# Visual Representation of a Polarized Range

Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
In a couple of threads, I've noticed people (possibly even myself) struggling with the concept of a polarized range. In my experience, one of the best ways to thoroughly learn a concept is to try and teach it. So I started thinking about how I would explain a polarized range to someone. And I couldn't find a good visual representation of the concept. So I tried to design one. But I'm certainly not a graphic artist, so my product is crude.

I borrowed a hand from a poker resource and used it to show how our decision to bet or check makes Villain's decisions difficult. Our check or bet can both display strength and weakness, which is the desired result in attempting to play in an inexploitable manner.

I'm curious if anyone else has seen a similar, or better, visual representation. And any feedback on whether or not this is correct, as well.

This hand is Hero in the SB 3betting a Reg UTG open in 50NL 6max online.

• Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 3,966 ✭✭✭✭✭
It's getting there. Your diagram does represent a top heavy polarized betting strategy, one with a lot of protection (the abundance of value checks), but more problematically for clarity, the preflop range is merged aka linear aka strong, not polarized.
• Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭
@persuadeo So it would be more accurate to say that this is a visual representation of a polarizing betting range post-flop. Our pre-flop range would be polarized if we 3bet with some suited connectors or Axs, as well as the strong range already established, correct?
• Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 3,966 ✭✭✭✭✭
So it would be more accurate to say that this is a visual representation of a polarizing betting range post-flop.

I think my point is about clarity. Your diagram does suggest polarization in one important aspect, but if you were to have just posted the image and then asked, what does this mean, you'd get a comment like my first one.

So, as I was suggesting, it is so top heavy in two places it is a theme, and therefore if you gave the preflop range a lighter aspect and added more of the bottom to the betting branch, the viewer would see the idea more clearly.
• Red Chipper Posts: 101 ✭✭