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Thnx for the update Dan I appreciate it.

April 9, 2014 | 3:48 a.m.

Post | Dolfski posted in Chatter: Ola Amunsgard - More vids?

Will Oddsen be making more videos anytime soon? I extremely value his unique style and thought process.

April 6, 2014 | 5:21 a.m.

Nice vid Peter, looking forward to many more.

Dec. 8, 2013 | 8:39 p.m.

A8dd vs QQ... you are not encouraging a 3B from the BB with strong holdings when you 4x open raise pre. If it was 3x you would get less flats and more 3B from stronger holdings. If thats how you roll, you need to include a stronger flatting range, which is why you have such a hard time placing villain. Even though we know that specific player could flat AA from a min open because he plays an unpredictable style, I am speaking in general.

IMO you make some of the best vids on this site, Cheers.

Nov. 19, 2013 | 5:42 p.m.

Comment | Dolfski commented on 25/50 River Decision

To answer your question - Fold. When you cold call from the BB, he is not 3 barreling with less than 2nd pair. If it was a loose 3B pre with villans attempt to only steal the blinds since BTN has high fold 3b%, he is slowing down very fast after you cold call. You have much better holdings in your range. 

Some advice - you should 4B pre or raise flop so this situation is avoided while getting more info + taking the pot down + getting free card/cards in position. Also, if you are calling this river then you have to shove turn since the Ks is the worse card that can come (actually Kd is the worst, so second worst) and you just let all the Kx combos get there that could fold turn to your shove.

Nov. 9, 2013 | 2:19 a.m.

Hey Sean, great vid!

A comment for the 'Swimmer's Body Illusion' section;

For the example of swimming, the genetically gifted people will have a bigger advantage because it is a physical sport (size, shape, structure of body). Because poker is not a physical sport, I truly believe the certain personality types and genetic gifts you are referring do not gain the same amount of advantage, considering it is a mental sport. I do agree it gives a slight advantage but I think many under-estimate the possibility of training their mind to be better than a 'genetically gifted poker mind'.

Basically, modifying a person who is born short to become the best olympic high-jumper in the world is nearly impossible. But taking someone who has the complete opposite traits as a typical poker pro, and turning them into the best in the world... Is (in my opinion) a huge degree more possible.

The only problem is unlocking their mind and understanding how it works, that specifically... might be, nearly impossible.

Again overall - awesome video.

Nov. 1, 2013 | 8:42 p.m.

Yes Mike, the amount of time spent working on the factors will change based on where they are in the learning curve.

 But while playing, are all 4 factors being used at even percentage at the same time to create an A-Game? If not, which are being used more/less than others?

Oct. 26, 2013 | 5:40 a.m.

Hey Sorin Ion, 

It is great you are aware of your weaknesses, it would benefit you to switch your focus to this area, it will improve your game without a doubt. If you are feeling overwhelmed, a good place to start is to pick up a book from Jared Tendler, they are reasonably priced, easy to ready, fairly short and include exercises throughout to help you take little steps to strengthen this weak point (mindset). 

You also said SKILL. This is the most common factor out of the 4, which the majority of players focus their time. This site (posts/vids), along with practice and reviewing your game and applying new material will progress your game in that area.

Maybe reviewing your status with health (diet, exercise, etc) or energy levels could be beneficial as well. If you say they are both combined worth 60% of your A-Game, you should be spending more than half of your "time working on your poker game", maintaining those two factors.

Dedication and hard work pay off. GL

Oct. 26, 2013 | 5:34 a.m.

Greetings Everyone... I am Dolfski

Gladly starting this;

Objective: to fill up the remaining % of the poker equation. 

Playing at 100% A-Game involves more than theory. For an example, it can be written like this,

Application of New Theory (Tactics) & Obtained Skill + Mental Game + Health + Energy = Your 100% A

I am not here to argue the % of each are. If you are a member of this site, you obviously understand there is a value for learning, applying, and re-evaluating techniques to make you a better poker player. Lets both agree it is a percentage - 70% (for example).

The other factors also make up the remaining, lets use 10% to be easy.

          70%             10%        10%       10%

Tactics/Skill  +  Mindset  + Health + Energy = 100%

Do you consider yourself well-rounded winning player? A professional? Is poker your bread and butter?

How much time do you focus on theory? If you value it theory at 90% then you should be using 90% of your "time spent improving your poker game". Brushing up on the other 10%, on the odd day to keep you fresh. Maybe do a workout once a week, or focus on drinking some more water next month. If you are winning money, why change the routine?

But what if we are overlooking this. What if your game cannot excel much further without more specific work in the other three areas?

->> A good analogy can be explained and compared when people try to start working out. Typically they will only do their upper body for months or even YEARS before finding out through others or research that your upper body will hit a plateau unless you build your legs first. This was not important to them because they only like girls to see their biceps tight in shirts, so legs was going backwards in their mind. Anyways, they start adding leg workouts but cant seem to gain any real muscle and are really frustrated from this situation they cant figure out. When the truth is, most people have really tight leg muscles if they have no previous history with sports/fitness and they need about 2-6 weeks of stretching daily to even get the correct range of motion to build their leg muscle, and in turn, grow their arms - which was all they care about in the first place. They only know exactly what they want, but they make up how the best way is to get there, without first finding out the correct information because of being lazy or embarrassment of asking for help/ego.

In our situation, if we START at the current finishing line/fine tuning of learning poker, for example - watching a Sauce123 (Ben) video and try to copy his skill - we didn't learn from the video that he has been "stretching his legs" and "building a base" for a very long time. If you dive into his skill, only remember you are skipping the process which he developed throughout his career and that is what you are trying to interpret in the video/post/etc. I am also trying to explain when Ben goes into detail on a hand and the next comment is a confused member who thinks he is on the wrong planet. Well, maybe you are.

Back to my point - What if YOUR EQUATION for 100% A-GAME is around 25% in each area?

         25%            25%       25%        25%

Tactics/Skill + Mindset + Health + Energy = 100%

Basically, I want to point out that many poker players could be focusing X% (up to 100%) of their "time spent improving poker game" on a factor that could possibly make up 25% of their A-Game (Tactics/Skill). No matter what it is, I can honestly say IMO there is a diminishing amount of mental-edge, exercise, healthy habits and higher energy work being done to develop in general, and more specifically, poker. It seems every day, less and less practice the key routines which give ourselves (body & mind) the specific ingredients to make us really "tick".

I have been learning the other side of coin for years, through working as a personal trainer and constantly helping others push towards this "other side" - where everything simply makes sense, balancing and connecting body & mind. Also, this is a great opportunity for others to share their knowledge to realize the importance of these extra factors in everyone's equation. Working on these things will no doubt extremely improve your poker game but from experience, it also has some valuable life-perks thrown in as you go.

What factors in your A-Game Equation have you been lacking focus in?... or maybe -> never worked on before?

*Tip ->> At the start don't focus on arguing about the % per factor of your A-Game Equation, just understand they are all factors and relate to playing your best. Work & build on your weaknesses, make a base, run with it.

Do you know the steps to improve?... If not, you need to search, and don't stop until you find it.

With so many intelligent minds all in one place... maybe start here?

Oct. 25, 2013 | 1:29 a.m.

This is a call BTN vs BB, but never happened because you are getting a horrible price (hence the intentional sizing). This bet does not want a call. Sat will check shove this with the boat a higher % of the time. I guess I have seen too many of his similar bluffs on the river to believe them anymore.

Oct. 24, 2013 | 6:46 a.m.

At 19min, Lucas checks stats which indicate the best option is to 3b AA instead of flat. Any feedback on what his thought process or was this a mistake?

Oct. 24, 2013 | 5:17 a.m.

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