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Hey man, outstanding results, I've always wondered why you were not moving up though? Or playing softer games on other sites, the only upside of playing zoom on starts is volume

Jan. 23, 2020 | 3:36 a.m.

Cool thread! keep going :)

Jan. 20, 2020 | 4:02 p.m.

Hi Ben, thanks for doing this!

I am pro since a few months and I have been questioning myself about something. Does the need for competition come from a balanced place? I have the opportunity to play fishy games at 1Knl by being selective, but I sometimes find myself thinking "I could get to the top and battle the best on PS NL5k+ at some point", and end up going for a rush of useless PIO studying, + battling top regs instead of spending this time making money vs fish or bad regs with good exploits.
I feel like my competitive desire is a way to feed my ego, but I'm not quite sure about that. In that case it's a bad thing to me.
I'd be really interested to have your take on it, especially with your nosebleed experience :) ty

Dec. 16, 2019 | 1:24 a.m.

Hey man, all my respect for taking that decision. Where do you live? And do you have any idea what you're gonna do next?

Nov. 16, 2019 | 2:34 a.m.

Haha what's the result with square size proportionnal to weight? Quite normal if you 3bet 97s sometimes :)

Oct. 18, 2019 | 6:07 p.m.

Comment | ChaoRen123 commented on Excited to Run!

GL for your journey man. If I can give you 2 cents, the number one mistake people make when changing habits is trying to change too much things at the same time. It has very big chance leading you to failure, and giving up. Go little by little :)

Oct. 15, 2019 | 1:18 a.m.

Well said bro fuck pokerstars

Oct. 15, 2019 | 1:14 a.m.

Hey man, great blog, but those pictures look really small, try to use gyazo :)

Oct. 4, 2019 | 2:44 a.m.

you should call your whole range against a fish here (and raise nuts indeed)

Sept. 19, 2019 | 3:13 a.m.


Sept. 11, 2019 | 3:10 p.m.

Hey man, nice video again! I have many questions :D

I saw that you developped a limping range UTG, I have some regulars doing that in my games from sometimes all positions and I don't know how to counter that, or even to build this kind of strategy. I can't find any video about this subject on RIO. Do you have any recomendations?
Also, how do you manage building exploits after you limp preflop, since this spot doesn't show up often, you may lack data on it?

At 24:51, with 43ss when you re-jam. Is this specific to the texture of the flop, and/or only appliable in this formation (BB vs SB?), only reg profile?


Sept. 10, 2019 | 10:09 p.m.

Thanks a lot man! I've been working on that the last few months and I can feel it is getting better. Meditation helps a lot. I'll take any book one can recommend. Thanks a lot! :)

Feb. 22, 2019 | 11:03 p.m.

Basically any stats are worth studying. Favor a "broad to narrow" perspective seeing 1st the overall line trends, then by profile, by texture, etc.

Feb. 4, 2019 | 7:28 p.m.

Let's gooo!

Jan. 3, 2019 | 6:08 p.m.

S0lidSnaKe If you are the guy I am thinking about playing on, I would advice you to start working both on your technical and mental game instead of spitting your anger on someone who is very likely to have a much higher bb/100 than yours. I've seen some of victor's graphs, and I've seen the way you play poker. Victor's thought process is infinitely more valuable than a random mediocre small stakes player spreading his anger on a well-intentionned guy. If you are not mature enough to realize this, please don't write again on this forum.

Btw in order to make this comment usefull I'll give my 2 cents about this hand:

I like 3barrels, but not with such a ridiculous sizing. Blockers are much more needed as you highen up your sizing, because you will earn a margin gain of the blockers effect as you highen up your sizing.
Keep in mind that bluffing should always be an exploitative play though. If a bluff is -EV, there is absolutely no reason to bet, even for the sake of "balance".
The population tends to overfold to 3barrels, expecially regs, that's why I like the river bet though.

Jan. 2, 2019 | 3:14 a.m.

Hey, no info on BB. Thanks for the advice! :)

Dec. 26, 2018 | 4:23 p.m.

Thanks for the advice guys. I realise that I might be too aggro here because I raise almost all of my flushdraw which don't have sdv.

However, correct me if I am wrong somewhere, but I don't see the argument of balance ( "make sense to show some bluffs(to get paid with value)" ) as being valid as I have learnt that bluffing is an exploitative play, especially at microstakes. If this bluff is breakeven or negative EV (which I have no idea about), there is no point for me to bet it as it will be kind of high variance and not making a huge long term profit...

Dec. 26, 2018 | 4:21 p.m.

Yeah I definitely agree with that. I know that ace high flush draws are quite often checked by good players heads up, I wonder how it changes 3way versus a wider range...

Dec. 26, 2018 | 2:16 a.m.


Villain is a degen who 4bet/called me with A5s a few weeks ago, no other infos on him. Do we want to 3barrel here? Is this a good idea to force agression against this type of profile? Is the argument of making him fold worst draws enough to argue for a bet here? Thanks :)

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:53 a.m.

Hey, AQhh not really sure because it has sdvalue but I thought Q9hh and combo draw type hands without showdown value are way more often bet otf or check/raised. I could be wrong about the way the field plays, but I would also think that on the turn out of position especially with this SPR, straights would be raised a good chunk of the time. Not sure about anything I just said, those are just assumptions though :/

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:44 a.m.

Hey, CO is a pretty tight regular (20/17/5), bb is a fish given his preflop call and turn bet sizing.

OTT I thought that I wouldn't get called by worse by CO, but at the same time it seems like I have a lot of value on bb and I don't want to let anyone freeroll a diamond. So not sure about the check.

Against co's raise, I think that this profile won't ever raise with AdQx here. So the very bottom of his range is KQ imo, along with a ton of flushes, 33,44. BB's range is wide, but in equilab with weak Kx and draws, 0 flushes I have 20% Equity against both ranges. Found that tight in game, but afterwards seems like a pretty easy laydown to make going deeper into it.

What do you think? value bet the turn instead of checking? :)

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:41 a.m.

Hey guys, villain is unknown. Not sure about my flop or turn play, afterwards I prefer betting right otf as I don't think the field will raise/call enough here.
As play, villain's range is capped to Ace high, so seems like we want to bluff to get him off a split here?

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:29 a.m.

Hey, thanks for the reply man, but I must admit that this is pretty surprising to me, do you often expect to be up against worst here? I mean, my range is so uncapped, I have a bunch of flushes and straights here, not speaking about my sets, and overbets are underbluffed, so assuming he could have aces is kind of optimistic to me?

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:20 a.m.

After a few days meditating about this, I can definitely say that you are right on this. I wouldn't even confirm that it is my biggest fear.
Thanks for the advice man, I truly believe that some books/videos/experiences can be that life changing, I hope it will have the same effect on me.

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:10 a.m.

Hey, villain is a 20/18/5% 3bet reg over 500 hands, 70% fold to 3bet. His 5bet timing was like snap raise, my range is perceived strong, he never squeezes as a bluff here imo because he is committed to the fish... So can we fold/ just call?

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:06 a.m.


Yeah all of those statements which have a good chance to be wrong are the result of me trying to figure out and apply Nick Howard's strategy on my own. I can relate to what you are saying because I still feel like I am probing the field with this new strategy I am trying to build, without being certain a 100% (even though in poker it is never the case) of most of my plays.
However so far I have seen tremendous changes on my game with much more confidence in it. There is a good chance it is only good run, but it can turn out that some of the exploits I have implemented might actually work...

But yeah overall after the feedback I got I think the play to make is to stick to a more standard preflop strategy at micros and then maybe get more fancy when I should at higher stakes and with a deeper understanding of the game.

Dec. 25, 2018 | 11:50 p.m.

Hey, villain is an unknown fish, but his 3bet sb vs UTG compared to his stack size makes me think that we're beat pretty often here.

1) Is a 4bet to iso the short fish better pre?

2) As played postflop, he sometimes shove with worse hands such as AK, so we are pretty commited here I guess?

Dec. 25, 2018 | 4:07 p.m.

Hey guys, villain is unknown. I open a lot in late positions in my game as players tend to be overly passive. But this call 3bet is really borderline, I wouldn't bother a fold afterwards.
OTT we already have a pure bluffcatcher as I think he polarizes to at least a straight here (maybe a set sometimes?), and he doesn't have a lot of offsuit hands with Ah unless AQ or AJ here as a bluff. So can we fold given our read on the field?

Dec. 25, 2018 | 4 p.m.

hey, agreed that this is kind of a bad card. But villain in game I thought villain won't have Q9hh here, and not often AQhh... Even though I definitely think you are right on the hero fold :/

Dec. 24, 2018 | 3:09 p.m.

Hey, thanks for your reply!
I definitely have a leak here as I thought given his line, he could have some lower value hands such as flushes at a non-zero frequency (which we can count as bluffs in this scenario), would you definitely exclude that from your thinking process?

Dec. 24, 2018 | 3:02 p.m.

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