POKER

What is a Hand Range?

poker_faqA hand range, or hand ranging, are terms used in poker to describe what an opponent is likely to be holding.

Since it’s generally impossible to ever know the contents of an opponent’s hand, poker players instead rely on their ability to narrow down the likely holdings that their opponent might be playing. Skilled players use information about the specific opponent, general poker knowledge and the context surrounding an individual hand to winnow the possible holdings of an opponent down to a fairly small range of hands, often with an accuracy that leads observers to believe that the skill is somewhere closer to magic and intuition than the raw deductive process it actually is.

Factors that can help you deduce your opponent’s hand include: bet sizing, their skill level, the cards already in play, their actions up until this point in the hand, their state of mind, previous history with you, their comfort with the stakes being played, and so on.

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