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Aug. 24, 2020 | 6:26 a.m.

hi mark , in the hand where you have aj 2mins in , what do you bluff river with?

Aug. 9, 2020 | 7:53 p.m.

At around 3min mark, SB v bb.. you said you would be bet calling hands as weak as j10o that’s only since you use smaller opening and flop sizings right? I’m wondering what hands I can bet call( I use raise or fold 3x strategy SB v Bb and almost always bet 22% or so! Ty in advance and great video!

July 31, 2020 | 9:20 p.m.

That software, what program is that ? Or how do I utilize that in the bodog streets? And ty in advance ! Good video!

July 12, 2020 | 9:43 p.m.

I was surprised at how high of frequency QT/KTs are folded preflop facing a 3b from mp.
Is this only to when UTG v MP 3b or does it happen MP v CO too?
Does being 200 BBs deep increase the fold frequency or decrease?
I know obviously you are just going on the fly and just estimating a range for villain but how would the above factors affect how you construct your range oop v a 3b?

Jan. 20, 2020 | 7:53 p.m.

Yo man, another great vid.

Can you break down how you achieve your volume for the month? Ie: number of sessions per day, session length, break time between them, regular schedule etc? Thanks

Nov. 25, 2019 | 10:05 p.m.

Hey man, what are your colour codes?

Nov. 12, 2019 | 1:03 a.m.

Saulo Ribeiro Thanks man. Fast becoming the best essential content for 6m NLHE on RIO imo.

Nov. 11, 2019 | 7:32 p.m.

Hi Saulo, great vid. Question regarding the concept of playing 100bb and re-starting tables. Any idea on the relative EV toss up of playing at your most comfortable stack size (imagine most of your work has gone into 100bb, like me) and maxing your edge vs regs and fish there, vs the EV of getting to play fish deep and maybe losing some of your edge (perhaps) vs regs when deep.

I go backwards and forwards about this idea, without being able to back up a hypothesis with data.

Nov. 10, 2019 | 8:28 p.m.

nice video, still appreciate the format a lot, thx!

May 14, 2018 | 8:51 a.m.

great footage, thx!

April 16, 2018 | 5:05 p.m.

Comment | From02Hero - commented on Turn Overbetting

hi nuno, thx for the nice work.
i´m not convinced overbetting turn with the TT topset @40:14 ist the best line since we obv. block a lot of villains continue range vs an overbet and kind make him fold instead of call oder maybe x/r many of his draw combinations. is the reason for your overbet here that u are playing this spot overbet turn oder xb only or are there other reasons i can´t see for the moment?
i even think overbetting even makes the opponent less like to x/r some of his 2pair combinations which might raise vs a modest best?
kind regards

June 30, 2017 | 9:34 a.m.

why not just block the river with the A5cc?

June 23, 2017 | 3:57 p.m.

very nice format, good job!
how about 2 RIO pro`s - maybe ben vs kevin playing this format + reviewing in a vid?
would be wonderful!

Oct. 29, 2015 | 12:29 p.m.

bet/calling dafuQ?
why would you bet and then call the shove?


July 7, 2014 | 7:43 p.m.

1) we don`t beat any valuebets when villain overshoves so we only beat a bluff

2) the Ks blocks some combos but as bigfiszh said it`s rly not a ton, As would obv be much better

3) only reasonable hands villain could get to the river with and bluff are like 56 , compared to that villain shud have way more flushcombos in his range

4) villain is unknown, i wouldn`t expect an overbetbluffshove for more than 2x pot from unknowns on these stakes

5) -> fold :-)



July 7, 2014 | 11:33 a.m.

peter and nick already brought up very good arguments for why u should def. call this runout otr once you call the turn. i also agree if we wanna fold AQ on the turn vs the x/r we have to fold many of our flushdraws, otherwise our range just get`s way to weak on most runouts.

chael, u wrote villain is an aggressive regular, u know him so i would assume u also have stats on him which tell u he has a high turn check/raise % right? if so, and u aren´t sure enough how to play against a turn x/r with that hand why not just checkback turn? sure u might loose some value from time to time but there are still not all that much runouts on which u get 3streets from worse + making a mistake for your whole stack is way worse than (maybe-if at all!) making the small mistake of loosing some value with your turnbet.

May 28, 2014 | 5:34 p.m.

i think once you get to the river by taking the x/call x/call line your riverfold is fine for reasons u mentioned. definately agree with BigFiszh that you should also take this line with QQs,KK and AA and obv. call river with those to be fine.

what i`m not really sure about is if i wouldn`t rather want to bet/bet and then check/fold river cause i feel it would be easier to fold in this case since we clearly narrowed villains range down enough and got value from worse which shoud def. checkback river for sd value (like AJ,AQ etc.) advantage of this line is we should be getting those 2 streets of value from worse more easily before scarecards (spade) could roll off. another advantage would be folding him off his equity with some lower pairs with 1 spade by barreling which do have reasonable equity against our 2pair and might decide to checkback.

i think against ur specific villain with such a high f3bet (assuming he also has a 4b range in that spot) the riverfold shud be relativly clear no matther which line we took until the river.


interesting spot, especially cause of deepness. if villain wouldn´t play
such a high fold to 3bet and/or effective stacks would be 100bbs would you take the same line?



May 16, 2014 | 6:05 a.m.

wow first time in my life im writing it but i seriously have to when getting a chance esp. in a sauce vid ....  *FIRST   :p

April 27, 2014 | 9:12 p.m.

Alex i was just joking since i think it`s pretty funny go "like" a "+1" comment :D

but yes, hand is played fine


Sept. 26, 2013 | 8:36 p.m.

+1 for 1 like

Sept. 26, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.

hey Brian,

"For sure 15% is low for a VPIP% here for the button with 100BB stacks...
now obv the button will be 3betting a reasonable amount, so maybe 15%
is a reasonable call% if you subtract the times he 3bets, but even then
it feels low to me"

The 15% call open means only the hands he calls (3bet range excluded). 15% is not his VPIP in that spot since VPIP is composed of PFR%+Call open%. I would argue a standard % for a reg`s call open on the BTN is definately! < 15% , especially with 2 regs in the blind and 1 reg opening.

"And I also question whether or not the program has factored that in to
the range of hands you are giving the button for this hand (ie is it
taking out 3bet hands, and using the 15% of hands for a likely call
range?)

the range is put manually - 3bet range excluded

"The next question I have is... I feel that you will be called by a ten
on the river in this spot more than half the time, I estimate the call %
to probably be 2/3 or 3/4 of the time personally against an unknown in
this spot"

villain needs ~30% equity for calling the river to be break-even. Even against a range that is not valuebetting worse than Ax and bluffing ALL busted draws a hand like JT imo won`t have 30%:

Board: Ts5s6c4hAh  

Equity   Win   Tie

MP2   73.61%   73.61%   0.00%   { AA, TT, 66-44, ATs, A7s, 97s, 87s, 76s, 65s, 54s, AsKs, AsQs, KsQs, AsJs, KsJs, QsJs, As9s, Ks9s, Qs9s, Js9s, Ts9s, As8s, 9s8s, As6s, 8s6s, As5s, As4s, 6s4s, As3s, As2s, ATo }

MP3   26.39%   26.39%   0.00%   { JTs, JTo }

-> that`s why i would not assume Tx is calling way more than 50% on the river.

"also by putting in the numbers based on my assertions in to your equity
calculator and figure out changed equities based on what I'm
postulating."

when we are calculating with a 20% Call open range on the BTN (3bet range excluded) and further a call river with Tx of 75%+ 3barreling will definately become - EV but i would argue that those parameters just aren`t realistic. As mentioned before the break even point for 3barreling against a 15% Call open Btn happens when villain is calling 60% of his Tx combos.



Sept. 24, 2013 | 11:55 a.m.

however we view things, in the end i think we can agree that it`s a very close spot and won`t change winrates dramatically ;-)

thx for the interesting discussion and all the best for your next HU sessions vs WCG!


Sept. 24, 2013 | 10:28 a.m.


20:41- 77 hand

Brian you`re saying you dislike the 3barrel and would prefer
to x/call river.


My first thought was x/c river will not be +EV since there
won`t be too many combos he can bluff with on the river but still there are
some he might fold when we 3barrel.

Therefore i made a CREV analysis:

Parameter: 

15% call open pre

call flop: 3rd pair+, fd, gs+, Ax +bdfd 

call turn: mp+, fd, oesd

call river: tp+, 50% Tx

bet river when checked to: tp+, ANY busted draw 

EV for bet river = + 2,59: 

EV for x/call river= - 3,87:

-> the BE point for the riverbet beeing + EV is him folding 60% of his Tx combos (including T9,JT)

-> the x/call river line will be - EV even when he`s not valuebetting lighter than Ax and bluffing ALL of his busted draws

Sept. 23, 2013 | 9:12 a.m.

starting off with the first hand : K8 hand riverspot @ 44:50

we`re taking our actual holding (K8) for the analysis,

-> no range vs range analysis

Preflop: Villain:

pre opening range 50%: 

(adding hands like Q8o to villains opening range doesn`t remarkably change the analysis)

Flop: villain`s flop betting range: any TPTK+, 3rd pair(5x), all OSD, overcard+GS

villain`s checking range = rest 

Turn: -> no bets on the flop

-> villain`s flop checkingrange = villain´s turn range 

villain`s turn betting range: 2pair+, OSD(without pair), FD(without pair), TP+GS

villain`s checking range = rest 

villain`s turn check/callingrange: 3rdpair+, overcards+SD

River:  villain`s rivercheckingrange = 100% 

villain`s rivercallingrange: middlepair+,3rd pair - T7+


-> this callingrange for villain makes up for  61,5% of villain`s river checking range 

villain hast to defend 61% against our 9BB into 14BB riverbet to be unexploitable 

Hero`s equity against that callingrange = 37%

for Hero check back river wins 1.5BB more than bet river

-> betting river will only have more EV if villain is calling too wide (9x etc.) 

That analysis shows even worse equity for betting river than i suspected myself.


Are there points you disagree with?


P.S made this analysis together with BigFiszh who first off thought it`s a clear valuebet




Sept. 11, 2013 | 12:09 p.m.

hey ben - thx for another good video!

1) K8 hand riverspot @ 44:50

i think it´s pretty expected positive attitude having a + EV valuebet on the river facing pure facts.

i think villain has to call lot`s of bluffcatchers to even reach the 50% mark:

Jh9s5cTcKd   Equity   Win   Tie

MP2   43.90%   43.90%   0.00%   { Kh8c }

MP3   56.10%   56.10%   0.00%   { ATs-A9s, K9s, Q9s, Q5s, J6s-J2s, K9o, Q9o }

rly not convinced villain is calling lots of weak 1pairs on the river but even if he does it`s still possible he`s taking this line with hands like AK,AQ or even sometimes QJ right? i mean sure we could see this vice-versa and expect him to sometimes show up with hands like AT/77 but i think getting + 50% vs a calling range is too optimstic.

Do you think even if say we know we have ~ 45% against a callingrange it`s worth it since we can add more bluffs and are maybe "tougher to play against" ?


2) 89 hh @ 11:20

if villain shoves we would need roughly 35% for the call. now it`s pretty hard to establish his shoving range, but i`d think it would look like

JdTh6c   Equity   Win   Tie
MP2   35.13%   29.38%   5.75%   { 9d8h }
MP3   64.87%   59.12%   5.75%   { AdAh, KdKh, QdQh, AQs+, KQs, 98s }

actually pretting interesting we got the same 35% equity no matther if he shoves AK or AA.
vs AQ our equity is even as high as 44% but if he shoves QQ (less likely imo) we drop to 27%.

would u see this different?

Don`t wanna be nitpicky just wanted to find out if it`s really an easy fold when getting shoved on.


Sept. 9, 2013 | 12:08 p.m.

absolutely +1 - well put sir!


Sept. 6, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

hey ben!

first off - cool you teamed up with RIO an even cooler your producing NLHE VIDS ;-)
also like the webcam - feels more of a work "together" and easier to follow you.

i hope i`m not posting here too late since the video is alrdy 1 month of age.

as many posters mentioned before it`s very great when u go into deep analysis of certain spots - i think it has a lot more value than just shortly talking about general spots!

U explained most of the spots very well and easy to understand. although besides the alrdy answered questions i would ask you to explain more in detail why you think taking a lower betsize has more EV then an overbet in the A8 hand @13:37. For my understanding i would have chose to overbet this spot for value with most 8x + the stronger draws. 

great job - keep it up!



Sept. 5, 2013 | 2:52 p.m.

sry for late response...

i`d say this is one of the worsed boards to hit for our actual holding. since we have no idea if he`s flatting 4bets with a somewhat expected range of AJ,KQ etc. or also with SC`s like 76s etc. checking back flop and then calling turns feels too much of a guessing game to me - further if behind we have very poor equity.

so i think the best way to play the given spot w/o any reads is to cbet (i`d make it slightly bigger say 130$ or smth - cause i don`t wanna induce some random floats) and then go from there. 

szenario 1) i`d assume he`s likely gonna fold his air like 76dd, A5hh etc. 

szenario 2) he raises the flop - i`d expect to see a range of some
value hands like some of the KQ combos along with stuff like flushdraws
and maybe JTs(2) - since our actual holding is pretty much the bottom of
our made hand range i`d just muck - don`t think we got enough equity to
shove against the x/r. (id rather shove AJo in this spot)

given spot: szenario 3)

he calls with the most part of his made hands along with floats like AJ ATcc maybe also JTs(2)

otr we get like 30% for the call - indeed like u said it`s gonna depend a lot on how he`s playing the most AJ combos.

my assumptions: - he`s gonna shove some AJcombos pre - say the suited ones; - he`s not gonna bluff all AJ combos otr since he might take the potentially SD value and just check; JTs(2) is likely gonna raise flop; he might potenatially sometimes also have AA or AQ in his range... math mode...

KcQs3s5d7h   Equity   Win   Tie

MP2   30.30%   30.30%   0.00%   { TdTs }

MP3   69.70%   69.70%   0.00%   { AdAh, AQs, KJs, AcTc, JhTh, KJo+, AdJh, AdJs, AhJd, AhJs, AsJd, AsJh, AcJd, AcJh }

... haha rly close one ;-)

hard to find a solution.. he might be vbetting QJs, he might have AA more often, he might have more random floats he might.... seems like it doesn´t change hell a lot wheter we call his riverbet or not (given my assumptions)  - if it`s that close i might take the call line since we get some information + we get a stationy image which is obvs good for future spots.

edit: ingame without deeper analysis i would have foldet river, just like u did ;-)






Sept. 3, 2013 | 6:37 a.m.

google: What is BC?
BC is "Before Christ" - didn`t help me that much :D
do u mean board connected?


Aug. 26, 2013 | 8:25 p.m.

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