Great Video Ben. Much prefer the 2 tabling rather than the 4 table videos personally. Alot more information explained in the video and easier to follow IMO.
@10:50 we flatted A3s in the SB vs UTG open. Why are you flatting this rather than 3B? Isnt the hand a little too weak to be flatting OOP with? i understand that you are able to play better post flop than the average 2/5 player. Just seems to me that Calling here would be lighting money on fire in the long run. Or am i missing something?
- Also kinda cool to see Ishter still playing. Thought he fell off the planet. Used to enjoy his Essential RIO videos back in the day when i was playing micro's.
Keep up the great content Ben and Happy new year.
Jan. 13, 2018 | 11:42 p.m.
Subscribed. Very interested in your journey.
What tips can you give a 100-200nl 6max cash game player who wants to dabble in the HU games from time to time. I dont plan on hoping in the 100 or 200HUNL games as i am a sort of a noob when it comes to the HU meta game and all. Any good books to read? articles? Obviously your RIO videos ;). Do you think playing low HUNL Cash tables are a good way to start or is it best to start with HUNL SNG tables?
Jan. 11, 2018 | 1:18 a.m.
I enjoyed this video. Different style than the normal, something new and interesting.
How do you go about when playing in the SB and looking at Snowies suggestions? Do you ignore alot of it? take it with a grain of salt? It seems like Snowie does a very complex mixed strategy between limping and raising with frequencies where even top tier online pro's would have a trouble with.
How do you like the program? I've heard good things from a few people but it seems anywhere poker forum you look on it gets a lot of hate. Personally i enjoyed the challenge system it had when i used the free trial. Was interesting to see how I did, and was a good warm up before starting the session.
Keep up the great work Juan!
Jan. 8, 2018 | 6:10 a.m.
I agree with this statement but also disagree slightly. Yes the learning paths could use an update - as to what or how to change it im not to sure.
Yes there are videos 5 years old and yes in cases the game has evolved and changed but saying that all the information for 5 years ago is outdated and not useful is a little far fetched. I still believe there is a ton of information regardless of how old the video may be that can be still useful in today's game of poker.
Jan. 4, 2018 | 6:45 a.m.
Hey Ben. Great Video - @20.58 with the T9s multiway Why is shoving the turn against the small bet better than just raising? is it because if we raise to even 200 we are going to end up calling alot of rivers due to the SPR?
Jan. 3, 2018 | 2:29 a.m.
Talk about a very interesting Thread. The ideas and goals people are having and suggesting is amazing and all with great Feed back.
James Obst - i am in the same boat as you in regards to the socializing with other people. I find difficult to have a good conversation with people i just met or barely know, This is especially true when it comes to women for me. I have spent to much time being single and doing nothing but playing poker and working full time that i dont socialize with many people outside of work and i believe it is hurting me mentally. We live in such a connected..but disconnected world today with the increase in social media and technology, that alot of people have a hard time forming deep meaningful relationships or even just talk to one another. Just look around at coffee shops or the next time ur waiting at the doctors office, Most people who have to wait longer than 2 mins - may it be there coffee or waiting for a table at a restaurant, they instantly pull there phones out and start scrolling through Facebook or Instagram or w/e. Where lets be honest, 90% of the stuff on their is mind numbing junk. I have been prone to this in the past but have been working hard for the last 6 months on paying less attention to my phone - especially at work, ive got myself now to a point where i leave my phone turned off (no not on silent) All day and only turn it on at lunch time when im eating for my 30 mins and when im leaving at the end of the day. I found that my focus has increased while at work along with being much more productive.
To Mr.Galfond i am looking forward to the upcoming improvements to this site. The coaches on this site are Top tier and respond very well to feed back. I think alot of people dont really realize how many videos there are on this site and how long some of the coaches have been around. The amount of knowledge just from the videos let alone the great community on the forums is outstanding.
I also am looking to read at least 1 book a month as i feel i dont read as much as i should. My problem is not that i get distracted when im reading but i become instantly very tired, regardless of the book or topic.... 2, 3 pages in and im falling asleep with the book in hand lol.
One book i recently read tho that i do recommend as a Non-Fiction Book is
It is a very good book and gives a different look at things in life rather than the constant spamming of think positive and always be happy 100% of the time jargon that has infected a big portion of a generation.
Anyway look forward to 2018 and whats to come from RIO.. Keep up the great work Phil Galfond and all of the RIO team.
Jan. 1, 2018 | 9:37 a.m.
How have you not been reported yet. The only reason you have an account here on RIO is to bash Nick and his programs/coaching. If you dont like it then fine leave it alone. But if your going be a wanker and call people out for no reason you better be able to back up your claim with evidence and solid amount of logic. Every single one of ur posts is in a Nick Howard thread.
No i am not a student of nick howard, but Nick himself and his coaching programs from poker detox have had great positive feedback from the community. So save your self and everyone else's time and jog on.
Dec. 26, 2017 | 2:49 p.m.
First Off I would like to apologize for the terrible post format here. For some reason the Hand History posting would not work for me at the moment. Tried multiple times and was un-successful.
Hero is Dealt (5h5s)
Player Hero raises (0.75) ($52.90)
Player MP calls (0.75)($25.35)
Player SB calls (0.65)($31.05)
MP player is a weak regular. SB is a big whale. SB is playing something like 72/12 over 80-90 hands.
* FLOP *: [Kc Qs 8s]
Player SB checks
Player Hero checks
Player MP checks
* TURN *: [Kc Qs 8s] [5c]
Player SB bets (1.19)
Player Hero raises (7.50)
Player MP folds
Player SB calls (6.31)
I decided to raise large mainly to isolate against the SB Recreational player, Thinking if they have a Kx type hand they will never fold..and will usually call with a FD.
* RIVER *: [Kc Qs 8s 5c] [As]
Player SB checks($22.90)
Player Hero bets (5) ($39.65)
Player SB calls (5)
Player SB mucks cards
Sadly this being on the WPN - Will never know what villain had.
What are your thoughts on my sizing. Do you think Villain's range is inelastic in this spot and that i can bet much larger? I think shoving river looks to strong/scary to a weak player.. maybe something like 2/3rds sizing? maybe even full pot?
My thought at the time was to bet the small sizing to get a call from Kx Qx type hands..and if villain had a flush they were to shove i can happily fold. That being said, if they do Shove I have to call $11.75 meaning i need at least 20% equity...which i probably have..would it still be wise to call a shove in the event Villain does shove river?
Sizing on the river fairly bad? missed out on Value? Played well?
Dec. 24, 2017 | 7:33 p.m.
I think your giving villain alot more credit. I think folding this on the river without a specific read would mean you are folding way to much. Yes villain can have some Random Ax on the river or even some 2Pair,sets type hand and yes a very small % of back door flushes.
I am not to sure personally if the flop bet sizing is correct. Im not going to pretend that one size is better..i would just be wondering if its actually better to bet larger or smaller on this flop.
Turn i think you could do much larger tho and even put in a over bet making the pot to something like $25-$28 maybe. We have far too much equity in this spot. I feel like villain is just going to have to many Draw or Pair+Draw type hands that we are ahead of.
River is tough..like i said i think you would need a specific read on villain..me personally i would call mainly because we are too high up in our range, pot odds are fairly decent given the strength of our hand and also i would be curious to see what sort of holding villain called 2 streets with.
Dec. 21, 2017 | 9:28 p.m.
I like this idea as well. Having tests or mini courses/quizzes is a good way to make sure you understand the topic on hand.
You can do this yourself as well tho. Say your looking for information or questions on BTN vs BB in 3B pots.. You can write down your own questions on paper or on note pad..then watch some of the videos in the learning path to find your answers.
How does my calling range change vs different bet sizes
How does my calling range vs different villain types
what boards are good or bad for my range
Yes i know these are generic questions just giving an example.
So many people just watch a video...may even pass out half way through..wake up and think they can crush the games like Tyler, Ben, Phil,Erazer, ECT. Watch the video a dozen times if you need to, to fully understand the concept or different spots in the videos. Maybe you have more questions you can put down for ur own personal quiz but can only be answered in another video, or an article or a book ect.
Dec. 16, 2017 | 4:41 p.m.
What a Great Post. Good information in the post and in the comments alone.
for someone who is 21-22 years old.. I would say you have a much deeper level of thinking than 70% of the people today. Goes to show that there is hope for man kind after all haha :D
Why are we so bad at letting go? Why are we so affraid of letting go? Well, I guess it makes perfect sense. The world can be a terrifying place, and if we're not in control, the world will swallow us, it doesn't even have to chew.
This alone sums up a big portion of people today Mainly the older generation. Look at how many people in today's world go to a job that they hate each and every day just so they can buy that house or fancy car. How many people say ya i would love to become an astronaut but theirs such a slim % of actually passing and getting all the requirements, why would i spend 5+ years of my life just to fail at the end and half to start over?
So many people today are afraid to stray from the beaten path because it is unknown. As humans who tend to analyze things too much i believe especially with life in today's world, instead of focusing on the end goal and grinding it out and busting ur ass day in day out to get there people look for the quickest and fastest route possible...look at how many people a year get suckered into get rich quick schemes from daily mail or online.. this goes for career, school, hobby, poker, health, fitness etc.
Dec. 16, 2017 | 4:14 p.m.
I agree with Sempai Kalupso here. Fold pre-flop.
Turn is a standard call, You can make an argument to Check raise turn i think villain can have hands like AK AQs here..if they turn over JJ or AJ then its just unfortunate.
River is a Call IMO
Dec. 16, 2017 | 3:57 p.m.
I personally Dont like the Bet on the Turn especially for only half pot. BB can have hands like 54, 76,66,77,33, K7s,K6s maybe even K3s. I think checking back Turn is much better.
I would much prefer a hand like A7clubs to call the turn raise.
Dec. 16, 2017 | 3:52 p.m.
Welcome to the Team
Dec. 15, 2017 | 1:14 a.m.
I agree with Mr, Samu and Fold Preflop.
Yes Villain has a 3B stat of 14%..but what is his 3B stat From the CO not just in general..maybe they are a player who relentlessly 3B's from the BB against BTN opens hence the high 3B stat. And yes the Sizing is fairly small so unless u have a solid read he uses this sizing regardless of position when 3B i would still fold. Your at a massive disadvantage against their entire 3B range and as stated above this board hits their range very well. .
Dec. 14, 2017 | 6:19 a.m.
Someone can Feel Free to correct me if i am wrong on this.
A "Capped Range" is on which does not contain the strongest possible hands. Villain has a capped range when he's taken a line which makes it unlikely he has a have above a certain strength
An "Uncapped Range" has not been limited in this way by villain's actions and can contain the strongest hands possible.
Dec. 12, 2017 | 1:27 a.m.
If you can maintain ur 40/hr playing 100z on ur own.. why would u not just play for yourself with no stake?
Not to many jobs pay $40/hr with little to no education... if u can maintain that hourly id say ur making good money.
Getting/having a back up plan is a good idea I think. But dont think u need to stop playing poker to do this.. lots of online and night time school courses you can take. There are lots of options.
If playing poker is what you love then do what you love and you will never work another day in ur life. Find ur passion and go do it. if that means stepping away from poker for a few years then do it...or if that means putting everything you got into poker then do it.. So many people in today's world work dead end jobs that they hate...but are too whelmed with debt or lack of motivation to go do what they want to do..they wake up early, are miserable from lack of sleep. rush to get there coffee, usually skip breakfast, get in their car, sit in traffic for 45-1 hour(depending on where u live i guess) then go to the job that doesn't pay well, isn't full filling hate their bosses work 8-12 hours.. go home have dinner go to bed and do it all over again 5-6 days a week.
if you love playing poker and have next to no debt.. find yourself a cheap/suitable place to live and go hard on ur poker career. If you have a local casino near by..maybe play a couple weekends in the soft 1/2 games for some added extra income if you want. Lots of choices and lots of opportunity, especially in today's day and age
Dec. 10, 2017 | 1:22 a.m.
Nov. 27, 2017 | 6:54 a.m.
I like using the fringe hands to make exploitative adjustments with as it doesn't change your frequencies so much that it opens you up to huge counter exploitations.
What exactly do you mean? im not to sure i understand. How does using fringe hands not change our frequencies to much? (sorry for the dumb question)
Nov. 20, 2017 | 7:28 a.m.
BN: $100.00 (Hero)
I think my hand is a little to strong to fold tho.
Nov. 20, 2017 | 2:24 a.m.
Like stated above, Fold pre-flop and dont give Stars anymore rake lol.
As played i think we can raise turn and depending villain type we can get value from alot their 1 pair type hands and are doing well if they decide to call with gutshots and a hand like TT-QQ
Oct. 12, 2017 | 3:29 a.m.
I must say Barracuda your responses are pretty bang on from what ive been reading. i've been trying to add things to some of hands ive read but you covered all the main points. Nice work.. Keep it up - need more active members on the forms :D
Oct. 12, 2017 | 3:25 a.m.
I agree with Barracuda. Seems fairly standard. Most villains arent relentlessly 3 barrel bluffing at 10NL unless you have reads showing that they are a big fish or whale.. Even alot of fish will check back River with a hand like AKAQ here from my experience.