Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email:

Friday, November 10, 2006

Creating Fold Equity

More and more, I'm realizing the importance of this. Ok lets say you're sitting in the BB, and your stack size is 8 BB's. If it gets folded to the button, he's likely to make it 3BB to go with a wide variety of hands. Of course, if you push all in there, he's obviously gonna call, getting greats odds even if his hole cards are very weak. However, if you just flat call, the pot will now contain 7BB's. Now on the flop, you can push all in (regardless of what comes out) for 5 BB's, and he can only call if he hit something. We all know that the majority of times, 2 cards will miss the flop. He'll be very hardpressed to call with the random 2 cards we put him on, and sometimes given the right flop, he'll even lay down the winner. (Imagine he raised with q9- and the flop comes a105- you're 67 will take it down with the push all in)

I noticed this same thing today playing a plo8 turbo sng on Stars. I was sitting on the button with 1135, and blinds were 100-200 (no anties in that game) with 4 people left in the tourney. Now in a regular sit and go, this would be push/fold time, but obviously, given that this was pot limit, that wasn't a choice. UTG folded, and the action was up to me holding 3357, a marginal hand, but one that I wanted to raise anyways given the situation. Given the 1-200 blinds, I was allowed to make it up to 700 to go. Of course, I realized if either of them called my 700 preflop, it would be foolish of them to fold on the flop for 435 into a 1600 pot. I chose to min raise, making it 400 to go. The small blind called and the big blind folded. So the two of us went to a flop with 1k in the pot. He checked on a flop of k106, and then folded to my bet of 735.

Creating fold is equity is very important, and was the difference in that Sng between 4th and 2nd.


Blogger Tiltyjoker said...


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Blogger Will Palango said...

very well thought out, BoDog for prez!

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Blogger GetThatLoot said...

Nice article on Ari in Cardplayer magazine this month.
Way to go Ari!

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Blogger Jordan Lewis said...

never thought of it like that

10:54 PM  
Blogger Sumeet said...

I agree somewhat...but I think in Omaha its very different than in hold em....I am much more willing to call with A high then A high in Omaha

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