Darren Wee developed his passion for poker during his mandatory two year military service in Singapore by watching old WPT and WSOP reruns. Though the Moneymaker effect hit him nearly a decade after most, it hit him hard and he dove headfirst into the game with four tables on the Asian poker apps and the occasional $5/$10 live games at his local casino. Outside of poker, he plays piano and video games including Rocket League and Overwatch.
His first video digs into the unique structure of the games on the Asian poker apps, specifically focusing on the impact of an ante and multiple blinds (straddles).
Welcome aboard Darren!
March 11, 2019 | 5:52 p.m.
Gary "chaps1988" Chappell got started on his poker journey at 18 during his first year at university. His focus during the early years was a bit haphazard and included mix games, MTT's, and various NL cash games. In 2018 he decided to focus exclusively on NLH and firmly planted himself in the $500 Zoom games where he established a nice win rate. His videos will feature insights from his sessions with a focus on pool reads and hands from recently played sessions. Outside of poker, he enjoys traveling and playing + watching sports, especially cricket.
His first video features a brief introduction before diving into a recently played session.
Welcome aboard Gary!
Feb. 28, 2019 | 5:03 p.m.
Best point that I took away from this video and I agree with is that often recreational players will simply compare their hand (and your range) with the current situation and not take into account how we got there. A good player on the river can rule out (or in) certain hands because of pre/flop/turn action whereas the recreational player simply evaluates the situation as is. Perfect example on the first hand where you river the flush. Good stuff!
Jan. 31, 2019 | 8:23 p.m.
Beginning with his video today, Francesco Lacriola will now be a part of our Elite roster. Prior to signing Francesco we weren't quite sure where he fit in with Run It Once or even how his videos would be received by the community. It didn't take long to see that the high level content coupled with the discussions they inspired were better suited for our Elite members. All of Francesco's videos that were produced as an Essential coach will continue to remain Essential.
Jan. 27, 2019 | 5:01 p.m.
We're pleased to announce that Nuno Alvarez will be back as a member of our Elite coaching roster specializing in HUNL content. He began his Run It Once coaching career over three years ago. In that time, he's climbed the stakes and made substantial improvements to his game through the use and study and solver work and he plans to share this in his future videos. He maintains a blog on the site (found here!) that chronicles both the poker and life side of playing HUNL as well.
Welcome back Nuno!
Jan. 21, 2019 | 5:36 p.m.
Hey Phil - Mikey here. Long time fan and enjoy all your work at RIO, keep up the good work.
In the first hand you discussed (right table, 10442ds, 2m32s mark) on the turn you say "bluffing now is fine, bluffing on the river is fine as well." One thing you didn't mention here is the fact that the board is full rainbow. For this reason I think I weight the turn as the better time for this bluff. Does your action change if the 9 is a heart (you don't have hearts). Any thoughts on the difference between a turned FD vs rainbow board in general, perhaps outside of 4 straight boards as those are a bit whacky.
Jan. 14, 2019 | 9:08 p.m.
Though I gave you kudos privately I feel they're deserved publicly. Loved the point about holding a flush w/ 2 high cards (like J10) vs a higher flush but high card/low card (like Q4). Also love the point of proceeding with caution on broadway boards as the 3 bettor because duh - everyone knows you have the AA and will want to use the blockers.
Jan. 8, 2019 | 6:50 p.m.
Great video! I rarely play NLHE so I am curious about the best way to implement the findings into your game. For example, the disparity in actions taken even on just king high boards is immense so I don't think you can say "on king high boards I will C bet 40%" but maybe you can? I was thinking one option would be to group different boards that are close and act accordingly like if Kxx flush draw, Kxx rainbow, K10x, KQx flush draw are all ~10% bet then you can go with a check.
Jan. 6, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Kikiruss you need to post the raw HH as you received it from one of the sites that our converter supports. If you're still having difficulty, can you send this raw HH to [email protected] so that we can troubleshoot the issue?
Mancuso great response! We might have you sub in next time one of us is on vacation!
Dec. 20, 2018 | 1:36 p.m.
Though we're always looking for new video ideas, it's hard to see this topic as having enough substance for an entire video. I suppose the discussion would very quickly arrive at the conclusion of "play extremely tight" given that you have 8 or 9 opponents with 100% ranges. Perhaps one of our coaches has more insight here and if so I'm on board with them turning it into a video!
Dec. 11, 2018 | 3:50 p.m.
Like James Hudson and Eldora before me, I am in a unique position having seen a huge number of the videos on our site. Additionally, I have played only PLO for the last few years so from the standpoint of trying to get better at my main game you can't beat our entire PLO roster, old and new alike. For my choices I went all over the map:
Folding Ranges and Deck Analysis - Stelios Serefidis
I always love videos that explore new or rarely discussed topics and this certainly falls into that category. While much of the information is intuitive, it was cool to see how Stelios presented it and led me down some new wormholes with regard to NL in general.
Defending the BB in PLO - Janne Juutilainen
There is nothing quite like seeing the stats of the top 5 players in a game and the bottom 5 and seeing where the correlation in the top players is and the correlation in the bottom players. You don't have to be the genius figuring out why they're doing it, just copy what the great players do and you'll be alright!
Rake Simulation and Live Play - Tyler Forrester
Similar to the Stelios video, this led me down the path of thinking about rake effects in ways that hadn't occurred to me. I just find the way Tyler speaks about the game to be nuanced and informative with no hint of ego. He's simply telling you hands that do and don't show a profit in the different rake environments based on his millions upon millions of trials.
Puzzles and Mysteries - Daniel Dvoress
For someone that hasn't played more than a couple hundred hands of NL in the last ~7 years I sure have a lot of NL specialists on the list! Again, just an example of a high level thinker at work. In Sauce's recent video where he breaks down his approach to Fusion poker I mentioned how it reminded me of playing Catan with Phil when we both first learned to play. It was just intriguing to see the approach of these geniuses and this video gives me the same feeling.
Applications of Psychology: Heuristics and Biases - Keiran Harris
Sort of a lifetime achievement award with this pick as Keiran's entire catalogue is filled with must watch videos. Nothing in particular about this video makes it any better than the others in the series so don't watch this and call it a day. Make sure you consume the whole series as it's just full of great information. Watches more like a discovery/science channel video than a poker video sometimes!
Dec. 3, 2018 | 7:04 p.m.
Hard for me to say about razz and some of the other games as I just don't have the experience there but "Hanson raised 52o from CO in LHE" I can confirm this isn't good.
I have to imagine there is a little thought given to the cameras rolling and things might be different in a "real" game but I think that you'll likely find the level of play to be lower at mix games then NL/PLO because it's not possible to get the enormous volume that people got at those games on their grind to the top. I also think what you said about wanting to play more hands is a big factor. In TD and stud games, if you fold you're often out for a few minutes and that's just not fun.
Dec. 3, 2018 | 5:35 p.m.
You said that you previously undervalued high(ish) pairs. What changed your mind here? A conscious decision to play them more and finding you had success? I think I probably still undervalue these hands but I rarely play HU.
Nov. 26, 2018 | 7:15 p.m.
Great video! This reminds me of the times that I lived with Phil over the last decade and we would play a new game either HU or with some other poker friends. It was always fascinating to me to watch him (and other HS professionals) learn and work out the strategy for something that they were just presented with and this video had the same fascination level for me. There were things that I likely would have deduced down the road if I were to start playing fusion but they came much quicker to you and often you said it as a throwaway comment but I thought the conclusion was rather profound. Good stuff!
Nov. 20, 2018 | 4:10 p.m.
Don't forget Nick Rampone!
Nov. 8, 2018 | 12:16 a.m.
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