GTO Wizard Trainer – Tips and Tricks
Wizards, our GTO Trainer allows for a fully customizable poker experience that lets you practice from preflop to river!
In this article, we will describe the features and discuss valuable tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the GTO Wizard Trainer. We’ll talk about customizing your settings, how you can configure your sessions, and discuss some exciting training drills you can try out!
Table of contents
What’s new with this update?
The updated GTO Wizard trainer adds a ton of new features:
- Play preflop to river, just as you would in a real game
- Fully customizable
- Select players hands
- Training drills
- New RNG
- Dynamic information panel
- Board and texture filters
- Brand new user interface
Before we dive into the tips and tricks, watch this video to learn more about how to use it!
Play from preflop to river
Now you can play a full hand starting preflop and play it out to the river, just like you’d play in a normal game!
To set this up, use the following settings:
Starting spot – Preflop
Preflop action – Start of hand
All players are simulated according to actual GTO frequencies, so you’ll face more common spots more often.
The info panel
This feature displays useful strategic information. Everything is updated dynamically as you play through the hand!
- At the top we can see the ranges in play. Click to zoom in!
- The Range comparison displays both players’ overall combos, expected value, and equity.
- The Hand info section tells us the strength of our hand within our own range, the equity of our hand against our opponent’s range, and the hand class.
- The Range frequencies section describes the overall range strategy for this spot, rather than our particular hand.
You can hide any of this information if you choose. Simply select the “eye” icon to hide sections of the info panel.
Customizing Your Session
Setting up the spot
Use the GAME tab to set up the spot you’d like to practice. You can select your format, solution, and stack depths from here.
You can choose where the hand begins and define the preflop or postflop actions.
You can set the hero/opponent positions, define the relative position, and set the hero and opponent position to alternate.
You can choose specific board cards, or you can define textures.
One of the best ways to use this feature is to define strategically similar boards. For example, you can practice just paired boards, monotone, or connected flush draw spots.
Some decisions are trivial. There’s not much point in practicing folding 72o. Thanks to the hand selection menu so you can choose what hands you’d like to be dealt.
You can use this menu to create training modes specialized for different scenarios. Here are some examples:
- Shortstack push/fold training: Remove easy shoves and easy folds, so you only practice difficult push/fold decisions.
- Practice playing premium hands only. Most of your EV comes from premium hands, so mastering these hands pre and postflop is good for your win rate.
- Remove trivial folds to focus on important decisions. First, find the widest range you’d play in your scenario. Now remove everything that’s not in that range.
RNG stands for Random Number Generator. This generates a number between 1-100 that you can use to fine-tune your frequencies and randomize your decisions.
Solvers have proven that mixed decisions are crucial for a GTO strategy. Many decisions points are indifferent between two or more actions, but always taking one action is exploitable. That’s why many of the world’s best players use an RNG to randomize their play. Furthermore, an RNG can help steady your strategy by preventing bias from influencing your actions.
The GTO Wizard Trainer includes an optional RNG to aid with this process. It shows up as a small dice with a random number between 1-100. You can show/hide this icon in the display settings.
Activate RNG Mode
RNG mode will apply the number you’ve rolled to your decisions. It will define the “best” action compared to the “correct” actions and affect your GTO Wizard score.
To activate RNG mode, go to ADVANCED SETTINGS > MODES > RNG mode. You can choose high or low RNG or turn it off. You’ll need to activate it before your session starts. If successful, the dice will appear yellow instead of white when you play.
Let’s see how this works with an example. Here we have AA on the BTN. The GTO strategy is to mix four different actions on the flop:
We want some strong hands in every one of our betting lines. So how should we mix with the RNG?
(⚄ 68) We rolled a 68 in this spot. If you were using High RNG, you’d choose the 2/3 pot bet, whereas if you use Low RNG, you should select the ⅓ pot bet.
This table shows how we’d split our strategy depending on what we roll. The correct actions for an RNG of 68 are highlighted below:
High RNG: Choose the most aggressive action when you roll highest. In other words, we’d check on a 1 and overbet on a 100.
Low RNG: Choose the most aggressive action when you roll lowest. In other words, we’d check on a 100 and overbet on a 1.
How RNG affects your stats
GTO Wizard separates best actions from correct actions by their frequency. Best actions are defined as the highest frequency action when RNG mode is turned off, or the rolled decision when RNG mode is turned on. Please note that RNG mode is only turned on when the dice is yellow or blue.
Best actions are indicated with double checkmarks .
They impact your GTO Wizard (GTOW) Score. Making the best actions will net you maximum points, while lower frequency actions are scored according to their percentages. Blunders lose points according to their loss in percentage pot.
The controls panel changes in-game settings. It can be found in the Control menu in the top-left corner while playing:
Alternatively, you can find it in the MODES tab of the settings menu:
Full Hand – Play hands out to the river (or until folded).
Single Spot – Drill one decision point repeatedly.
Both of these modes are useful. Full Hand mode is the most common setting, but Single Spot mode is great for drilling important decisions. Here are examples of how you could use each mode:
- Play a full hand from preflop to river, just as you would in a real game.
- Practice opening the BTN and playing through postflop.
- Practice defending the BB against IP open
- Practice starting postflop at a node of your choice.
- Push/fold decisions preflop.
- Practicing RFI preflop decisions.
- Drilling the flop cbet node postflop.
- Calling river shoves facing a triple barrel (use custom spot).
Actions – Choose a specific action.
Frequency – Choose how often you raise/call/fold, or bet/check.
Action Mode is by far the most popular setting. However, Frequency Mode has its place. One of the best ways to use frequency mode is to practice mixed preflop decisions.
Auto New Hand
This setting determines how quickly you’re dealt the next hand after yours is finished. For Full Hand mode, it’s usually best to leave this off (or choose 3 seconds). That will allow you to review the hand after it’s finished.
We recommend getting a new hand after 3 seconds or instantly for Single Spot mode to maximize volume.
If you want to review a hand you’ve already played, select it in the History panel to replay or review it.
Show Results After
This setting will stop the hand after each action, or mistake, and ask you to confirm your decision. Typically it’s best to leave this to show results after mistake so you do not continue in spots where your hand got with 0% frequency. However, it can be used as a crutch while learning a new format.
Show Results After – Mistake is beneficial while grinding quick decisions in Single Spot drills. You can fly through trivial hands and only be stopped when you blunder. We even use this setting in the Turbo Mode drill below!
Maximize volume and blaze through hands with these ultra-fast settings. The idea is to go through many decisions quickly and only stop when you make a mistake.
Game mode – Single Spot
Show results after – Mistake
Quick results – Off
Auto new hand – Instant
This configuration is for Wizards that want to remove their training wheels and practice in a challenging environment. This mode removes all the helpful information and is designed to feel like a real game where you won’t be able to see ranges or equity.
- Start preflop – Start of hand
- RNG – ON
- Info Panel – Hiden
- Quick Results – OFF
- Auto New Hand – OFF
The Data Scientist
One of the most efficient methods of studying is using aggregate flop reports to find filters that result in strategically similar boards, then practicing those textures via the trainer. The idea is to spot macro trends with reports, then build those into your game one step at a time.
For example, in a BTN vs BB SRP cash game, these filters tend to result in boards that prefer overbetting strategies:
Now we can define a training session to hone these overbet strategies. Simply select BTN vs BB SRP, apply these board filters, and you’re ready to master a new strategy!
Triple Barrel Defence
Knowing what hands to stack off with is a crucial component of deepstacked poker. We can use Custom Spot to practice specific nodes in the tree. For example, we can practice defending BB against a BTN triple barrel river shove. This drill is designed to build your intuition for what hands are appropriate to stack off with in a single-raised pot.
- Custom Spot – BB facing BTN 33%>175%>Allin
- Display Hand Strength – Off (Knowing your equity lets you cheat using pot odds)
- RNG – ON (You’ll need to mix some decisions)
- Game Mode – Single Spot
Master of Frequencies
Mixing correctly is hard. Most players butcher mixed hands preflop, leading to imbalanced ranges that are hard to play. We can use frequency mode to fine-tune our mixtures in difficult yet common spots, such as facing 3bets or 4bets preflop.
- Game Mode – Single Spot
- Input Mode – Frequency
- Show RNG – Off
- Preflop Action – vs 3bet/4bet
If you’re unsure where to start, check out some of these premade training drills tailored to your format! You will be able to build your own drills soon.
This new trainer allows for a fully customizable experience that lets you practice how you want.
The possibilities and combinations are endless, from customizable textures and starting hands, RNG decision modes, drilling single spots, or playing a full hand from preflop to river!