In this interview after losing a session to Dnegs, Polk was asked to explain how he thinks old school "peek" Doug would do in a match against new "2021" Doug. Not surprisingly, Doug said that new "2021" Doug would crush old "peek" Doug because he has studied so much more now. Joe Ingram points out that Doug is not likely at peek performance because he is clearly not happy about playing. This quote hit me pretty hard at the time and I can really relate.
Old Doug had things he thought and ideas and dreams...New Doug is a beaten man who just does what the robot overlords tell him to do.
Sadly, this is poker in 2021. Solvers were not a widespread thing when I left the game. Clearly the play is better today because of the solvers, but it is not nearly as much fun. I struggle at times to study, and I find myself asking what would the solver do in this situation while playing! I think the young guys have a much easier time grinding out the solvers because that is all they have known. I find it extremely helpful, but I don't have the same thoughts, ideas, and dreams about the game anymore. I just listen to the robot overlords and try to emulate them the best I can.
There is one area that I think I have an advantage against my younger GTO opponents and this makes a pretty big difference. I can exploit the fish much better than they can. I have spent a good bit of time on these forums and others, and I keep seeing questions from players about what to do in spots against fish. Immediately, players start coming up with the GTO strategy to play against a fish who takes a common fish line like x/c, x/c, donk pot line. This is strength from the fish like 75% of the time, but players are still trying to justify all of the hands that make it a call. I am sorry but your one pair is beat and it is just a fold. I don't care that he only has 4 combos with a five in it to make a straight...you must fold vs. this line.
So that being said, I am going to keep growing my GTO game to keep up with the Reg pool, but be mindful where the money comes from. Because I'm gonna go where da gold at. I don't like the robot overlords but I got to make that money.
Jan. 25, 2021 | 7:39 p.m.
I appreciate you going through your full thought process for each hand. It takes time but really shows how much detail and analysis needs to go into each hand and each different board texture. Great Job!
Jan. 25, 2021 | 6:44 p.m.
I really look forward to reading your thoughts here. I am sure all players can benefit from your insight!
Jan. 22, 2021 | 3:54 a.m.
Great Video! Kyriakos Papadopoulos One question about how you are randomizing your x/r bluffs. With the Q8o hand at the one minute mark you said that you "rolled high" and will therefore raise. What percentage of the time are you raising your weak draw hands with little showdown? Is this just a low frequency thing to do like 10% of the time or something more frequent?
Jan. 21, 2021 | 3:51 a.m.
Jae Kim Sick rush making it through such large fields in back to back weeks!! Nice bink w/ the QQvAA ;) I was surprised to see it be almost a 100% shove on the K turn. Thanks for your insight and good luck!
Jan. 19, 2021 | 3:54 a.m.
Great Video! I appreciate you working through your thought process with us. Henry Lister One question about the AA hand at the 12:18 mark. You mentioned that you would balance the 4bet with some Ax and suited broadways. At smaller stakes like this in a LJ/HJ/COvBN spot where we are out of position when called, do you prefer a more linear or polarized range to 4bet with?
Jan. 19, 2021 | 3:41 a.m.
These graphs only tell part of the story. Maybe you are running super hot w/ AAvKK or you have set over set someone more than you have been. It is a giant waste of time to spend any emotional energy into these charts. Listen to Doug Polk's rant after the session today with Negreanu. He explains how silly DNegs sounds for his constant whining about missing flushes. Polk is being sarcastic most of the time, but he is reasonable frustrated.
Jan. 19, 2021 | 3:25 a.m.
Maybe it stems from other reasons like you had/have an issue with your life and it's affecting your mental game when you are at the tables
HeavyMask That is a very Freudian thing of you to say to Mr. Freud himself. The subconscious controls everything!!
Jan. 17, 2021 | 2:48 p.m.
Great video! I really appreciate you stringing these 3-bet pot videos together. It is nice to have one coach focus on an area and really dive deep like this.
Jan. 17, 2021 | 5:03 a.m.
Psychologically we always have that gut feeling when we get it in with KK. I can guarantee that you say to yourself right before clicking call/all in "just don't have AA" or something of that nature. Most of the time they don't have AA and we don't think about it. However, some of the time they do have AA and we say "I knew it!! I am such an idiot." Don't let confirmation bias turn you into a fish.
Jan. 17, 2021 | 4:45 a.m.
BigDickPlaya you don't have any reads on your opponent to make this laydown. I am going to assume that the 25nl pool you play in has a lot of players that will spazz at any random moment. I wouldn't be surprised to see something completely stupid here about 10% of the time. Their action will defy your logic. That 10% will get it in w/ JJ, AQ, TT, 98s, A5s, and some other random junk. Meanwhile, 90% of the pool are playing QQ+, AKs this way. Therefore, you have more than enough equity to get it in here and fist pump doing so...regardless of the occasional cooler.