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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with this, making 10x on the button Heads Up or perhaps it was Taylor "greenplastic" Caby) but this might very well be outdated.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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