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158 points

I get an error with links, on Amason there's no trace

Oct. 31, 2018 | 10:33 a.m.

Table cap shouldn't be BOT-related issue, in theory your security team should be able to spot BOTs regardless of the table cap. An expert in database will be your best option in security not a table cap.
BOTs can just simply make more accounts and play, instead of 1 BOT playing 6 tables, you'll have 2 BOTs playing 4, with a total of 8. I'm very very concerned about security, also, you removed the ability of auto-police games with the HUDs ban.

Aug. 2, 2018 | 4:40 p.m.

I'm a long time NL25 winner, that I still lack of clear direction. Now I cannot afford your coaching ofc, but is possible to be added to your group? I'm looking for driven players. I know this is a pretty big ask.

July 15, 2018 | 7:54 p.m.

I like the auto-seat feature, but I'm very skeptical about the capacity of fish attraction. I mean, even if you have the best site out there but you aren't able to appeal enough to net depositors, you are going to fail. It's clear that you and your team spent a lot of time to brainstorm ideas, but I feel a big pieace of the puzzle is missing: bringing a lot of deposits.
Can you please share on your next post how do you plan to advertise etc?

May 23, 2018 | 11:36 p.m.

any news for the 2nd CFP wave?

May 13, 2018 | 11:25 a.m.

I've totally missed that, ty

May 5, 2018 | 6:45 p.m.

Where do you play right now? I see the HHs and I guess they are converted and not from Ipoker

May 5, 2018 | 10:48 a.m.

Phil Galfond

I'm not sure whether you mean that more recs protect other recs or
that if we're so worried about the experience of recreational players,
we'd better expect to have a lot of them.

The latter.
Regarding HUDs, I'm 100% that if things got ugly ie BOTs, underground tools etc you will act properly, so I think, in the end, whats truly counts is that you are open minded and open to take suggestions. Thumbs up
Ty for the replies I cannot say anything else beside a big gl

May 4, 2018 | 1:22 p.m.

Phil Galfond

Poker sites have fraud & game integrity departments. full of people they've interviewed and hired for that department. who each work 250+ days a year. Do you really think it's possible that none of them ever catch bot rings (and keep their jobs)?

After the PLO bot ring that played over 14M hands on the major poker site, without getting caughted, yes

May 4, 2018 | 8:25 a.m.

Hi Saulo I want to chime in and thank you for one tip you gave at the community in your previous blog: start a journal. This things change my life completely. Ty a lot

May 3, 2018 | 2:32 p.m.

I can't comment on what this means for bots since I have no
understanding there, but I loved this release and found myself
thinking "hell yeah" throughout.

Sry, but if you don't know what it would mean for bots, you can't see the whole picture and you cannot judge properly.
I know Phil is very smart, but this doesn't mean he's right 100% of the times, only time will tell

May 3, 2018 | 11:44 a.m.

Phil Galfond

  • May I ask you whether you have solid plans to attract recs? Because if you want to protect fishes from being hunted, these types of players should the vast majority on the site. I don't think you can afford lot of commercials like Stars or other giants, so I guess the vast majority of your players will be regs. Can you estimate a fish:reg ratio?
    I don't want to sound rude, or something, I just want to understand the rationale behind it

  • Have you got any evidence about the fish being scared by HUDs? Recs probably know that trackers exists but this won't deter them to play. They are just recs and want to have another hour of fun. If they would be scared, online poker would be dead 10 years ago

  • I find kida curious that your have the best training site out there, with I guess, 99% of the live plays with HUDs on the table, but on your site they won't be permitted. Obv RIO poker will sponsor RIO training site, maybe as a rewards you provide memberships. My question is, when a rec will see a video and find out about HUDs, don't you think he will think the pros are cheating in some ways why he can't do the same?

Just a quick note regarding catching BOTs, have you heard about russian BOT ring which basically, there were no BOTs involved just an in-game aid. Players were employers work for X hours per day, like a clockwork. This is alleged, but PS banned a lot of them an never returned. This would be possible to the players who analyzed tendecies and hours of play.

May 3, 2018 | 11:26 a.m.

gargamel_fk posts are so spot on and I was about asking deanon HHs too.
Phil Galfond Sre you aware how are BOT-infested site, like Bovada, that provides anon tables? BOTs can be caught using database queries and comparing stats but for finding some huge cheating, probably players need to police their games. All the major scandals were found by players, for a reason

May 3, 2018 | 9:05 a.m.

Phil Galfond

If you're using 'session stats' to mean what PT4/HM call session stats, these won't be available on RIO because a player's Table Alias will be different on each table.

Session stats are still available even if the players are totally different. If a fish play 2 tables, ofc trackers can't realize it's the same player, but show VPIP 40 and PFR 30 or something among the lines should be more than fine to hound that player

May 3, 2018 | 8:57 a.m.

You can achieve the exact same thing using a VM, but if a site ban VMs, for some reason, your method is 100% undetectable

May 3, 2018 | 12:55 a.m.

omni_present and Lagasaurus HUDs are available for Bovada and Unibet which implemented, more or less, a same strategy. Obv even basics stats should required some time to converge, but it doesn't really matter, you can spot a fish in 10 hands maybe 20. So if you have a HUD with session stats you will have a great advantage, no matter what.

Phil Galfond I've read it obv, while I know your team have some great ideas, how do you plan to detect custom software running on another machine? Namely, RIO poker running inside a VM, with a custom software grabbing hands outside of it.
No chance you can detect that, no chance and that's unfortunate. If all the players would know some basics of computers/programming, the HUD debate wound't have existed, because they would understand there's no point in make a rule that is easily breakable.

May 3, 2018 | 12:45 a.m.

Phil, you can't enforce an HUD ban, ever. I'm more than sure you talked with some programmers and I'm even more than sure they told you that the ban is not enforceable. As long as you see something on the screen it can be grabbed. Underground software now will become a thriving niche and every single player will have a custom compile that you won't detect.
Session stats will be available probably in a matter of days after launch, the only difference is the underground software will be costly, while other trackers don't. At the same time, the players who play by your rules will be at a great disadvantage. There is so much incentive to not playing by RIO rules, and you know that, a poker player will use any weapon he could possibly deploy.
Obv you won't change your mind, best of luck though

May 3, 2018 | 12:23 a.m.

subbed obv, gl

May 2, 2018 | 11:13 p.m.

I'd like to transition to PLO, do you have any tips for that? What concepts are you still you in PLO and you had you in NLHE?
Or do you just have to learn from stratch another game?

May 1, 2018 | 6:56 a.m.

I'm 100% sure you tackled the BOT issue which is rampant right now, but it's good to ask anyway. Have you and your team took measures against this threat (which is fightable but poker sites aren't willing to do that)?

April 15, 2018 | 10:15 a.m.

Hi Nick, is your CFP only for NLHE? If not, will be PLO available in the future?
Ty in advance

Feb. 26, 2018 | 3:36 p.m.

Hi Nick, there will be some kind of updates regarding your CPF students? I mean blogs or something like that...

Feb. 1, 2018 | 9:50 a.m.

I plan to open up a free wordpress blog and I'd like to post excerpts on RIO while the full post will be available on a wordpress domain. Am I allowed to do it or do I violate any rules?

Jan. 29, 2018 | 11:06 a.m.

Jan. 29, 2018 | 10:58 a.m.

what about alternative lines? make a small raise OTF try to get to a cheap showdown?

Jan. 29, 2018 | 9:35 a.m.

Hand History | 4-Star_General posted in NLHE: NL 25 - GII OTT vs Aggro Fish?
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) SB: $50.33
BB: $130.51 (Hero)
UTG: $45.50
MP: $50.88
CO: $50.00
BN: $85.38
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BB with A 6
4 folds, SB calls $0.25, Hero raises to $2.50, SB calls $2.00
Flop ($5.00) T 6 7
SB bets $4.73, Hero calls $4.73
Turn ($14.46) T 6 7 4
SB bets $13.67, Hero folds
Final Pot SB wins $13.67
Rake is $0.79

Jan. 29, 2018 | 9:13 a.m.

Post | 4-Star_General posted in Chatter: Productivity Group Attempt #2

Some guys PMmed 'cause they are interested... if you want to join leave me a PM.

see here btw

Jan. 26, 2018 | 1:48 p.m.

Finally Over

I asked to see her, without give her any hint of what would happen in a few hours. She said yes and told me, not asked, to take her a dessert. Obv I didn't take anything; I've done many many things, but it wasn't enough. She didn't expect me to show up, probably because I haven't replied her anymore... anyway she promptly asked for the dessert. When she realized I haven't any, she said:"Why are you here then?". Anyway she spent her last 20 minutes attacking me in any possible way, it was ridicolous. I don't want to dig too much, but her complaints were lol. The point is, she's unhappy with her life and has many problems, but I'm not the root of them... anyway she doesn't care and vomited all she got on me. When I had enough, I left her home, slamming her door, without any additional word. For me, it was the end, and I didn't have to justify myself more.
This morning I was wake up by a huge wall of text where she basically said she wanted this thing over. Probably she didn't realized I gave her the middle finger before, but I don't care, I let her to have the last word, who gives a fuck?
I want to be happy, I want to live a full life... instead in this last month my energy was depleted. Right now I feel empty. I don't suffer for love anymore, probably I haven't suffered once for her. The issue is the emptiness I'm feeling. I don't have energy to do the most simple things and this sucks obv.
This evening I will see here again at the dancing class, I don't think I have feelings for her anymore, but ideally I don't want to see her again. Shit happens though and I will see her again. I hate that I feel this way for a person I don't love, I'm sure it will pass very very soon and I will remember these days and laugh.
Now it's time to go out from home, stop thinking about this spot, and study.
Tomorrow I will post more about me and my pokerz.
Gl to me

Jan. 8, 2018 | 3:01 p.m.

Thanks for stopping by... well I'm in some skype groups for sure, last months I rarely posted advice, so you might recall wrong.
Regarding what I've wrote, it was really easy actually, no need to lie about anything :).
Anyway ty a lot for taking your time and write a post, I wish you the best man

Jan. 7, 2018 | 5:58 p.m.

I opened this journal a while ago and it was a failure, I wouldn't say a complete one, but indeed it was well below my expectation. What happened? Well, I was seeing a girl way older than me (16+ yo) and she literally sucked out my life, not with BJs unfortunately. I don't want to elaborate much for now, but if someone is interested I can do it for sure. Let's just say, she was a completely different woman when I've met her and I fall for her. The issue is the woman was just a product of my imagination, nothing was really there. I squandered One month exactly on her, constantly thinking her in a loop. One month totally wasted where I've played only 5k hands, studied close to zero and suffered a ton. I've lost 4 Kgs due to depression/anxiety and most importantly I've lost my smile; everybody noticed that. Rationally, I don't like her, not even close, but probably I'm attached to my first impression or probably I'm just angry to be angry, dunno, what I know is that I gotta get rid of her. 2018 began, not for me yet... it's time to make my first step toward my new life, it's time to say her my goodbyes. Tonight, that's exactly what's is going to happen.
My suffering wasn't vain, it highlighted something it was always there, but I was too blind to see: I don't have the life I've always longed for. If I had it I would kicked the woman ass long time ago, instead I've idealized her and totally forgot me. You know, if you live a life worth living, you won't spend your time with people you don't really want in your life. What I've done instead was to see her as a solution to my problems. Guess what? Problems would still remain, no matter how good she would be.
So in the end, It's all about me, the woman just amplified my condition, but she wasn't the source of it.
Anyway I'm 31, returned to live with my parents due lacking money, I don't enjoy life anymore, I don't buy a new piece of cloth since a year, I feel more alone than ever in the poker world etc. This isn't the like I was thinking years ago, not in the least.
I gotta be fair though, I got many friends who support me, I play poker and my gains are a direct results of my efforts. I have no shackles: no GF, no kids, no full-time job, no attachment that prevents me to leave my country. The real issue would be had married a wrong girl, had kids, had a hated job and other things, this would be tragic. So the big picture isn't that scary as I'm seeing right now, but it isn't an ideal one.
I will try to update as much as I can about my poker journey (more in the later posts) and about my life

Jan. 7, 2018 | 5:20 p.m.

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