2004-04-04 14:42:52 UTC
initial response was to steal, especially with a low stack. However I've
given it some more thought and have one or two questions that have been
troubling me for some time on this particular problem.
1. This scenario is designed in order to replicate a ten handed NL
tournament table, where players are raising all in before the flop.
Deal ten holdem hands.
Out of those ten hands find which one is the best 'heads-up'
Repeat and infinite number of times, creating a set of 'best hands for a
List those hands in order of best to worst heads-up
Find the median hand (i.e. the hand in the middle of the list)
This is the 'best hand on average'
Does anyone have an idea as to what this hand might be? i.e. the best hand
for an average deal to ten players.
2. The phenoma of clustering.
By clustering I mean, that if the first 7 players in a hand fold, the last 3
players will have the best hands out of all the cards that were originally
dealt, or at least one of them does? Is this a reasonable idea, assuming all
the players are typical?
Now consider the original problem of stealing blinds on the button, when
everyone has folded in front of you. Is it sensible to raise with crap, when
the players on the blinds are likely to have better hands than average? In
this case would you always need the 'best hand on average' or better to
raise in any position?