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it seems to me that not much Essential PLO training videos have been made lately and in general one might get a feel that some decline in making PLO Essential content is going on? In June only 3 videos were made and from then on not a single one. But maybe that is how it suppose to be for Essential members? Please, do not take this as a complain, I just wonder what one can expect as Essential member?
Thank you in advance!

July 13, 2020 | 10:32 a.m.

tr00, tr00:)
I didnt mean that such a show would be broadcasted in regular TV show, I was saying that it would be similar regarding a production of the show itself and thus more expensive than "home made show" with webcams and players playing from home, but all promotions cost and the most costly are actually the cheap ones without effect, so yeah if that would atract viewers and players they should invest in it:)

Feb. 1, 2020 | 6:58 p.m.

That is an interesting idea too. Beside HU there could be a 6 max game and maybe even 2 tables (more would be too confused for viewers I believe). Security issues (preventing of cheating) would be probably much easily solved. Exposing hole cards in such a "live-online" game with all players in one place should not be a problem, so no time delay would be needed and regarding video production it could be done as any TV show (but this approach is much more expensive opposite to web cams which players are using at home, but for sure more attracting for viewers). Now, on the other hand what would be the difference? You put a live dealer and than you have "usual live TV game". The only argument would be more hands (and maybe tables) played with computer shuffle&deal if that is of any relevance?

Feb. 1, 2020 | 8:01 a.m.

Even tho Quido (hi and thank you!:)) and me are the only ones in this thread I would just add that it is quite understandable if cash players prefer to stay anonymous as a challengers if there is nothing in it for them beside game win or loss, but still cards could be exposed during a Twitch session (even more so if players are anonymous) and web cams could be at least put on commentators and voluntarily on players:P:)


Jan. 31, 2020 | 6:25 p.m.

Thank you:)

Jan. 31, 2020 | 6:11 p.m.

While this thread is already opened I would add few suggestions regarding Phil Galfond HU challenges on Twitch. It is a great idea and really good job from Phil for doing this. So, while he is doing his part very well and attracting a lot of people (potentially new players, students. etc. at RIO) it is very important to keep those people and not loose them very fast over seemingly unimportant things which are not done as they should be. Exactly in those "small" details lies a difference between success or no success and it is hard to detect the problem, similar to variance-skill issue. As Phil is doing hard work and RIO team on its part is working hard on all kind of important jobs around this challenge (and overall), do not let some seemingly "obscure" things to nullify all of that. Those subliminal factors which no one pays attention add up and are very important for a whole project. I am aware there is a budget limit and many other things which are making all of this hard to provide, but maybe we can at least try to improve this event as much as possible (for such an event you should actually need a kind of a producer but yeah, I know), so here are few my kind suggestions and you will for sure do as you wish:
1. Sound levels of a main commentator (Joe Stapleton) and guest commentators are quite out of balance, Joe`s voice is too quiet (and sound quality of his voice is bad overall too, he should use better microphone and better sound card probably as well) regarding to guest commentator. A little audio processing of both voices before letting them "on air" would help further- people are complaining about sound from first day but no one take them seriously
2. It would be really top, and I believe very attracting, if Phil and his challenger would have web cams on while playing, not to interact with viewers for sure, players are playing for real and a lot of money, so they should not be distracted, but viewers would be much more interested if they could watch faces of players, and that would help commentators a lot to do their job much better too!
3. It would be even more fun if commentators would be on web cams as well.
4. It is almost necessarily that players hole cards are exposed to viewers during a game (as it is in live TV shows) with some delay on streaming or something, that would be really good move and again commentators would actually have something to comment (if a challenger do not agree, than he can not challenge you (Phil) at first place, not in such a public event, because than there is no point in doing it)
5. More transparent "screen", what and how much is in the pot, how much - who bets, results, highlighting the action table on which commentators are debating, etc.
There is more but those ones are quite important I believe and I know there is limited ability, so to be clear I appreciate everything you (Phil and RIO) do, those are just my humble suggestions in case you wish to maybe upgrade this event:)

Jan. 29, 2020 | 5:13 p.m.

Hi! Great video and key concepts are top!
Sound on its own is relatively speaking not that bad. And you have radio speakers voice ("colorful and low") but as such would almost need some proper recording and (post)editing-processing (which actually would be a good practice for all videos on RIO and would boost quality of complete RIO coaching site). But before all of that the first very important thing is pronunciation. Dont get me wrong please, I am not criticizing, on contrary as I said your voice is perfect so with little effort you would have the best sounding videos! I am just saying all of this this because a sound was mentioned in replies and you have superb "sound potential":) So, I know you don`t have time for that but anyhow, in case you want to try, I would recommend you to speak a bit slower with a bit more of a "mouth opening" - slightly exaggerated pronunciation. Good microphone-audio interface, acoustically treated room with proper level of signal recording is helping a lot too. And if you wish to go even a step further I can help you with post-production, at least once for a test would be fun:)

Oct. 10, 2019 | 7:11 a.m.

OK, thank you!

Sept. 25, 2019 | 4:40 a.m.

Comment | ChipTracker commented on $100 NL HH Review

How last hand ended?:P:)

Sept. 24, 2019 | 3:39 p.m.

Hi, I am not sure if I am in the right place to post this thread but I would just like to ask is there any announcement of Phil (and others) streaming live on Twitch? I always miss out those "live TV shows" because I am not aware that they will be going on. So, how to get notifications, where to find out upfront for those events? Thank you in advance!

Sept. 23, 2019 | 7:46 a.m.

Hehe, o it is fine, I was sure that is the case and for everyone else this was clear all the time, but I sometimes complicate things too much and I am trying to going "deep" when there is really no need for that, but thanks, now I feel peace:PPP:))

Sept. 23, 2019 | 7:36 a.m.

Thank you very much, yeah I am quite clear on that strategy I am just a bit confused with word "(top) pair blocker" because we hold that top pair, so it is kind of a blocker but it is also our pair if you know what I mean, I am just not sure if "I like" that terminology:)

Sept. 21, 2019 | 4:37 a.m.

Hi, I would like to ask about a hand on 18:20 - right table; why do you recommend playing slower with "wraper" when you dont hold a (top) pair blocker (which to me is not quite a blocker at all, but that is for another discussion)? With what hands will then opponents calling you (especially when those cards do not threaten your straight on the future streets)? So you wish to push them off the hand or you just wish to have top pair to have more equity if your straight miss so "you may end up with 2 pairs" or so (but then why call it a blocker)? I apologize about my English, I hope I am understandable and questions dont sound too stupid.:P:)

Sept. 19, 2019 | 7:50 a.m.

Comment | ChipTracker commented on Tricky Turn Spots

Hi, what sample of hands is needed for PLO? For NLH is around 100K or is that changed over time too?:)

Sept. 15, 2019 | 7:04 a.m.

Oh, I am a bit late with this reply cuz I was quite long "offline" myself. So...I am selfishly sorry that you are ending coaching on RIO but for sure I wish you all the best and thank you very much! Ffs I will really miss you, I mostly watched your videos / content in PLO segment. I hope that our paths will happily cross in the future (not maybe so much on the tables you sitting on my left:P:)) Well done and again, wish you all the best!

Sept. 13, 2019 | 5:50 p.m.

Hi, nice video.I would like to ask why did you fold on 40:15 with AJsK2o to BTNs 3br? I dont know the player, so maybe he is very tight, but otherwise I think your hand was playable against BTNs agression? Thx in advance!

Sept. 5, 2019 | 10:52 a.m.

Any updates on this topic? Did RIO succeed in adding any new country to the player pool? Any announcements for the near future? Where/when to check periodically for this info?

Sept. 4, 2019 | 2:36 p.m.

Comment | ChipTracker commented on $200 PLO Live

Ye agreed, this time I was struggling too on which table Phil is commenting. Usually he was saying "top right or bottom left", but on this video session was more "here and there" and no highlighting (or mouse pointer, plus red table and card colors, btw I would prefer 2 tables, but no biggy:P:)) Overall, it was a bit harder to follow, but as usually content is good and enjoyable to watch, so thx Phil!:)

May 14, 2019 | 2:08 p.m.

Hi, I am very happy to see RIO poker room starting to operate and I would kindly and strongly suggest that you submit license application to operate with Slovenian players ASAP too. Yes, geographically is a small country, but do not assume there is small number of poker players. Poker, especially online, is very active in Slovenia and if you check, Party Poker for instance, you will be surprised with a number / percentage of Slovenian players playing there. I believe it is quite worth for RIO to submit license application ASAP. Please, keep us posted with more detailed info on that subject, if possible. Thank you very much and good luck!

Feb. 6, 2019 | 11:35 a.m.

Ha, not many comments on this one. It seems Phil beat up that Bluechip guy so hard that the poor dude is still in "poker coma". Now RIO community feels sorry for Bluechip and all are boycotting this review. Fortunately a fresh, but very brave volunteer poped out; besztok came to offer himself as a new punching bag. Congrats man, that`s the spirit!
Phil do not hide, come out and show all your power!
Khm, khm...yeah, thank you, I am OK now, so...I just wanna say this is again really good tutorial video!:P:)

Dec. 11, 2018 | 6:50 p.m.

Yes, you will be able to download your played hands after 24 hours and than analyze your own game with other players names anonymous. At least I think that is the case, not 100% sure tho...

Nov. 30, 2018 | 7:11 a.m.

Man o man, I don`t dare to laugh but I would like to, because to me it sounds like you are joking?:) Anyhow that is actually what attracts watchers, you are potential streaming star! People would even pay to watch you just so they would feel better while standing in front of a mirror:PPP:))) Now I am kind of joking...ugliness is a human construct, (as it is most of similar shit "we invented"), you are not ugly, you are just less average than others, in a way you are more unique than vast majority of human population therefore you are one of the most beautiful people. Just our perception at the moment is influenced and biased, so not many people is capable to recognize that, but this will change at some point and in both cases you should stream, so please streaaaaaaaaam \o/. Maybe we should make a leaderboard of most ugly (<- beautiful) streamer and if I join the contest I might even win:P:))

Nov. 29, 2018 | 9:07 a.m.

Will RIO poker client work on Linux?

Oct. 29, 2018 | 3:23 p.m.

I would like to apply for a job position "Update manager" (or "Message bringer"). I would be writing and posting updates about RIO poker room:P:)

Oct. 8, 2018 | 9:10 p.m.

Very nice again and this tutorial video format with 2 tables on switch is perfect! PER-FECT!:)

Sept. 22, 2018 | 4:17 p.m.

...I just did, thank you!

Sept. 17, 2018 | 7:17 p.m.

I still get "alert message "Invite Invalid". May I somehow connect via my Discord application?

Sept. 17, 2018 | 5:45 p.m.

May I join as well? Btw above links does not work for me.

Sept. 17, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.

You will be able to get (download) your hand history after 24 hours to analyze your play and statistics, other player names will be anonymous.

Sept. 16, 2018 | 9:04 a.m.

Yes, I agree with you (Quido) on all of that, therefore I did not mention the software, which I believe too, will be great. But there are some, maybe a bit less obvious issues, which Here4Phil kind of stressed out and I believe they are important too, if we wish to get a big player pool.

Sept. 15, 2018 | 10:24 a.m.

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