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Are you struggling to balance all the things going on in your life? Check out Leszek Badurowicz's tips on time management especially as it relates to the poker grind

Nov. 15, 2019 | 6:33 p.m.

Enjoyed this one. One thing you touched on in the video that I am guilty of is creating a narrative in my head during a game where a certain player is targeting or leveling me and it can dominate my thought process in hands and force me out of my game even if it's accurate whatsoever.

Nov. 12, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.

One of my favorite aspects of your videos is the level of detail in the analysis of small pots. I think low stakes or new players will tend to want to analyze the big pots and that makes sense as you want to avoid making mistakes in those but often those play themselves out with both players flopping big hands in low SPR situation. It's the far more frequent smaller pots where mastery of those situations can lead to much greater increases to the bottom line. Well done!

Nov. 12, 2019 | 8:16 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Learning German

Two apps are good: italki and hellotalk. You put in your languages and the languages you want to learn and it will show you contact info for people that want the opposite. Luckily for us, everyone wants to learn English so we are in high demand.

I also like Pimsleur - it's audio book. It generally provides you with how things are said when two normal people are talking to each other.

Oct. 30, 2019 | 12:10 p.m.

Hello Dylan Linde your old pal Mikey here...

My question is really a simple one that stemmed from your AK hand (top right table, 5:00 in) where you get to the river 3 ways with the nuts and face a bet.

I agree completely that calling is your only option as the only way more money goes into the pot is if the 3rd player calls (or raises). The question is if solvers ever allow you to call in this spot. I wasn't sure if this was solver approved. Thanks!

Oct. 29, 2019 | 6:09 p.m.

This was a behind the scenes error on my part. We will be releasing part 1 of this series as Patrick's next video and then switching them in the database after a couple of weeks so as not to confuse anyone. I apologize for this!

Oct. 16, 2019 | 1:47 p.m.

We have Chris Pimmer hard at work on his next videos and I just finished chatting with Leszek who is looking for ideas on his mental game videos coming up. Do you have specific suggestions on video types you'd like to see?

Have you checked out the A-Game Poker Masterclass? This could be just what you're looking for as well.

Oct. 15, 2019 | 5:13 p.m.

The biggest Sunday of the year went down recently and Phil was in there battling with masses. Check out the highlights of his WCOOP Main and a few other tournaments...

Oct. 2, 2019 | 5:04 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Can we talk rake?

Hi freenachos -

I think this is probably what you're looking for:

I think it's hard to divorce the STP concept from the rake taken in an individual pot as the true number for any site would be rake - rakeback (in whatever form that may be).

Most sites have breakdowns and charts of their rake:

I too would like to see real numbers and hope to see more people in the thread!

Sept. 25, 2019 | 7:07 p.m.

Ryan Henry's unconventional path to poker began as a recreational player killing time on the zynga poker app during university. After a move to Adelaide Australia to further his studies as a physiotherapist, he continued the grind with a bit more seriousness and an eye towards learning the game. He made his way back to New Zealand and attempted to balance work as a physiotherapist and a poker player but it didn't take long for him to realize poker was his true passions and to go full-time.

His first video features a few hands to demonstrate CO/Button vs BB strategy and utilizes PIO to confirm his theories about this tricky spot.

Welcome aboard Ryan!

Sept. 25, 2019 | 6:20 p.m.

Phil shares his thoughts on Doyle Brunson and Tom Dwan before jumping into the NL and PLO hands

Sept. 23, 2019 | 5:18 p.m.

Get in the way back machine and check out Stephen Chidwick's first video for Run It Once. Such a shame that he was never able to put it together and parlay his talents into any success at the tables

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:43 p.m.

Two of Scandinavia's finest battling it out in the $10/$20 PLO streets

Sept. 14, 2019 | 9:06 p.m.

I think this is a tough question to answer as each situation is very different. As you mentioned, these games rarely run online for any meaningful stakes. You will most often find them in live games as part of a big mix if you want to play. With regard to badugi - iteopepe has you covered :)

Sept. 11, 2019 | 8:37 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Help

Please check your email for help with this issue

Sept. 5, 2019 | 8:11 p.m.

Kevin spikes a gutshot and sends his opponent on such tilt that he starts open shoving any two...

Sept. 2, 2019 | 4:10 p.m.

Andreas Fröhli’s path to poker started with a teaching job. The Swiss-born grinder dipped his toes in the game by playing various free-roll tournaments for a few years before his first big score in 2014 when he made two TCOOP final tables. He continued experimenting with different formats until he landed at the PLO cash games which remains his bread and butter. He documented his progression as a player with videos on YouTube and as a streamer.

His first video provides a typical session for him and he discusses the difficulties of playing in high rake environments.

Welcome aboard Andreas!

Aug. 17, 2019 | 5:08 p.m.

Patrick "DRLuck3" Cronin got his start in high school beating his friends out of quarters in tournaments and cash games. The stakes escalated quickly and he was able to make solid walking-around money for the time never realizing that there was a possibility to make serious money at the game. He began experimenting a bit online losing 3 or 4 early deposits before a combination of running hot and heavy volume had him grinding up a serious bankroll during his freshman year of college. As one would imagine, college didn't stand a chance against poker and he dropped out to focus exclusively on poker. His style is heavily reliant on theory and off-table work while mixing in occasional exploitative strategies depending on his opponents.

His first video takes a look at some troubling lines from recently played hands and gives a sense of what's to come in future videos.

Welcome aboard Patrick!

July 16, 2019 | 6:03 p.m.

The quads w/ AA hand was pretty cool. You have to weigh a few factors and I'm not sure quite what I think about it yet. Considerations are:
- If I shove, will he call with his combo draws or a boat
- if I call and he misses his draws will he bluff river?
- if I call and he hits his draw will he shove river?

Ultimately I think he's most likely to call w/ his draws when comparing w/ the other options but tough to say without any idea of the player.

July 2, 2019 | 1:42 p.m.

Pepe - really great suggestions and I know that a few coaches have already mentioned seeing the post. We will absolutely get a few of these topics converted to videos. As my colleague James Hudson has mentioned in the past, the time from video idea to live on the site can sometimes a month or so, perhaps even longer depending on the coach and what is going on outside of video making. Will see what I can do to expedite things here!

June 26, 2019 | 6:42 p.m.

Hi -

Sorry to hear that you feel this way about certain coaches. When we launched Run It Once we had three core areas that we wanted to cover: NL cash, PLO cash, and MTT's. Within those groups we wanted to have low, mid, and high stakes videos and coaches. Over the years we've added a number of coaches and expanded our offering but those still remain our core areas of focus.

We fully understand that some coaches aren't of interest to some customers. We don't expect a HS PLO player to be interested in low stakes mix game content. We do our best to balance our schedule and release videos that cover our core areas of focus while sprinkling in those covering other topics and games. We're always open to making changes and feedback from our members has been the driving force in nearly all of the changes that we've made to the site since we launched.

Please let us know the topics you'd like to see covered going forward and we'll do our best to get this on the site asap.

June 26, 2019 | 12:11 p.m.

22:00 A8o hand...as I was watching this video I almost started typing my comment before the hole cards were revealed because I was so confident we were going to see a worse two pair based on the river sizing. I was actually excited when I saw the river overbet because it strengthened my conviction that we were looking at 98, 93, 94, 83, 84, 43, and the occasional 52. Given the strength of this read and seeing him turn over the 9's, it's no wonder why my 2 card days are behind me :)

June 19, 2019 | 4:54 p.m.

Hi guys - video should be working for anyone that was having difficulty with it now. Sorry for the issues!

June 19, 2019 | 2:33 p.m.

I certainly understand the concern. For now there is no way around this method of concealing the hands and submitting them. I will look into this to see if it's something we can change.

June 13, 2019 | 3:40 p.m.

When posting a hand step 2 of the process will provide you with the option to "hide player names." You will also have the option to hide certain results/streets.

June 11, 2019 | 2:41 p.m.

I think the coaches best suited for this would be iteopepe88, Chris George, and maybe Chris Kruk. I will run this by them.

My initial reaction is that the main point of any video on this game would simply be "play much tighter" but that's probably obvious if you've played this at all. Will see if there is interest in a video on this.

June 11, 2019 | 2:37 p.m.

Saulo "sauloCosta10" Ribeiro is someone that most people reading this thread will be familiar with if they've spent any time in the forums or video threads over the years. The Brazilian-born rec-turned-grinder began in home games with friends before turning his focus to the nuts and bolts of the game in an effort to become a consistent winner. The dedication paid off and he's solidified as a force to be reckoned with in the $200 Zoom games.

His first video features a broad overview of his approach to the game, the types of videos he plans to make, and a 10-step process to improve your poker game.

Welcome aboard Saulo!

(p.s. this opens a spot on the leaderboard for all you forum grinders!)

June 10, 2019 | 5:21 p.m.

Comment | Mikey Stotz commented on Enough with pio

dukeandking Certainly a valid point. We strongly encourage our coaches who use software like PIO in their videos to do so as a tool to illustrate a larger point rather than as an easy answer for what to do in a specific spot. Recently I've worked with a few coaches that feature heavy software content in their videos to include a beginning and concluding slide to show what we want to gain from using a solver and what the main takeaways are after running simulations.

With solvers and software becoming so ubiquitous in poker especially at the highest levels it's difficult to avoid using them in videos but I completely agree that a balance needs to be struck between theory, live play, HH reviews, and software work. We will try to do better to maintain this balance going forward. Thanks!

June 4, 2019 | 12:39 p.m.

Antonio "Galizian" Miranda began his poker tourney at 16 by splashing around in various games with his friends. The carefree approach to the game took a serious turn two years later when he began studying the game in an effort to see if he could become a winning player. His primary focus was on HUNL cash games and HU SNG's and they remain his primary games to this day.

His first video provides insight into his GTO approach and discusses when deviating from GTO makes sense based on population tendencies.

Welcome aboard Antonio!

May 30, 2019 | 5:39 p.m.

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