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In this section you will find a tool to determine if your starting hand can be profitably pushed all in depending on your situation. When using the tool, don't forget to indicate the antes in play when there are any (10%, 12.5% or 20%, depending on the stage of the tournament or sit'n'go). Also, don't forget to check the "Same suit? "box if your hand is matched. Matching hands generally have a 5% higher equity than non-matching hands.

When can I use this tool?

This tool can be used for tournaments or sit'n'gos. Some tournaments have special 4-max structures. In this type of tournament, you will be 4 players per table at all times. These types of tournaments will be more dynamic than the classic full ring tournaments (with 10, 9 or 8 players per table). So, whether you are on the final table of a tournament with only 4 players left, whether you are in a sit'n'go with only 4 players left, or whether you are in a 4-max tournament, this tool will be useful when you have between 1 and 20 big blinds. Above 20 big blinds, you should use an opening range tool

An EV+ range = long term profits

The ranges shown in this tool are the long term EV+ ranges. Obviously, the more you choose a hand at the bottom of the range, the closer that hand will be to 0 profit over the long term. Keep in mind that in this section, the hands shown in the ranges to be pushed all in will be profitable when all in. In other words, if you have 20 big blinds, for example, a hand could be losing to open, but profitable to shove. Shoving all in maximizes your folding equity and ensures that you see all 5 cards on the board (and go to the showdown, which is no small feat).

An example

For example, if you can profitably push all in a 20% range, you can push these hands:

66+, A4s+, K8s+, Q9s+, J9s+, T9s, A9o+, KTo+, QTo+, JTo

So, a pair of 6s and better (note the "+" indicating "and better"), A-4s matched and better (the "s" means the cards are matched), A-9s mismatched and better (the "o" means the cards are mismatched) and so on. The further left the hand is, the stronger it is, the further right it is, the weaker it is. The bottom of the range here is JTo, the hand with which you will see the lowest profits.

Note that this tool is for illustrative purposes only. There are many reasons why you may not follow the recommendations of this tool to the letter. For example, if your table is very passive and tight, you may want to push all in with a wider range than recommended. Conversely, if you are surrounded by manic players, you may want to play a little more conservatively until the storm passes. Poker is always a game of observation and adaptation. Good luck at the tables!