The problem with hand #1 in Power Up poker

The problem with hand #1 in Power Up poker

The problem with the first hand in any Power Up poker game is...

  • All players have ONLY 10 power points
  • All players have ONLY 2 power cards

So, as part of our strategy to improve our game at each stage of Power Up poker, we should make some adjustments during the first hand of each match.

Playing the first hand on the button

If you have been following our series DECODING POWER UP you will know we advise that in the first level of a Power Up match your open raise size should be 3 times the big blind.  However, given the fact that you have only 10 power points and 2 power cards in the first hand, we believe your open raise size in this specific situation should be 2.5x time the big blind instead.

The reason for this is:

  • Because our opponents are at a power point + power card + positional disadvantage we will get more folds from the SB and BB for a cheaper price (risking fewer chips).
  • Because we have less moves post flop we are risking less (fewer chips) when we need to give up on boards which do not connect with out hand or power cards.

Playing the first hand in the small blind

Because we are starting the hand with a power point + power card + positional disadvantage we will be forced to fold more hands during the fist hand of a match. 

If you have been following our STREAM you will know how tricky small blinds are to play at the best of times. Therefore, finding another reason to give up in this specific situation can simplify play and make our decisions slightly easier post flop.

Playing the first hand in the big blind

Because we are starting the hand with a power point + power card + positional disadvantage we will be forced to fold more hands during the fist hand of a match.

In the event the small blind folds and you are facing a raise in the big blind you do have the additional bonus of knowing the hand will be played heads up (1 player vs 1 player) postflop. We can therefore continue to play NEAR our standard pre-flop range, however, if our power cards are weak (or they do not clearly offer you an opportunity to play your hand effectively out of position) we advise you to tighten up your calling range and wait for a better opportunity to enter into a pot.

You can find our pre-flop ranges HERE

You can find our video on how to use pre-flop ranges version 1.0 HERE

Power Up pre-flop charts have been updated!

Power Up pre-flop charts have been updated!

How to use Power Up ranges version 1.0

How to use Power Up ranges version 1.0

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