The first skill in Ed Miller’s The Course — and really, the first skill any poker player needs to master — is having a good pre-flop range.

Many poker books for beginners advocate a set range from each position, and their suggestions are usually quite conservative to keep new players out of trouble. We trust you’re savvy enough to know that poker takes a modicum of aggression, and open ranges are not set in stone. You are going to want to play tighter or looser depending on a wide variety of factors including table dynamics, stack size, player images, your comfort and skill level, and the list goes on.

Luckily, coach Doug Hull came up with a handy guide to help you with your open range in a variety of positions and situations. Print it up and hang it by your computer screen while you’re grinding online, or download the mobile images at the bottom of the page to take with you on your smartphone to the live poker room. Then Tweet at Doug or us and let us know how it’s working out!

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  • Shady
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    Why raising A5s on the TAG expectrum. What’s the reason behind it?

    • Frank N
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      I would assume you would be 3 betting A5s as a bluff.
      The (A) blocks out some combos but that is irrelevant.
      Your 3 betting range is KK+ A5s. This is extremely tight.
      Your opponents especially the perceptive ones (who notice you 3 bet rarely) will fold to your 3 bet bluff w/A5s enough of the time for this to be profitable.

  • Justin
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    This is great! Any possibility that this is Excel-based or similar such that it could be shared out so that players could adjust them manually/individually to track their own ranges? Or, do you recommend an application/approach that could be used to accomplish this? Thanks!

    Justin

  • Nicolas
    Reply

    Amazing, I was just studying this chapter (buyed the book last week). This is beautiful … I think I will play a little bit tighter than advised (but wider than before).
    Beyond the range the advices of this 1st chapter are greats.
    *NB : I’m French … sorry in case of english mistakes.

  • Doug Hull
    Reply

    The graphics for hand ranges were done in excel. There was nothing special in it though. I screenshot it then did the rest in creative cloud suite from Adobe.

  • Brian
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    So is a yellow calling hand an open raise hand if you are first to act? On the loose side in the blinds, why raise with K8 but not play K9 or K10, I’m just curious as this is all new to me. Finally, would “middle” positions be played as the “early” chart?

  • Brian
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    Sorry one more question, in the loose range, calling with the 76 and 65 type handles are suits pertinent at all, or unsuited same as suited.

  • Doug Hull
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    Yellow is call a raise ~or~ raise if limped to you (or folded to you)

    Not sure what you mean with K8. Which position?

    By Miller, all but last two and blinds are EP.

  • Doug Hull
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    Suited hands are above the diagonal.

  • Brian
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    Thanks! The K8 question is for the loose style, blinds vs. limpers, K8 is green but K9 and K10 are not

  • Doug Hull
    Reply

    Ah, I suspect Miller added the hand to have some board coverage. Normally you would play “x and all better hands” but you will notice that he has a few raises or calls with isolated hands like that so that 88x boards can still hit him.

  • Ivan
    Reply

    which of them are suited and offsuited?

    • Doug Hull
      Reply

      Suited are always above the diagonal.

  • maxprice
    Reply

    Good stuff. I am confused by the note that says “only use vs. raises. Limpers and our opens are below.” But next to that you have green color which means open raise? And does the blinds vs. limpers also apply to EP vs. limpers?

  • Nancy
    Reply

    Nice stuff. Confused about “only use vs raises” graph too.

  • Doug Hull
    Reply

    @nancy,

    That chart only applies if there has been a raise when you are in the blinds. If it was only limped when you are in the blinds, the chart below is applicable.

    Doug

  • Rob
    Reply

    Hi Doug.

    EXCELLENT Infographic.

    Just a query, 55 is missing from the “blinds vs steal attempt” infographic. Deliberate?

    Cheers

  • David
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    In the early/blind raises only, in the tight opponent chart, the green open raise should be removed since you cant open raise if there has already been a raise. this small error may confuse some people like me! Great graphics for the card room use when I get a brain freeze, thanks.

  • Doug
    Reply

    @David At the top the explaination in green covers this.

    • Carl G
      Reply

      @Doug thanks for the charts. I’ve read the book and keep these on my cell phone while I train myself for proper range discipline.

      For the tight “blinds vs. raises” chart the color is wrong.

      If there has been a raise then you can only either 3 bet, call, or fold. You cannot raise. So there should be no green. Since I have the book I can confirm that simply turning the green squares to white would make this chart correct.

      • Jay
        Reply

        This chart also covers UTG – HJ, which do need the green as you can raise first in there.

  • Wayne
    Reply

    Hi … I like the idea here and maybe I’m missing something. There are specific charts for dealer and cutoff positions, but nothing specifically for the UTG’s, MP’s or HJ.

    Do these infographics lump all the positions from UTG to HJ into the early position chart(s)?

    If not can you explain which chart I would be looking at for UTG, MP1, and HJ?

    • stumptown
      Reply

      These are Ed Miller’s live ranges. He does not distinguish UTG through HJ, he includes them all in one grouping “early position”. See the graphic where “early” and the blinds are listed together. Miller, along with many others, suggests a mostly static opening range early, and more dynamic in late position. Hence he sees no need to list ranges that would very only slightly, if at all.

      Note that these ranges were designed with relative passive live games in mind. A lot of online players that I’ve seen comment (I play live not online) find the early openings a little too loose for many online games.

  • Stellan
    Reply

    I’m having some trouble finding the download link for graphic, am I missing something? Looks fantastic BTW.

  • rlspears@gmail.com
    Reply

    i think i found a mistake. miller’s book says you should call a weak raise from the cut-off with J9s down to 86s. looks to me like you have them as folds.

  • MICHAEL D
    Reply

    I can not find down load link…do i have to me a pro member?

    • Red Chip Poker
      Reply

      Hey Michael. Just right-click it and go to ‘save as’. Or if you are on a phone/tablet you can usually just long press on the image and save it that way =)

  • yeohosua m
    Reply

    this is very helpful. but why BB and SB is not distinguished?

  • Brett B
    Reply

    What can we stack off preflop if we three bet and get 4 bet. What if we bet and get three bet? What do we flat the three bet with and what do we four bet with?

  • Brett B
    Reply

    Also if there is a raise and a raise and a 3 bet before us. What do we flat the three bet or reraise with?

    • Brett B
      Reply

      I mean a raise and a reraise

  • thanos e
    Reply

    Are there no hands that I should just call the BB? Instead of raising or calling a raise…

    • Will B
      Reply

      I have the same question.

  • Will B
    Reply

    New player here. If a box is green, is the recommendation to raise if facing an unopened pot, and fold to any raise?

    Also, by these charts, is the advice never to simply call/limp?

    • Carl G
      Reply

      Yes / Yes.

  • Jay
    Reply

    I realize these would be somewhat situationally dependent, but do you have the similar charts for went to call/4-bet when you get 3-bet.?

  • itsgolden
    Reply

    I think I remember reading somewhere that these ranges assume 200BB stacks. Is that correct?

    How might we adjust these ranges for 100BB, 50BB, and other stack sizes? Specifically I’m wondering about EP opens with smaller stacks.

    • Kat Martin
      Reply

      Look for the CORE lesson “Effective Stacks Preflop” that will be posted in a week or so.

  • Thomas Ruch
    Reply

    So for how many BB Stack-Size are this Ranges constructed? 100BB or 200BB?

    • Kat Martin
      Reply

      Great question. I think the intent was for 100BB, but I personally want to be deeper for some of the range.

  • Mustafa Ahmed
    Reply

    Are there any charts of which hands to open from EP and MP?

    • Kat Martin
      Reply

      The charts marked “Early” directly below Cut-off.

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