Pushing Around Your Stack

Harrington's Zone Concept

The Zone Theory presented by Harrington in his classic book "Harrington On Hold'em" identified inflection points where your play in a tournament needs to change gears.

Dealing with limpers

Whenever a player limps in front of you, it destroys your chances of going all in to pick up the blinds with weaker-than-average hands. If you've got a strong hand, you can still go all in, but with a weak hand, you have to bluff out more players and that really hurts your chances.

The 3-Bet Jam Range

Typically, your prime 3-bet value is when you have 4-5 times raiser's raise value. If a player on the button raises to 300 and you've got about 1200, you're in a good position to reraise. It's too big for your opponent to call with weak hands but you're not risking too much to pick up the blinds and the raise. You typically want to start looking for three-bet jams when you're between 6 and 14 big blinds, as this will closely align with the 4-5x range.

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  • MrNeverdie says:

    Although having a limper in front of you somewhat diminishes your chances of pushing and picking up the blinds, there is additional factor that an extra limper also means that pot is now increased by an extra big blind, which increases the return on your push. In addition to this, players behind may be more reluctant to call since there is already someone involved in the pot and they are uncertain of what he may do once the action returns to him. So this is another concept to consider, and will be based mostly on reads and your perception of the opponents limping range. If you have a reason to believe that he limps in weak hands that will not be able to call a shove, and especially if you have this realization at the table where other people are not so observant, shoving over his limps can be quite a profitable proposition.

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