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Comment | GEOabc commented on Beyond Tells

Both videos were very interesting, but this one was better as it contained more actionable info. Thumbs up.

April 8, 2022 | 1:13 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Modern poker theory

I really like Acevedo's Modern Poker Theory. For one thing it has tons of preflop GTO charts which are alone worth the price of the book. It contains a lot of other helpful material too.

March 29, 2022 | 9:28 p.m.

Enjoyed this. It's good to see another video from you and I've always been a fan of your content. You just seem to constantly dispense top poker thoughts. I mostly play MTT's but I feel I've picked up insights just listening to your thought process. I also have always liked how you sometimes go back into the data to see folded hands. Looking forward to your commentary on live play; think that's a great plan. Well done!

March 27, 2022 | 1:42 a.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Theory vs Practice

I really enjoyed this, a lot of good wisdom bombs in here such as the discussion of how population's bluff range can be distorted, and how you emphasize marking hands. One thing I particularly like is how you mix some things that are in the realm of mental game and thought process. Thought process is my weakness, and even with studying lots of solver outputs, I have a hard time putting this into practice under pressure, when I am playing. So, in the future would love to hear more from you on how you improved your in-game thinking process, and what resources you might suggest to get better at making good poker decisions under pressure.

March 26, 2022 | 6:49 p.m.

Good luck! You said "I´m way more into the studying/technical part of the game" and remember, there's nothing wrong with that, in fact, that is going to be your strength. You've built a solid foundation, move up, but move up when YOU feel it's right.

March 25, 2022 | 12:45 p.m.

"Starting at 50nl I will play 50k hands at every limit, if profitable after rakeback I will move up to the next limit. If losing I will move down to the previous limit and keep repeating this process until we make it to 500nl."

Good luck! I think I kind of like this approach. I sometimes think too many are focused on the number of buy-ins they have instead of whether or not you might be profitable at a level. As long as we are not dealing with life-altering losses, I think this approah is ok. Make sure when you get near the end of a 50k hand marker you don't up variance just to try to get to the next level!

March 24, 2022 | 5:57 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Hard Work Pays Off

Good luck! I'm very curious about the self-hypno work you are doing; if you want, please share how that goes!

March 24, 2022 | 5:52 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Dispelling Invisibility

"I thought it to be my year while in reality, it was a copy of the years before with the same result: being stuck at the same point. Flipping burgers at Mcdonald's would yield more money with less stress, to be fair, even cleaning toilets part-time would let me accrue more."

I wish you a lot of success. I think you should try to remember that there are many paths you can go down that will yield more money. But in the long run, the rewards of that mostl likely will not be much. You have chosen a creative, risky, thinking, hard-working, analytical path. You may stick with it or make an adjustment, or change course, but your reward will ultimately be that you are true to yourself, and learn more about yourself, and that has incredible value. Good luck."

March 24, 2022 | 5:45 p.m.

Enjoyed this, very nice; your content has always been so solid. I do like this more "thought process" type of content where you go over a lot of hands.

I also liked the little digression you made into the area of mental game around 23:00 or so where you discussed the situation of being a healthy stack but a few of your opens don't get through or are jammed upon. This sort of thing can be very frustrating, and over the years I've found I can sometimes play worse when bad stuff has just happened - even when in hindsight it's rather minor such as 2 open raises in a row getting three-bet. I call the tendency to play badly right after that "Battered Poker Player Syndrome" and I need to keep fighting it. Can you point to any mental game resources you find helpful in maintaining a good thought process?

March 22, 2022 | 6:05 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Low SPR: C-Betting

Really, really enjoyed this one. Little theory section at the start was helpful. Actually, with all the studying of poker I've done, I realize I'm pretty light on this exact topic. I've studied a lot of preflop, and post-flop with say 25-60 BB, but not much post-flop with an SPR of say, 2 or 2.5. And I can see now that if I had, I'd have been better off. Some of this stuff was counterintuitive, at least to me, and I've been C-betting the wrong hands. Adam, you seem to have a knack for choosing topics that deliver instant improvement, and I'd say you are probably the one coach who recently has helped my MTT game the most recently. Well done.

March 19, 2022 | 9:03 p.m.

I like all the goals and wish you the best of luck. The one comment I will make is that maybe considering your win rates, and the fact that you have a decent job, maybe you can loosen up on the buy in requirements especially in the lower stakes. But I get that it's also good to stay disciplined in all spots.

March 17, 2022 | 9:15 p.m.

Enjoyed it, great analysis. I may be totally wrong, but it seemed to me that you talked more of timing tells than you have before...and I liked it! Always like to hear about anything beyond the standard theoretical analysis. Well done.

March 17, 2022 | 9:06 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on $100 Zooming

Really enjoyed this, nice analysis. Personally, I enjoy a one-table zoom video; when it's 2+ tables, I just end up watching the whole thing twice anyway because I miss stuff. And the upcoming-at-some-point Small Blind vs. Button analysis video sounds good too! Well done.

March 15, 2022 | 3:27 a.m.

My thought is that even if it's just occasionally, it would be nice to give essential subscribers some exposure to the mixed games that are covered on elite. What I had in mind was seeing some cash play of PLO8, and maybe some mixed game tournament play, HORSE, etc.

March 14, 2022 | 3:54 p.m.

Look, if you made a mistake, I doubt it was a huge one in terms of EV. Button limps, SB completes so we are in a 3-way hand with ICM being at least a small factor; already we are in uncharted territory in terms of theory. One thing about live multi-way pots is that in my opinion, most people don't realize how much of a nit it is ok to be. I think peeling the flop raise was fine; he has to take into account your lead as well as the other person so there have to be lots of hands that beat you, but you had the odds to see the turn and see what'd he'd do. When you find out he's jamming, I also fold there and try to play my shorter stack.

March 14, 2022 | 3:50 p.m.

Enjoyed it. I like final table videos, and this was a very good one.

March 14, 2022 | 2:29 a.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Range betting boards

I don't know who this HawksWin person is, but he/she is good at writing concise poker advice.

March 13, 2022 | 10:19 p.m.

Really like how you are not ignoring physical health. I'll give you my one tip on exercize: It's great, but don't think that it's sufficient to exercize for an half an hour a day, and then be totally sedentary for the other 23.5 hours. Try to keep moving and stretching even in those hours you aren't exercizing and avoid long periods of sitting. Yes I know, poker makes it tough, but look for moments whn you can take breaks and walk around your space, stretch your limbs, etc. Good luck!

March 13, 2022 | 10:16 p.m.

I'll be following and rooting for you...good that you emphasize not giving up, not enough is mentioned of the value of persistence; good luck!

March 13, 2022 | 10:07 p.m.

I really enjoyed this..I like the format of going over tagged hands, makes perfect sense as an instructional tool.

March 11, 2022 | 4:38 p.m.

I jump between essential and elite..there is excellent content on both.

But I've noticed that when I go on elite for 2 or 3 months, I do make some jumps and improvements in my play that I don't see from other studying.

I just recommend filtering recent videos based on the game you play, and then going slowly, taking notes, and really trying to understand every little concept before moving on. I think its about 2 hours for me to go through a 30 minutes video. Then use that as a branching off point to do some of your own studying. You are basically creating your own master course that way. You'll never watch every video so try for quality and depth of your study over quantity.

The comments in elite are very good too, you can learn from them as well.

Here's a couple of other tips to find good videos:

Filter for most popular.

Watch the very first video of each coach, because they are more apt to explain things the best right from the start of their tenure.

Good luck!

March 10, 2022 | 5:48 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Busting out the Micros

Congrats on news..I see success for you. Seems like you know what you need to work on. I'll be checking back and rooting for you.

March 10, 2022 | 5:40 p.m.

Enjoyed the video. I believe the essential content has been particularly good recently...thanks!

March 10, 2022 | 4:26 p.m.

I enjoyed the video. You review a lot of spots and it's a good review or a session warmup for me to get me in the right frame of mind. One good thing about your videos and your coaching style is that you are consise. Most of your videos are about 30 minutes or a little longer. I have to say I like the shorter videos. When I want to study by watching a video, and I see a video thats 30-35 minutes long, I get motivated to study...when I see a video that's 50-60 minutes long, I get a little...depressed. I think that's a sign of good coaching. Say what you want to say, and be done with it. Nice.

March 8, 2022 | 3:30 p.m.

I am just super impressed that a staking outfit has a psychologist on retainer!

March 8, 2022 | 2:25 p.m.

You said : " i think that many people focus on their physical health as a means of self improvement, but i would argue that your mental health is equally as important."

Absolutely, great line, you are totally correct, focusing on mental health will improve all areas of your life. I'll add a small point: Your brain is both the center of your mental health and it is a physical organ, as well. So helping the physical state of your brain can give you dramatic improvement. There are many ways to do this, diet, better sleep, controlling alcohol intake are just a few.

March 8, 2022 | 2:18 p.m.

Yes, this is a very good format. First of all, I feel like it's helpful for me just to get the heuristics laid out in the beginning! Second, playing a bunch of flops from the same situation in succession. and then getting the software output allows me to pause the video, think, and take in the information better; it's pretty much like a quiz format in that respect so it keeps the viewer engaged. I like the idea of playing out the turn and river too, but that's not a huge point.

I think we may have the makings of a classic series here! (If you keep doing it).

March 7, 2022 | 10:16 p.m.

This is great question, and I've gone back and forth on it. Here's how I handle it right now: Playing online, I look at my schedule in advance and plan to play the most expensive buy-in events right from the start. The lower buy-in events I will late reg if I see them in the menu; I will also usually re-buy lower priced events every time I bust. For the most expensive events I play in, I will only fire one bullet, generally at the start, because if I kept firing after a string of busts, even if they are +EV buyins, it could effect me psychologically.

Also, my play may or may not start considerably deteriorating at about 9 or 10 tables so I have to keep an eye on that. Since I tilt some and have some focus issues I have to do a few -EV things to stay happy and stay profitable overall. Late regging is profitable but creates more variance, so I only do it with my lower priced events. Also factor in that playing from the start allows you to take advantage of fish who may lose their stack at 200BB doing something completely stupid and then not rebuy. So I balance all these factors and hope for the best.

March 7, 2022 | 5:51 p.m.

I enjoyed the video; I'm always curious about different poker variants and will watch any video about a game I've never played.

It's cool to see a bunch of hands, but I think it would also be helpful to list a small number of fundamental guidelines and heuristics. Also would help to see how some basic heads up equities run, like hand vs hand or hand vs range, pre and postflop. But I liked it.

March 7, 2022 | 5:21 p.m.

Comment | GEOabc commented on Panama

When is was there a few years ago Veneto Casino in Panama City had some midstakes games and tournaments. Overall I love Panama City, great place to be.

March 5, 2022 | 3:35 p.m.

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