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Identifying common leaks

In this article I will describe how you can quickly identify leaks in your game. I will focus on a few common spots/areas that you will definitely need to master to expect to be a decent winner at poker. Before you continue reading the article, be sure to launch PokerOffice and open up the Filter Tool by clicking the filter icon:

PokerOffice Advanced Filter

Playing pocket pairs

Go to the Hole cards tab in the filter tool and on the right hand side, click On next to Pair to highlight all of your pocket pairs, and then press OK to activate the filter. Now go ahead to the Custom tab in PokerOffice and create a new table in which you include VP$IP%, BB/100 Hands and Preflop Raise%.

Pocket pairs are hands you should be playing very frequently. Overall you should have a VPIP% somewhere around 90%, otherwise it’s likely that you’re missing value by folding too often when holding a pocket pair. As with your VPIP% for pocket pairs, your Preflop Raise% should also be very high and if this is not the case you should really try to raise more often in unopened pots or after one or more players have limped.

You should be able to turn a profit with all of your pocket pairs, though obviously the higher the pocket pair the higher your profits should be. If you find out that any of your pocket pairs are showing a negative $won number, especially pocket pairs between 88-AA, you should look through a lot of individual hands to try and figure out what you’ve been doing wrong. Maybe you’re playing too cautiously or maybe you invested too much money in pots when faced with resistance.

Suited Connected Hands
Now go to the Hole cards tab in the filter again, but this time press the On button next to Suited Connectors, and then remove AKs and KQs since we’re in this case are going to focus on small to medium suited connectors. Press OK to activate the filter.

Suited connected will not be as profitable as pocket pairs; however, you should be able to maintain a positive win rate with most of them, so if you notice that you’re actually losing money with this type of hand you’re likely making some sort of mistake. A common mistake is to limp or call raises too often with suited connectors – this is generally not profitable unless you have a specific read on your opponent(s) suggesting otherwise. Go to the filter again and this time go to the Preflop tab and under Preflop 3Bet actions, check Called.

You will now see all hands in which you called a raise preflop with a suited connector hand. If you’re losing a good chunk of money in these situations you really need to look through your hands and ask yourself if calling really was the best play in the different hands.

Heads up on Flop
A very common situation in most games will be that you’re heads up with one opponent on the flop, and since it’s a common situation it’s very crucial that you’re not playing bad when it happens.

A fairly common mistake is to call raises preflop too often and I’d like you to make sure that this is not a leak of yours. Open the filter tool again and on the General tab set #Players saw flop to between 2 and 2. Now go to the Preflop tab and under Preflop 3Bet actions check Called. Then go to the Flop tab and check all the check boxes under Flop Any Actions. You will now be able to see your total winnings or losses.

If everything looks okay you’re likely playing fairly well in this kind of situation, if you’re on the other hand notice that you’re losing money you need to look through the hands you’ve played in this kind of situation. Questions you should be asking yourself: Are you calling with too many speculative hands? Are you calling when you should re-+raise? Are you calling in bad positions?

I hope this article has helped you identify one or several potential leaks of yours. If there is anything that you would like to discuss feel free to leave comments below or get in touch with me at


The PokerOffice Expert