A good thing to do is if say you have hands from 2+ years ago.. or even 1 year ago.. filter for spots where you called down with TPTK in 3B pots..and see if you were loosing money in those spots 2 years ago...and if ur still loosing money in those spots today...
As for the Stats u have posted.. im far from an expert on dissecting the overall stats them selves to find leaks. Maybe review some Database videos might give u a better idea...
July 13, 2017 | 2:47 a.m.
Its just like anything, You need to put in the effort and enjoy the process if you want to become better and improve your game. You cant just sit down and hop into a 5/10 online cash game and expect to be a wining player.
Find what works best for you, Enjoy the process and Enjoy the game. The moment you feel like its just an endless grind and ur going no where and loose that passion..is the point where u loose motivation and care for the game
July 13, 2017 | 2:44 a.m.
i know of a few People on here that have switched to party poker. And I believe Iain Salter has a promotion you can get for even more rake back through them, something like 40% or something. party Pokers software is pretty bad tho in my opinion.
ACR is in my opinion the next best thing to stars. Its Basically old school Full Tilt Software.
July 10, 2017 | 10:55 a.m.
I half to agree with Ralphykid here. Raising Pre-flop is almost a Must in this spot. How it was played i would raise to roughly $700 on the flop. Our hand is somewhat strong but alot of turn cards can be bad for us. Got to make them pay to draw.
That being said im surprised the BB Called with AK in that pot pre-flop
July 10, 2017 | 4:03 a.m.
May i ask why ur still playing on stars? you appear to be playing well and doing well.. why not play on softer sites or sites who offer more than 5% rake back.
Very interested in ur Blog so far tho. Keep up the great work :D
i would focus on one certain type of game tho. try not to dabble around to much if ur mainly playing cash but then u jump into a few spins or SNG's.. Can be a quick way to hurt your BR.
stick to 1 type of game mainly and maybe a 2nd.. i think HU and 6max work well together IMO.
July 10, 2017 | 3:56 a.m.
Another Great and exciting Video Iain.
First Hand AJo: - Would u consider Check Raising the Flop if we had the Ace of Diamonds?
@37:30 You said that Folding to the Flop Cbet from the button is probably best based on Stats and player.. If we fold TT here, Aren't we folding a massive portion of our range? I feel like Most players are going to Cbet this flop almost 100%. Not blocking spades is good as well. So are we only calling JJ+, KQs, AQ, and NFD+ type hands in this spot? I feel like this would be fairly exploitable as villain could naturally bet 1/3rd sizing with entire range given how much we would generally be folding...Maybe im completely wrong or didn't see something you might of or know of..curious about this spot.
Really Enjoy how clear and concise your speech is throughout the entire videos. Keep up the great work :D
July 10, 2017 | 3:49 a.m.
I agree. Need a website with Software that is on the same level as stars along with great marketing. Looking forward to the new RIO poker :D.
Stars is dead IMO. this new rake back scheme is a joke.
Where to play now tho.. Party poker has great rake back but there software is horrible i think..and i dont like the fact that there is no waiting lists.
Was thinking of ACR since their software is basically old school Full Tilt.
Anyone else making a switch from stars?
July 7, 2017 | 2:18 a.m.
"Do not assume any line or strategy is optimal without thinking about it on your own"
- Probably the most hands down best piece of advice from this article i think. Just Because one Pro says that XYZ is the best line... don't just agree if you don't understand why. I think too many players now a days - especially micro and small stakes players dont ask why.. they just assume because they read or heard it from a well known pro.
- Yes we can generally assume that players Phil Galfond and Sauce will generally have the best line to take but like you said, They make mistakes as well. Start thinking about the lines we are taking
July 3, 2017 | 4:03 p.m.
There is no BEST WAY. just like there is no BEST WAY to become successful in life. You got to put in the effort, work, and time. Try and experiment with different things. Push your self. if you dont understand something, ask, google, Forum search ECT. If there was one single way to become a great player - everyone would be doing it.. Find out whats best for you.
For example.. me personally I enjoy reading. i like reading articles, replies to videos, hand histories, books, ect. I also find Session review videos to be more helpful than theory and live play videos.. not that those arent good or that i dont learn anything from those either, but i prefer session reviews more personally.
If ur going to try something dont try it for 1 day or so and be like well fuck this is boring and not working. Also one of the most repeated replies and may be the hardest thing in poker is to not become results oriented. Yes we want results, yes we play to have fun and make money along the way and to improve.. but you can have multiple break even streaks or even streaks of loosing money but still playing well. You can do everything right and still run bad.
July 2, 2017 | 5:22 a.m.
Welcome to the team :D
July 1, 2017 | 11:47 p.m.
I am very interested in this hand and this spot. The board is good for IP range.. I wonder if an over Bet OTT is better than Check/Raising.. or even more +EV than betting like 3/4 pot. I dont know if Checking is best tho OTT because we give Villain the option to Check back all their draws and even some medium strength hands, which i could see them betting a good amount of the time.. hmm
Subscribed... u have peaked my interest :D
June 22, 2017 | 2:32 a.m.
Flop seems good
Turn seems alright - Lots of Draws on Board.
River I would check and depending on villains sizing call.
Given villains stats you listed they seem very Tight and passive pre-flop.
So when they Check Raise the River for such a large sizing its almost always the essential nuts.
Villain can easily have 55,66 here along with sometimes TT and JJ.
Villain should next to never have 33 here i would think.
They also have hands like 78cc 98cc KQcc.
Question would be.. Does villain turn a hand like 77-99 into a bluff like this? Given how tight/ABC they might play given the stats i doubt it. And like you said alot of players even at 50NL have a hard time Bluff shoving the river for their whole stack.
I would be tempted to call a bet up to 3/4 pot i think... getting to full pot or over bet..id be skeptical..that being said, id probably still call knowing me because im a P.O.W and hate folding lol.
June 22, 2017 | 2:22 a.m.
I think your going at it the wrong way. Stop worrying about Balance and what sort of Bluffs you need to have here at 2NL. Focus should be on learning how to Value bet properly and understanding player types in the micro games.
When you flop the essential nuts, Take em to the Cleaners.
Villain is most likely never folding a Set, 2 pair, or any Qs Ks or even Pair+Draw on this flop
June 22, 2017 | 2:13 a.m.
Alot of Fish/Rec players will put you on a hand like AK,AQ because thats just how they think and will take this X/C Jam river line to get u off a hand like that. I would Call here 100% given a rec/fish player. Sure they can show up with QQ+here the odd time.. or a Set but more often than not its a spew/bluff. By folding this you would be folding almost your entire 3B range.
Like Shavronne stated, Hud stats can help you out as well in this spot if you have any.
June 22, 2017 | 2:05 a.m.
Great Video Ben. Enjoyed This video as it was a break from the on-going live play videos.
Was really looking forward to a video from this Scoop event as i was watching Doug's Stream from that match, and railed the rest of your matches.
As you showed that the 88 is a high % Fold on the river facing a Shove. Would you ever consider Folding 88 in that spot on the river?
Hope to see another video from the HU Scoop event. Keep up the great content as always.
Congrats on your win from that Scoop event BTW!
June 11, 2017 | 4:21 a.m.
I think we can give Villain a somewhat wide Flatting range mainly because SB will generally have a strong linear 3B range in this spot, and if they had a hand like QQ+AKs, they are most likely 4Betting a high % of the time. Even if a rough estimate of 11% flatting range is somewhat reasonable assumption it think.
The idea im thinking of (which u may want to look at in PIO) is what if we generate a Overbetting strategy on the Turn. Even if the villain flats a hand like AA in this spot, and we over bet..they are going to feel pretty sick. Im not saying its a good idea, or the best one, heck it may be the worst idea ever and im open to hear why, It just may be something to look at. If we get called OTT after we overbet we can assume we are beat, could possibly Jam River if we hit are straight as it's most likely our only option.. Check/folding seems pretty weak with that line, and villain will have all AK and TT combos in their range as well.
June 11, 2017 | 3:48 a.m.
As Stated against a super nitty 3% 3Bet i would just Chuck ATs here. When you Face the 2nd barrel you are almost always behind.
As you said he appears to be somewhat aggressive but we cant detail much from villain on 51 hands. Unless you have confident notes where you seen villain barrel off a hand like KK on a Ace high flop.
That being said it is 25NL and crazier things have happened. I am a Pay off wizard and usually call down more speculative hands than i should against unkowns lol. So take my advice with a grain of salt.
June 11, 2017 | 3:39 a.m.
Have u considered playing Live?
Im not to sure where your from or your financial/living expenses are but If you want to make money playing poker to cover rent.. playing 10nl online is going to be tough i think.
I try to play Live at least 1 night a week, and i use the winnings to cover my monthly car payment bill. It helps me out financially. few weeks ago.. i bought in for $300 in a live 1/2 game.. and in 2 hours flopped a couple big hands and i had a $1k Stack.. i got up and left.. Couple of the people were bitter but i didnt care. Wasn't going to sit there for another 6 hours with the potential of loosing it all.. I know its not the best plan of action, but im also not playing Live for a living or online for a living for that matter.. I made enough to cover the car payment bill i wanted with a lil extra. If the other players at the table dont like it.. Oh well thats their problem.
June 11, 2017 | 3:18 a.m.
As stated multiple times Mental game is a big part in beating this game and becoming a good player. I struggled at 25nl for the longest time due to Mental tilt issues.
Whats your bankroll like for w/e stake your deciding to play? Are u playing with a buy in amount that When you tilt from loosing 2-3 BI's in one day that it effects your mental game so much because you notice ur bankroll suffering and dont want to re-deposit.. If this is the case, up your Buy in amount for that level. Some people feel comfortable with a 20bi bankroll when playing micro/small stakes. Some are fine with 10 bi's knowing they can deposit back in with no issues. Maybe loosing 3bi's on a 20bi bankroll is too much for you? maybe u need to give ur self more of a cushion and have a 40+bi rule. These are questions you need to ask your self.
Players like Sauce, Mr. Galfond, Tyler, Teunuss, Mark lammers ect have all had their problems as well. They didnt just wake up one day and start crushing 500nl+.. they all started somewhere. And im sure most of them went through the same issues.
Stop beating yourself up if your upset with your progress - maybe this is why ur tilting, are u tilting because you want to be playing 200nl+ but now that u are loosing u half to work that much harder and are that much farther from reaching that goal?
You got to embrace and Love the process. Take one step at a time.. Even if its working on 1 concept a week.. Hands to play from the button, hands to defend vs diff bet sizes in the BB, 3Betting ect.. work on a skill every single week if u half to.. dont move past that skill until u feel comfortable and know it good enough that you can explain it to someone else as well.
June 10, 2017 | 3:43 p.m.
I am also very interested in this as i dont understand the stat very much
June 6, 2017 | 2:29 a.m.
There will always be Human Error in the game of Poker. For online poker as long as the war on Bots playing online continues to rise i think Poker will still be profitable to play.
June 4, 2017 | 9:34 p.m.
i recently was in the same boat as u. I took 50 bucks from my bankroll and took a shot at a couple 30's 6max turbo SNG's.. some of it was variance and Luck but honestly most of it was pretty soft..on Stars that is. I ran $50 to a lil over $500 in 6-7 hour grind in one night. playin 30's and the odd shot at a 60. 1-2 tables.. i was just tired of grinding cash and told myself i would just stop if i lost the orginal 50 bucks which was nothing to my bankroll..