Great intro video and I am going to try and catch up on the rest of your videos! Would you suggest thinner value raises against half pot sizing in these situations? Would you raise a hand like KJ on the KT3 44 board as an example? Or should our raises just be more polarized because villain is very condensed with value. Thanks!
June 3, 2023 | 1:45 p.m.
Good analysis during the video. I would prefer only two tables to limit the overlap on the tables. It tilted me at times when I was looking at something and the tables would click back and forth.
Sept. 29, 2022 | 4:04 a.m.
Guess it is time to wrap this journal up with the biggest pot I have played on Bovada this year! Too bad I lost :(
I also crossed the 50k hand mark last night. My win rate shot up a little bit as I went on a pretty solid heater. The site seemed to get a little bit softer since football season started. Hopefully it stays this way for the next few months.
My plan moving forward is to play another 50k hands at 200nl on Bovada before moving up to 500nl. I will still mix my playing time between Bovada and Global. I should be able to get in the other 50k hands by January. I would like to start the New Year off right.
Sept. 26, 2022 | 10:34 p.m.
My schedule is a bit too crazy and limited at this time to get what I would need from a coach. However, I do plan to get one this summer when school lets out. I will have all June/July to maybe work with someone once a week. Maybe buy a 10-session package and stretch it out over the summer.
Sept. 19, 2022 | 3:58 a.m.
What made you check the flop instead of betting?
I mix mid pair on most A hi rainbow boards with two semi connected low cards. I am sure there is not much EV loss compared to just range betting with my hand here, but I mixed and rolled low.
Also seems a bit odd to check the flop, but bet the turn? Is this because its a pair + GS so taking a stab and would rather not face a big bet, so you stab 1/3?
I am not sure why this is odd. I didn't bet turn out of fear of a big bet. I am just low frequency mixing here. I chose a small size because the turn card is still a fairly good card for in position. I would bet a big size if the turn was let's say a K. I rolled high and bet.
River was a blunder on my part. In game, I got caught up focusing in on my blockers/unblockers and I didn't think about my overall bluff catching range.
You will see this play a lot on the turn actually. Even at lower stakes I noticed when I 1/3 turn I face quite a few min raises from some very RANDOM hands that are just trying to exploit a small bet size, which in their mind indicates weakness from an unbalanced pool.
Yes...I am pretty sure word is out by now that humans don't balance their flop checking range.
Sept. 19, 2022 | 3:50 a.m.
Been a rough two weeks around the house. My wife and oldest daughter got Covid. They are both fine, but it was difficult managing things around the house. I have a wedding to attend this weekend at the beach, so I won't be playing much.
I have made some good adjustments to my game since Tyler Forrester reviewed my play. I have also changed some things about my study routine thanks to this really good interview from Poker Ambition with Luke "Clanty" Johnson.
Almost 45k hands
Results are pretty good over this fairly small sample. I couldn't stand the pace of only playing 4 regular tables, so I am playing 2 fast and 2 regulars now.
Sept. 16, 2022 | 4:21 p.m.
I am pretty clueless on monotone boards and only use a 20% sizing on flop. I have not studied any other bet sizing on monotone boards. They come up so in frequently that I have not dedicated much time there. I am clearly missing out on EV as Tyler pointed out. I plan to tweak my strategy here this weekend.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 3:52 p.m.
I didn’t raise turn because of stack size, lack of fold equity, and player type. I wouldn’t typically raise this spot vs. a weak passive Rec that is showing aggression, however, I am not sure if this is the right decision considering my particular hand combo. I don’t think we can go wrong by just sticking it in there w/ Str8 flush draws.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 3:46 p.m.
The 32c hand was interesting with some flawed thinking on my part. I mixed the flop thinking the correct GTO strategy was to have some strong draws in my calling range. However, simplifying and putting pressure on my opponent might be the best strategy to capitalize when I hit my hand and increase my fold equity when I lack showdown. I made a pretty big mistake on the turn by not betting. I don’t think I lost a lot of EV but I need to be able to bet this hand for my overall range construction.
For the river decision, in game I felt that villain was very weak with this line. I went with the larger sizing to try and maximize from his Ax holdings but this line of reasoning is flawed on my part. I think the larger size allows at least half of the Ax combos to easily fold. I don’t think I get many bluff raises in this spot so I didn’t even consider that as a possibility. However, spazzy things happen and I just played a hand yesterday where I bet the river small and induced a shove from villain w/ A2 on a T88 A 6 board. So all that being said, I think I like a smaller 2.5-3x raise size to keep all Ax combos in and possibly induce some kind of spazz raise.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 3:34 p.m.
the actual question is which sizing does our opponent play worse against?
This is a question I just started asking myself this week because of your review. Most of my sizing decisions have been based on simplifying the game tree for me to try and replicate. I am now reevaluating my entire approach to cbetting to center on sizes that make things more difficult on my opponent.
Sept. 9, 2022 | 3:10 p.m.
I need to work toward that top 5 all-time list. RunItTw1ce is crushing it!
Sept. 4, 2022 | 5 p.m.
Thanks for the response Max Lacerda! I do fairly well with tilt control, but I struggle with game fatigue. I usually play after a long day between teaching and family. I am going to switch up how I roll because I think the tradeoff is possibly worth it as well.
Aug. 28, 2022 | 8 p.m.
30k hands into this experiment.
I have started playing the regular tables on Bovada. I am going to finish off the remaining 20k hands there. Then I can compare hourly rates to see what direction to pursue in the future.
I have been focusing a little bit on bluff catchers lately. Wizard doesn't like my river call in this hand. I felt that unblocking draws and blocking the straight/2pair/sets made this a call in game. Villain was 30/22 so I felt he was wide enough and aggressive enough to make it a call. IDK...but I am a station and snap called so whatev.
Aug. 28, 2022 | 7:51 p.m.
Gary Chappell congrats on the baby! Birth to 2 is wayyyyyy easier than 2-4. Honestly the best years though so enjoy!! Interesting tidbit...you learn more between birth and 5 than you do the rest of your life. Concerning the video...I like the format with 5 tables and no video. Makes it easy to watch and you fill the gaps with the replayer.