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Two of Scandinavia's finest battling it out in the $10/$20 PLO streets

Sept. 14, 2019 | 9:06 p.m.

I think this is a tough question to answer as each situation is very different. As you mentioned, these games rarely run online for any meaningful stakes. You will most often find them in live games as part of a big mix if you want to play. With regard to badugi - iteopepe has you covered :)

Sept. 11, 2019 | 8:37 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Help

Please check your email for help with this issue

Sept. 5, 2019 | 8:11 p.m.

Kevin spikes a gutshot and sends his opponent on such tilt that he starts open shoving any two...

Sept. 2, 2019 | 4:10 p.m.

Andreas Fröhli’s path to poker started with a teaching job. The Swiss-born grinder dipped his toes in the game by playing various free-roll tournaments for a few years before his first big score in 2014 when he made two TCOOP final tables. He continued experimenting with different formats until he landed at the PLO cash games which remains his bread and butter. He documented his progression as a player with videos on YouTube and as a streamer.

His first video provides a typical session for him and he discusses the difficulties of playing in high rake environments.

Welcome aboard Andreas!

Aug. 17, 2019 | 5:08 p.m.

Patrick "DRLuck3" Cronin got his start in high school beating his friends out of quarters in tournaments and cash games. The stakes escalated quickly and he was able to make solid walking-around money for the time never realizing that there was a possibility to make serious money at the game. He began experimenting a bit online losing 3 or 4 early deposits before a combination of running hot and heavy volume had him grinding up a serious bankroll during his freshman year of college. As one would imagine, college didn't stand a chance against poker and he dropped out to focus exclusively on poker. His style is heavily reliant on theory and off-table work while mixing in occasional exploitative strategies depending on his opponents.

His first video takes a look at some troubling lines from recently played hands and gives a sense of what's to come in future videos.

Welcome aboard Patrick!

July 16, 2019 | 6:03 p.m.

The quads w/ AA hand was pretty cool. You have to weigh a few factors and I'm not sure quite what I think about it yet. Considerations are:
- If I shove, will he call with his combo draws or a boat
- if I call and he misses his draws will he bluff river?
- if I call and he hits his draw will he shove river?

Ultimately I think he's most likely to call w/ his draws when comparing w/ the other options but tough to say without any idea of the player.

July 2, 2019 | 1:42 p.m.

Pepe - really great suggestions and I know that a few coaches have already mentioned seeing the post. We will absolutely get a few of these topics converted to videos. As my colleague James Hudson has mentioned in the past, the time from video idea to live on the site can sometimes a month or so, perhaps even longer depending on the coach and what is going on outside of video making. Will see what I can do to expedite things here!

June 26, 2019 | 6:42 p.m.

Hi -

Sorry to hear that you feel this way about certain coaches. When we launched Run It Once we had three core areas that we wanted to cover: NL cash, PLO cash, and MTT's. Within those groups we wanted to have low, mid, and high stakes videos and coaches. Over the years we've added a number of coaches and expanded our offering but those still remain our core areas of focus.

We fully understand that some coaches aren't of interest to some customers. We don't expect a HS PLO player to be interested in low stakes mix game content. We do our best to balance our schedule and release videos that cover our core areas of focus while sprinkling in those covering other topics and games. We're always open to making changes and feedback from our members has been the driving force in nearly all of the changes that we've made to the site since we launched.

Please let us know the topics you'd like to see covered going forward and we'll do our best to get this on the site asap.

June 26, 2019 | 12:11 p.m.

22:00 A8o hand...as I was watching this video I almost started typing my comment before the hole cards were revealed because I was so confident we were going to see a worse two pair based on the river sizing. I was actually excited when I saw the river overbet because it strengthened my conviction that we were looking at 98, 93, 94, 83, 84, 43, and the occasional 52. Given the strength of this read and seeing him turn over the 9's, it's no wonder why my 2 card days are behind me :)

June 19, 2019 | 4:54 p.m.

Hi guys - video should be working for anyone that was having difficulty with it now. Sorry for the issues!

June 19, 2019 | 2:33 p.m.

I certainly understand the concern. For now there is no way around this method of concealing the hands and submitting them. I will look into this to see if it's something we can change.

June 13, 2019 | 3:40 p.m.

When posting a hand step 2 of the process will provide you with the option to "hide player names." You will also have the option to hide certain results/streets.

June 11, 2019 | 2:41 p.m.

I think the coaches best suited for this would be iteopepe88, Chris George, and maybe Chris Kruk. I will run this by them.

My initial reaction is that the main point of any video on this game would simply be "play much tighter" but that's probably obvious if you've played this at all. Will see if there is interest in a video on this.

June 11, 2019 | 2:37 p.m.

Saulo "sauloCosta10" Ribeiro is someone that most people reading this thread will be familiar with if they've spent any time in the forums or video threads over the years. The Brazilian-born rec-turned-grinder began in home games with friends before turning his focus to the nuts and bolts of the game in an effort to become a consistent winner. The dedication paid off and he's solidified as a force to be reckoned with in the $200 Zoom games.

His first video features a broad overview of his approach to the game, the types of videos he plans to make, and a 10-step process to improve your poker game.

Welcome aboard Saulo!

(p.s. this opens a spot on the leaderboard for all you forum grinders!)

June 10, 2019 | 5:21 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Enough with pio

dukeandking Certainly a valid point. We strongly encourage our coaches who use software like PIO in their videos to do so as a tool to illustrate a larger point rather than as an easy answer for what to do in a specific spot. Recently I've worked with a few coaches that feature heavy software content in their videos to include a beginning and concluding slide to show what we want to gain from using a solver and what the main takeaways are after running simulations.

With solvers and software becoming so ubiquitous in poker especially at the highest levels it's difficult to avoid using them in videos but I completely agree that a balance needs to be struck between theory, live play, HH reviews, and software work. We will try to do better to maintain this balance going forward. Thanks!

June 4, 2019 | 12:39 p.m.

Antonio "Galizian" Miranda began his poker tourney at 16 by splashing around in various games with his friends. The carefree approach to the game took a serious turn two years later when he began studying the game in an effort to see if he could become a winning player. His primary focus was on HUNL cash games and HU SNG's and they remain his primary games to this day.

His first video provides insight into his GTO approach and discusses when deviating from GTO makes sense based on population tendencies.

Welcome aboard Antonio!

May 30, 2019 | 5:39 p.m.

We do have a fair amount of content covering satellites that you can find here. Another avenue would be to look at videos that discuss ICM as the concepts that are discussed there can be applied to the spots in satellites, though it will require a bit of interpretation/abstraction.

There are certainly situations that you can design where you have to make some weird plays. If 20 are left and 18 pay and the prizes are the same for the top 18 and 4 people go all in where they each hold the same chip stack, a fold with any hand would be justified. Of course it's an extreme example but you get the idea.

May 30, 2019 | 1:19 p.m.

sayplease is this specifically within the context of MTT's or cash as well? I think your best bet is to check out the videos in the "3 Betting" MTT learning path (found here). Though some of the videos focus on you acting as the one making the 3 bet, the subsequent discussion is likely relevant to what you're looking for. I will also bring this topic up with some of our coaches to see if we can get a video dedicated to this specific topic.

May 29, 2019 | 2:21 p.m.

I sent you an email clarifying the difficulties that you're having.

May 27, 2019 | 12:33 p.m.

Yes indeed this is no problem. I sent you an email regarding this.

May 26, 2019 | 12:24 p.m.

We should be increasing the frequency of this with WSOP coming up. Thanks for the feedback!

May 22, 2019 | 3:09 p.m.

Richard Gryko takes a crack at two PLO hands that are more complex than they first appear...

May 10, 2019 | 4:10 p.m.

Great suggestions across the board already. The only thing I can add is that you will want to focus on any video covering the topic of rake as that is going to be the most important factor when playing at the smallest/micro stakes.

April 18, 2019 | 4:12 p.m.

Uri Peleg got his start in cards at the age of 6, though poker variants took a back seat to other card games like Magic. His obsession with Magic culminated with his win of the World Championship in 2007. As might be expected, the transition to poker was inevitable and Uri found himself immersed in the game, quickly making it his full-time endeavor. For the first six years his focus was on 6M and FRNL games but over the last year and a half he has dedicated himself almost exclusively to HUNL.

His first video introduces a unique concept of showdown value bluffs and provides an idea of what to expect from future videos.

Welcome aboard Uri!

April 12, 2019 | 5:04 p.m.

Good suggestions so far. Only thing I would add is if you're looking to protect your finish, why not just quit right then an there? Especially if it's in a casino where your departure isn't going to break up the game or you feel obligated to play one last round, just leave. No sense in playing out the string of your last few hands if you plan to alter your approach.

If you're in a private game where doing this is frowned upon or leaving would disrupt the game substantially, then I would certainly weigh that against protecting your lead.

April 5, 2019 | 1:19 p.m.

Qing Yang was first introduced to poker in his final year of university. At the expense of his grades, he built up a sizable bankroll playing small stakes live games and followed this up with a shot at bigger games upon graduating. His current game of choice is 10/20 at his local casino where his solver-based approach has proved quite successful.

Outside of poker, he enjoys reading and writing and his short stories have been published in several literary journals.

His first video gives a brief background about his poker experience before diving into the topic of stack to pot ratios utilizing PIO to examine various situations where the SPR differs greatly.

Welcome aboard Qing!

April 4, 2019 | 5:05 p.m.

We always appreciate feedback on the videos, positive or negative, but would encourage you to expand on your thoughts so that both the coach and RIO can understand what you didn't like about the video and look to make improvements on future content.

April 4, 2019 | 4:14 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Seth Davies

We're on it GeeTeeOh . Seth has been traveling a bit but will get back to these questions asap.

March 27, 2019 | 3:08 p.m.

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