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March 21, 2019 | 6:08 a.m.

haha yea bots learning from RIO videos would be a horror scenario we can't allow ;)

March 18, 2019 | 7:55 a.m.

Sick intro pedro I honestly can't wait to follow this series. Great job <3

March 17, 2019 | 9:59 p.m.

Hey I just resolved this for you and everything should work again now. Note that you can watch as many videos as you like at Run It Once, however, if unusual usage patterns occur our security measurements against misuse might kick in. If this happens accidentally we can always resolve this issue for you as quickly as possible. I've sent you a PM with some further information.

March 17, 2019 | 9:53 p.m.

(I just moved this to Chatter - Run It Once Training as suggested)

Hey LoveUknow

First off, welcome to the Elite membership we hope that you‘ll enjoy the content and get lots of value from it.

When you decide to downgrade back to basic in your account settings this will only affect your upcoming membership period, in other words you will never loose any value of your current period from tinkering with the options there.

I hope this answered your question.
See you around on the site!

March 17, 2019 | 7:13 a.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on New on RIO essencial

Welcome ownuachi0!

There‘s definitely lots of value in watching videos before 2015 as well and whenever you come across one that interests you don‘t shy back from watching it. When studying with the learning paths you will also automatically consume a mix of older and recent videos.

HOWEVER, I‘d suggest you to not feel obliged to start out with the very first videos for chronological reasons like one would do when starting a new book. You can safely tinker with newer videos first and from there I‘m sure you will meet some favorite coaches and check out their older videos at a later point or likewise when you will aim to study certain concepts you will automatically capture the most valuable videos of the complete library in the process.

March 17, 2019 | 6:56 a.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on nl10z- 3b HJ vsUTG

+1 I would prefer calling being IP here too. Also his check-raise was rather reasonable small which I think should slightly move the balance between calling and 3betting to calling even if mixing in a tiny 3-betting range makes sense.

March 8, 2019 | 8:26 a.m.

Post | Eldora posted in Chatter: Top Members for February 2019

Well this has been a short month! And the quickest race to our top 5 of the year!

Congratulations to our top members for the month of February 2019. Your contributions to the Run It Once forums are greatly appreciated. Members whose name is on either (or both) lists will receive free Elite membership for the month of March. For more information on our monthly leader board and how it works, click here.

Top 5 Users This Month
Bingo 123

Top 5 Users All Time
Saulo Ribeiro

Any questions or concerns with this months list - please email us at [email protected]

March 1, 2019 | 10:25 p.m.

Welcome Gary! Maybe this will be the breakthrough for me to finally understand how cricket works..oh yeah and learning how to crush midstakes ;)

March 1, 2019 | 9:49 p.m.

I think I like the line. But to be fair I don't think this river is a blank at all. It strongly reduces the combos of better aces villain has while at the same time increasing the chance that he takes the river bet line with a lower ace he would probably often check else.

Feb. 20, 2019 | 7:20 a.m.

Hey Qs_world

The FTGU series focuses more on conceptualizing the topics and establishing an understanding that will afterwards help a great deal in successfully working with solvers too. Needless to say that the presented concepts are built with the knowledge of state of the art solver knowledge in mind.

However, since an Essential membership is included you will have a perfect opportunity to dive in tons of PIO content in addition to the FTGU series, even a selection of videos from Peter Clarke himself. Here is two I just found:

Focus Session: NL50 Zoom + PIO
Overbetting Flops and Live Play at $0.5/$1 Zoom

Feb. 15, 2019 | 9:37 p.m.

Thanks for pointing this out Samu Patronen this is still from when the series was crafted and while it started out with 10 Peter narrowed it down to three in depth ones in the end :)

We will update this ;)

Feb. 14, 2019 | 12:08 a.m.

This was one of the most clear and applicable bet sizing and betting frequency breakdowns I've ever seen. Great job and love the series idea in general. Looking forward for more!

Feb. 12, 2019 | 11:59 p.m.

I remember seeing this I believe in a 2p2 thread years ago after Phil‘s first post.I never lost this image and wanted to share this here:

Ride out with me!!! (well not me obviously) –> Youtube link

Feb. 6, 2019 | 7:55 a.m.

Yea this is a fantastic point and could be so effective :) Let's conquer twitch

Feb. 5, 2019 | 7:13 p.m.

Hey dear poker community,

the last couple days were pretty special for anyone within the Run It Once community. They were of course even more special for people within th Run It Once staff. However, in this post I don't want to write from this perspective. And while working for Run It Once surely grew my love and passion for the site, I'm not doubting one second that the same emotions would have guided me to start clumsily patching up a post like this if I never started working here.

The poker site is launching - this wednesday.

You got this right? After years of taking punches as poker players, starting off with something that felt like a big hit in the face you most likely all know about. The community survived. We pulled ourselves together and stumbled but finally stood back on our feet. But the hits continued. Some of us just took them and showed admirable composore in still continuing what they loved to do. Simply by adjusting to the new environment. Some others started shouting and complaining against the hits being thrown at them. Many left.

Of course a major reason for certain market players taking actions that felt like punches for passionate poker players were reactions to a changing environment - the fade away of the incredible poker poom that couldn't persist and sustainably continue in the way we experienced. Free market rationality can be brutal. And while we often claim that profit maximization shouldn't be leading company values try to be honest with yourself. Many of us might decide for the easy path as well when it comes to adapting to new things. But no matter for the exact reasons, it ended up in a poker community trying to cover itself from further hits, maybe once and a while depicting their disgust but else just trying to limit further harm.

There was someone who observed this. Someone who didn't like what he was seeing like so many of us. Yet, he wasn't willing to just stand there and see how the poker community was getting bullied - by the changing environment that's maybe nobodys fault, but also by market players that have had the power to make decisions the one or the other way. There was one additional special trait to this person. When you see someone getting bullied in school or on the street the value of any third person trying to help is equally brave and praiseworthy. But this person wasn't a regular kid on the schoolyard. People looked up to him They knew of his capabilities, in short respected him. He also had more resources than most other players by running a poker training site.

When I first read Phil's post on Run It Once announcing that he had seen enough, I understood all the stories I've met so far about hope. About hope being one of the most special emotions of mankind. Why hope can overcome pure logic and rationality. Why it seems to have a special mysterious power. It is up to today the most profound example of hope I have experienced in my life. You might see that I was raised in a safe country and probably had a very easy life so far. But it made me grasp and personally relate to how something like hope can move mountains even in much more critical situations, for humans and complete societies.

From this day on I was feeling much better about taking the yet to come many further punches being thrown at us. Sometimes I even had to smile when hearing news about further rake increases and structure changes - because I suddenly had hope again. And I felt positive about poker again even though from a rational standpoint this might have been idiotic.

Why am I writing this? I love this community. Phil is correct that the support the poker project of Run It Once received over the last couple years has been incredible. It probably wouldn't have been able succeed without it. I'm not a part of the poker team so I can only imagine how much every kind word of you has helped them.

But this wednesday a poker site is launching that only got started because it wants to protect the poker community. For the first time in years the community can abandon it's defense position and start throwing punches themselves - we can fight back!

We can turn around a fight so many thought to be over - maybe we might still be an outsider to win in the long run. But for the first time in years I like our chances.

And while I see excitement in the community - even lots of it - I'm still thinking: This is it?
Seriously people, there are more questions about restricted areas for players and when MTTs will launch (no offense guys I understand these questions and it's 100% cool to ask them) - than what I was really expecting to see: poker players going nuts!

I'm not in the position to know what will be the biggest contribution to a successful launch. But Phil is. And he asked you for two things in his post:

1) Play One Hand
2) Share One Impression
As soon as possible, ideally right on Wednesday!

All of you know how modest Phil is. And this is reflected in this post. But of course he knows and believes that even these small actions will have an invaluable impact on a successful launch.

Once again, I'm trying to write this post not from staff perspective but from a very personal one. This is inofficial.

If you have ever feeled unhappy about the direction people in power in the poker market have acted over the last couple years

P L A Y - O N - W E D N E S D A Y

If you have ever felt hopeless and sad about the future of poker but wish that poker has a sustainable future

S P R E A D - T H E - W O R D

If you have ever felt the wish to fight back for poker and reward value based decision over easy ones

M A K E - T H I S - L A U N C H - A - S U C C E S S

And I'm not even talking make Run It Once Poker survive/handle the first couple weeks, which is of course still the main objective so that it can keep growing. I'm talking show that there is no doubt that it will succeed.

T H A T - W E - H A V E - W A I T E D - F O R - T H I S - D A Y - T O - C O M E

This day has come. The day to take action and throw everything we have at this shot for poker. Because it's now up to all of us. Phil (and all the RIO poker team) can't make this on their own.

Show that you care.

Feb. 5, 2019 | 12:14 p.m.

Here we go! <3

Feb. 3, 2019 | 6:58 p.m.

Post | Eldora posted in Chatter: Top Members for January 2019

Of course we continue our leaderboard in 2019!

Welcome to the first monhtly community rewards of the year and congratulations to our top members for the month of January 2019. Your contributions to the Run It Once forums are greatly appreciated. Members whose name is on either (or both) lists will receive free Elite membership for the month of February. For more information on our monthly leader board and how it works, click here.

Top 5 Users This Month
Bingo 123

Top 5 Users All Time
Saulo Ribeiro

Any questions or concerns with this months list - please email us at [email protected]

Feb. 2, 2019 | 8:08 p.m.

Congrats on a great start into 2019 ;)

Feb. 2, 2019 | 9:08 a.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on GTO + SOLVER

Exactly and something I didn't get at the beginning is that you can just type in multiple bet sizes spearted by commas e.g. 30,66,125

Jan. 30, 2019 | 10:26 a.m.

I was rooting for this to happen each week...Finally the first coach picking one of his own videos ;) And it's true the action is sick

Jan. 25, 2019 | 11:36 a.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on Rio member HH review

Hey guys! Check out the first part of Pedro's ProView series that was granted to Risva10 as a prize for being the most active Essential+ member in the MTT forums since Pedro joint the site:

MTT Proview: Risva10 (part 1)

Leave your feedback below the video!

Jan. 23, 2019 | 11:37 a.m.

Yeeaa welcome to Elite!

Jan. 21, 2019 | 7:58 p.m.


Jan. 11, 2019 | 12:49 a.m.

This is very interesting but the ranges from above make some sense. There is some ambiguity involved for me though which makes this interesting.

Spot SB is the coldcaller: As we can see in the ranges being IP against at least one player and probably also the effects of the ranges from the coldcaller allows us to develop a far wider calling range. (i.e. range of a SB coldcaller usually being more capped than of an IP coldcaller)
In the BTN coldcaller spot we will be out of position against stronger ranges which makes us act tighter.

Now intuitively for me I'd say the wider the calling range the more polar we can usually act.
This is at least one of the reasons why in a standard 3-betting decision we rather go for a more polar strategy in the BB and for a more linear strategy in the SB. However, this would contradict the choice of Snowie in this squeezing example. Interestingly, Snowie chooses the polar strategy where we have a narrower calling range (which is contra intuitive for me) and follows a more linear strategy in the case of us having a wider just-call-defending range.

An additional factor when electing between polar and linear strategy is the fold-equity we can realize vs villains. The more fold equity we have the more sense it makes to shift our range to a more polarized choice. Just imagine you have 0 fold equity - then why would you prefer showing aggression with 76s over a hand like JTs. The idea of a polar strategy is that a hand like JTs might be a very profitable call whereas 76s might rather be a 3bet or fold.

So one resason for snowie's choice could be that fold equity differs. I think you could make an argument that a big portion of the value of squeezing comes from putting the initial raiser with the completely uncapped range into a difficult decision. He has to decide whether to continue with another player still being active behind. And this is where the spot with the BTN coldcaller sucks a lot more for the initial raiser. For one BTN being trapping with some strong hands is way more likely than the SB doing something like this. Then, even if the coldcaller didn't trap it's way more unfavourable for the initial raiser to possibly be OOP to the coldcaller if he decides to come along as well - whereas he will always have the best position no matter what happens in the example with the SB.

For me this would be my attempt to understand the reasons for the different strategies Snowie elects for squeezing in the BB. Probably the second point (the effects on fold equity) just dominates the logic with wider and narrower calling ranges.

Curious to see what others think and if it might maybe be due to a completely different reason.

Btw there is a great series on understanding when to deploy polar vs linear vs mixed 3-betting and squeezing strategies by Peter Clarke. You can find it here if you haven't checked it out:

Three types of 3-Bet Ranges (part 1)

Three types of 3-Bet Ranges (part 2)

Jan. 9, 2019 | 10:09 a.m.

I think the main benefit of betting this flop with AQ is that we can indeed get 3 streets of value. And on this runout I would try to do exactly that. Then on the river I would choose a reasonable cautious size like 66% and most likely just fold to a raise.

As played it looks so much like QJ but given your bigger flop sizing would probably make him fold most T9 and I wouldn't give him 100% of his 44 and 33 combos I think I'd still call with AQ. For instance I'd assume a board like Q86 would increase his set density. Maybe Q9 or QT makes a better call due to blockers but this is only true when he continues with T9 + bdfd on the flop and also I wouldn't bet Q9 and QT on the flop so AQ and possibly KQ might be few of the only Qx combos we have?

You can sometimes observe crazy stuff when cbetting a flop and slowing down afterwards. People at NL10 can show up here with some random stuff and there is still busted flush draws. As KatonBond argued maybe folding AQ with the Ah and calling otherwise could make sense.

I think it's questionable I somehow merged the tendencies of disciplined regulars folding 44 and 33 and the tendencies of recreational players showing up with random bluffs.

Jan. 9, 2019 | 9:32 a.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on Rio member HH review

Congratulations Risva10 on winning the hand review. We appreciate everyone participating in the forums and love that our members make the community a great place. This includes every member sharing their thoughts in the forums - every comment or thread is appreciated.

Since we decided to grant the main prize to Essential and Elite members only but are certainly aware that Basic members are just as important for the community we'd like to grant Manuks21 a Free Month of Essential. Manuks21 was the most active Basic member in the MTT forums. Thanks for contributing and enjoy the free month.

Also thanks to Pedro who seems to live in our MTT forums since he joined the team. I'm sure the members appreciate your input a lot.

Looking forward to the video(s)!

Jan. 7, 2019 | 11:41 p.m.

Comment | Eldora commented on GTO + SOLVER

Hey victor795 and sorry for missing your message ATKQJ . Unfortunately the series got delayed and some things came between - sorry for teasing too early. I know that some of you are rooting for GTO+ content and be sure we are aware of this.

Jan. 7, 2019 | 11:05 p.m.

Happy to see you will be continuing posting about your career - it definitely was one of the most interesting blogs I've enjoyed in 2018. I think your attitude towards the game and life as a pro is very admirable and it's great to see people like you living the dream and experiencing why it's worth pursuing them. All that in days where the poker world seems to be infested by the impression that poker is dying. Let's hope we as the poker community can prove them wrong and excited to see how your year kicks off. Good luck!

Jan. 3, 2019 | 3:32 p.m.

Post | Eldora posted in Chatter: Top Members for December 2018

Congratulations to our top members for the month of December 2018. Your contributions to the Run It Once forums are greatly appreciated. Members whose name is on either (or both) lists will receive free Elite membership for the month of January. For more information on our monthly leader board and how it works, click here.

Also a Happy New Year to everyone reading this!

Top 5 Users This Month
Bingo 123

Top 5 Users All Time
Saulo Ribeiro

Any questions or concerns with this months list - please email us at [email protected]

Jan. 1, 2019 | 3:43 p.m.

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