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Darren Chandler

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Good luck

March 5, 2021 | 6:33 p.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Top x % in PLO

gogi1986 thank you so much, I am already using PPT, but wasn't familiar with these latest software tools (hence the post).

March 2, 2021 | 8:45 a.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Top x % in PLO

Are the results determined quickly in PLO Calc? I was told running sims in Monker solver could take days or weeks.

Feb. 25, 2021 | 6:52 a.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Top x % in PLO

Thank you so much. I'm currently playing PLO $100 having just moved up. I am working through Emty's material and building my preflop ranges. I just needed some other software for doing some analysis.

Feb. 24, 2021 | 10:44 a.m.

A tihnk a stop loss is great for shot-taking. In this case, I am trying to push the boundaries and learn how to deal with playing well under pressure. If I always stop before working through the mental game issues, I don't really learn what is affecting me.

Feb. 20, 2021 | 12:25 p.m.

i challenged myself to play the most hands I ever have in one day.

Unfortunately i was up 10 buyins at one point and lost it back. But it was a mental exercise and a physical exercise as much as a learning one. I will try keep my session durations shorter from now. Find a sweet spot where I am playing my A-Game - being focused and disciplined.

Feb. 20, 2021 | 10:10 a.m.

If I filter my HM3 for hands or session duration (per day) its quite clear the more I play the more I lose or when I lose I play more.

Now factors might include:
1. trying to "win it back" thereby playing longer and ending up losing more
2. variance
3. lack of focus

I am exploring each, I just wanted to post this to create some accountability and see if I can improve on my ability to play longer and have winning sessions, perhaps quit earlier if I can't seem to resolve my tilt (or just playing badly or tired).

Feb. 19, 2021 | 4:14 p.m.

I know myself if I am tilting when running bad, my discipline decreases - so I start calling more and also my confidence decreases so I doubt my own intuition. This means even if I "know I should fold" I doubt my own gut instincts, then revert to my absolute hand strength. Of course these are mental game issues I am trying to work on, just wanted to share myinsight into your question.

Feb. 19, 2021 | 3:51 p.m.

I've been vocalizing my play (without recording) and its been helping me so much. Thank you for the recommendation!

Feb. 19, 2021 | 3:49 p.m.

"... probably be careful of opening trip Aces that are rainbow, kind of the exception because people are calling too much and our equity with this certain hand is not robust."

If we assume Monker Solver is giving us a GTO strategy, then by definition, a GTO strategy is such a strategy that if our opponent deviates in their strategy (by "calling too much") then our expected return would be better than if they played the original (GTO) strategy. What am I missing here?

I completely understand the idea of playability, robustness etc when playing rainbow trip AAA from EP from a human player standpoint, but then we seem to be cherry picking strategies from Monker results. Perhaps we underestimating how important the AAA blocker affects are or how often we take the pot down on favourable flops?

Feb. 18, 2021 | 8:27 a.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Top x % in PLO

gogi1986 how did you find PLO Mastermind?

Feb. 18, 2021 | 8:10 a.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Top x % in PLO

JohnnyUtah is there any other software you would recommend for GTO or would PLOCalc be enough for study purposes?

Feb. 18, 2021 | 8:09 a.m.

There are some opening range conflicts between Monker Solver and Odds Oracle, for example Monker suggests opening all AA from EP including trip AAA and AAAA! Odds Oracle VR rank for AAAA is 36 (and 42 6h) which means you would get different results depending on which software you use. I have discovered a lot more discrepancies as I continue to work on my preflop ranges myself.

Feb. 18, 2021 | 7:53 a.m.

Hi everyone,

i would like to check in with everyone using PLO software analysis tools, to ask which ones you are using today. Any that you stopped using in favour of another?

I am currently focusing on building my preflop PLO ranges (while putting in about 20-30k hands per month). My next steps will be going into my postflop play. But I wanted to ask which of the following you are still using in 2021? Any programs I missed?

Vision GTO Trainer - $129,99 per month, annual 25% discount $97,49 per month
Monker Solver - once off €499
PLOCalc - $ 300
PokerJuice - €29 monthly
Pro Poker Tools Odds Oracle (what I have been using so far) - $19 basic $89 pro - once off payment
JNandez PLO Trainer - $99 per month, or annually $997
cardquant.com - Pokermuscle £29,00 per month (Using the demo version. Some errors or inconsistencies in results.)

I want something reliable and currently investigating all options. I'm quite comfortable with Odds Oracle but now looking for solver results for common spots and certain hand categories, flop textures etc The solvers are only as good as the programmers who made them and the code itself.

i want to be as productive as possible with my poker study time, so if you have any other guidelines or recommendations, let me know. Thank you so much!

Feb. 17, 2021 | 1:58 p.m.

Incredible story, congratulations!

Feb. 15, 2021 | 7:27 a.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Plo 100

If you playing 100 hands an hour per table then yes

Feb. 14, 2021 | 11:10 p.m.

I wsh you the best of luck. I do want to mention two critical points 1. The Rake Matters. playing micro to low stakes is often losing or break-even. I was surprised to see how my win-rate improved, just by playing higher stakes. 2. Mental Game Matters when I look back at my results, its amazing how much tilted off buyins affect your winrate. If you lose 1 buyin every 1000 hands, you effectively losing at -10bb/100 when I worked on my mental game, my winrate skyrocketed - 10bb+ winrates became possible when I played deliberately, with focus and discipline.

Feb. 14, 2021 | 11:13 a.m.

Thank you for sharing. I'm starting the From the Ground Up course now. Currently winning on $50, and trying to move up to $100. I'm hoping to make sure I have mastered the fundamentals.

Feb. 14, 2021 | 10:05 a.m.

I wish you the best and keep posting here and letting us know how it goes!

Jan. 30, 2021 | 10:24 a.m.

Hi rundabout, thank you for sharing some insight. Which solver are you using?

April 23, 2020 | 9:50 p.m.

Hi Mike,

I am happy to discuss the course topics with you. Which games did you play to win 350k?

March 23, 2020 | 4:04 p.m.

If you feel villain is over-bluff raising to try exploit you, you actually have a very good bluff catcher to call down with. Villain has to find value hands to check-raise with too otherwise he is over-bluffing.

Get some hands in and start worrying about this if its actually happening to you in your sessions.

March 23, 2020 | 3:57 p.m.

It is still called a "float". PokerTracker 4 would call it "float turn bet".

The old definition was for betting when checked to on the turn or river after having called the previous street with a very marginal / weak holding. i.e. you were only taking the pot away on the turn or river.

The new definition includes betting when checked to when villain checks on the previous street including preflop. This allows for the bet you make on the flop when villain checks to be included in the this new definition and it is why PokerTracker 4 calls this "float flop bet".

A "stab" is a bet made by the OOP player after the previous street went check-check.
If the PFR is IP and the OOP player has checked twice to him, he can make a delayed continuation bet.

The most important thing is that you understand the concept itself, which it seems you do (and good bet with the A2s!)

March 23, 2020 | 3:50 p.m.

Comment | Darren Chandler commented on Open Sizing

Factors to consider:
1. simplification to one sizing for ease-of-use (poker mobile apps, mass multi-tabling)
2. rake, larger sizes to discourages seeing a flop and being charged rake (online micro- and small stakes) 3x or pot.
3. much larger sizes in position (I believe Dusty "leatherass9" Schmidt was first to experiment with this, making 10x on the button Heads Up or perhaps it was Taylor "greenplastic" Caby) but this might very well be outdated.
4. GTO bots sizing smaller in EP (2x 2.3x 2.5x) and larger in LP (2.5x 3x 3.5x) in a mixed strategy (e.g. Pluribus)
5. Pros using smaller sizes in steal positions to give themselves a better price on their bluff e.g. what Peter Clark recommended.

We likely want to build a pot in position with a solid range versus recreational players that like to see flops but make poor postflop decisions.

We like to steal often when the blinds play tight.

Given all the info above, what seems the right fit for your games?

March 23, 2020 | 3:36 p.m.

Hi Supernova5

Peter outlined three factors for considering whether to use selective or unselective cbetting given a certain board texture.

  1. Uncapped OR No uncapped element
  2. Equity advantage OR Equity disadvantage
  3. High or dry flops OR Medium- to wet flops

Unselective board examples: Q73r 842s AK3 JT4r TT3s A97r (r=rainbow, s=flush draw)
Selective board examples: J87s 763m KQTs 987r QJJs 985s

To "practice" consider the following:
A) If I held the absolute best hand* now, how many turn cards (or turn and river cards) would make me feel less inclined to bet my hand for a large bet?
*usually top set, flopped straight
B) If we plug in both hand ranges in an equity calculator, which flops "equalize" the equity or reduce the equity disadvantage for the player that began the hand with a looser range?
C) Has my opponent constructed his or her preflop range in such a way that he or she rarely or never has a hand that beats my value range?

March 23, 2020 | 3:22 p.m.

Hi RunItTw1ce
To construct 3-bet ranges for a full ring live game, I would consider the following:
1. what is my opponent's opening range?
2. how would my opponent respond to a 3-bet?
3. the possibility of the pot going multiway even after 3-betting or if the initial opener had one more callers before it got to you.
4. what your table image is
5. stack depth

The reason I mention all these, makes it clear that having a chart for full ring live play is simply not reasonable. There are more factors to consider. In online 6-max, your ranges have to be more precise since you usually playing with at least some competent players using solid opening ranges and better defending / 4-betting frequencies. In live games versus recreational players, they are more likely to take a line "because they feel like it".

As a general rule, aim for a value range while looking out for spots where you can get away with a light 3-bet: e.g. players behind you are already wanting to fold and the player that opened is straightforward.

March 23, 2020 | 11:44 a.m.

Post | Darren Chandler posted in Courses Forum: Episode 30: 3 Tips for Success

Hi Peter,

Thank you so much for your hard work producing the From The Ground Up course.

You mentioned you had two more tips for us, what were they?

Best regards,

March 21, 2020 | 9:29 p.m.

Thank for the video! Working on my poker mental game (including a cool down after a session), it really helped me to finish a session not feeling shitty about myself or overly stressed, it also helped me to to go to bed without my mind racing over all the hands I played. Nutrition is so important - its great you mentioned it! Meditation helps with building awareness, so you become aware of poor play earlier and can make adjustments sooner.

March 20, 2020 | 9:17 p.m.

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