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Hunter Cichy was born and raised in Coon Rapids, MN. He finished a degree in Paramedic Technology at Century College and worked as a critical care paramedic for two years. During that time, he turned $500 into roughly $100K playing small stakes cash games and tournaments in little Midwest card rooms for fun on the weekends. In 2013, he quit his job and moved to Hollywood, FL to play poker full-time and immersing himself in all things poker including private coaching and writing a book on the game. Since 2015, he has routinely played live cash games for stakes as high as $100-$200 NL/PLO. He has also produced an impressive live MTT resume during periods of slow cash game action.

His first video offers a look into his approach to the game in addition to an examination of some hands from televised cash games.

Welcome aboard Hunter!

Jan. 3, 2022 | 5:45 p.m.

Hey thanks for the heads up here. The issue with these is a behind the scenes one where certain categories were added at later dates. We'll have a look and try to get these + any others we missed into the right groups.

Dec. 6, 2021 | 4:56 p.m.

Paul Toda got his start in poker during his first year in college battling it out in online freerolls and in home games with his friends. He was able to eek out some extra walking-around-money in these games which allowed him a fair amount of freedom during these years. He transitioned to law school and planned to follow in the footsteps of his father who was a prosecutor but his unexpected death put his family in a precarious financial position. It's this time that saw Paul dive into the game headfirst playing in every location he could in order to help his family through this difficult period. During his time traveling to play poker he discovered PLO and it was love at first sight.

His lack of theoretical understanding of the game became apparent when he started playing more online. After a year he saw his bankroll dwindling and no real improvements to his development as a player. He decided to rededicate himself to the game and buckled down with coaching, studying, focused sessions, and organizing his life in a way that set him up for success at the tables. His first video offers insight on his poker journey and jumps into a session at $200 PLO.

Outside of poker, Paul enjoys snowboarding, basketball, outdoor exercise, and kickboxing. Have a look at one of Paul's morning routines in the winter to help get his mind right for the rest of the day!

Welcome aboard Paul!

Sept. 27, 2021 | 6:11 p.m.

Brian Hastings has been a staple in the poker world for the better part of the last two decades. Having gotten his start like so many others in home games with friends, his recreational interest turned serious when he discovered one of his teachers with making more money playing poker online than from his teaching job. His approach to the game has taken many incarnations over the years with his current style being rooted in theory and solver work with mixed exploitative adjustments where warranted. He's honed his skills at a variety of poker variants throughout his time as a professional though his recent focus has been split between MTT's and NL cash games.

His first video features some hands from recently played MTT's that he breaks down in further detail and walks you through the how and why of his lines.

Welcome aboard Brian!

Sept. 21, 2021 | 5:07 p.m.

Dan 'Jungleman' Cates is a legend in the poker community and a longtime, high-stakes crusher whose origin story is well-traveled. Having developed an affinity for games at an early age, he eventually made his way over to poker where success came early and often. When it was clear he had the ability to compete and earn real money at the game, he dropped out of the University of Maryland to pursue poker full-time and hasn't looked back since. His accomplishments in the game are numerous and his mystique as one of the best in the world continues to grow.

In his debut video, he reviews the play of a mysterious fellow poker pro weighing in on the good and the bad throughout the session before the big reveal.

Welcome aboard Jungle!

Sept. 16, 2021 | 5:41 p.m.

Josh "LessIsMore" Lessner was introduced to poker the old fashioned way - with a book on game theory. After devouring the content in the abstract form, he decided to put theory to practice and began playing live low stakes games. This begat his foray into the online poker world and he began dabbling in the Bovada/ACR/Global games where he found success eventually making his way to the $1k and $2k games. His background in math and computer science have proved invaluable as his game reflects a highly theoretically sound style made possible by countless hours in the lab. Outside of poker he enjoys fitness and baseball.

His first video offers insight to those pesky four flush/four straight boards and how to optimize your strategy in these spots.

Welcome aboard Josh!

Sept. 13, 2021 | 5:34 p.m.

Stoyan Obreshkov got his start at the tender age of 13 when he deposited money onto a sportsbetting site at 13. Luckily the site offered poker as well and he began playing recreationally initially starting with HUNL. Not surprisingly, he went bust a number of times and decided to stick with sports where he felt he had an edge. When an ACL injury sidelined his tennis hopes at 16 he returned to poker where he started finding success after taking the game seriously.

Bouncing around a bit, he finally landed on MTT's which remain his bread and butter to this day. High stakes MTT's have proven to be where he's made his mark including a final table at the $10k WSOP 2020 main event, a final table at the $10k 2018 WSOPE main event and a number of other deep runs in online and live events.

Outside of poker he enjoys spending time in nature, yoga, meditation, dancing, tennis, and board games of all types. His first video provides a glimpse into his mindset when playing tournaments using hand examples to illustrate larger points.

Welcome aboard Stoyan!

Aug. 20, 2021 | 7:46 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on site navigation

Hey thanks for the feedback here. It's often difficult to spot things like this because we've been to these pages countless times and know how to navigate them but someone with fresh eyes might not find it so intuitive. That said, the videos linked on the right - the top one is the previous video in line and the bottom one is the next video in line. Hopefully this works for now and I can see about adding numbers to the videos.

Aug. 12, 2021 | 12:15 p.m.

Max Lacerda began dabbling in online poker focusing primarily on micro and small stakes NL before becoming aware of fellow Brazilian and current Run It Once coach Saulo Ribeiro's program. He enrolled seeking to take his game to the next level and hasn't looked back since. His overall approach to the game is outlined in his first video where he describes the importance of having a deep understanding of GTO which allows you the ability to know where to deviate based on population tendencies.

Welcome aboard Max!

July 22, 2021 | 5:31 p.m.

Adam Crawford got his start in poker a bit over a decade ago and turned professional in 2012 specializing in 180 player turbos. While these remained his bread and butter for some time, he dipped his toes in other variants, eventually settling on $33-$215 MTT's which are his primary area of focus nowadays. His solid and exploitative approach to the game is on full display in his first video and a good example of the types of videos he plans to make in the future. Outside of poker he snowboards, golfs, collects cards, and enjoys photography.

Welcome aboard Adam!

June 2, 2021 | 6:13 p.m.

Patrick "Thebigdog09" Brooks got his start in home games before finding his way to the micros online. It's there where he honed his craft and developed the skills that allowed him to progress in stakes, eventually achieving success at ~$200 ABI.

His first video features a breakdown of a deep run in the $530 Bounty Builder and is indicative of the videos he plans to release in the future focusing on hand history reviews, studying effectively off the tables, and theory videos with practical in-game applications.

Welcome aboard Patrick!

May 13, 2021 | 5:16 p.m.

I would check out Zach Freeman. The majority of his volume comes from live poker games and his videos reflect this.

April 28, 2021 | 9:53 p.m.

Ivan Banić got his start in poker at the tender age of 17 in home games with friends. It wasn't long until he found his way into the local casinos where he honed his skills and eventually got a small staking deal. When the group fell apart he made his way to BBZ staking and hasn't looked back since. His GTO approach to the game coupled with high aggression contributes to his success on the tables and will be the focus of his videos.

His first video features a deep run in the $210 GG PKO and discusses VPIP'd hands as well as decisions altered by the KO factor.

Welcome aboard Ivan!

April 19, 2021 | 5:44 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on E-Book Pricing

The price is $39.99. When you click "purchase" you will see the price on the right side of the screen. Clicking purchase does not obligate you to purchase the book it just takes you to the page where you can make the purchase if you choose.

April 2, 2021 | 12:46 p.m.

imbajimba makes his debut as the newest addition to the Elite PLO roster. The Danish four-card specialist only started taking the game seriously in 2017 and transitioned from NL to PLO late that year where he quickly climbed the stakes to his current games of $5/$10, $10/$20, and the occasional shot at $50/$100. His largely theoretical approach to the game is on full display in his first video where he battles it out against some tough regs at the $10/$20 tables.

Velkommen ombord imbajimba!

March 10, 2021 | 5:41 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Pads on Pads forum

In deciding which medium to use to communicate with people that purchased the course, Patrick weighed a number of different options. Each provided some positives and some negatives. Ultimately, he decided that Facebook had the largest number of positives and he's decided to go with this option. We understand that with each option there would be a handful of people that preferred an alternative and we hope that the Facebook option will prove to disappoint the smallest number of folks and we can potentially find an alternative means for receiving questions and discussing the course for those that are unable to do so on Facebook.

Starting today we will be offering the ability to submit questions to Patrick via a widget on the site directly on the videos page. Click the purple chat icon in the bottom right corner in order to submit your questions. These questions will be sent to Patrick which he will answer each month in a video that you will have access to.

Feb. 24, 2021 | 3:20 p.m.

Hi PH88 - unfortunately the charts are not available for download. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Feb. 22, 2021 | 5:57 p.m.

Luke "Clanty" Johnson is the newest addition to the Run It Once Elite roster. The 25 year old UK-based pro specializes in both HU and 6max NL and gets most of his volume in between $500 and $2k games with the occasional shot at the highest stakes. He is extremely competitive and prides himself on playing in any lineup with the confidence that he will come out a convincing winner. Despite being on the loose (read spewy) side, his game is heavily theory based and his videos will illustrate this approach.

His first video provides a detailed look at a select grouping of hands with the focus on single-raised pots.

Welcome aboard Luke!

Feb. 18, 2021 | 5:38 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Sng

Outstanding answer from LordTruffington ! To follow up:

Ryan doesn't necessarily focus on one individual style of SNG in the course opting instead to teach theory and principles that would apply across the board to each format. That said, he does routinely pull hand examples from 6max, 9 handed, and even larger formats like 20+ to illustrate examples of ICM and other teachings. Hope this helps and please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with.


Feb. 14, 2021 | 7:11 p.m.

If you've played in or railed the HSNL games over the last few years, chances are you're already familiar with thejericho2. If you haven't, then you're in for a treat as he makes his Run It Once debut today discussing five hands from recently played high stakes battles. Getting his start in 2012 at $2NL (yes you read this correctly), he quickly progressed up the stakes with an aggressive and self-described spewy at times style.

In addition to poker he enjoys tennis, hockey, and traveling and his videos will be a mix of HH reviews and some footage reviews.

Welcome aboard thejericho2!

Jan. 11, 2021 | 6:32 p.m.

Hello - I have written you an email regarding this inquiry. Thanks!

Jan. 2, 2021 | 1:19 p.m.

Post | Mikey Stotz posted in Chatter: From The Ground Up: PLO

We’re excited to announce the release of our From the Ground Up: PLO course. The course is the third in our From the Ground Up series and seeks to provide a structured environment for the full gamut of PLO players to learn the foundations of the game and the skills required to get to start demonstrating a consistent profit at the tables. The 54 videos touch on every aspect of the game beginning with the soft skills like bankroll management, understanding variance, game selection, rake environment, and software use before tackling the nuts and bolts of the game like preflop range construction, positional awareness, range vs range analysis, 3bet pots, deep-stack play, and much more. Throughout the course the theme of GTO vs exploitative play is explored with concepts first discussed in the abstract and then exploitative adjustments based on population tendencies from Thomas’ extensive experience at the tables suggested each step of the way. The mix of theory presentations, hand history review, solver (Monker + Vision) work, and live play make for an all-encompassing and comprehensive guide to learning PLO and taking your game to the next level.

Dec. 22, 2020 | 12:09 a.m.

I reached out via email

Nov. 18, 2020 | 2:22 p.m.

The HH converter is a bit tricky. First, we only support HH's from a handful of sites. You can see the full list in the bottom right corner when you click "post a HH." If you're posting a hand from one of those sites and it's still not working, please send the full HH to [email protected] and we can try to troubleshoot the issue.

Oct. 22, 2020 | 11:52 a.m.

I emailed you about this issue as there are items that pertain specifically to your account. If anyone else is having similar issues you can post here to let me know or email at [email protected] and we'll get it sorted for you.

Oct. 12, 2020 | 12:10 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Essentials package

The Essential subscription has well over 1,500 videos. You can see all of the videos the you will have access to as part of the Essential subscription in the "Pro Videos" section of the site and using the dropdown tabs to select "Essential" or using this link.

Oct. 6, 2020 | 3:21 p.m.

There are a little over 75 videos. You can use the dropdown tabs in the "Pro Videos" section to select "Essential" and then "Phil Galfond".

This link will take you there :)

Aug. 20, 2020 | 2:50 p.m.

The course is not accompanied by charts or ranges. Though not specific for this course, Peter Clarke explains why he was hesitant to create detailed ranges and PDF's for his course here:

We agreed with Peter and felt that the same applied to Owen's course. We felt it's far more important to understand how and why a range is created rather than be provided with countless charts that are meant to be memorized which we believe Owen does here.

Aug. 14, 2020 | 6:18 p.m.

Despite the title, the course isn't meant to take true beginners "from the ground up." There is definitely some level of poker fluency expected and I think if you've been playing for a few months that you're the right demographic. You can have a scroll through the video descriptions and get a feel for the topics covered but if you have a basic understanding of the game that you'll undoubtedly get something out of it.

Aug. 6, 2020 | 7:27 p.m.

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Sorry for anyone experiencing errors with this video. If your device is automatically playing the 1080p version of the video then you will have experienced issues. The 720 version was working properly which is why some people had issues while others did not. We've corrected the issue with the 1080p version and it should be working properly now. Please email me at [email protected] if you're still having issues.

Aug. 6, 2020 | 12:29 p.m.

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