Yeah I agree, AJo is just not a great hand. Especially in this spot. But I think it's very "cuspy". It very easily could be the best hand here. I generally do fold in this spot but lately I've been wondering if I'm giving up too easily.
I do like the idea of mixed frequencies. That's something I haven't thought about or studied much. Seems like it would make life a little easier.
July 3, 2020 | 11:40 p.m.
Yeah I could've probably found a better example hand. I can definitely see myself folding here but I'd love to know how to figure out the EV of calling vs 3betting, etc. Maybe I can just run the different scenarios in HRC.
July 2, 2020 | 2:21 a.m.
I've been working on 3betting in my game lately. But I'm having a hard time in certain spots. For example,
UTG 60bb opens 2x
Hero UTG1 30bb AJo
Calling here seems like a big mistake. However, I don't know if I like a 3bet either. But the real problem is I don't even know how to go about figuring it out. I feel like I'm missing some fundamental part of the game that I overlooked early on in my studies.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
June 28, 2020 | 11:35 p.m.
Is there some common understanding of what the pio colors represent? I don't use it but a lot of the videos here do. Without knowing which color is raise, fold, etc, I'm kinda at a loss.
June 22, 2020 | 3:31 p.m.
Congrats! It's so cool that you get to spend all this time with your new baby. I play MTTs and I've been at it for about a year now. I can't offer much advice but I will definitely say BRM is crucial. It helps you stay sane when things aren't going quite right. Also, come up with a schedule for your play time and study time. It helps a lot to have this organized.
Oh, and believe it or not, Metallica's Enter Sandman will put any child to sleep almost instantly. I stumbled onto this by accident when my son was a newborn. Obviously don't play it loud. And if you can find the instrumental version (no lyrics) that's best. It has a classical sound almost like a lullaby. My son slept 8 hours every night from the time he was like 1 month old. Never had a problem getting enough sleep.
June 2, 2020 | 8:33 p.m.
You are getting odds to call but you're also losing equity for every player in the hand. Multiway I think I just let this go after the check-raise. I don't know what the buy-in was here, but a check-raise is usually very strong, especially into multiple people.
We're hoping to hit a flush here, that's our best outcome. But the way UTG is playing it might not even be good. Now, that's not likely but it's absolutely possible.
Multiway pots are hard to play, and even harder OOP.
Of course it's easy for me to say all this after the fact. In the moment it's harder to find that fold. The pot is big and it's just a few more chips every time there's an action. So you decide to throw in the extra... a few chips here, a few chips there.
Before you know it you've put in a third of your stack on a draw.
I do it all the time.
You hit a Q, but like the flush it may not be good either. And then the non-diamond A on the river. Ouch.
So what happened?
May 29, 2020 | 2:53 p.m.
I know this video is a bit older but since I've started working on my 3betting I come back and watch this video once a week. I really struggle with 3betting so this helps to kinda 'recenter' myself and reminds me of the basic stuff I need be thinking of instead of overthinking things as I tend to do.
May 26, 2020 | 6:54 p.m.
MP+2: 126,768 (Hero)
May 24, 2020 | 5:55 a.m.
Well this month has flown by! Unfortunately I had a ton of travel for work these past few weeks and I'm just now finishing all that. I haven't been engaged much here but I have been lurking. Now that I'm off the road I plan on increasing my time here and on the tables.
New Study Group!
I joined a study group, which was a much needed step for me. The group isn't too big and I feel like in the short time since I've joined I've already seen some improvement. The biggest thing I've learned from the group is Bankroll management.
Until now, I've basically just played whatever buy-ins I felt comfortable with. I'd deposit whatever number I could get away with that week and just basically try to stretch it as far as I could.
I've blown through a lot of money playing that way--playing various levels with absolutely no plan. Some days I'd play $1.50 SNGs, the next day I might play $5.00 or $6.00 MTTs. Every now and then I'd join a $15 MTT. And once I inevitably lose that, I'd start playing $.50 SNGs again to build my roll and try to avoid depositing again.
I was really gambling, playing like a rec despite the amount of study time I was putting in. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!
Here's My Plan for the Month
I'll be sticking to my bankroll very strictly. I'll play only the games I'm rolled for 100x or more. I'll even play well below that to work on my multitabling, 3betting and other things related to aggression. I'm not working on increasing aggression however. Instead I'll be working on trying to eliminate the passive areas of my game that are causing me to lose EV. Not going for thin value, etc.
Volume is the other part of my game that has been severely lacking. I realized that I've only played about 300 tournaments since October. That's not good enough. The other guys in my study team play a minimum of 250 MTTs each month. So that's my goal for this month.
I'll be laying out a more organized study plan soon. But right now this the basic outline.
Study group: 2 hours Tuesday night & 2 hours Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 1 hour studying RIO, videos, or reading. (1 hour min).
So that's it. Basic stuff for now but i think it's going to help a lot.
1) Only Play Games I'm Rolled for 100x or more (100x being the absolute max).
2) Solo Study sessions; videos, reading, anything poker related.
3) Volume Volume Volume
May 23, 2020 | 3:30 a.m.
Oh yeah, I think they're working on updating that soon. But for now, you just have to upload the hand as an image. Go to view "hand details" and then screenshot it with snagit, or windows snipping tool, or whatever you have. All windows PCs come with windows snipping tool.
Then when you post just post as "New Thread".
Let me know if you have any trouble with any of that.
May 20, 2020 | 1:24 p.m.
Owen Shiels I think it’s often brought up as way to build a stack early. However, now I wonder how many times I’ve misunderstood it. I definitely do it some in the later stages but not enough I’m sure.
Thanks for clarifying that though. It’s given me a little more to think about.
May 19, 2020 | 7:10 p.m.
It sounds like you know more about gto+ than I do honestly. But usually when I use it I do one flop. I’m just using it to help study my hand history. So I use the actual flop I saw in a given hand. Of course I’ll change it a bit here and there just to see how and what it changes. But that’s kinda the extent of what I do with it. So far anyway.
May 19, 2020 | 7:05 p.m.
I use it a little and I think it's helpful but it's important to node lock. I'm very new to using GTO+ so I'm sure I'm not using 100% correctly. If nothing else I'm sure I'm not getting its full potential. However it has helped me to see things from a different perspective. I think at my level though, flopzilla is just as good. But I try to vary my study time up a bit so I don't get too bored, and so I can stay on top of things for later, when I do move into the bigger games.
As far as how I go about it, I just use the cash game tab. I add the starting pot, eff. stacks, and put the rake% and cap both at 0. And as I said, node locking. GTO+ is probably not very useful to guys like me at lower stakes without node locking.
This guy on YouTube put out about 6 videos going over everything in GTO+. I found it very helpful when I first got it.
May 19, 2020 | 4:18 p.m.
I'm so glad you talked about 3betting in the micros. I can't tell you how often I've heard (at other sites) that we need to be 3bet bluffing more in the micros because our opponents "play bad and they will just fold".
Despite it not making any sense to me, I tried it for a while. Guess what? No they don't. They don't like to fold preflop. It's a common complaint for micro players.
I started feeling like I was too nitty because I've basically only been 3betting with value hands.
Anyway, I just wanted to mention that.
Going to finish the video now. Thanks man, great vid!
May 19, 2020 | 6:14 a.m.
Dammit LMAO. Sad part is I re-read it to make sure I wasn't being a moron. But I was running on very little sleep 2 16 hour work days. Anyway, thanks for clarifying. I'm going to sleep now...
May 15, 2020 | 5:42 a.m.
GeeTeeOh You say this is a clear fold, and this is what worries me about how I'm studying. It seems like we came up with two totally different conclusions. On top of learning the wrong way, I don't want to be giving bad advice, (although I do always try to put my "I'm a newbie" disclaimer on it.
If this wasn't a bounty would you still consider this a fold? I'm guessing you're saying it's a fold because of the bounties AND the bubble. Is that right?
May 14, 2020 | 2:19 p.m.
I think you played it right. I ran it through holdem resources calculator as well, just to see, and according to it you played it right. Sometimes QQ is right at the bottom of the range in similar spots but here it's not. I think you played it about as good as you can here.
May 12, 2020 | 3:42 p.m.
I'm a little unclear of your stack size here but I'm fairly certain this was +EV. I ran it through HRC, making a few assumptions on stack sizes and bounties and it looks to about +7BB. But I don't know much about bounty tournaments.
May 12, 2020 | 4:13 a.m.
I saw this post and was hoping to come and offer you some help but it seems like you've been playing the game much longer than I have. I played before black Friday, but stopped afterwards until about a year ago.
You may have already seen this but if not, you could probably start here (MTT Learning Path) and get lots of helpful info. Maybe learning a bit more about ICM would be helpful.
One other thing... You said "I've played just over 6,000 hands over 46 tournaments and I'm in just £175 ($215) profit with an ROI of 38%"
Over what timeframe was this? If you're playing online volume is the only way you will overcome variance. Most of the MTT players I know, even at the lowest stakes, are playing over 20 tournaments a day.
May 12, 2020 | 3:55 a.m.
This might be a bit of a stretch for a suggestion but the replayer here at RIO is kinda difficult to use for anyone doing intense studying. Or, maybe it's just those who are doing intense studying with ADD.
Anytime I'm studying--whether at RIO, YouTube, or elsewhere--I often need to rewind the video a few seconds. I do this multiple times throughout any video, often in the same spot. For those tougher concepts, or mumbled words, we really need an easy way to go back and listen/watch.
I know whatever video platform you're using just might not have that capability, and switching is probably impossible. But if that capability is possible I'd love to see it added.
May 11, 2020 | 8:40 p.m.
I like seeing postflop analysis for MTTs like this. So much seems to be based on preflop analysis which is great, but personally I struggle postflop more than pre. So thanks!