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The 'Open or Fold' tool can be used for both cash games and no-limit hold'em tournaments. For your tournaments, you'll find a box to indicate the antes in force in your tournament at a specific moment in the game (the antes will be expressed as a percentage). The tool will also be useful in regular cash games (what we call 'regular' cash games are cash games in which your stack is 100 big blinds). This is also known as playing a full stack.

Please note that this page is for 6-max games only. If you are at the final table of a tournament and there are only 6 players left, this tool is not recommended and you should look at the ICM calculators instead. (see here

As you will see, this tool is very simple to use and very intuitive. The result you'll get will be the GTO (Game Theory Optimal) opening, in other words, the optimal strategy, the one that can't be exploited. Obviously, without going into too much strategic detail, you can modify the strategy slightly according to the behaviour of the players at your table. To give a precise and simple example, if you're wondering whether your open button with AT is profitable and the tool tells you that it is, even though A9 and A8 are not recommended, but your table is very tight and the players are folding a lot, it's a safe bet that you can profitably go slightly outside the optimal strategy by opening a little wider with your A9 and A8.


If applicable, enter the antes in effect at your table (for tournaments only).

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If you're playing cash games, don't enter anything. Antes are important to calculate because the optimal strategy will always be a little more aggressive when antes are present. When antes are introduced at the table, no more hands are free as is the case in cash games for example (where the only forced bets will be the small and big blinds).

Select your two cards received preflop, specifying whether or not they match (same suit).

Selecting a poker hand

There won't be a huge difference between, say, offsuit and suited, but as poker is a game of details, it's best to be as precise as possible.

Indicate your position on the table.

Choice of position

It goes without saying that the later you are, the wider you can open. This is explained in particular by the fact that there will be fewer players left to talk to if you're in dealer position than in Under The Gun (UTG) position, which is the position that talks first preflop.

Indicate your number of blinds.

Choosing the number of blinds

The more blinds you have and the earlier in the hand you open, the more conservative you should play. Conversely, the later in the hand and the fewer blinds you have in a tournament, the wider you can open. Think about the fact that if you're in a tournament and you don't have a lot of blinds, it's better to push all in than to open. For example, if you have 8 blinds in button position and all the players have folded before you, you will be better off adopting a push-or-fold strategy rather than opening. With 8 big blinds, you never open to fold afterwards. Therefore, it's better to maximise your fold equity by pushing all in rather than raising in the conventional way. For more details on this subject, please consult the following page:

When it's done, click on "Can I open? It's that easy!

May I open?

This will give you your result: