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76 points

that only makes my point

April 24, 2015 | 10:54 p.m.

I admit there must've been more GTO ways for ZenFish to extract max like-value out of this, but hey he probably is having his nickname for a reason :)

April 24, 2015 | 10:47 p.m.

In before GT gets married and starts a thread about it to break that 3k points mark

March 24, 2015 | 12:36 a.m.

Congratulations! Enjoy your time together, and bring on the RIO babies! :)

March 23, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.

Congratulations Phil, hope for this one you just run it once ;)

Nov. 27, 2014 | 3:43 p.m.

So basically your fanboy thought process is: " Sauce makes a play -> it's always the right play -> no need ever to be critical or think about it.
Also I am sure such douche comments encourage many new RIO members to comment and express their opinion in the threads.

Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:40 p.m.

Hand History | Clownfish posted in PLO: 100 - flop decision
SB: $50.65
BB: $310.85
UTG: $106 (Hero)
HJ: $158.05
CO: $100
BN: $150.15
Not really sure what is the best way to play this hand against a 4% range in this scenario. Would like to hear some opinions on it.
Preflop ($1.50) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt Q T 7 9
Hero raises to $3.50, HJ folds, CO folds, BN raises to $12, SB folds, BB folds, Hero calls $8.50
Flop ($25.50) 3 J 3 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BN bets $16

Oct. 2, 2014 | 10:48 p.m.

Where would you say the cutoff is when it comes to videos still being credible, reliable sources of information - 2 years? 3 years? Less? 

I think it really depends on the topics they are covering. Like you said math but also basic concepts, starting hands etc. are some of the subjects that have been discussed from very early on and can/should be watched by every beginner if they are able to. Other than that I wouldn't invest too much time in older content. As for videos above your limit I would suggest just to learn the concepts and try to adequately incorporate them (at least partially) in your own game at the the limit you are playing. The most important thing is understanding the logic behind it.  

Oct. 2, 2014 | 2:13 p.m.

I am not playing micros so tbh I haven't watched them. Maybe someone who plays those stakes will see this and can answer your questions. 

Oct. 1, 2014 | 9:44 p.m.

Watching 5 year old poker coaching videos, no matter how good they once were, does not make any sense because the game changes so fast. I would recommend you to take a look at the current RIO essential videos and I am sure you are going to find plenty of good stuff to watch for small amount of $.   

Sept. 30, 2014 | 11:58 p.m.

Interested to see what are common and also realistic EP win rates for mid stakes winning players. More so interested in ways to improve my game from that position since I am having trouble winning money in EP although like most players my range there is tight and very strong. Maybe I am opening some hands that I shouldn't, maybe the main focus should be on my postflop game. Please feel free to share some numbers for the sake of discussion. I am thankful for any advice.  

Sept. 30, 2014 | 9:17 p.m.

Hand History | Clownfish posted in PLO: Standard stack-off by Sauce123?
BN: mikzoan: $1874
SB: Sauce123: $47353.63
BB: flong78: $2407.17
UTG: bianka15: $4950
HJ: steamraise: $12427.26
CO: gunning4you: $11665.47
Yesterday I was railing the 25/50 zoom games for a bit and this hand happened. I know the high stakes games are very aggressive and I don't have any information about the players' ranges but I was kind of surprised to see Ben snap shoving into two players that deep. Standard or too ambitious?
Preflop ($75.00) (6 Players)
bianka15 raises to $175, steamraise raises to $600, gunning4you folds, mikzoan folds, Sauce123 raises to $2025, flong78 folds, bianka15 calls $1850, steamraise calls $1425
Flop ($6150.00) T T 9 (3 Players)
Sauce123 bets $6122, bianka15 calls $2925, and is all in, steamraise raises to $10402.26, and is all in, Sauce123 calls $4280.26
Turn ($29879.52) T T 9 5 (3 Players)
River ($29879.52) T T 9 5 7 (3 Players)
Final Pot
Sauce123 has 8 A A 7 steamraise has K Q J T bianka15 has 7 6 8 8 steamraise wins $14954.52 , bianka15 wins $14897

Sept. 29, 2014 | 11:39 p.m.

Villain is a solid reg playing in the same games on a daily basis also a RIO member so I can't go in detail, tendencies, etc. 

I think flop can go either way, I see it as standard. What do you think about turn and particularly are we calling the shove otr?

Sept. 3, 2014 | 1:02 a.m.

After winning the One Drop for over $15 million, Daniel Colman didn't want to give interviews to the poker media and apparently left the tournament area 5 minutes after winning the event. Pokernews wrote an article about this and they weren't very pleased with his decision. Link to the article here

Colman himself gave his explanation later on 2+2, which you can read bellow: 

I really don't owe anyone an explanation but Ill give one...

First off, I don't owe poker a single thing. I've been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life. To have a job where you are at the mercy of variance can be insanely stressful and can lead to a lot of unhealthy habits. I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro. 

It is also not a game where the amateurs are always happy to be losing their money for the sake of entertainment. The losers lose way more money at this game then winners are winning. A lot of this is money they cant afford to lose. This is fine of course because if someone is dumb enough to gamble with money they cant afford to lose, that's their problem. Im not really buying that though. In a perfect world, markets are based on informed consumers making rational transactions. In reality sadly that's not the case, markets are based on advertising trying to play on peoples impulses and targeting their weaknesses in order for them to make irrational decisions. I get it if someone wants to go and play poker on their own free will, but I don't agree with gambling being advertised just like I don't agree with cigarettes and alcohol being advertised. 

It bothers me that people care so much about poker's well being. As poker is a game that has such a net negative effect on the people playing it. Both financially and emotionally. 

As for promoting myself, I feel that individual achievements should rarely be celebrated. I am not going to take part in it for others and I wouldn't want it for myself. If you wonder why our society is so infatuated by individuals and their success, and being a baller, it is not that way for no reason. It is their because it serves a clear purpose. If you get people to look up to someone and adhere to the "gain wealth, forget all but self" motto, then you can get them to ignore the social contract which is very good for power systems. Also it serves as a means of distraction to get people to not pay attention to the things that do matter.

These are just my personal views. And yes, I realize I am conflicted. I capitalize off this game that targets peoples weaknesses. I do enjoy it, I love the strategy part of it, but I do see it as a very dark game. 

Happy to read any ones opinions that could convince me otherwise of my views.

What are your thoughts on it?

July 3, 2014 | 10:34 p.m.

May 25, 2014 | 3:54 p.m.

Post | Clownfish posted in PLO: 100 - Ugly Deep HU Spot

Link to hand:

V is a 6max reg who occasionally plays HU mostly to start tables. He gii to wide sometimes and can be really spewy/ overbluffing a lot. He likes to bluff catch as well.

It's a ante table so defending this hand in bb is ok-isch I guess. His cbet otf is 74, which I think is a bit to high. I think my hand is a little to weak to flat so I decided to x/r. Turn is std. River is where it gets interesting. I think it's a clear vbet since I have the nut kicker and he is calling with any 3, maybe looking me up with AA or K, even though I am blocking one of the aces. I think bet folding hurts but is the right play. 

What do you think guys?

May 22, 2014 | 10:11 p.m.

Sup guys, 

Since I use hm2 I am not able to post any hh from it in the usual way View->Copy as Plain Text or Original Format. 

Could you please have a look at it? 


May 22, 2014 | 9:48 p.m.

Post | Clownfish posted in PLO: 100 - Deep 4Bet Spot HU


This spot is from a 6 max game where the action broke and we played like 20 hands prior this hand. 

V is solid, kind of tricky reg - the sample is not that big though. His hu stats after 20 hands were 65 56 17. 

I am not sure if he realizes that when I 4b pre my flushes are going to be the nuts or 2nd and maybe 3rd nuts and he has a very low fold equity expectation. 

What do you guys think about my line in general and what should we do otr? Also please help me construct his range when taking this line.    

May 16, 2014 | 12:32 a.m.

Almost nobody in the Eastern-European countries speaks proper English.

Probably the dumbest comment I've read on this site. A very simple advice: If you don't have a clue about something just don't post and stop misleading people. 

I suggest you look into Spain and Italy, where it's pretty traditional, even though nobody speaks word of English.

@Peter: just ignore this guy's comments, obv he is giving you only wrong and biased information.

April 11, 2014 | 12:05 a.m.

Link to hand

V is playing 29 21 10, Raise 1st on BTN 78%, 4b 2,8%, definitely 4bet-ing wider than AA, one of the solid regs on the level. 

March 20, 2014 | 9:59 p.m.

The sample is really small so I am talking in a vacuum. Firstly in his UTG+1 range he has more broadway card combos (ABBx) than JTxx. Secondly you have a T in your hand which makes it a bit less likely for him to have JT. And a third and very important factor is his bet sizing. He bets only 54% of the pot against your vey set heavy range and a turn that brings a bdfd. I think it's obvious that villain has to bet more for value and protection if he is not a retard. For all these reasons I think x/shove is best for you because you have decent amount of fold equity combined with 28% against JT.

March 8, 2014 | 3:13 a.m.

Thanks, Ben that makes a lot of sense. I think I need a little help regarding the syntax. Do I get it right: 

TAIR-*c = we made a wide 4b with a hand like AK65hhss

(TP<-*c)-OE> = anything worse than top pair, no OE, no clubs. Something like AKQ8hhss

dryOP-*c = hands like AA23/KK23 no club blockers

Also obv J32ccc is a better board for us since that board doesn't hit his range that hard as the one in the example. How does our strategy change here? I am assuming we x/b fold less and bet small/call or fold more. Is this correct?

March 7, 2014 | 12:18 a.m.

I don't think we are getting exploited by doing so. When they start getting it in lighter like you said that means we are getting paid off more often when we have a flush which actually increases our EV.

March 6, 2014 | 4:21 a.m.

By common I was referring rather to the betting structure R/3b/4b/call -1 pot size bet left and we hold AA. I know it doesn't happen that often that the flop comes monotone, although it happened twice to me last session which made me thinking about it harder. 

March 4, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.

CO: 227.05 (Hero)
BN: 220.70
SB: 211.90
BB: 203
Preflop (3) (4 Players)
Hero was dealt A A J 5
Hero raises to 6, BN folds, SB folds, BB raises to 17, Hero raises to 52, BB calls 39
Flop (117) Q T 7 (2 Players)
BB checks
Hero ?

March 4, 2014 | 12:47 a.m.

If you post a private hand on wt you can't share it with others unless they also have accounts there and are in your friend list. The other hands that you post with nicknames visible are public and can be found through a google search, which for obvious reasons is not good and if I post a hand with only positions shown then I have to explain to my poker buddies who is who every time which is a hassle. Also they have banners on their site offering to "Buy Hand Histories" so I don't feel very comfortable sharing my hands with them. I know it's not 1k hands a day I am posting but it's about the principle.     

March 3, 2014 | 3:22 p.m.


it would be great if you could add such functionality where members can post hands and share them privately through a link so they are only visible to the ones who have the link. I know there are other services offering this but they are often buggy and can't read hands from various networks. Also having everything in one place would be much better. 

March 3, 2014 | 1:57 a.m.

Post | Clownfish posted in Chatter: 4-color deck

Guys, I'd love to see a 4-color deck added and maybe a little bigger cards for better readability.  

March 3, 2014 | 1:47 a.m.

CO: 229.75 (Hero)
BN: 212
SB: 225.68
BB: 209.15
UTG: 388.90
HJ: 354.13
V is a fishy reg, playing 28 17 10 with cold call 3b 14%. River aggr 2.7. Only 350 hands though.
Preflop (3) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt T A Q J
UTG folds, HJ raises to 6, Hero raises to 21, BN folds, SB folds, BB calls 19, HJ folds
Flop (49) 6 T 7 (2 Players)
BB checks, Hero checks
Q1: To Cbet or Not? I think this is a crucial decision in the hand.
This is a lock down board and we have some good equity against a number of hands of villain's range, but we obv would hate to get x/r'ed, where often we'll make bad folds, actually having a pretty good equity. What I am trying to figure out is if our strategy is better off not having a x-ing range on that kind of boards. Sure we could x our T2 or 89 combos to induce some of the time, also maybe TT and 77 but we don't have that many in our 3b range anyway. Please share your thoughts.
Turn (49) 6 (2 Players)
BB bets 34.30, Hero calls 34.30
River (117.60) J (2 Players)
BB bets 117.60
Q2 is regarding this river. What are your thoughts?

March 3, 2014 | 1 a.m.

Hand History | Clownfish posted in PLO: 100 - tough 3Bet spot 3way deep
SB: 116.80
BB: 304.15 (Hero)
UTG: 200.15
HJ: 63.90
CO: 247.40
BN: 100
CO: good reg, 27 20 8
BTN: decent reg, 27 21 10, 3b on BTN 15%, Cbet flop in 3bet pot 56%
Preflop (1.50) (6 Players)
Hero was dealt 9 Q 8 T
UTG folds, HJ folds, CO raises to 3, BN raises to 10.50, SB folds, Hero calls 9.50, CO calls 7.50
Flop (32) 5 8 3 (3 Players)
Hero bets 13, CO calls 13, BN raises to 84
I am having trouble playing non nutty but good hands in situations like this (deep oop, multiway or hu) and I think I am ending up overfolding because often when I get action I am up against a hand that dominates me a lot.
In this spot I decided to donk with the idea to put the deep stack in a tough spot with the preflop 3betor behind still to act so he cannot mess around and play his hand according to its strength. If he folds and BTN shoves I gii somewhat happy. As you can see I got myself in an ugly spot.

Alternative bad scenario 2: Hero x, CO x, BTN bets -> Hero shoves -> CO reshoves
Bad scenario 3: Hero x, CO x, BTN bets -> Hero calls -> CO shoves

Feb. 23, 2014 | 9:31 p.m.

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