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With a little less than 4 months until the main event this year, I'm scrambling to prepare. As a background, I've played midstakes PLO cash games for ~10 years and and consumed a lot of training content on PLO. HOWEVER, I am a total MTT fish. Given the time constraint, what would be the best way to prepare? Is there a certain course you would recommend or a particular video that I must see? All help is greatly appreciated.

July 5, 2021 | 10:07 p.m.

Phil just mentioned leading in this spot is probably where games are headed in Part 2 of the 10/20 plo review of Mikey @31:51

May 13, 2016 | 4:16 p.m.

Great series. Any chance for some of that 2k HU PLO SCOOP action? Would love to see the final four from your point of view.

GL tomorrow, take it down!

May 13, 2016 | 6:03 a.m.

16:10, "in mikey's shoes... by the player in mikey's shoes... by mikey in his own shoes..."

A+ :)

May 13, 2016 | 4:54 a.m.

Comment | STRATAZAR commented on Open Face Tactics

@35:00 perhaps it prefers the Q in the middle for the added value of beating your opponents 2 pair in the middle?

love this format btw! ;)

Jan. 18, 2016 | 4:35 p.m.

%chance ilari has ever had a sub to any poker training site?

Dec. 1, 2015 | 9:33 p.m.

What is your PhD thesis on?

Nov. 24, 2015 | 3:21 p.m.

Love the meta-analysis Jen! There is something very unique about OFC that makes it attractive to new players. I personally, specialize in PLO, but for some reason OFC is the only game my girlfriend will play with me. Many hours spent waiting around in airports playing OFC... ;)

Nov. 18, 2015 | 11:06 p.m.

I like the math analogy very much. It's funny because rather than the thought-experiment analogy, I was considering an imaginary numbers analogy...

Without the use of imaginary numbers [i = sq.rt (-1)], you can't tackle equations with sq. roots of negative numbers. In a similar way, the imaginary river card allows Phil to tackle a situation where his actual hand improves (hits a straight) and his opponents range improves as well (due to more two pair combos).

Another possibility of what Phil may be doing here is (indirectly?) thinking about the situation where the board is QJ34 (3 diamonds) and his hand is AK56 or K256 (no diamonds) and the river card is actually a 7.

Oct. 20, 2015 | 2:21 p.m.

@Midori - the unique part is that Phil isnt just imagining a certain run-out (a "regular" 7), he's talking about a 7 that also somehow makes him a straight. But the board is QJ23-7, so it isn't possible for a 7 to make him a straight. He's thinking about a river card, call it 7*, that behaves like a 6 (or A) with relation to his hand, but behaves like a 7 with relation to his opponents hand.

Oct. 20, 2015 | 2:07 a.m.

@40:23 you laugh and say, "if somehow i hit a straight and the river were a 7, so he's a little bit more likely to hit two pair..."

this is something i've noticed you doing in other videos that i think is unique to you -- that is, you imagine a scenario that isn't actually possible based on the board, but thinking about it is useful in some way.

i was a philosophy/math major in college and it reminds me a lot of thought experiments professors would pose in lecture. they would ask us to imagine some make believe scenario and just the act of doing so would help us understand a concept and cut down to its core.

it's like taking a step further than visualizing a complete GTO strategy... you're not just thinking about what you would do with your complete range on various river cards, you're thinking about what to do on river cards that aren't even in the deck. it seems like you're using it as a short-cut to thinking about GTO strategy sometimes.

anyway, just wondering if you're self-aware of this and if you've thought much about it.

Oct. 14, 2015 | 7:37 p.m.

I think it's good to have a raising range and a calling range on the turn, with the best bluff-raising candidates being nut blockers like 33xx and 44xx.

Oct. 14, 2015 | 2:37 p.m.

@2:35 :) thanks for taking the feedback into account!

Oct. 14, 2015 | 5:26 a.m.

Comment | STRATAZAR commented on Under-Defense?

I get this creeping feeling you're leveling opponents into taking spewy turn lines...

Oct. 5, 2015 | 10:38 p.m.

I enjoyed two tables rather than four - deeper thought processes and less frenetic.

Sometimes I find going back and using the replayer a bit distracting and less interesting than simply live-streaming your thoughts during the hand itself. That being said, I think you're one of the absolute best at video making, so don't take the criticism in the wrong way -- just an observation that could improve the viewer's experience a bit. I think using the replayer during live-play turns the video into a cross between a live-play video and a session review video, dulling the excitement of the live aspect. Of course, it has the obvious advantage of allowing you the time to really break down the hand. Pros and cons both ways.

Overall though, very enjoyable! Good to see you back on Stars... I hope you're recording some of those 100/200 and 200/400 PLO sessions that have been running around Isildur lately. ;)

Thanks Phil.

Sept. 15, 2015 | 4:46 p.m.

really enjoyed this video zach, both because of pokerjuice and your analysis. i've been considering purchasing poker juice, but im kinda on the fence about how useful it would be for my purposes. any general advice/reactions about poker juice?

June 24, 2015 | 10:03 p.m.

I vote for HU PLO bovada action... I'd even give you action if you want to guarantee a long session against the same villain. ;)

June 21, 2015 | 4:04 p.m.

Comment | STRATAZAR commented on Sunday $500 (part 3)

James chip leader with 7 left. gogogoggogo! RIO run good!

June 18, 2015 | 2:24 a.m.

I'm guessing the issue here is raw equity vs post flop playability. Having a double-suited AK is going to rank you high as far as preflop equity, but it's a rather difficult hand to play on most flops OOP. Even on a "dream" flop like 34xx we've got the bottom end of a wrap.

June 17, 2015 | 2:02 p.m.

Comment | STRATAZAR commented on Sunday $500 (part 3)

saw you're crushing the 5k NL 6max... take it down James!

June 17, 2015 | 1:53 p.m.

one opponent on the previous video also said, "omg" when phil rivered the nut flush (he had double flush draw + gutter + pair vs. medium set). he had no idea he was getting drawn out on by omgclayaiken, lol.

June 16, 2015 | 11:49 p.m.

@53:40 top left:

only on anonymous tables do players say, "thanks fishies :)" to phil galfond before leaving.... if they only knew.

June 16, 2015 | 10:20 p.m.

aggregate, yes -- or more specifically, linear combination.

June 16, 2015 | 9:22 p.m.

@29min, even more outs than you thought! 10 spades, 3 7's, 3 kings... 16 outs! I don't mind it that much because I think he has to slow down on a lot of turns too.

First noticed you from your great commentary in the Pros V Pros Invitational, so decided to check out some of your other videos and sharpen up my MTT game... (primarily PLO cash player). Very clean thought processes and concise analysis. TY TY!

May 3, 2015 | 5:36 p.m.

True Midori... 16th was a nice deep run and the next week I went deep again with a finish of 42nd. Final table this week!

May 1, 2015 | 1:52 a.m.

Thanks John... it's one of those spots where I kinda knew that was the case, but being reassured by everyone here makes missing the final table hurt just a little bit less.

Spoiler: He snapped with AKhh and flopped a king. (//Not to be results-oriented, just sharing result)

April 28, 2015 | 5:52 p.m.

ICM probably not much of a factor bc 10-16th all paid the same (and our current stack was somewhere in the bottom 6)

April 25, 2015 | 4:15 p.m.

Oops, I must have forgot to put the ante in there. I believe it was 1/5 sb, so 1200 each.

April 25, 2015 | 4:14 p.m.

Basically a flip against what I think might be a reasonable shoving range for the BB.

Do other people agree that AJs is best played as jam preflop or prefer raise/call off?

April 24, 2015 | 5:32 a.m.

Blinds: t6,000/t12,000 (8 Players) BN: 239,783 (Hero)
SB: 350,574
BB: 853,374
UTG: 113,074
UTG+1: 362,300
MP: 169,178
MP+1: 417,360
CO: 305,048
I don't have HUD stats, but I will say that BB is chip leader and seems to be a standard LAG reg.
Preflop (18,000) Hero is BN with J A
5 folds, Hero raises to 26,000, SB folds, BB raises to 852,174 and is all in

April 23, 2015 | 3:43 p.m.

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