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Ciaran Farrell

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Hi, thanks for the great videos Peter

You seem to open SB way nittier than I do. I've been opening 3x Q7o, 97o, J2s,T5s,73s I thought this was standard but you said opening Q8o 2.7x was close. Do you think I will be getting crushed by decent opponents by opening so wide? What kind of % opening range do you think we should have from the small blind?

May 5, 2019 | 1:05 a.m.

I have noticed you size up quite big when 3betting IP. I have been under the impression that there is no need to size up when deep, IP. I thought the reason we size up when OOP is the EV of the IP player goes up when deep, so we have to bet bigger or he can profitably call with a ton of hands. When we are IP our deep stacks should cause our EV to rise, so there is no reason the caller will be able to call more hands and no reason to size up. Is there a hole in my logic?

March 19, 2019 | 12:21 a.m.

King seems like a pretty bad card to bluff to me. It reduces his Kx combos but he is much more likely to call with 10x

March 3, 2019 | 10:38 a.m.

You are correct. He Calculated it with the min raise being one BB instead of two BB's.

Feb. 17, 2019 | 2:50 a.m.

You have to rerun the strategy with, force OOP flop bet, to compare the EV's. You can't just compare the EV's of betting/checking in the original strategy because villain will adjust to your 100% bet strategy, lowering the EV.

Jan. 29, 2019 | 11:49 p.m.

I'm looking for a program that has a quiz built into it. Inputting the flops myself would be time consuming.

The equity of your range plays a large part in determining how you can play your entire range. Like if our range has a big enough equity advantage we can bet our entire range. If we have a big equity disadvantage we should probably check a lot.

Oct. 6, 2018 | 5:34 a.m.

Post | Ciaran Farrell posted in Chatter: Range vs Range Equity Trainer

I'm looking for a program that will let me input preflop ranges, then give me random flops for me to guess range vs range equity, then tell me the correct answer.

I've just started playing with poker rangers equity trainer, which seems like a really great study tool, but that only trains hero's specific hand vs villains range.

Oct. 5, 2018 | 3:38 a.m.

I saw that thread. There's only one guy who is seriously complaining and he had been asking for custom solutions so i'm not completely writing them off. Although it is definitely a concern.

It is a lot of money but it would be very nice to have ranges that I can learn, and study with that I know are going to hold up forever. Rather than changing my mind about ranges every few months. I already have PIO, so could use the ranges in all those calculations and not have to worry about them becoming outdated.

Thanks for that snowie ranges document. It looks pretty awesome. Are all the ranges in the document taken from snowie?

Oct. 5, 2018 | 3:30 a.m.

I want to buy the GTO preflop solutions for 6 max. Not sure where to buy them from. Fulldecksollutions.com has them for $299 (with 3x open), that seems to be the cheapest. Have any of you guys purchased that?

Seems kind of crazy to me that this stuff is still so expensive. It's been around for a while now. Why doesn't someone put all the ranges it in a text file and sell it for $50?

Oct. 3, 2018 | 4:36 a.m.

Thanks for the great videos man, can you please tell me where I can download some of those dices's you use as an RNG?

Also, I am reading your book, some of your recommended calling ranges seem quite nitty, especially in the BB. Is this because everyone was nittier when you wrote it, or because the book is aimed at beginner/intermediate players so you wanted to create a very solid approach? Would you expand the ranges a lot if you wrote it today?

Sept. 18, 2018 | 6:51 a.m.

Post | Ciaran Farrell posted in Chatter: Learning PIO strategys

Are there any video's or other resources that go over various PIO strategy's in different spots and why PIO takes that strategy? I know the most important considerations are equity, nut advantage, board coverage, whether we need protection and position, but often it is hard to pinpoint what the biggest factors in each spot are. I'm hoping there is something out there that will make it easier for me.

Jan. 13, 2018 | 1:25 a.m.

At 42:50 Ben works out the rake as 1/10 of the pot after calling a 3bet. The rake is 5% before reaching the $0.75 cap. (pot pre rake 10.5- 0.525=9.975, actual pot $9.98) Which is exactly the same pre cap as 5/5.

I think Ben's played incorrectly in this video because he massively overestimated the amount of rake he was playing. Would really appreciate some clarification on this. Optimal play is obviously going to change wildly after a 50% rake decrease.

Nov. 12, 2017 | 11:08 a.m.

Will the EV loss, for cbetting 100% OOP in 3bet pots, be a lot higher with 100bb stacks? I imagine the larger SPR would have quite a big effect considering we are also OOP.

Feb. 17, 2017 | 12:33 p.m.

it obviously depends on future cards and bet sizing but generally check call, check call, check fold or check check, bet,bet

Oct. 27, 2014 | 11:26 p.m.

pre if you 4bet I think you should fold to a 5bet

Your flop range is pretty much face up and obviously very strong. So button is probably cbet bluffing close to never. Which makes buttons cbet range very strong and a flop raise terrible

Turn lead is also terrible. You're basically never getting called by worse and there isn't much to protect against

River I think is a check fold. Again I think worse is calling very rarely. And i don't think either villain will value bet worse or bluff the river very often

Oct. 19, 2014 | 9:57 p.m.

I don't think he has pocket pairs or other random stuff very often. Not when he over bet jams. It's possible he has 88 and goes "i have an over pair but i'm scared"and jams but i don't think it happens very often

Sept. 20, 2014 | 8:55 p.m.

I think you're right

It's hard to fold a straight on the flop vs a fish though 

Sept. 20, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

BN: $176.59
SB: $116.17
BB: $100
UTG: $218.22
HJ: $110.63
CO: $102.30 (Hero)
Preflop ($1.50) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt 7 5
UTG calls $1, HJ folds, Hero raises to $4, BN folds, SB folds, BB folds, UTG calls $3
Flop ($9.50) 3 6 4 (2 Players)
UTG checks, Hero bets $6, UTG raises to $214.22, and is all in

Sept. 20, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

Hand History | Ciaran Farrell posted in NLHE: NFD mono flop bb vs sb
BN: $338.46
SB: $173.57
BB: $110.10 (Hero)
UTG: $216.73
HJ: $129.92
CO: $161.19
Preflop ($1.50) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt A 5
UTG folds, HJ folds, CO folds, BN folds, SB raises to $3, Hero calls $2
Flop ($6.50) 8 9 7 (2 Players)
SB bets $3.72, Hero raises to $12.50, SB calls $8.78
Turn ($31.50) 8 9 7 7 (2 Players)
SB checks, Hero bets $22.20, SB calls $22.20
River ($75.90) 8 9 7 7 2 (2 Players)
SB checks, Hero bets $72.40, and is all in

June 17, 2014 | 10:38 p.m.

May 8, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.

Poker Stars, $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players

Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite. 


BTN: $214.30 (107.2 bb)

Hero (SB): $201 (100.5 bb)

BB: $267.68 (133.8 bb)

UTG: $370.94 (185.5 bb)

MP: $300.17 (150.1 bb)

CO: $243.88 (121.9 bb)


Preflop: Hero is SB with Jc Jd

UTG raises to $6, MP folds, CO calls $6, BTN folds, Hero calls $5, BB raises to $28, 2 folds, Hero raises to $201 and is all-in, BB calls $173


Pretty simple preflop spot but i'm not sure what to do.

I flatted the open because UTG seems quite nitty. Only 67 hands on him though. Maybe I should have squeezed myself?

I have 1.5k hands on the squeezer. He has an 8% 3bet, 3.3% vs EP, 6.7 vs MP. 4.2% squeeze i'm not sure how relevant that is considering the sample size?

If he calls with QQ+, AK he needs to be bluffing around 50% of the time for the jam to be profitable. I'm not sure if he is. If we do 4bet is it correct to jam or is 4betting smaller better?

May 6, 2014 | 7:07 p.m.

Comment | Ciaran Farrell commented on Set 3 way ZOOM

Thanks for the comments guys

I definitely agree that it was a bad check by me. Since i have plenty of missed draws that want to bluff and villain will have some random hands to bluff catch with

Would you value bet any worse than 88 here?

April 30, 2014 | 1:23 p.m.

Comment | Ciaran Farrell commented on Set 3 way ZOOM

I figured 33 was the only hand I could get value from and that he might check call more than 6 combo's that beat me.

Do you think he ever check calls TT or flushes? 

April 26, 2014 | 10:17 a.m.

Post | Ciaran Farrell posted in NLHE: Set 3 way ZOOM

Villain is a reg. He is 28/23 over 200 hands.

I'm not sure whether I should jam the turn or whether I should value bet the river.


Poker Stars, $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players

Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite. 


Hero (BTN): $317.01 (158.5 bb)

SB: $476.34 (238.2 bb)

BB: $321.92 (161 bb)

UTG: $228.74 (114.4 bb)

MP: $254.20 (127.1 bb)

CO: $188.42 (94.2 bb)


Preflop: Hero is BTN with 8c 8d

UTG folds, MP raises to $6, CO folds, Hero calls $6, SB folds, BB calls $4


Flop: ($19) 8h 3s Th (3 players)

BB checks, MP checks, Hero bets $12, BB raises to $35, MP folds, Hero calls $23


Turn: ($89) Ks (2 players)

BB bets $88, Hero calls $88


River: ($265) 2s (2 players)

BB checks, Hero checks



April 25, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.

What do you mean by value raises? They would have to be defending insanely wide for you to have more than 50% equity.

March 24, 2014 | 11:24 a.m.

Hi Tyler I enjoyed your videos

Please can you tell me why you choose to 3bet small aces in the BB vs the BTN?

March 23, 2014 | 2:13 p.m.

In The QT hand in the limped pot where you jam the flop. Would you flat the flop bet with any of your range? If not would you ever flat the flop if the pot was heads up on the flop?

Dec. 4, 2013 | 4:37 p.m.

Regarding the K8 hand where you fold the SB. How wide do you open the SB these days? Sauce opens 3x >50% which is a lot more than I thought was corrct.

Dec. 4, 2013 | 4:15 p.m.

Comment | Ciaran Farrell commented on Good bluff?

Your turn sizing would make me less likely to believe you. Would you use that sizing with sets?

Other than that I think it's fine but I would bet the river around 200.

Nov. 22, 2013 | 5:26 p.m.

"OK, sorrry, I misunderstood your first post, got it now."

No worries. 


Since I only managed to confuse everyone with the "perfectly polarized" thing I'll ask a more practical question.

Say we call a min bet in the bb vs btn in 6 max. Vs a guy who opens 60%.

Flop comes Td3s6s. Villain cbets 2/3 pot. We know villain cbets around 80% and pot controls some marginal strength made hands.

We value check raise 2 pair plus which is 2.5% of our flop range.

If villain is going to call down often enough to not let us auto profit with bluffs how often can we check raise bluff?

Villain has to call the flop with a very weak range if he wants to stop our check raise bluffing range from auto profiting. This means that our bluffs always have decent equity vs his calling range. Even if we bluff around 15% of hands in our flop range our bluffing range has >30% equity vs his flop bet/call range.

So I suspect we can bluff very wide.

Nov. 22, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.

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