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Hi Ben,
29min AQ vs the river 5x shove. Its interesting that you don’t feel it’s important to bluff catch in that situation. Feels like calling just 55 and A3 would have you overfolding. Is it not important because its an under bluffed spot? Or because optimally your hand is 0ev and its such a rare situation that overfolding wont hurt your win rate?
13min FYI I believe low suited connecters do call the 4bet when IP. My solver seems to suggest playing more of a 5b shove or fold strategy OOP and more calls IP, protecting that range with AA. Although the EV or these calls depends on opponents 4betting freq.
15min the 64s hand. When deciding whether you have the odds to call on the turn, how are you calculating that? Have you heard of capture factors? I am wondering if you are multiplying your odds based on how much you capture on the river when you hit and stack your opponent? If so by what and how are you arriving at that number?
Oh and as for your play I think your postflop play is good, preflop isnt perfect (i wont laugh at the 34s call as I want you to make more videos haha)

Dec. 4, 2021 | 5:08 p.m.

Hi Qing,
One question about the first spot you analyzed. OOP continues by mostly playing raise or fold vs the 30% sizing, which seems surprising considering protection isnt important for OOP either, and OOPs range consists of AQ-AT and not AK. Is this
happening due to OOPs continuing range being very polar and not containing any marginal hands? Or is there another reason?

Nov. 19, 2021 | 2:02 p.m.

Comment | ItsPokaBruv commented on Probing the Turn

Hi Tyler,
Good video, I like the use of hand historys and PIO to cover specific spots. On the first hand when you missed the bluff with QT, it raised a question I always have in my mind for river spots like this, how do I accurately assess how often to bluff with a hand or my range so I am not overbluffing or underbluff that node? Is there a way to figure it out? Or do you just need to make an assessment or the amount of value hands you have, compared to the amount of air, and your blockers to opponents calling and folding range, and then make a guess at how often you should bluff?

Dec. 16, 2020 | 12:51 a.m.

I have just finished the course and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve at poker.
Qing is an excellent coach, he is clear, calm and patient with a very deep understanding of poker.
The course is really well put together, I’ve gained multitudes of theory knowledge, aswell as a much better process to learn and work on my game. I never thought it was possible to get betting frequencies so accurate.
As a final great point, I finished the course slightly ealry, so Qing made me a final lesson ouf of questions I had sent him, he made a lesson so good I would of thought it was planned as part of the course.
One of the best investments you can make in your game.

July 22, 2020 | 11:02 p.m.

Hey Qing I’ll have a pop at the question. From looking at PIO it appears that when ranges get wider there is less incentive to bet the way behind/way ahead hands. I think the reasons are...
-When villains range is wider there will be less turns that villain will suck out on you or be able to bluff you often since his range is a lot wider and weaker (not blown off of equity)
-Whilst at the same time if villain doesn’t check call turned pairs he will not be defending MDF (so value is gained by letting opponent see the turn)
-There is now more value gained by pushing our nut advantage because villain is even more capped then he would be against wide ranges (since there will be more 3betting/4betting with the strongest hands)
What do you think of my reasoning?

May 13, 2020 | 1:51 p.m.

Congrats on making elite. Well deserved!

May 12, 2020 | 6:03 p.m.

Comment | ItsPokaBruv commented on preflop solutions

I use Simple Preflop, doing big sims takes a lot of computing power but if you learn how to use it properly then you can do sims on a laptop and answer most/all of your preflop questions. You can play around with stack sizes, preflop raise sizes, 3bet sizes, and even lock people ranges too look at counters

April 24, 2020 | 11:10 p.m.

Hi Tyler,
7min, When you were talking about the large 3bet sizing from the BB, I thought that sizing was fairly standard. My theory on what makes it better is the lower the SPR the lower the advantage is for the IP player, so your just lowering their positional advantage and not allowing them to call too wide. And because your in the BB your not worried about cold 4bets so your sizing can be bigger.
Btw if you want to answer some of your 4betting questions then try Simple Preflop, you can run sims that will answer these questions on your average laptop if you set them up correctly. My sims seem to show a preference for 4betting the fringe call hands IP like ATo, Q9s type hands. And the more linear AQo, KQo type hands OOP.
Iv learnt so much from you I thought I would attempt to give a little something back, keep up the great content.

March 13, 2020 | 12:46 p.m.

Hi Ben,
When deciding what hands to call/shove/fold vs a 4bet against tighter or wider ranges/bigger or smaller sizings how do you pick your hands? Would you structure it as a 1-A frequency? Or base it on how much equity your hand has vs what you think villains range and sizing is? Or maybe a mix of the two? And how would position change your decision?

Dec. 19, 2019 | 3:23 a.m.

Hi Ben,
I have a couple of questions but they are all connected. Whats your opinion on Coaching For Profits programmes? Do you know anyone that has made it to high stakes using CFP? Or would I be better off finding myself a study group to learn with?

Dec. 17, 2019 | 3:30 p.m.

Comment | ItsPokaBruv commented on What is Shania?

Hi Qing,
I'd say your quickly becoming one of my favourite coaches, the subjects you cover in your videos are highly interesting and as far as I know haven't been covered by other people. The way you teach keeps me both engaged and I learn so much from your videos. Definitely elite material (dare I say it) Keep up the hard work, its highly appreciated.
As for the last theoretical question about whether folding +EV hands can improve Shania and vice versa. The results of the Monker sim you showed had IP mixing calls vs the 3b with 66-99 (which suggested that folding +EV hands at a frequency can improve Shania, on the assumption that those hands are +EV in the first place) and the calls with 22-44 and 78s suggest that -EV calls do improve Shania, it just depends on the frequency that you have them in your range. If your range is comprised of many strong hands and then a few weaker pocket pairs and suited connectors then surely the EV or those weaker hands has to be +EV because of the relative strength of the rest of your range?
So in the end folding +EV hands does improve Shania because the EV of each hand depends on your whole range, if your range is only AA and 23s then 23s is going to be +EV, but when you add 22-99, 45s-89s at 100% frequency even though some of those hands are +EV it weakens your range to a point where they become -EV.
Sorry for the long winded response, I would be interested to hear what you think.

Nov. 19, 2019 | 12:49 a.m.

Hi Krzysztof,
You got me thinking when talking about the high freq checking with the 77 on Q742 turn for OOP. I think when you look at IP's calling range vs the over bet it makes more sense why 77 checks and KQ-AQ bets, villain should be calling his 7x combos at a high freq (which 77 blocks) and folding TT-JJ at a high freq (which 77 unblocks) so 77 gains more value by checking and getting more money from the TT-JJ region, whilst gaining a similar amount from the Qx region (as you noted)
Interesting spot though, and definitely something I would of got wrong in game.

Nov. 13, 2019 | 6:27 p.m.

I really loved this video, I think there's a lot more to be learnt from theory videos and I didn't find it too long at all (the longer the better) :) It's great to see you go so in depth into a hand and to open my eyes to other ways of using PIO or viewing situations.
One question, when your choosing a what spots you study in PIO what do you think the most effective and time efficient way to pick them is? Do you think its better to run a bunch BTN vs BB sims and study the most frequent textures you will encounter? Or do you think picking hands from previous sessions and studying them is better?

Nov. 5, 2019 | 12:56 a.m.

Hi Krzysztof,
At 8mins you talk about 4betting ranges and being aware of your frequency’s and postflop play. I have a couple of questions as I’ve being having trouble researching 4bet ranges and postflop play.
First are you using a preflop solver to find your frequency’s? I dont have a preflop solver so I’ve just figured out my 4bet value range and then added a frequency of bluffing hands amounting to 50% of my value range, is this a reasonable way of figuring out a decent 4bettiing strategy?
Also when 4betting IP 100bb deep how would you structure the bluffing range? I understand when your deep you want to hit alot of diffrent flop textures so can be a bit more linesr. But when 100bb deep would you choose polar hands like A4o and K6s instead?
Also when doing sims on 4bet pots, as the range differ alot how would you PIO these spots? Using diffrent ranges and seeing the diffrence? Or making a general 4bet range that includes mixes of diffrent hands that resemble the player pools average ranges?
Sorry for the long winded question, love your videos

Oct. 7, 2019 | 2:31 a.m.

Hi Ben,
On the 9s8c4s PIO analysis I'm a bit confused by OOP's flop 4betting strategy. It's heavily favouring 4bet shoving TT-KK when it holds a spade over not holding one, but seeing as a lot of the none value 3betting range from IP is T8s-K8s I find it a little strange that it favours blocking these combos. Or do you think blocking IP's highest equity bluffing hands means your happier to shove money in and not be flipping most of the time?
Seems a little counter intuitive to me so I would be interested in hearing what mechanic I'm missing here.

Sept. 23, 2019 | 8:17 p.m.

Just to add to the discussion on preflop ranges and how that changes parmeters. I overlooked the smaller sizing used on the hand in question which will alter the ranges to how I input them. I use a larger 5x sizing from the BB with a linear range that roughly amounts to 12%, but because of the larger sizing and lower SPR it creates I expect IP to 4 bet less often so in turn slow play a few extra combos of his strongest hands (I only input AA-KK flatting 25% of the time for IP, AK 50%, QQ 50%)
So its quite interesting to not only look out for whether people are 3betting polar or linear but also their sizing choice which also affects the IP's range and the parameters going forward.
PS against the unicorn I still think Id exploit by just pure calling A8-A6 instead of mixing and still finding folds with the AJ-AT, although it all depends on what hands that crazy unicorn likes to bluff and I could very easily be wrong :)

Sept. 17, 2019 | 4:14 p.m.

Hi Patrick,
I have really enjoyed all your content and how you've brought something fresh to the site.
I am a little dubious about how you suggested structuring the flop betting strategy for OOP and the river calling range for the IP player on the last hand (A92 flop), from looking at my own sims it seemed to me that whilst having an equity advantage on the flop you don't have an EV advantage, maybe because the TT-KK range is in a bluff catcher spot and because pressure can be piled on a lot of our range on different run outs, so there isn't as much betting as you would think when first looking at the board texture. However most hands are roughly indifferent between bet and check so against players who don't adjust high frequency betting might be good.
And when deciding whether to call the river for IP AT and AJ are folds, whilst A8-A6 being mixed as calls more often because they don't block OOP's bluffs. AQ still pure call being too far up in your range to fold, which is also why OOP seems to heavily favour QJ-QT over JT when bluffing the river. I'm interested to hear what you think of my logic.
Keep up all the great videos, your effort is appreciated :) Thanks

Sept. 16, 2019 | 8:51 p.m.

Hi Tyler,
Great video, I learnt alot from this.
At 25min you talk about re-raising AQ to balance out your semi bluffs. I thought you add bluffs to balance your value range? Or is that mainly for river spots where your only playing one street?

Aug. 19, 2019 | 12:07 p.m.

Hi Krzysztof,
Iv enjoyed all your content so far, specially the theory and exploits 101 series. Anyway a couple of questions.
At 1.30min you check the river with the nut straight, from playing around with PIO there seems to be a heuristic of checking the straights that block the pairs specially when they block IP’s check back range and betting the ones that dont like your combo, do you think thats a correct way of thinking about this spot? Also how would you structure a check raise bluff range on this river? Blocking Kx mabye?
At 17min you talk about betting two sizings on the AQ6 board IP, again I haven’t researched this board in PIO but have found the difference between two sizings and one is minimal and the difficulty of splitting sizing is quite substantial. Do you think going for one sizing is a mistake?
To be fair I might check this out in PIO but would be interested to hear your thoughts.

Aug. 5, 2019 | 1:54 a.m.

Hi Chris,
9min when Fish shoves the turn with 86 vs Watts, it seems a bit wide but do you think Fish could of been shoving the lower gutshot combos to get Watts off of the higher gutshots like KTo, KJo and JTo. Do you think that along with the read that Watts has a lower frequency of Ax hands makes the shoving 86o more reasonable than shoving a hand like JTo?
32min You talk about shove being a reasonable play for AKs but it seems to me that we dont want to shove many hands in our range, we are at a severe nut disadvantage as i think Watts is 3betting 66-88 at a low frequency and even 99. Against the hands that Fish will call the shove with most are gonna be sets and draws that are flipping against our TT+ region. Do you think Watts can still shove here?
I mainly play cash games so am not used to short spr spots so would be interested to hear your thoughts on wether these conecpts change when you lower the spr and tweak the ranges or if im missing something.

July 19, 2019 | 3:11 a.m.

Hi everyone,
I'm currently playing 100nl and moving up to 200nl and I think its time for a preflop solver. So a few questions...
-Which solver is best, PIO or Monker?
-How/where do I get preflop solutions at the lowest price?
-How/where do I find solutions with the rake structure the same as Pokerstars 100nl?
I've had a look around the internet and seem to only see solutions with 500nl rake. There also seems to be a lot of options ranging in price so would be interested to hear if anyone has any recommendations.

July 12, 2019 | 12:27 p.m.

Cool video, at 45mins in the Bit2Easy vs Katya hand you talk about being able to check call heart rivers with the 8h in your hand. I was thinking the same thing before but changed my mind, do you think Bit2Easy will have enough bluffs in his range if the runout fell Td4h instead? Seems like his bet large, call re-raise range will hit this runout very well. Or would you just ignore that and call so you dont overfold?
Also the last hand was very interesting, dont you think the Kh is actually quite an important blocker if you descibed IP 75% pot bet range as top pair with blockers to the flush? Having the Kh blocks AK-KJhh so he is only really beaten by KT and KK combos which he also blocks. So would that mean Limitless can go thinner for value on the turn and river?
Thanks for all the content

June 8, 2019 | 12:01 a.m.

Really great content. Loving the Exploit 101 series, has only got better as you have perfected how you approach and analysing spots in your videos. I appreciate the effort you have put in.
One question, I notice you didn't put any 67s-89s in the BB flatting range and even though hands such as 9T and JTs will be 3bet at a high frequency is it not wise to include these hands in the BB range even with a small frequency? Does making such strong assumptions sway the PIO results or do you think the effect is negligible?

June 5, 2019 | 1:56 p.m.

Hi Tyler,
Great video as always, Iv asked you in a previous video about flatting ranges (about flating JJ & QQ) but i was wondering what your opinion on having a pure 3 bet or mixed strategy is? I know you use a mix but what about if you were playing 100nl or 200nl?

April 11, 2019 | 1:57 a.m.

I really liked this format, its very interesting to hear how you interpret HUD stats. I havent seen any other coaches cover the subject in a video, nice idea. Is your HUD available for purchase or did you make it yourself?

March 8, 2019 | 2:48 p.m.

Played quite a few hands and I love the software. One thing that could be useful is when its your turn to act (or your running out of time) it would be easier to see which table your timing out on if the border of the table flashed instead of just the players. Not a big deal but I think it makes it easier to multi-table.

Feb. 6, 2019 | 7:56 p.m.

Sorted by the speedy response from the RIO team who verified it themselves. Thanks!

Feb. 6, 2019 | 2:53 p.m.

I haven't received my conformation e-mail. Don't suppose anyone from RIO can help? I'v clicked resend about 4 times and have nothing. I cant deposit or play without it

Feb. 6, 2019 | 2:46 p.m.

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Feb. 6, 2019 | 1:14 p.m.

Thanks for another brilliant video and for the work you put into them. As for the comment at the end of the video I would love to see these spots for 100bb deep, not only useful for cash game players but would be interesting to see how the dynamics change when comparing deeper stack situations to shorter stacked ones.

Feb. 4, 2019 | 5:19 p.m.

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