your table size before playing. 

sexta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2013

Perfect Preflop Play Deluxe now for sale


 The most complete version of PPP has arrived, and it's for sale right here.

PPP Deluxe is identified by the black background in the App Store

After picking your priority, it's time to pick your table size. For an exclusive heads-up session, pick Heads-up; for and exclusive MTT session, pick 9-max; and if you're playing mostly non-heads-up sit-and-gos, 6-max is the way to go, since even 9-max sit-and-gos are going to be 6-handed or so by the time the big decisions arise. 

Perfect Preflop Play is now complete. Our Deluxe version adds Monster, the tool that gives you precise numbers for shoving the small blind and big blind, with and without antes, for break-even and relevant profit purposes. It also gives you the tools to make informed decisions regading what hands to shove and fold from all other positions. Really, once you master PPP Deluxe, the sky is the limit. 


Our incredibly practical keyboard, where you type in any hand in 2 seconds to get access to a world of valuable information. If preflop hold'em play is a swimming pool, this turns it into one with no deep end.

Note that version 1.1 is going to add the Monster Book for free for all players who buy now at the current discounted price. Players who wait till version 1.1 are going to pay an extra $2. 

Other than that, PPP Deluxe has all the functions of the original (green) PPP. You can shift between normal and Relevant Profit modes by just tapping the top of the screen once. This lets you know which calls (and pushes, for Monster) give you less than 5% profit but are still safe, and which are outside the profitable spectrum altogether. This takes the concept of "informed decisions" to a whole new level. PPP now contains a whopping 2,366 result screens of indispensable information. 

But there's more. Before you start using PPP at all, you can choose your priority, whether you're more of a Relevant Profit or a normal mode player. This will determine which results show up first. You can still look at your least favorite mode with just one tap, but if you prefer you never have to waste a second looking at it.

Break-even (gray) versus relevant profit (tan) mode for the same hand (a pair of Deuces contemplating a call). You can shift between modes with just one tap, depending on whether you want to extract every bit of value. The priority you picked at the beginning decides which mode will be shown to you first. 


General description: 

Do you know in which situation you should call a 13 BB all-in bet by an opponent when you hold K2o? Hint: the answer is not always, nor is it never, and it’s almost impossible to be mathematically sure about this type of play. Well, it used to be. 



. PPP book 

. Monster book (coming soon for free) 
. Normal 9-max mode 
. Normal heads-up mode 
. Normal 6-max mode 
. Relevant profit 9-max 
. Relevant profit heads-up 
. Relevant profit 6-max 
. 9-max Monster 
. 6-max Monster 
. Heads-up Monster 
. 2,366 result screens (14 per hand), 34,476 recommendations 

PPP is an app created to enable its user to take advantage of hidden preflop opportunities in order to improve their expectation in tournaments and cash games. It’s not about trying to cheat. PPP organizes the relevant information between your hand, your position, and your opponent’s range in a whole new way, accessible for consultation and application in real time while you play online, in just three taps of your iPhone or iPod Touch. 

Heads-up calling mode. This gives you a cleaner screen, showing only the information necessary for when you're playing a heads-up sit-and-go, or down to two players.

PPP is an advanced poker learning tool that is going to make you a better player, and one much more knowledgeable regarding the (frequently not obvious) relations that math imposes on the elements of the game. But we don’t leave you in the dark. We know the beginner is probably not yet at a level where they ask some of the questions answered by the app. That is why PPP includes a book (available in English and Portuguese in the same version) that explains in detail the importance of the mathematical concepts that matter to the game, and will sharpen your focus so that you can use the app in all of its potential. Read carefully, get used to how PPP works, and you are not only going to win (more) money, but you will know exactly where it comes from.

Tan (relevant profit) Monster, our pushing machine for incredible accuracy. Break-even (gray) Monster gives the exact numbers you can shove profitably from the small blind. RP Monster gives you the numbers for shoving the small blind with unmissable profitability (5% stack increase). But here's the thing. While shoving the small blind is a way simpler equation t. han any other position, these numbers can be used as the correct ones for shoving the button! According to our theorem, you must only make plays that have a chance of being right. So step one for shoving the button is asking yourself, "Would this at least yield relevant profit if I were the SB?" If the answer is no, then shoving the button is too risky. So you can use the tan screen for shoving the button (meaning you're only shoving the button with a hand that would be an unmissable shove from the small blind), and the gray screen for the small blind. Or you can use only the tan screen for either, if you're more conservative. For greater explanation on the mathematical thinking behind all of this, get PPP Deluxe and wait for the Monster Book, coming free in version 1.1. 

Perfect Preflop Play is not a scam and it’s not magic. It came from an instructor’s need to teach poker quickly to a student. The app compiles all of the knowledge acquired in that process and presents it so as to free the user from doing math and let them focus on observing opponents’ tendencies. Make no mistake about it. PPP does not substitute your intelligence in deciphering your foes, nor do we want to form players who are unable to play without checking it. On the contrary, PPP is a learning tool, and once you get used to how it works, you are going to see the game in a much clearer, more organized way, and you are going to be a more competent player the next time you find yourself without it.