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Rapha Nogueira's journey into the world of strategic thinking began in college, where he honed his mind with a degree in economics. His quest for knowledge continued with a master's in mathematical economics, where he delved even deeper into theory.

His rise through the stakes wasn't without challenges. Health issues caused some setbacks, but his unwavering dedication and performance-driven mindset propelled him back up the ladder. Today, he skillfully navigates mid-stakes and high-stakes games, showcasing his versatility across various formats.

Rapha's passion for sharing his knowledge extends beyond the poker table. Since 2015, he's transformed into a successful coach, guiding students across diverse formats, including MTTs, Omaha High Low and PLO(4, 5, 6).

Away from the felt, Rapha embraces life as a well-rounded individual. A true foodie, he delights in exploring culinary creations. Fitness is another pillar of his life, keeping him sharp and energized. But perhaps his most unique passion lies in the world of art. Inspired by his grandmother, who blossomed into a painter after retirement, Rapha travels the globe to personally experience his favorite artworks.

His first video takes a deep dive on PLO8 and explores the importance of scooping.

May 28, 2024 | 7:10 p.m.

Sam Forde spent the past decade in the world of counselling, initially working in high school and then primarily with adults in private practice. In recent years he added lecturing into the mix, leaning into his passion for ideas and communicating these to counsellors-in-training.

No Limit Hold’em Cash has been his passion for several years, but it wasn’t until he began studying HUNL in late 2019, with a group of guys who quickly became friends, that he switched gears with poker. This led to him playing HUNL part-time during Covid — in the chaos of working from home with 5 children under the age of 10 — and then grinding full-time from late 2022 with his main volume being played at 500NL.

As someone who does need some variety in his work, he continues providing on and off input in counsellor education and is now stoked to be able to integrate poker and counselling in producing videos for RIO.

Outside of poker, counselling, and family life, Sam is passionate about Crossfit, craft beer and cuban cigars.

Sam's unique background in counselling provides a completely new angle at dealing with the everyday challenges of competing at the poker tables. His debut video 'Violence at the Poker Tables' gives a look into the type of content you can expect from Sam.

If you can't get enough of Sam, make sure to check out his 4-part seminar series 'Finding New Possibilities' hosted on Run It Once earlier this year. In the series, you'll lean into the counterintuitive, play around with possibilities, and disrupt some of the commonsense approaches we are told to take in the face of adversity.

Welcome aboard Sam!

April 19, 2024 | noon

Hi Principle

PADS videos are part of a course. The can be accessed here:https://www.runitonce.com/courses/pads-on-pads/

Or using the "courses" tab at the top of the screen.

April 17, 2024 | 4:49 p.m.


My colleague Matthias explained the logic behind the first question that you raise.

For the rest it depends on how you practice, in Streak you always have a single spot for each hand, but in Practice you can use the "Continue" option if the hand can continue, or even more recommended is the "[x] Play from Flop to River". This way you will get a hand on the flop and can play it to showdown if it goes there.

Or you can also open a situation in Learn mode, go to practice over the top right icon and then check the "[x] Play from Flop to River"

This way all checkboxes for this spot will be auto selected for them (you can then pick the desired starting ACTIONS for the flop starting node

Feb. 20, 2024 | 1:51 p.m.

Callum Ross is a mixed discipline player who's risen from 25NL to playing mostly 500NL and 1KNL, and up to 5KNL live, over the past 3 years.
He recently left his job as a data engineer to dedicate himself fully to poker, and will be moving to Macau for the next few months to play live poker.

Callum has previously made play and explains on youtube on his channel 'Kal2c' and has experience as a 1 on 1 coach.

In his first video he introduces himself and goes over this year's results, before getting into some 1KNL action on Pokerstars.

Welcome aboard Callum!

Dec. 4, 2023 | 10:33 p.m.

We just made a correction here that will allow you to see the rake in BB's. You're example is correct. If you log out and log back in you should see the update. Let me know if you still have an issue.

Oct. 27, 2023 | 12:39 a.m.

You're account has been unlocked. This is a system we have to prevent piracy. If you experience it going forward you can email [email protected] and we'll get it sorted.

Oct. 24, 2023 | 1:08 p.m.

Alexandra Fagaras got her start in poker during her first year in college where it was primarily the easiest way for her and a friend to obtain free drinks at her local casino. It didn't take long for her to learn the game and realize that there was potential for much more than a casual place to hang out. When he plans for a Masters degree fell through she started playing online and worked hard to climb from the micros to $500NL which serves as her current home.

Her theoretical approach mixed with her passion for psychology have benefited her tremendously and are on full display in her first video which covers 4 bet pots.

Outside of poler she tries to spend as much time away from the PC and enjoys hiking, yoga, and any activity that involves the outdoors.

Welcome aboard Alexandra!

Sept. 11, 2023 | 5:34 p.m.

Sorry for any issues that you're having, I don't see any emails from you in our support. Can you email again with your issue or respond to the email that I just sent you from our support account?

July 11, 2023 | 5:18 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Dramaha

I'm no expert but you're definitely going to want to check out iteopepe's upcoming videos if you're a dramaha fan!

June 1, 2023 | 1:55 p.m.

Great suggestion, I'll pass this along to our devs and see if it's a feature we can add.

March 20, 2023 | 12:49 p.m.

I have reached out to you via email

Feb. 23, 2023 | 1:56 p.m.

Sorry - this should be fixed and we fixed all posts that were impacted hence the wonderful cat displaying now.

Jan. 25, 2023 | 10:19 p.m.

Matt Stout began his poker career at the age of four when his sister taught him 5-card draw. He took a brief hiatus between that first foray and 2004 when he dove in during the Moneymaker boom. Unlike many of his colleagues, Matt started early on as an MTT specialist and remained focused on that variant for the first 12 years of his pro career. During that time he amassed over $4M online and another $4M in live cashes including several WPT and WSOP final tables.

Matt's first video features a look at a deep run in a $215 ACR event and breaks down the nuance of a number of atypical situations that he encountered throughout.

Outside of poker, he enjoys ice hockey, camping, skiing, and being a dad.

Welcome aboard Matt!

Jan. 24, 2023 | 7:24 p.m.

Frankie Carson got his start like so many others in home games with friends during his middle and high school days. They went as far as to create their own WSOP with paper bracelets of which he was unable to win any. When he eventually took his game to the virtual streets he found his niche at $200NL and takes pride in being able to take full advantage of population tendencies in whatever game he's in.

His first video explores an extreme exploit that can be used in virtually every session.

Welcome aboard Frankie!

Dec. 14, 2022 | 8:02 p.m.

Lachezar Petkov got started in poker all the way back in 2007 after watching the movie "Lucky You." He found himself playing for pocket change amongst friends during high school and when he departed for college in the UK he attempted to cover his expenses with poker earnings. He moved from HU SNG's, to hypers, to spins before ultimately finding his home in MTT's. In 2016 he took a shot during the Merit Poker live series in Cyprus and won the $10k high roller event for $168k and hasn't looked back since.

His first video offers a brief introduction, some highlights from his poker career, and hands from a recent deep run.

Welcome aboard Lachezar!

Dec. 7, 2022 | 7:13 p.m.

Working out a time with jericho in the next week or so but I will take this into account. He's in Brazil at the moment so I think it should be doable. Only problem is after 4pm or so you might have to deal with some screaming kids in the background for me!

Oct. 18, 2022 | 12:15 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Run it Once Hats

Unfortunately we had to close the store down. Shipping, particularly internationally, proved far too difficult. Perhaps it will be back someday though I don't see it on the horizon at the moment.

Sept. 12, 2022 | 12:26 p.m.

Dhruv Bhargava got his start playing in the micros while still in college all the way back in 2007. Unlike many who were bit by the bug immediately, poker remained a side interest for him for the next 12 years. It wasn't until 2019 that he decided to take on the game full-time and transitioned from a NL cash player to PLO and hasn't been dealt two cards since. Outside of poker he enjoys motorcycles and cooking.

His first video features a brief bio followed by some quick and easy fixes that can be implemented for immediate results to your bottom line.

Welcome aboard Dhruv!

Aug. 24, 2022 | 6:08 p.m.

Freenachos had a long and windy road on his way to becoming a poker pro and his story is one that is likely to resonate with members more than the boy-genius stories of players depositing $50 and quickly ascending to high stakes. Though the dream of playing poker professionally was present early on, the results at the table didn't match the enthusiasm for the game and he decided to head back to school where he achieved a degree as a language teacher. He rededicated himself to the game during some down time and found the success he'd been seeking earlier in his life.

His first video offers a brief background on his life and touches on some general keys to his approach in poker along with what to expect from future content. The background as a teacher combined with his simplistic, data-driven approach to poker make for unique videos that are likely to benefit players at all levels.

Welcome aboard Freenachos!

June 23, 2022 | 7:31 p.m.

Giovanni Giurdanella has had a wild poker journey that began nearly seven years ago at the low stakes NL tables. He found his stride relatively quickly and was able to climb the stakes eventually reaching the $1k and $2k NL games. He made the fateful decision to transition to crypto and he did not experience the same level of success there as he did in poker to say the least! He found his way back to the felt and is back on the grind. His aggressive style which occasionally leans on the spewie side allows him to gain an edge in some of the lower stakes environments running nowadays. He relies heavily on his creativity to find lines and exploits that others may not and this is on full display in his first video.

Outside of poker he enjoys working out, cooking, and soccer.

Welcome aboard Gio!

June 15, 2022 | 6:27 p.m.

Sorry I missed this post initially. You can go to the settings section of the site found here:

On the right side of the screen you'll see the number of days you have remaining on your subscription. You can post further questions here or email us at [email protected].

June 15, 2022 | 4:33 p.m.

Jan Philippi runs the gamut in the poker world and serves as a psychologist, psychotherapist in training, mindfulness teacher and former 10-year poker-pro. He's helped countless players to improve their mindset and performance and become better overall poker players.

By now you probably know that a strong mindset is what separates the big winners from the small winners and break-even players in today’s extremely competitive poker world. As strategical edges become smaller and smaller, the mental aspect of poker becomes more important. Jan’s coaching and videos are not only about performance at the poker tables, they are about improving your life in general. All the skills he teaches are applicable to all areas of life, not only to poker.

If you want to get rid of your tilt issues, gain stablity, develop a healthy, balanced lifestyle, a strong ability to focus and long-lasting motivation, Jan’s videos are the place to start.

Additionally, his focus is to help you to see and use poker as a tool to improve your life and live aligned with your values rather than just as a means for making money.

His first video offers a brief introduction before offering an overview of his outlook on life and poker.

Welcome aboard Jan!

June 9, 2022 | 5:17 p.m.

You can email [email protected] if this happens to you can we can get the problem sorted immediately.

May 26, 2022 | 3:40 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on App crash android

frodebass There are a few fixes here. Can you make sure you're following the below in order to use the app effectively:

  • "Run It Once Mobile" is the correct version of the app. Can you make sure this is the one you're downloading? You may be seeing two different app options for download. Deleting/reinstalling might still be installing the older app. Make sure you delete, then search the app store and download the correct one titled "Run It Once Mobile"
  • 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 your wifi does not have any restrictions or firewalls that would prevent you from downloading the entire video. If you're using public wifi for example, sometimes our content would be blocked or limited based on the size of the files.

If you're still having difficulty please email [email protected] and we can troubleshoot further.


May 24, 2022 | 12:03 p.m.

Hi chimpraiser

Phil is working on these session reviews and some other videos right now. In looking at our schedule behind the scenes it looks like some other additional content featuring a special guest is going to come out first and the timeline for those videos is a couple weeks or so from now and the session reviews are currently scheduled for 4-6 weeks from now. Sorry for the delay but they're actively being worked on. Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with.

April 28, 2022 | 5:16 p.m.

Horseofhell got his start in poker like many other new-school players by watching streams particularly Jcarver. After a few weeks of observation he thought it seemed quite easy and decided to give it a shot where he quickly lost $20 at $2NL. This sealed the deal on NL and he switched over to PLO and never looked back. Admittedly, the game did not come naturally to him and it took quite some time to become profitable at micro stakes but the experience during these early days proved invaluable. After hours upon hours of work with the solver he slowly grew his bankroll to the point that he was able to play $5/$10 and $10/$20 comfortably. Outside of poker, he enjoys cooking and toiling away on his guitar or saxophone.

His first video provides a brief introduction, a summary of his general outlook on the game, and contains a sampling of hands to illustrate some larger, key points integral for success.

Welcome aboard Horse!

April 25, 2022 | 5:02 p.m.

Unfortunately not but we have added this to our list and will look to get it added in the future.

April 5, 2022 | 5:15 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on This is PLO

Hi 3betfloat !

Ask away here

March 17, 2022 | 4:28 p.m.

Blake Eastman is a long-time poker player that has dedicated his focus to a specific area of the game that is rarely covered by coaches or discussed in training videos. His expertise in psychology, non-verbal behavior, tells, and the misconceptions surrounding these mysterious aspects of the game is on full display in his first video for Run It Once where he provides a primer on these topics and what to expect from future videos.

Welcome aboard Blake!

March 15, 2022 | 6:13 p.m.

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