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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.

Hi Wouter -

It's a great question and definitely worth considering as you make your way through our database of videos. The vintage of the video is quite relevant as poker is always evolving. My suggestion (and this goes for every video on the site, not just older ones!) would be to watch the video with a critical eye. I think for the most part older videos that are part of a learning path means that they were hand picked by our staff at the time as a good teaching video for that specific topic. Though the hands being used to illustrate points are from a number of years ago or ranges in certain spots may have changed from the current state of the games, the underlying logic will often be relevant and can be applied to the current meta.

July 31, 2020 | 5:02 p.m.

Tariq "AcesFullOnly" Haji began taking poker seriously in 2014 shortly after entering University. Amidst studying to receive his bachelor of mathematics, he want from $2NL to $25NL over the course of two years. By 2016, he moved his volume over to Bodog and bumped the stakes up to $50NL. The trend continued and by 2018 he was grinding $200NL Zoom games. Upon graduating in 2019, his foray as a full-time player became official. His passion for teaching and success on the tables made coaching at Run It Once a perfect fit.

In his first video, he offers a brief introduction before hopping right into a $100NL session on Bodog. The session is capped off with a review of particularly interesting hands with the hole cards of his opponents revealed.

Welcome aboard Tariq!

July 9, 2020 | 6:35 p.m.

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.

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