by Albert Hart
We’ve made some important changes to the FloatTheTurn Push / Fold App.
We added Calling Ranges for determining when you should call an all-in.
And we implemented Effective Stack changes to compensate for short-handed play.
For each blind level and position, we now show the hands you should use to call an all-in.
For instance, if you are in the small blind and the UTG shoves with a 12 big blind stack, you should call the UTG’s all-in with AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, AK suited, and AK offsuit, (shown as TT+, AKs, AKo in the image below)
How Calling Ranges Work
As another example, if you are on the Button and either you have 6 BBs or the UTG + 3 has 6 BBs and he shoves, the App shows that you should call with 22% of hands 22+, A2s+, A7o+, K8s+, KTo+, Q9s+, QJo, JTs
Here is the chart the FTT App gives for the UTG + 3 to shove with a 6 big blind effective stack: UTG + 3 should go all-in with these hands:
UTG + 3 pushes a wider range than you should use to call. The App shows that you should with this range: 22+, A2s+, A7o+, K8s+, KTo+, Q9s+, QJo, and JTs
This is a smaller range for calling. Equilabs shows that this range is a 52%/48% favorite when you call, which is what makes it a good call.
Setting up the App
If you have the smallest stack, you can set the App to your stack size, and then quickly glance at the ranges to determine when you should call.
If you have a larger stack, you can set the App to the smallest stack size to see when to call if that person shoves. In that case, only pay attention to the ranges shown for the short stack’s position.
If someone else shoves – for instance, you have the App set to 6 BBs, and a different player with 12BBs shoves, you have to adjust the App to get the correct range. This is usually not possible during live play, but you may be able to tap ‘+’ on the blind size to quickly see the new ranges.
Big Blind Play
The App does not apply for open shoving from the Big Blind, because if everyone folds to you in the Big Blind, you get a walk, and cannot open shove.
However, Calling Ranges to apply form the Big Blind, so we now include it as a position in the App and replace the chart with this message when you are in the Big Blind. We show the message: “Open Shove not possible from the Big Blind” for shoving, and show the calling ranges below.
Effective Antes (when short-handed)
The antes alter the ranges because when 10 people put in antes, there is more money in the pot for you to win compared to when 6 people put in antes, and this makes it optimal to shove with a wider range. When there are fewer than 10 people at the table, the total amount of the antes is smaller, so your shoving ranges need to be adjusted. We adjust for this by presenting charts for the effective ante range, based on the number of players.
For example, if the antes are 25 with blinds of 100/200, (antes are 12.5% of the big blind), and there are only 8 players at the table, then we present charts for 10% antes to adjust for the fact that there are only 8 antes in play instead of 10. This will reduce the range of hands you should shove.
We then show the Effective Ante size at the top of the App.