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Thomas Clack

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3:38 sizing seems awfully small with JTs? sure it plays well OOP compared other hands etc but we're giving the btn a ridiculous price IP. I wouldn't even be this small HU let alone as a squeeze.

May 21, 2015 | 1:01 p.m.

looking for a turbo or regular speed tournament akira?
As it would change it the format of the review somewhat.

Jan. 22, 2015 | 3:13 p.m.

Thanks Jersey! Having a good past week so far, shipped the 22$ 10k gtd thurs, 2nd 2r friday 3rd 5 2r1a yesterday

Jan. 21, 2015 | 12:49 a.m.

Hey RunitOnce members!

My name is Thomas Clack,
I'm a full time tournament grinder from the UK that streams at:
I often post on the videos here and i'm and elite member recommending RiO to my viewers when possible!

The schedule that I stream is:
Monday: 1pm GMT - Late
Tuesday: 1pm GMT- 6pm GMT
Wednesday: 1pm GMT - Late
Thursday: 1pm GMT - Late
Friday: 1pm GMT - Late
Saturday- Day off :)
Sunday: 1pm GMT - Late
I post on twitter if i change this schedule:

I firstly started out to improve my focus on the game, it focuses me to articulate my decisions, and not watch a film whilst grinding!
I have a 53.7% roi over 17,070 tournaments, unfortunately its over fairly low stakes, looking to transition this to higher stakes mtts, i currently play up to 109s weekdays and the 215s on weekends.

I'm currently aiming for supernova this year purely playing MTTs and a few 180mans in the morning. Tuesdays I only play 180mans..
I'm currently at 5k vpps half way through the month. So it'll be close! (especially with the vpp changes to uk players!)
We're looking to promote poker and twitch poker has been taking off, certainly introduces alot of gamers into poker. Myself and a few others look to get poker up there on the list with games like Hearthstone etc.

Feel free to tune in!

Jan. 17, 2015 | 12:21 a.m.

guess noones looked into jamming into shorter stacks with KO equity then lol

Jan. 16, 2015 | 3:02 p.m.

although this is titled under cash games, this is hugely relevant in MTTs, great series!

Jan. 13, 2015 | 12:44 p.m.

With the number of Progressive KOs starting on stars recently. Are there any decent of adjusting
The larger stack should be jamming wider, rejamming wider and calling wider with the added knockout equity. I feel like the latter is easiest to calculate.

Are the any calculators or easy ways to change holdem resources calculator to calculate how wide we can jam profitably??

Jan. 7, 2015 | 5:48 p.m.

Post | Thomas Clack posted in Other: Calling Nash ranges

I assume most players watching RiO vids are using tools like holdem resources calculator.
Given nash calling ranges. How profitable are you looking to get it in?

for example, Player A jams just over 9bbs on the btn, nash ranges. 98s is a +ev call netting 0.04 whilst JTs and A2o nets 0.79bbs,

Is how +ev you call determined by your stack size?

Are you taking every ev spot even its its only making you 0.04bbs? or prefer to try to find another profitable spot?

Jan. 7, 2015 | 2:11 a.m.

Apologies for the wall of text :)

12:00 JTss, Are you betting this flop because of the BDFD? you explain you want to start bluffing on this river? are you double barreling the turn vs one player? if any nonheart non broadway rolls off? trying to fold QJs KQ ?
sb leads the turn.Pretty hard to imagine that he leads anything but Tx on this turn card. 98hh if he even peels pre in the sb potentially but it seems a little suicidal to lead that here given you can have Tx, Would it not make a little more sense to peel? and try to fold him off chops if the board pairs? p.s i think he likely x/r almost all Txhh aside t9hh, getting it in vs T9hh though would be a disaster.

@14:00 definitely like x/r here with A9o.
@20:00 Definitely prefer c betting, fold out very small PPs, Not sure why you're betting big river to valuebet. you chop with Jx, Just bet incredibly small? Get a horrible hero from 22 or make him x/r a bluff vs 1/8th pot bet?

@21:45 KK Bit confused why Maxim Jams here? Leading small sure, but jamming? AK? or 22? Just a little confusing given that you can have AK in your range here occasionally. Surely betting small with Ax from maxim makes more sense?

@22:00 53cc is calling turn standard for you? on a paired board? half pot bet, How often do you think you win the hand on non club rivers? Some reverse implied odds? Does raising the turn have any merit? or just reps too thin (A2 K2s), given you likely 3bet TT,JJ pre.

@26:00 Kinda like overbetting/potting this river when the diamond bricks. would probably bet normal sizing if we hit a diamond but i think we can rep alot of air especially when the diamond bricks.

@30:00 given that villain has to play pretty honest on the turn, are you ever floating here with say KJs with bdfd? Thoughts on betting 1.5k on the turn? get him to make a poor call with big cards say AK thinking we have JJ type hands sometimes

32:00 You say you're looking to 3bet 5bet here, Do you not think we're a little deep to do so? im usually looking to 3/5 around 40/50bbs you were 85bbs deep? guessing this was your 3bet was very large, is that your standard 3bet size that deep, or was this kind of exploitative with small pairs.

34:00 99 definitely opened by eyes 3betting wider for value sb vs ep, tend to be incredibly polarised 30bbs deep

35:30 97s do you think his river bluff is good here? how often are you checking back A high here/ calling turn/river?

37:00 99 you say you want to 3bet 5bet here, do you not think we're pretty deep here to shove over a 4bet, would you ever flat vs a 4bet or always jamming?

38 KJhh, Prefer a fold. On reflection what would you peel here?

Great video,
Came 24th in this tournament myself! cannot remember if we ever battle but look forward to more!

Jan. 7, 2015 | 1:40 a.m.

Post | Thomas Clack posted in MTT: UK Players SnG 3r

I'm currently playing mtts fulltime, but need an outlet to play on days where i can't put a full session in. Either cash or SnGs.
I currently live in the UK and know that rebuy SnGs are now raked. Is it profitable to play them, or am i better focused on the 8s and 15s, or even playing cash.

Dec. 1, 2014 | 4:50 p.m.

Ty for the detailed response Sam.

I wasn't maximising value with my range, I just wasn't sure if this is a spot you'd be jamming bluffs like AhK in this spot in the river, if you are then its certainly credible to be jamming A9hh in this spot. but if we're giving up with all our bluffs on the river then i'd have opted for a smaller bet. That's all, I don't know about your river bluffing tendencies on this runout hence why i posted about the river 

"I want to pick the betsize that allows me to bluff as many combos as possible. Given that I can't even come up with enough value hands to justify bluffing AhKx, AhJx and AxKh, I should probably be bluffing AhKx, AhJx and half a combo of AxKh." 

If you cant justify bluffing those combos enough, why not cut out them completely and change to just valuebetting the river. hence the smaller bet i suggested. I was just making sure you weren't just overbet jamming just value hands otr.

I agree that what you said about it being a profitable bluff spot though. Not discrediting what you did. Just think there's 2 plausible lines on this river dependent on out river tendencies.

Aug. 1, 2014 | 3:52 p.m.

Don't like the overbet  shove @ 15:00, like sure he wont be folding JThh KThh but that's a very small part of his range like if we have KJ AK maybe AJ in this spot, I could certainly see us betting turn. but how many of those combos are betting river? AhK AKh? KhJ AhJ? If we're giving up with these otr, our bluff range is very small, probably non existant, if so we shouldn't be bombing the river in this spot and instead be betting small vs what really is likely a bluff catcher from his perspective range, and vs small sizes we give our opponent to
1.) Turn hands into bluffs. something like JJh ( i dont think he has too many hands in his range to turn into bluffs given our turn sizing.

2.) Value town raise himself. with a small sizing  like 24k he may think his J high flush, QT or set is good, and raise these himself.

3.) Make a poor call in a spot where we're never bluffing. (this is assuming you're not bluffing at least not all in). 

I just don't feel like you're taking this line with hands like AhK or KhJ to then warrant such a huge overbet on the river because "we hit the nuts".

July 27, 2014 | 2:17 p.m.

lmao, considering I am villain in this hand, I best not give anything away ^^

April 22, 2014 | 12:28 a.m.

Also i wouldn't play cash and mtts in a video like this, your thoughts were alot more clear when you were just going over mtt hands. In your cash game section there were alot of "i think we can call here pre". You didn't seem as focused.

Feb. 20, 2014 | 5 p.m.

@29:35 Think we're definitely bleeding chips playing TT this way, just fold pre if we dont think hes 3betting light here i.e more than JJ+AK, i also dont understand why we're 2.5xing in a turbo where the majority of stacks are 12-30bbs there's only one stack with 45bbs. if everyone was deeper i may agree but we cant be adjusting our raise size based on just our stack size, we have to take into account the rest of the table

Feb. 20, 2014 | 4:56 p.m.

@42:00 i tend to disagree with the idea of leading here with QJ vs check raising. If we think about his range  his most likely 9s are T9s (A9s maybe) just because 98s likely bets the turn, and i think J9s+ are more likely 3bets pre, and i think it's pretty hard for him  to hero with 9x regardless, we have the Qh here so that might discourage any floats with gutshots without a heart leaving perhaps only broadways floats with Jh or Th. I think a good question to ask is if we check, is he betting all Kx? my answer would be yes. i'd expect a good player to certainly even be betting KJ here. We may lose value from JJ QQ if hes decided to flat it but we have 2 blockers to those hands. Also our line looks incredibly odd and we may get heroed by Kx fairly often.

enjoying the Videos, Keep up the good work!

Feb. 10, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.

This is because we don't have the odds to set mine, we have to put in 800 to potentially win 8505 which would give us around 11-1 which is good enough but this implies  that we are always stacking the opener, which we aren't because his range is wide and that we are closing the action which we are not. 

the most profitable play is likely to jam if hes opening enough, if we expect this guy to call AJs+ AQo+ 88+ we have 34.61% equity which means we need the villain to fold 53% of the time

that calling range is 5.88% of hands so if we think hes opening just over 12% of hands we should jam. However this calculation assumes we are in the bb, we still have to account for the two players to act behind being on the button

Feb. 4, 2014 | 2:31 p.m.

@6:55 not sure why we feel the need to raise the QJs on the Btn, just peel behind? raising doesnt accomplish a whole lot especially to the size we make it, we may define our range as stronger but we also leave ourselves to be re raised by utg, peeling the btn brings in the blinds but with a hand like QJs we're fine playing a multiway pot. alot of the time it's going to be checked to us and we can take it down IP and we can make common pairs with the blinds vs a hand like J8o on J64r which we can get a street from

Like the stack and tile format, shame about not running well though :P

Jan. 15, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

Would consider 4/f AQo, but given we're suited here. I'm always peeling

Jan. 5, 2014 | 5:42 p.m.

I don't see the point of reshipping 24bb KJs vs a wide opener when we can flat and dominate a tonne of his range. its going to be +ev to shove, but as grafton would say, lets take him to the streets

On reflection i can check back the turn, but as played i think raising flop is decent

Dec. 19, 2013 | 3:46 p.m.

Sorry the blinds are 1.5k/3k/500

"depending on the bvb tactics that you talk about I raise fold this PF" i'm not 3bet folding off 24bb in this spot with a hand as strong as KJs

i Guess i didnt realise at the time i was 24bb deep, in my head i must have thought i was shallower and didnt have any Ax in my head but i do.
k so check back turn is fine, cheers!

Dec. 18, 2013 | 2:49 p.m.

Hand History | Thomas Clack posted in MTT: FT bubble in 10$ turbo KJs bvb
BB: TiltJuice101: 72193
BN: serhi84: 96229
SB: Avenger655: 150326
6max tournament, 7 left in an 11$ on 888, i had also been playing pretty active.
Villain seems pretty active, but was very few hands i had seen him limp fold once in a bvb confrontation with me. so perhaps he's a weaker player?
he seemed to be trying all sorts of bvb tactics vs me as i had also 3bet him a few times 24-30bb deep bvb
Preflop (6000) (3 Players)
TiltJuice101 was dealt J K
serhi84 folds, Avenger655 raises to 6850, TiltJuice101 calls 4850
With him opening really wide, it's definitely going to be plus ev to shove, however i think we gain alot of value flatting in this spot too, Would you jam KJo in this spot?
Flop (17700) A 8 T (2 Players)
Avenger655 bets 8500, TiltJuice101 calls 8500
I think we can raise here but we don't rep alot and i wouldn't expect him to be folding much if we do raise we wont have many Ax really pre. probably 3bet call ATo pre, just realised we're still 24bb deep so i would have alot A2-A9 Whether by raising we can get him to jam QJ here as a double gutter but we have in great shape is kinda thin too. Also King High can be the best hand here. so I decide to call
Turn (34700) 8 (2 Players)
Avenger655 checks, TiltJuice101 bets 9888, Avenger655 raises to 21212, TiltJuice101 calls 11324
Turn is my main issue, I don't think my bet size is the issue, if hes got Q4o here, hes folding to any size bet. likewise i don't think he's folding Ax to a bet either, pre i'm not sure how many 8s we have, Q8s J8s, perhaps i rip t8s and 98s pre because they don't have as great pair value. i imagine 22-66 jam pre although i cant be 100%, 99+ is the same as Ax really.
My main question however, is do i need to bet the turn? any unpaired cards have at maximum 5 outs vs us (4 vs non heart cards) and 5 vs one i.e Qd4h.
regardless i decide to bet and really unexpectedly get c/r small, he could have some 8x. our range when we bet does consist of alot of draws, tx that i might bet to protect vs QJ KJ type hands. Do you think its too thin for him to be raising Ax on the turn? (not that i don't think he does) but it does make for an interesting line to raise Ax on the turn.
and if he has randomly decide to give up the flop and has raised over my small sizing. we are only behind KQ and as i said any unpaired cards have 5 outs at best
River (77124) A (2 Players)
Avenger655 checks, TiltJuice101 checks
River, i dont see any point in betting, Our King high can be good a small % of the time and we cannot have any Ax in our range.
Final Pot
Avenger655 has 8 6 Avenger655 wins 78324

Dec. 18, 2013 | 2:17 a.m.

@20:15 defending is pretty standard with KJo there, but as its the money bubble, jam pre?

Nov. 29, 2013 | 11:39 p.m.

Thanks for the response!
With the way i saw him play the AQ, i think he just folds a hand like AT, its hard to see him have AQ here when i have two Q blockers, AJ, not sure how he would play. hands like 88-JJ, he could be doing this with.
i should have considered the fact that i did have a bigger stack than him. but in turn that probably means he's doing this less with a marginal hand, i'm actually more inclined to call a jam and fold to this click, i cant see him rejamming KK+ but a hand like TT, JJ perhaps he would. thoughts?

Nov. 29, 2013 | 12:14 p.m.

The issue is not postflop, its preflop.You've got under 20bb starting the hand, i don't think flatting these spots is profitable, if you think he's opening wide, we can just rejam pre which is +ev, we can 3b/fold or we can just fold.

In terms on shoving pre, Just giving him a calling range of 7.2% which is 77+ AJ+, to shove profitably villain must fold 65% of the time, this roughly means he needs to be opening over 21% of hands from this position, the more hes opening than 21%, the more +ev it will be to shove, (assuming he has the same calling range.)

Actually this doesnt account for the players behind sorry, so he'll have to be even wider. Personally i just fold though

p.s im assuming this is 400/800 blinds. pre ante. i'd probably lean towards a fold. But play around with pokerstove to see what kind of range 21% is.

Nov. 28, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.

i ought to add if villain rejammed, holdem resouces would say that  only QQ+ is a call, do you think him clicking it here (bearing in mind his AQs note), would make him stronger/ weaker in this spot?

Nov. 28, 2013 | 1:52 p.m.

Hand History | Thomas Clack posted in MTT: ICM Spot on 10R euro on
None: Jon Doe: 0

This is a spot i found myself in tonight on stars .fr in their 10r 10k guaranteed.
I find playing at final tables a very strong part of my game, i'm always working on icm spots, and reading into future game flow and how my actions would affect the final table if i were to 3b/f a certain spot.
I tried to use Holdem resources calculator to construct this with icm, however i can only seem to create a scenario where the villain 3bet isoing goes all in.

Would enjoy hearing what you would do in my spot. and with what range you would push/fold with.

The final table had been quite active with myself and two others seeming to be active, The villain isoing flatted me off 22bb on the btn with AQs after i isoed a limp utg from MP, believing me to lead that this players is weaker and tighter.
i can post the payout structure if needed :)
Final Pot

Nov. 26, 2013 | 11:10 p.m.

I think the comments about this being a loose open is mainly that you have 3 shoving stacks left to act, specifically the CO with 60k, unless he's really nitty, he's going to be jamming probably all his suited aces, alot of medium unsuited aces as well as alot of broadways, if he perceives you to be a bit loose,  which is about 18% of hands, as i said if hes really tight then r/f to this stack can be ok, its not something i tend to do though.

FLOP - Think checking back here is decent, he may percieve us to cbet these boards too much with air so may check raise us (this is completely villain dependent),  our hand is just in a horrible spot when we get check raised, we already may even be drawing to a chop vs JT, 

TURN - Probably one of the best turns (aside  7,6,J), now when we've checked we give him an option to bet all his range QJ KQ AJ that doesnt 3bet to get in pre,  AT, small pocket pairs maybe, as well as his strong hands his full houses, JT etc, the trouble with raising is you're not really getting called by worse that often, theres some gutshot /nut fd that may call AJdd, ATdd etc, but he's rarely calling with KTo just because he might be drawing dead, (that being said, he could be a recreational and call these hands), so a raise here to "freeze" our opponent may work to see a cheap river, however if players realise you are doing this they may rejam over us on the turn with a hand that we might even be ahead of like ATdd. Also if he rejams on us, even with his big hands, trips or a straight, we've thrown away alot of equity that we could have realised by just calling the turn

RIVER - As played, i think checking back is "ok" depends how many just 9x we think he has here, J9, T9 (something i didn't consider on the turn), turning our hand into a bluff here may work, but if he just flats the turn with JTo given our odd line and considering we are very unlikely to call a shove with worse, it would be suicide to bet river.
Don't think he would fold many Axdd or hh either. We're still ahead of KTo etc, so checking back is fine 

Nov. 7, 2013 | 12:52 p.m.

We don't raise many hands for value here, we would probably c/r induce a hand like KQ KJ if we flat it preflop. however, it doesn't matter how "bluffy" we look here. With the button having a wide range opening the button, hes not calling our jam here with Q4s or JTo, even Ace high. Sam realises that we are never getting Kx to fold or pretty much any pair, but with the wide opening range, we just get this jam through so often. Also by calling the flop, we open ourselves up to being barrelled as well as letting him improve his equity with his wide array of hands.

Oct. 24, 2013 | 3:05 p.m.

true but we have less reverse implied odds the shallower our stack, i think hes trying to argue the merits of flopping a pair means we get a cbet out of him so were getting a decent price to flop a pair, but its still very questionable whether its really +ev

Sept. 12, 2013 | 1:47 a.m.

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