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4035 points

my range contains more combos of the nuts (AA-KK).

Ben is such a boss, he even has KK combos in his range on a KKK board.
Combinatorics is idiotic.

June 17, 2018 | 12:35 a.m.

June 14, 2018 | 8:27 p.m.

Cliffs of the AA vs 98ss on A76ss board discussion:
-Both players accuse the other player of being unbalanced (underbluffing)
-Both players try to exploit this inbalance by way of fast playing (raising)
-As a result, the hand gets played as a PLO hand (set vs combodraw)
-Ben holding his own in the discussion:

June 10, 2018 | 12:27 p.m.

Liked video for the allin call with 75 vs KT on the Q6225 board @ 3:40.

June 8, 2018 | 11:15 p.m.

Maybe I'm approaching this wrong


June 8, 2018 | 11:24 a.m.

So why didn't the girl pic-thing work for you Harthor?

June 3, 2018 | 12:19 p.m.

June 3, 2018 | 12:11 p.m.

I can elect to watch and I can elect to ask specific questions, or not.
Just as Ben can elect to to respond to these questions, or not.

May 28, 2018 | 1:51 a.m.

First. Just set speed at 1.5x and get this over with.

May 26, 2018 | 12:47 a.m.

So would you block any 6 and any underpair also, or is a 9 the bottom of your blocking (value) range?

How do you mix your aces between blocking, betting larger and checking?

May 18, 2018 | 11:15 p.m.

@44:20 97o on AJ68Ar. What is your suggested range for blocking, and what range for raising a block? I didn't get that very clear.

May 14, 2018 | 11:27 p.m.

Comment | GameTheory commented on A Poker Site Should

GameTheory 8 months ago
Looks like this thread will continue in the way it has for months to come.

Guess who was right?

May 13, 2018 | 11:10 p.m.

In for next video with webcam!

Also @ 25:20 you and Ziggy check back turn with Ac7cAh4d on K77ddQ. Shouldn't you prefer to check back sevens with lower kickers, and also unpaired? When you have AT76 for instance, the Ad/Td/6d don't give your opponent implied odds because they make you a full house. So AA74 without high diamonds needs more protection, you also get more value on this street because on a diamond/K/straightcard it will go checkcheck versus worse sevens.

May 8, 2018 | 9:47 a.m.

Yay! Thanks RIO.

May 3, 2018 | 1:55 p.m.

It is all about making a massive jump up in stakes to recoup losses. Don't let anyone else tell you differently!

April 22, 2018 | 1:21 p.m.

Did this player shove the button with a very weak hand? Obviously you prefer to be up against weaker ranges and less players when you shove. This value has to be balanced against the value of having the option to wait for a better hand.

Paying antes can make a big difference when you are really short, since getting free hands allows you to pick the best spot.

April 11, 2018 | 11:23 p.m.


Some people have spotted me while I was chilling in my car. I guess someone must've hacked my webcam, you have no privacy anymore these days....

April 11, 2018 | 11:15 p.m.

With 2bb UTG you should shove around 70% at a normal ante table (8 handed, total ante = 1bb, no ICM). Let's do some quick maths.

Clearly, reaching the BB with with a 2bb stack at BB ante table is equivalent to reaching the BB with 1.125bb at a normal table. You lose 0.875bb directly (sunk cost of antes), but you win around 0.2bb in cEV because it is more advantageous ro reach the BB with 1.125bb than with 2bb. Mainly because you are forced to go all-in anyways, but you compete for the same antes which are a larger fraction of your stack when you're at 1.125bb.

So for a 2bb stack, it is around -0.7bb cEV to hit the BB at the BB ante table (compared to a normal table).
With a 6bb stack, it is around -0.9bb cEV to hit the BB at the BB ante table (compared to a normal table).
And with a 0bb stack, when you lose the UTG all-in, it is exactly 0 cEV to "hit" the BB at the BB ante table (compared to a normal table).

In order to be indifferent between taking a sure -0.7bb or an all-in for either -1bb or 0bb cEV, the chance P of winning the all-in should be:
-0.7 = P(-0.9)+(1-P)(0)
-0.7 = -P
P=7/9 = 0.78

You won't have P >78% chance to win the UTG shove when you add hands that are slightly below the top 70, typically you will have about 30% equity with those. EV to shove with a 30% equity hand is (0.3)(-0.9)+(0.7)(0) = -0.27 bb cEV, compared to the -0.7bb when waiting for the BB. So you should shove wider from UTG at a BB ante table, as you'll gain 0.4bb by doing so. The equity from a 70th percentile hand to a 100th percentile hand drops only around 5%, so shoving 100% is optimal.

As a consequence, you would shove very wide from UTG+1 with 2bb also. All openshove ranges get wider.

Paradoxically, the EV gained comes from maximizing the probability that you go bust before hitting the BB. When you win the all-in, hitting the BB costs even more.

April 11, 2018 | 12:40 a.m.

Do you widen your UTG shoving range in BB ante tournaments?

April 9, 2018 | 9:51 p.m.

There are definitely "secret statistics" don't lie to me Samu!

These are from 2014, Phil was ahead of Ben.

But Ben has 7/10 video's from the top 10 Most Popular Poker Training Videos, versus 0/10 for Phil. Also Ben has 43/100 of the top 100 versus 10/100 for Phil.

Since you get far more likes from videos than from regular forum posts, it would make sense for Ben to have surpassed Phil at this point.

April 4, 2018 | 1:31 p.m.

Can you at least, now you're moderator, see how many points all the moderators and Pros have?

Who has more points, Phil or Ben?

April 2, 2018 | 10:13 p.m.

Top 5 Users This Month
Saulo Ribeiro

You can't even check the Monthly top 5/10. That function is broken for ages now, unfair!

April 2, 2018 | 12:23 a.m.

Everyone come take a shot at nosebleeds where the rake is still beatable!

March 26, 2018 | 5:15 p.m.

@6:17 interesting spot. UTG opens, you 3-bet button with QQ, SB coldcalls, BB 4-bets (being 270bb vs UTG).

  1. What ranges would you like to coldcall or 4-bet in the SB?
  2. What ranges would you like to coldcall or 4-bet in the BB?
  3. What ranges would you like to flat the 4-bet with (or shove) on the button ?
  4. How did the hand play out?

March 24, 2018 | 12:42 a.m.

March 17, 2018 | 12:44 p.m.

That party was boring. I came there early, there was just an old man sleeping in his wheelchair. I couldn't be bothered to wake him up as I had to go to another party that was trown by Isaac Newton.

Man that party was lit! He tried to do some alchemy, naturally it failed, but the explosions were fantastic. Great times!

March 14, 2018 | 7:12 p.m.

Post | GameTheory posted in Chatter: R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

He was such a great mind. I hope, one day, they bury his ashes into a black hole. So that he can slowly radiate on all of us!

March 14, 2018 | 6:21 p.m.

Trueteller, girls in their avatars seems familiar

March 13, 2018 | 1:09 a.m.

Thanks RIO!

March 6, 2018 | 8:42 p.m.

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