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FlopCruncher Tutorial

Now we'll look at some hands from preflop to river, using FlopCruncher to examine the odds all the way.  
Flop / Turn / River
This is an example of using FlopCruncher to examine hand odds all the way from the deal to the river. We'll look at a hand that was played in the $1500 buy-in pot-limit hold'em event of the 2006 World Series of Poker.

You won't have to set up any cards yourself since this is one of the hands we've included with playback mode. Just click the info button to flip over to FlopCruncher's preferences, then choose "Furst vs. Hua" from the "play" menu, then click "Done." (Shown here with the "Suits" theme selected.)

Preflop: With only one limper before him, Mr. Hua raised the pot with his seven deuce, clearly attempting a steal. Mr. Hua, a dangerous and well-respected player, has a very quiet, tight image. That image enables this kind of play to work for him late in tournaments.

Mr. Furst was happy to see the raise, naturally. Aces are a favorite to beat any two opposing hands, so he chose to flat call instead of re-raising to isolate. He wanted action on his aces, but a re-raise could have chased out Mr. Hua as well as Mr. Bronstein, who called as well. Mr. Hua was obviously not very happy to see either of those calls. Click preflop to see just how bad Mr. Hua's situation was.

We didn't see the hole cards of Rocky Enciso or Eric Lynch on the ESPN broadcast of this event (and Burt Boutin was away from the table at the time), so we just gave them random wild cards. They folded preflop anyway, but it would have been interesting to know exactly what they held.

Flop: Mr. Hua flopped trips, dominating Mr. Furst's aces. Mr. Bronstein checked the flop, which completely missed him. Mr. Hua made a suspiciously small bet but there was no way Mr. Furst could lay down the rockets. He flat called, believing he still had the best hand. He wanted Mr. Bronstein in the pot too, but Mr. Bronstein folded.

The odds shifted dramatically in Mr. Hua's favor. Click back and forth between the preflop and flop buttons to see the difference.

The aces could only win if one or both of the other two aces in the deck come out. The players would split the pot if running queens came on the turn and river for a full house on the board. No straight or flush was possible for either player at this point.

Turn: It got even worse for the aces. Only two cards could help them: the two remaining aces. Mr. Hua checked-raised Mr. Furst all-in and Mr. Furst called. There was really no way that Mr. Furst could put Mr. Hua on any seven with that tight image of his. Pocket sevens (for quads), or pocket queens (for a full house) could explain Mr. Hua's preflop raise, but those are extremely unlikely holdings.

River: That's right: Mr. Furst hit a 2-outer on the river to double through Mr. Hua. Both players did pretty much the right thing all the way through, but their odds went for a roller coaster ride. This is an extreme example, but it shows how you can use FlopCruncher to calculate the odds all the way through a hand. Next time you play a big pot, make a note of the cards and see how you were doing, mathematically, using FlopCruncher.

Many of the hands we included for playback mode are examples of players hitting 4-, 3-, 2-, and even 1-outers to win hands. There's even an example where a player need running turn and river cards to win and got them. We'll be adding more hands for you to download for fun and maybe a little education too.  
Folding Hands on Specific Streets
You can tell a player to fold his hand on any street. On that street and any later streets, the cards at that seat are removed from play and no odds are calculated for that player.

To use this feature, set up all the hole cards for the simulation, then click preflop, flop, turn, or river to go to that street. Set focus on the hole cards you want to fold, either by typing the keyboard shortcut for that seat or by hovering the mouse cursor over the cards. Then type lower case x. The cards are grayed out and "fold" appears under them.

If you click to a previous street, it's like going back in time to before that player folded. The cards are un-grayed and the normal odds calculation appears under them.

To fold that hand on an earlier street, just click to that street, navigate to those cards, and type x again. The hand will fold on the street you just clicked.

To fold that hand on a later street, you first have to un-fold the hand. Click to the later street you want to fold the hand on. It'll appear grayed out. Type lower case x and the cards will be un-folded. Now type lower case x again and the hand will be folded on that street. It's an extra step, but we had to put it in to allow un-folding.

Just remember: if cards are already folded, lower case x un-folds them. If they aren't folded yet, lower case x folds them on that street. See how easy?

An example of hands being folded before the river is the "Negreanu vs. Flack" playback mode hand. Click the info button to flip over to FlopCruncher's preferences, then select "Negreanu vs. Flack" from the "play" menu. At least one player folds on every street before the showdown on the river. (Shown here with the "Lapis" theme and "4 colors" selected.)

Burning Cards on Specific Streets
Once in a while you'll want to see how the odds are changed when certain cards are taken out of the deck. The "burn card" feature lets you do exactly that. It's pretty much like folding cards on a specific street. Find a set of hole cards that aren't in the hand (both card backs are showing.) Select the rank and/or suit of the card you want to burn. Then you can either click on that card again and select "Burn" from the menu or type b.

Full brightness means that it's been taken out of play for calculations on that street and after that street. Think of it as having been "exposed" by the dealer.

Burn cards are grayed out before the street they're burned on to indicate that they're still in the deck before being burned (and therefore being used in the odds calculations.)

To change the street that any burn card is burned on, just click to that street, navigate to that card, and type x. Now the card will be burned and "exposed" on that street.

An example of burn cards in playback mode is the Negreanu vs. Deeb hand. Click the info button to get to FlopCruncher's preferences and select "Negreanu vs. Deeb" from the "play" menu. The dealer exposed the king of clubs just as he dealt it to Freddy Deeb, so it's a burn card in this example. (Shown here with the "OS X" theme and "4 colors" selected.)

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