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Old Doug v. New Doug

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 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.

Great video! Hope to see you break down some videos from higher stakes as well. If you need some 4-9 tabling 200nl action sign me up!

Jan. 25, 2021 | 6:09 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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on Scenario

4 bet from 15 to 32/33.

Jan. 21, 2021 | 8:59 p.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on Scenario

I don’t like 100% calling here. I’m 4betting AK, KK,QQ, half AA/JJ/66, and A5s. Calling some pairs and suited broadways. Folding the rest.

Jan. 21, 2021 | 8:58 p.m.

Awesome job so far! What exploits did you find profitable when working through 200nl?

Jan. 21, 2021 | 7:59 p.m.

Awesome story! It is amazing how having a detailed schedule can increase our productivity and reduce our stress.

Jan. 21, 2021 | 6:19 p.m.

If only in the U.S. :(

Jan. 21, 2021 | 6:14 p.m.

I’m not a big fan of the turn overbet on a board that crushes villains range. I would find some better draw combos to take this line with that have a little more equity.

Jan. 21, 2021 | 6:11 p.m.

Just call turn. No threat from draws. Raise river.

Raise slightly smaller as played

Jan. 21, 2021 | 6:07 p.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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on Running bad?

Awesome!! Now get back in the ring and stay zoom focused on what you can control. Good luck!

Jan. 20, 2021 | 4:53 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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on Running bad?

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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on From semipro to pro.

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.

A non heart A river you can go for thin value but you need to just check fold this river.

Jan. 17, 2021 | 2:35 p.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

Do the nits with AA/KK outweigh the spazzy fish at this stake? Are you suggesting folding KK here? I can see why calling QQ and AK a large % of the time is needed in a full ring game in this spot. But KK specifically?

Jan. 17, 2021 | 5:19 a.m.

Today was a little rough. Here is my graph for the year so far.

Jan. 17, 2021 | 5:16 a.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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

argue with the solver

LetEmKnow he is ignoring the solver and trying to make an exploitative fold which is fine in many cases. However, this is not the spot to do so.

Jan. 17, 2021 | 4:57 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

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.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

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.

Jan. 17, 2021 | 4:31 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on From semipro to pro.

Nice to hear you are getting your tilt under control. Must be nice to play in games where the fish are gambling away with 52s in 3b/4b pots. It adds some variance but great long term!

Jan. 17, 2021 | 3:45 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on NL25 - MWP River Game

Interesting spot due to his river sizing. There are not a lot of bluffs in his range. I dont think we are getting the right price to bluff catch here.

Jan. 16, 2021 | 9:13 p.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

You don’t have any reads on villain. Get it in and move on

Jan. 16, 2021 | 6:27 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 20nl: AA vs KK

Just get it in here and accept that you are going to get coolered some of the time. KKvAA is a pretty neutral ev spot.

Jan. 16, 2021 | 5:52 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on 2020 and Onwards.

Great job getting back to even and crushing the tourney circuit! Keep crushing!!

Jan. 16, 2021 | 5:31 a.m.

Comment | RoleTide commented on Paired Boards

Awesome video! I am over bluffing boards like K44. I thought it would be closer to 80% bet. I was shocked to see it at only 51%. Thank you!

Jan. 16, 2021 | 5:28 a.m.

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