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The girls chat with Run it Once pro, high stakes crusher, and all around great guy Daniel Dvoress in this installment of The Rake!

June 25, 2020 | 7:34 p.m.

Hey pabernathy -

Great question and it's one we get fairly often through our various support channels. Two things come to mind here.

First, we do our best to hire coaches with differing styles and approaches to video making. Of course everyone needs to meet some basic requirements and we work with coaches to ensure that they're pointed in the right direction with regard to their content but we also understand and want some diversity in the approach that each coach takes. We know that certain coaches will resonate with some members more than others and that's great. To that end, we encourage our members to sample as many coaches as possible. Inevitably you'll find a handful that match with your skill-set and then you can work your way through their video catalogues.

Second, we encourage people to check out coaches that might not coach the specific games/stakes that they're playing. You'll find that a lot of the concepts taught by a coach proficient in MTT's will apply to NL cash games or NL cash theory will apply to PLO.

Best of luck at the tables!

June 15, 2020 | 2:44 p.m.

I believe we sorted this out via email however if others are having the same issue see here:

There are a few possible quick solutions before we troubleshoot further.
- Are you using android or iOS? Currently, our Android version is not functioning properly which is why you'd experience any of the issues that you're having.
- We very recently completed an overhaul of the app. "Run It Once Mobile" is indeed the correct version of the app.
- make sure you're logging into the app using your username and password NOT your email address and password.
- remove all the videos from your sync and then select new videos to sync. Make sure that it shows they've downloaded in their entirety before beginning to watch.
- make sure you're using wifi on the device and that you're not using a VPN and that your wifi does not have any restrictions or firewalls. If you're using public wifi for example, sometimes our content would be blocked.

June 11, 2020 | 12:51 p.m.

Hey Phil, long time fan here.

4:20 - you open SB, BB calls. 55J flop, 8 turn, 7 river. As I was watching I was thinking about the effect that cards around the 5 being slightly more likely to fill our opponent up. Sure it's SB/BB so we're looking at some wide ranges but I'm wondering if this could play a role (or larger role if you did consider it) in your decision to call or fold river. For example if it came 2c Ks perhaps?

Even in writing this I find myself possibly even going the other way where cards surrounding the 5 could make it less likely to fill our opponent up as they would be more likely to 3B pre with something rundowns near the 5.

Alas we get our answer as our opponent turns up the Q1075 which is a perfect example of a hand that could be all over the place and still include a 5.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

June 8, 2020 | 5:46 p.m.

Akshar 'cosmos1994' Patel got his start in poker playing against friends at lunch during school. Lunchtime became after school and soon more and more free-time was being dedicated to poker. Eventually he found his way to the virtual felt and began dabbling in the 2NL, 5NL, and 10NL tables mixing in the occasional SNG. Akshar took a break to attend University but picked up right where he left off upon completion. Primarily a live player, Akshar brings a unique perspective to the game and relies heavy on exploitation as his games play quite different from the online games that most may be used to.

His first video features a return to the online poker world as the pandemic has forced live players back inside and gives a sense of his playing style.

Welcome aboard Akshar!

June 1, 2020 | 5:04 p.m.

Post | Mikey Stotz posted in Chatter: Qing Yang Receives a Promotion

Congratulations to Qing Yang on his addition to our Elite NL coaching roster. Qing has demonstrated consistent success on the virtual felt and his videos have increased in complexity since he was hired delving deep into theoretical concepts that we believe are in line with our other Elite NL offerings.

His first video as an Elite coach discusses the concept of being way ahead or way behind and sets the stage for future theory-based videos. As always Qing's videos produced as an Essential coach will remain available to Essential subscribers.

Congrats again Qing and good luck on and off the tables in 2020!

May 29, 2020 | 2:17 p.m.

I've heard quite a few people are having the same issue. I think if you simply try a bunch of times that it eventually works.

May 21, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

This is correct, sorry for any confusion here.

May 20, 2020 | 9:23 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on FTGU PLO

We hear you loud and clear!

May 19, 2020 | 1:09 p.m.

I was going to suggest some specific videos but when I opened "Owen Shiels" video library I realized it's better to just suggest all of his videos than picking just a few. The titles are pretty indicative of what's going on in the video and should help you choose the ones that are most applicable to what you're looking for.

May 17, 2020 | 2:47 p.m.

May 15, 2020 | 11:42 a.m.

A life in quarantine update and whether poker will survive Covid-19 on the latest installment of The Rake w/ Marle and Jamie

May 6, 2020 | 7:37 p.m.

Kyriakos "9cream4" Papadopoulos has always been into competitive games so it's no surprise that he managed to find his way to poker. Chess inevitably gave way to poker around 15 and he was mixing poker with school and the former began to dominate. Though initially dabbling in various formats, he is exclusively an MTT player with an ABI around $300 in 2019 and a handful of $10k's in live events under his belt. Aside from poker he enjoys soccer, basketball, and TV.

His first video is a recap from a $530 on Party Poker examining hands from the early stages of the tournament and gives a good sense of what to expect from the future.

Welcome aboard Kyiakos!

May 6, 2020 | 6:10 p.m.

Was hoping to get a little feedback here. Supporting HH's and updating our converter to allow people to post HH's in the forums is a difficult task. We had the thought that if we simply supported HM2, HM3, and PT4 formats that would allow us the ability to support nearly all HH's as anyone could convert from the site they're playing on through that software to spit out the proper format. Do you think this would alleviate the issues with posting HH's in the forums and allow us to support hands from any site that these programs support (they support A LOT of sites!)?

Thanks in advance for the feedback here.

May 6, 2020 | 5:34 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Bovada legitmacy

A few notes on what you wrote before offering my opinion:

"Now, I don't currently have tracking software and even if I did, I'm not sure it would work on Bovada."
As far as I know all major tracking software does work on Bovada. I have used tracking software on Bovada for a number of years.

"Since it's zoom I don't always get to see what the BB cold called with"
The hands are available 24 hours after they're played so you can go back and see what players had

Without tracking software it's really difficult to examine this. It's important to know how many hands make up your sample and the true frequency that these things are occurring. You wrote "more than a dozen times within a few sessions." If that means 13-18 times I don't think that would be a statistically significant sample but we'd have to have more information.

I suspect it's just a bad run and that it's at the forefront of your mind which means when something does happen that fits this profile that it sticks out more than it normally would but this is just my guess. I'd recommend getting some tracking software to help you get a better answer to this.

May 1, 2020 | 2:20 p.m.

Prior to giving out our free monthly elite memberships we check for legitimacy or abuse of the system so no need to worry.

April 29, 2020 | 6:40 p.m.

Elliot Roe and Phil Galfond recount the action from the #GalfondChallenge with particular focus on the grueling mental aspects presented throughout

April 24, 2020 | 4:29 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on PLO HU coaching

Though we encourage our coaches to offer private coaching, we don't facilitate that and you would have to reach out to the coach directly to set that up. I would encourage you to check out Cory Mikesell's videos as he plays quite a bit of HUPLO and take a look at our Vision GTO trainer (HU version). These could be great options to substitute or supplement private coaching lessons.

April 16, 2020 | 12:36 p.m.

I think the comment above generally nails it. It will undoubtedly be more variance than 4 card PLO but it's possible you could have a higher edge in these games. One thing I would caution is to be keenly aware of the rake in these micro/low stakes environments. It could be quite difficult to overcome depending on the site/rake structure. Keep us posted!

April 16, 2020 | 12:33 p.m.

This is a great suggestion. I know the feeling as my head can start to spin in some instances when we go too deep into the solver output. One thing I've encouraged our coaches that use solvers to do is set up their thoughts on the sim before showing/running it, examine the sim, and then provide conclusions from the sim in sentence/power point format to easily visualize the takeaways. I will keep your suggestions in mind when dealing with coaches going forward. Thanks!

April 16, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Owen has been a long-time coach with Run It Once and an even longer-time MTT grinder. He plays under the SN ozzieowen. Here is his pocket5's

You can check out some of his Essential videos for free for the next couple of weeks prior to purchasing the course if you like to see if his style resonates with you.

April 8, 2020 | 6:36 p.m.

I enjoyed this one! A point that resonated with me was (paraphrased) - "When an opponent plays a bet bet bet line on a runout that is unfavorable for their range I think it's stronger/less bluffy than it should be."

Keep up the good work Ben, big fan!

April 3, 2020 | 7:25 p.m.

We have two courses:
From the Ground Up - this course deals with 6MNL cash games
From the Ground Up: MTT - this course deals with MTT's

April 2, 2020 | 11:13 a.m.

March 31, 2020 | 11:53 a.m.

Hello -

The ebook is available for download right now! You will receive the file as a PDF. This can be converted to epub which will work on Kindle using any number of programs but we like this one: https://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-epub

March 29, 2020 | 12:35 p.m.

That one will remain Elite

March 27, 2020 | 2:28 p.m.

Alex "Pwndidi" Theologis was seemingly destined for poker. While other kids were outside banging around with the soccer ball, Alex was inside grinding Tomb Raider. Lara Croft gave way to DOTA which gave way to Warcraft and eventually to chess and finally poker. What began as home games with friends turned into an online grind that led him to where he is today. In 2019, Alex maintained an ABI of ~$420 and his theoretical approach combined with population exploits has proven very successful.

His first video reviews the action from a $5k event that saw him make a deep run. In future videos he plans to create a wide variety of material largely based on feedback from the viewers.

Welcome aboard Alex!

March 26, 2020 | 5:09 p.m.

Check out the top 25 FAQ's from Peter Clarke's "From the Ground Up" course!

March 18, 2020 | 4:33 p.m.

Vlada "Vlada2108" Stojanovic started unlike many of his counterparts as a live player in small stakes games at his local casino. When he eventually found his way to the virtual felt he focused primarily on MTT's which remain his bread and butter. His GTO oriented approach has proved successful during his foray into the high stakes world. Outside of poker he enjoys basketball, psychology, and skiing.

Vlada's first video covers a 4 step approach to studying any aspect of poker and he uses 3bet pots to illustrate this. His future videos should be a mix of theory, specific situation drills, HH and database reviews, and some live play sprinkled in.

Welcome aboard Vlada!

March 16, 2020 | 5:07 p.m.

Yesterday's action highlight reel package is right here!

March 13, 2020 | 8:03 p.m.

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