Advanced Poker Statistics
Our ten-chapter guide walks you through the most important poker statistics to use preflop and postflop to guide your decisions. Understanding the following ten stats is essential to beating the games of today.
Chapter 1: VPIP and PFR
Voluntarily put money in pot (VPIP) and preflop raise (PFR) are the two most basic and important poker statistics to rely on. Poker Copilot automatically takes information on your opponent’s preflop tendencies, which allows you to quickly determine whether you are up against a professional player, a weak passive player, an insane gambler, or an overly tight rock.
Read our guide to VPIP/PFR to find out how to identify the types of players you are up against.
Chapter 2: Unopened Preflop Raise (UOPFR)
While VPIP/PFR gives you an overall view of your opponents, UOPFR lets you understand their game according to their positions at the table. Poker Copilot tracks the percentage of times that each player raises from each position, allowing you to put your opponents on a “range of hands.” A range of hands is a specific number of possible cards they could have from each position, which is essential information for determining how to play against them.
The UOPFR statistic is the basis of creating a strategy to counter your opponent from each spot at the table. Our guide also includes detailed opening ranges for beginners.
Chapter 3: Blind Stealing
Poker revolves around the blinds. Without them, there is no game. Are you attacking the blinds enough preflop? Are you defending properly against your opponents’ blind steals? This article is an in-depth guide to protecting your big and small blinds from different opponent types. It also shows you which players are the easiest to steal the blinds from. Learn how to steal and defend the blinds.
Chapter 4: 3-betting and 4-betting
A 3-bet occurs when one player raises and another re-raises preflop. A 4-bet happens when someone re-raises the 3-bet! These pots are always larger than single-raised pots and are integral to your long-term win rate. It doesn’t matter how many small pots you win if you end up losing one large 3-bet pot that erases your profit. Learn how to 3-bet, 4-bet, and defend against these plays with our guide to 3-betting.
Chapter 5: Donk Bets
For new players in particular, there can be nothing more frustrating than facing a donk bet. A donk bet occurs when, after you raise preflop, your out-of-position opponent bets the flop before you have a chance to decide if you want to continuation bet or not.
Once you finish this article, however, donk betting is not going to be a problem. Instead of feeling frustrated, you are going to have a smile on your face when your opponent decides to donk into you. Poker Copilot takes detailed information on the percentage of times your opponent is donking, and we explain how to interpret this statistic and use it to exploit your opponent.
You might be surprised to learn that there are certain situations in which you should be making a donk bet! We walk you through when to make a donk bet, and why. Learn more with our donk betting guide.
Chapter 6: Continuation Bets (cbets)
This may be the most important chapter in our guide. Continuation betting occurs when a player raises preflop and then bets the flop. If you are continuation betting incorrectly, you could be missing out huge amounts of value against weak players, and setting yourself up to torch your cash in other situations in which you had a clear check. Learn the difference between value betting, semi-bluffing, and bluff-catching with our very important postflop guide to cbets.
Chapter 7: Check-Raising
Once you’ve mastered continuation betting, you need to know how to face a check-raise. A check-raise occurs when a player checks in position, and then re-raises when their opponent bets. Our guide walks you through what to do when you get check-raised, and how to create a balanced check-raising range of your own. Read our guide to the check-raising poker statistic.
Chapter 8: Squeeze Bet
When one player raises preflop and another player then calls, a profitable opportunity to 3-bet occurs with lots of dead money in play. Find out how to capitalize on squeeze opportunities and how to react to squeeze bets with our guide to the poker statistic squeeze bet.
Chapter 9: Big Blinds Remaining
“Big blinds remaining” is a poker statistic that shows opponents’ stacks in terms of how many of the big blinds they can afford to pay. Our guide to big blinds remaining explains how to play when short-stacked and how to play against short stacks in both multi-table tournaments and cash games.
Chapter 10: Float Bets
When you decide not to continuation bet a flop, you often have to face opponents who, sensing weakness, put in a bet. If you have ever wondered what to do when you face a float bet or when to make a float bet of your own, you need to read our guide to float bets.