How to get started with GTO Poker Strategy

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I give you 3 simple techniques to approximate GTO play.

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Hey guys,
Today I’m going to show you how to get started with GTO poker strategy.
How to learn the GTO software and start using the solvers without spending any money.
Coming up next.

There are 3 main GTO programs (also called solvers) on the market right now. I’ve used them all and they each have different pros and cons. In future videos I’ll go into depth with each of them, but for now I want to jump right into one of them and show you how to get started.

We’re going to use GTO Range Builder (or GTORB). It’s a good one to start with because you can use it right out of the browser. As you get more advanced, I’d probably suggest switching to one of the other two, standalone varieties.

GTORB is also nice to start with because it has a very graphical interface which I think makes it easier to understand at first. The solutions are represented by visualizations of the decision tree.

Another thing about these tools is that you can use them for free, as long as you’re solving situations that occur on the turn or river. If you want to do flop calculations, then you have to pay for them.

From another perspective, solving poker hands gets much more complex when you start on the flop. Given the fact that you have two unknown cards still to come, and three full rounds of betting that could happen, the average tree is exponentially bigger than decision trees on later streets. Whereas the river is going to be your simplest tree to solve.

This is why I would suggest starting with river spots to learn GTO. 1) The situations are less complex and 2) You can use the tools for free.

One more reason the river is a good place to start is because you can apply GTO equations like 1-alpha, if you’ve heard of that. The equations actually match the solutions. Whereas on the flop, the equations tend to break down, and you must rely more on what the software tells you.

So for today, I’m going take a hand from my database and walk you through how I’d go about using the GTO solver to figure it out. It might be a good idea to pick one of your own hands and follow along with me. Pause the video and try it for yourself in GTORB. That’s going to be the best way to actually learn this.

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