Probably better off just using services like GTO base and GTO wizard if you're a tech noob in general, and then buying a cheaper PC. You don't have to spend ages on building and running simulations and don't have to spend much on buying a PC.
Desktop is best for Pio. CPU is what matters for PIO so get a modern one with at least 12 cores. For example Ryzen 5900x or intel i7 or i9 in 12000 series. 16gb ram is fine for most people but some people benefits from more.
AMD Ryzen 5800x or 5900x
The rest is not important for poker but I'd not go smaller than 500gb hard disk.
Even a potato PC will do for playing. Screen size and resolution is what matters the most. I'd say 24 inch is smallest I'd go and is good for 4 tables with minimal table selection. 27 inch is better. You want at least 32 inch if you play 8 or more tables with lobbies from 2 or more sites.
Laptop is not ideal for Pio but you can find some gaming ones with decent CPUs that will suffice. I'd still get an external screen if you go the laptop route.
Oct. 6, 2022 | 12:55 p.m.
His SN contains bankrupt. Better not play zoom if you are broke...
Zoom is viable if you are great at exploiting nitty regs, but otherwise a terrible option. Recreational players loss rate correlate with VPIP and zoom VPIP is much more normal than reg table VPIP. Like 18 is lowest loss rate VPIP or something (guess from logic and memory). You can win a bit more from like 12% VPIP but to really crush you need fish with really high VPIP like 40%+.
Win rate isn't everything of course, but I think most people like to have a positive win rate and that can be difficult for a lot of people in zoom.
Sept. 29, 2022 | 6:39 p.m.
It's cheating because the poker site define it as cheating in their TOS.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 12:54 p.m.
I think it's very important that poker sites stop what is prohibited like mining, seating scripts, GTO assistance, HUDs (on sites it's not allowed), bots, etc. If it's too easy to use then you are more or less forced to join them (mostly thinking about seating scripts and HUD/DB).
Mined HHs is a less severe form of cheating but still cheating on most sites. You don't break any TOS if you get mined hands from a site you never played on to study general population trends. So I'd recommend getting HHs from a site you don't play to if you want to get HHs.
Cheating is not a big issue in most 6max cash games I've played in or heard about. It will happen from time to time but not an issue all the time.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 7:26 a.m.
Blind win rate is fine. It's your late position win rate that is bad in the sample. A good winning reg will have close to 30bb/100 on the BTN. Make sure to keep opening like 45% there even with rake.
Variance is huge for these things so don't read too much into it. Without variance you would have a win rate where you trade blows. You beat some players and some players beat you. However, the sample is too small to not be dominated by variance.
The reason call 3bet is so bad is became people 3bet way too tight. I
You will lose a lot if you call wide against tight and linear 3betting ranges. Solution is just to fold a lot unless you got a hand with good properties combined with a good price.
July 19, 2022 | 10:02 a.m.
Nice reflection. We can literally see you evolve in this thread. You're pretty good at being 'real' and voicing your experiences. Don't underestimate that trait. It makes it quite easy for you to quickly learn lessons and grow.
July 11, 2022 | 1:34 p.m.
As an example, a 28/25 opens from MP. We have AQs on the BTN, we 3-bet and now he 4-bet shoves. With AQs, perhaps you can call here
Never call against a reg there. Those shoves are so heavily weighted towards AKo you are literally losing like 20bb or something making the call.
Against spewing rec is different though.
You are kind of creating problems in your mind that isn't there. I understand it's a comfort zone thing and it will feel difficult for a while, but you have to go through it to grow. Facing too much 4bet shove by AK and low pairs is bad for AQs exactly but you gain back that EV when you have QQ+.
So if we 3-bet for value but can't stand a 4-bet, shouldn't we call?
Simple answer is no and it's not a real concern in most games you will play because people under 4bet like crazy.
Be careful with believing your feelings at this point of your development. At some point when you are more trained you want to start to listen more to them again, but for now it's best to work on doing things even if it feels wrong at first.
July 11, 2022 | 10:47 a.m.
It's even more important in high rake games like you've talked about. Also, people 4bet way too little so can just happily fold a lot if you face a 4bet. Can also just ship in AA because you get a lot of value when they don't have many of the 4bet then fold to 5bet hands.
July 11, 2022 | 10:37 a.m.
No, most people don't play call there as the hands that can call but would be too wide to 3bet are 0EV. No win rate in HJ calls. Just use EP vs BTN for that spot postflo. Closer to reality anyway. BTW a loose fish flat is somewhat close to BB call against SB open.
July 11, 2022 | 10:20 a.m.
PC left column is preflop caller. PR row on top is preflop raiser. You should find PC BTN and PR CO, so lool for BTN on left and CO on top and find the intersection. There is something there ;)
Not sure what best is but many GTO base vids on their YouTube. They have awesome support on their discord too.
July 11, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.
27/21 with 11 3bet %
This is not a preflop nit profile so JJ clear 4bet and TT mostly but closer. Even 99 can consider "getting it in" but then mainly as 4bet shove together with AQo and AKo. Maybe some JTs too in 4brt jam if you want to have it. 4bet shove is most relevant against overly linear 3bet that is also on wide side.
JJ is more of a value 4bet against call 4bet range. Same for AKo and AQs (yes, AQs is a value 4bet here).
July 11, 2022 | 9:34 a.m.
This you call "GTO" is already speeding up your learning process :D
In general, what you do here is how I like to study. Think about a spot and what you think is good or correct and then check solutions. Then you can start to question what you missed in your analysis and make corrections or learn something that explains it better. In the beginning this is difficult because you lack the fundamentals to do so. Why books like the new one from Janda is really helpful. They help build a framework for analysing spots.
July 11, 2022 | 9:03 a.m.
Yes, and correctly so. Could easily fix a leak if you call ATo and QJo. Gap concept. When calling outside BB you need to be ahead of some hands in the raisers range. Typically offsuited hands want to dominate some hands when calling. They make one pair hands and being dominated less and dominating more often is really important to it's EV. Low pairs and suited connected hands are more about the price and implied odds. Also, how often you get squeezed.
July 11, 2022 | 8:59 a.m.
It's not full 100% GTO but it's the equilibrium solution given game tree and solver algorithm. No human tampering or what makes sense logically or similar. You can say it's GTO approximation.
Maybe the no solution spots are either 3 players to the flop or after flop lines that never happens in the solver.
July 11, 2022 | 8:56 a.m.
The efficiency is just so high that you kind of shoot yourself in the foot to not learn to use it in any basic way. It's not about mimicking GTO or not either. More about just seeing a bit of the range and equities and what hands can do.
It really doesn't matter much with your goals, but it's not difficult to click buttons in these software at least.... Getting something out of it might be difficult but you don't really need that at first. Just looking a bit at range and clocking buttons is good enough at first.