The important theorems of poker strategy
Clark Master Theorem
Set: one is on the River Heads-Up and it is there comes a fourth card of the same color you should forever set. The Clark Master Theorem is much less a theorem as an exact guide to action. The author of this statement Clark Masters those described as follows:
- You have no position
- You are heads-up
- A fourth flush card comes on the river
If all three criteria are met you should put in 100% of cases. The reasoning at the back this is the following: you either have a good flush or bring a value bet and bluff with a bluff has an extremely high probability of success. Originally, this was true in Limit Hold’em, where a river bet only accounts for a small fraction of the pot and a bluff has to work according to very rarely. However, Clark Masters statement has in no limit still existed.
We have Q ♥ J ♥ and call a pre-flop raise from the rather tight button in the big blind on the A ♠ T ♥ 9 ♠ 7 ♠ board we check-call two reasonable bets on the flop and turn. River: 3 ♠. When we arrive in this way at this river we should bluff definitely. We represent extremely credible a good to very Flush about we could AX Q ♠ or K ♠ T ♠ hold and when our tight opponent does not even have a flush he will almost certainly fold. His nearly all likely hands are ace-king or ace-queen the likelihood that he thus has a flush is less than 30% a bluff for two thirds of the pot would be long so definitely profitable.
This works best the Clark Masters statement against sensibly tight not exceedingly creative opponents. While it is probably rare that you arrive at all without position and without initiative on a 4Flush-River but if this happened once you should always check that a bluff is not a very credible move and long term brings more than make sure intimidated.
This theorem sounds now only once a little absurd and this sentence Poker Theorem to name, the definition of the word theorem is also not fair but at least figuratively (and a few restrictions) this statement is correct and helpful. The theorem is from Aaron “Aejones” Jones from the year 2007 – a time when the online poker super-aggressive play was slow mass appeal and a lot of players that LAG-game is much more profitable as 08/15-DAY-genitte.
However, what did not understand at that time most of the players and many today still not understand is that there is a basic difference between good and bad LAG game. Intelligent loose-aggressive play is anything other than bet-bet-bet and the vague hope that your adversary will fold at some point on the way to the river when you press the buttons hard enough or the chips throws hard enough in the middle. The Aejones theorem is the exaggerated implication that in a loose-aggressive play around the relative strength of hands must be evaluated differently than in a tight-conservative environment.