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This may be slightly off topic but I see you use the 3rd pot range bet on occasion. Do you know any good materials covering this topic because I can't seem to find any? It seems to me it is done in lieu of a check to squeeze out some extra EV on boards that are better for your range than your opponent's range but I'm not sure. Thanks man.

Jan. 9, 2019 | 8:41 p.m.

Are you going to do a video where you show us the PIO analysis of the marked hands? What are all the nuggets you pull out of the simulation, things you would do different from what the simulation suggests vs the actual players in the hand, etc.? I think that would make for a really interesting video.

Jan. 6, 2019 | 6:53 p.m.

Magic the Gathering. I'm a little surprised MTG didn't get more love in this thread. This is not just a fantastic game it is actually very complimentary to poker. You have to know how to play each deck in the meta game. You have to know how to sideboard against each deck, and how each deck sideboards against you. Hand reading is also very similar. You know roughly what sort of cards they have in their deck because of the type of deck they are playing because you have also played with it as well. You can then guess what cards they do or don't have in their hand considering how they deal or fail to deal with a situation. There is even a sort of balance to play that most MTG players that don't play poker are not truly aware of. The super common sort stuff that happens every game like whether or not someone plays a shock land vertical and takes 2 damage on turn two when playing blue then passes turn. If they leave it tapped and pass turn I can probably rule them out having any two mana counterspells or serious threats at two mana and can play my hand out more aggressively. If on the other hand they keep it up take the 2 damage and then leave the mana open and pass or advance their own board say by playing a Tarmogoyf or something they keep their hand way more dynamic as they can still have all these cards in their hand. Most players fail to see the meanings of these interactions all together and simply take their 2 damage when they have stuff they want to do or leave it tapped when they can't. I remember I got scoffed at once when I told someone just that that they should leave their shock land face up and take the two against almost all decks in the format for the above reason. It was sort of comical because all the people that laughed at that had win/loss records that were dismal compared to mine.

Jan. 4, 2019 | 7:50 p.m.

Thx I am in the middle of reading Applications of No Limit Holdem now and can say I like it way better than the Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen. I get way more out of it and the information is more digestible to me. I would definitely recommend that book to someone in a similar situation as I was. I got the Mathematics of Poker and couldn't really do a lot with it and never picked up the other book because I assumed it would be a lot the same but I was wrong.

Jan. 4, 2019 | 12:43 p.m.

Thx. I tried that. I was able to pull some nuggets out of it here and there like 1-A or checking back sometimes to allow a brick to drop to gain more equity before betting etc. I found though that the math formulas they used were a little too dense for me to digest easily. I also read Ed Miller's Poker's 1% which seemed to make a lot of concepts more clear to me. I think I'm going to try Matthew Janda's Applications of No Limit Holdem next.

Jan. 2, 2019 | 6:19 p.m.

Jan. 1, 2019 | 9:55 p.m.

I was thinking about either investing in a program like Snowie or PIO solver. I am an exploitative type player and want to learn more about what a GTO approach will add to my toolbox. Am I better training with a program like Snowie or am I better to enter hands in PIO solver and train that way?

Jan. 1, 2019 | 3:47 p.m.

What is node locking? I never heard this term before. Is this something about running a simulation in a solver?

Dec. 31, 2018 | 4:51 p.m.

Post | Scientifik posted in Chatter: Range betting discussion

I would like to start a discussion about range betting. I am fairly new to the concept myself and would like to know if there are any good videos focusing on this. I would also like to hear from people that regularly use range betting in their arsenal. What game do you play plo or holdem? What boards do you choose to do this on? Are there certain opponents you range bet and certain ones you don't. Is this mainly a GTO consideration? etc.

Dec. 31, 2018 | 4:12 p.m.

just learn some yoga and do some yoga stuff. I recommend sean vigue fitness if you don't know yoga stuff yet as it's cheap and effective.

Dec. 29, 2018 | 3:16 p.m.

I am interested in hearing others thoughts about Joe Ingram's podcast rants about super users and bots on ACR. I enjoyed his podcasts about this topic however they all left me with more questions than I had before I watched them. Is this all valid stuff or is it somewhat blown out of proportion for the purpose of making entertaining podcasts? What is the implications of all this? What should I do if I suspect this type of collusion? How do I verify my suspicions and to whom would I report this to? What measures if any should I expect ACR to take about any suspicions? How sophisticated are these bots? Do they play well enough that you should run away or if you are a solid enough player should you look to counter exploit these bots?

Dec. 27, 2018 | 12:53 p.m.

I make a point to do about an hour a day or hard exercise. Lifting weights, indoor climbing, yoga/pilates, kettlebells, etc. If you are living a largely sedentary lifestyle which a lot if not most of us in the poker community are a good workout regimen is a necessary counterbalance imo.

Dec. 27, 2018 | 12:40 p.m.

Great video man thx. To me at least I would rather lean on being too optimistic then pessimistic. I remember when I first started playing and I talked to a friend about poker a lot he told me I should be optimistic and that my pessimism which came out about how I talked about hands was bad. He sited that I should be actively finding situations I thought were profitable and to look for profit not actively trying to avoid situations that were losses and to look for loss. At the time this seemed silly but as I plugged along and slowly adjusted my mindset to be optimistic instead of pessimistic. I noticed a lot of positive changes in my poker game, including an increase in energy and motivation and also tackled things in life outside of poker that I noticed grumpier nay saying types fumble around with.

Dec. 25, 2018 | 12:21 p.m.

At 26:27 you have Ac3c on QhJsTc board. You get check raised on flop decide to call. Turn is 9d and opponent bets half pot you fold. I like how you played that hand but I think I sometimes get hemmed up in spots like these when my opponent checks turn instead of bets. How would you have proceeded here if instead of opponent betting half pot on turn he checks instead? Do we treat this as a float and try to take it away on the turn? If so do we take the range we do this with and represent a straight and bluff river hard if called on turn?

Dec. 25, 2018 | 11:55 a.m.

Thx man great video. At 12:41 on the KcJh hand you were deciding on whether to call or not given your pot odds siting that you thought that 2.3x was a snap call 3x was a snap fold and 2.5x was close. Does this extra .5x matter THAT much in this spot given we have the implied odds and our opponents have the reverse implied odds? I would have thought my main consideration for calling this bet would be my potential implied odds I would have when I spiked the flop with a nutted hand and not this slight difference in pot odds. Say we call 2.5x and the times we flop AQT, or QT9, KJx and hose AK/AQ type hands for multiple streets make us more potentially than all the times in aggregate we check/fold. Wouldn't then the slightly bigger pot when it is 3x allow us to get more money in on those times we hose second best hands on multiple streets thus relatively negating the extra .5x we are paying in aggregate when we call 3x and are forced to check/fold?

Dec. 25, 2018 | 11:28 a.m.

I have a 55" HD tv, a wireless keyboard and an elecom huge trackball mouse, and I sleep on the futon I play on. I don't seem to have any problems but I am critical about ritual though. (nothing weird just preparation before playing.) The first thing I do when I wake up if I'm going to play is change into some clothes I would wear away so no pajamas and slippers I then fire up some spoitify to get my energy right. I usually start off with some metal or rap to get me in that combative mindset then towards the middle of my session switch to a nice trance or techno. I then start a pot of coffee fix my futon to couch mode, eat some breakfast, fill my coffee mug and sit down to play. I load up about 3-4 tables and go till I feel like stopping. I do feel it is important to be disciplined though. When I am playing poker I am playing poker not talking on the phone, looking shit up on the net etc. When I am studying poker I am studying poker not watching irrelevant you tube videos etc. When I am relaxing/ goofing off I am not doing anything poker related at all except maybe watch an interview on youtube or a sweat video or something. I feel like work life balance is the key to the longevity of doing this where you have the freedom to do what you feel like when you feel like. Poker time is poker time. Study time is study time. Other stuff doesn't leak into my poker time and poker most certainly will not leak into my non poker playing life. No taking the gf to play poker, when hanging out with non poker friends and you get "hey want to go to the casino and play?" Nah no thanks i'll pass. If I get a call while I'm playing I decline it if I get called back I answer and say "I'm playing is it important?" If not "hey I'll call you back in like 2 hrs is that fine?"

Dec. 24, 2018 | 10:14 p.m.

Is this phenomenon why way back when I taught myself to play poker with a book I would read it and nothing I read made much sense to me then one day it was like presto and I got it? I would read it some every day but then got frustrated with the book put it away for a while and plugged away at playing some more. I would then go back to the book and try to reread stuff and skip through sections hoping I could pull something out of it but to little avail. I still remember that book Ken Warren Teaches Texas Holdem great beginner book IMO. I remember I was determined to learn how to play poker but at the time couldn't see how any of the material I was reading was particularly relevant or how the pieces were supposed to fit together. Then one day I played and got the crap kicked out of me and thought I was going to quit altogether. I came home from work the next day and thought the heck with it I might as well keep playing until the deposit is gone having about $40 of my original $200. I loaded up a few $2 and $3 tournaments expecting a similar result and in the middle of one of the tournaments in one particular hand I even remember that I had pocket tens. There was a 3 x raise in front of me and a call and I had this odd thought to me at the time which felt like a lightning of insight that my tens were probably the best hand and with the size of the pot compared to my stack I ought as well just put it all in. If everyone folds great I'll be in a lot better shape than I was in now and if I get called and I happen to win I'll actually be the chip leader and knock one of these guys out and be one step closer to the cash. As it happened I jammed got called, won that hand and went on to win that tournament which was my first tournament cash ever and placed money in two more of them that night. The next day I started to read the book from the beginning and everything I read made perfect sense to me. I then went on to run that $40 up to $800 with no further deposits just by cashing tournaments.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 9:44 p.m.

Comment | Scientifik commented on Why even bother?

Can these bots really play that well? Do they really proactively change their play and give you a hard time? I'm not sure I ever played against a bot but since we are a long ways away from solving this game couldn't you find spots that the bot doesn't know how to play well and counter exploit the thing to death before it's owner ever figures out that you beat the ever loving EV out of the thing?

Dec. 24, 2018 | 8:33 p.m.

IMO online (Netflix) is the king of formats and live poker (Blockbuster) is the way of the dinosaur . I feel like online poker was a bit of a black swan. I remember way back when you first started hearing about online poker via the party poker ads on WPT episodes. Everyone was saying nonsense like "yeah but you can't read anyone online." or "These people would get crushed in a real game. Real players can just look at you and know what you have!" This was the sentiment for a long time despite the huge difference in volume you could play online vs live. This was short lived as the best online players moved off the net and into the casino and crushed anything that moved. This is still true pretty much to this day. There is nothing wrong in my opinion with polishing your game online and then going into the casino and crushing the low stakes people for all you can just remember to keep playing online and honing your skills or you will become unmotivated and get burnt out. I would just avoid tournaments live because they take too much off the top to begin with and then you are taxed hard on any significant winnings.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 8:18 p.m.

Just my opinion on the state regulation thing. Firstly we don't need the states to legalize anything because nobody is breaking the law in the first place. Secondly when you look at what happened every time the government stepped in to do ANYTHING related to online poker it was an utter catastrophe so I would rather they stay out of my business rather it be state or federal. (port act, black friday, etc.) Our only lobbyists on our behalf is the PPA which never seemed to accomplish anything but set themselves up for donations and pat the supreme court on the back for telling us that playing online poker wasn't against the law in the first place (which we all knew anyway) but only right after the justice department prosecuted all the major poker sites for violations attached to the stupid port act. All these bureaucrats don't fool me one bit. Look at the campaign donations for these politicians and you will find scummy characters like Sheldon Adelson as the driving force for all this garbage legislation. Sorry guys but this poker legislation topic gets me heated a bit.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 7:59 p.m.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 7:27 p.m.

Hello everyone. I'm new to Run it Once and it's been great so far. First a little bit about my background so I can hopefully get a detailed answer on this. I am a profitable low stakes nlhe player looking to improve my game as much as possible and add as many tools as I can to my playing arsenal. I want to focus on being a good tournament player as I always enjoyed playing tournaments more so than cash. I was able to grind out somewhere around $15/hr playing $1/$2 and $1/$3 live casino poker and was crushing micro tournaments online as a hobby. I found though that when I tried micro cash online as opposed to micro tournaments that I had a lot to learn despite crushing all the tournament players at similar smallish stakes. I did eventually get better at micro online cash but never had a crushing win rate at it like I did at the micro tournaments. That being said since I want to focus on being a good tournament player what percentage of my playtime should I devote to cash playing and what percentage should I devote to playing tournaments? Keep in mind my goal isn't to make as much money as I can in the short term it's to become the best tournament player I can be in the long term even if it means sacrificing some short term EV in the process. Thx a lot to anyone who takes out the time to read and answer this.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 6:07 p.m.

I see. I mistook your meaning here when you said that in the video to mean that you thought we had more flushes in our range but you actually meant that people would tend to bet too many weaker than flush hands then not defend to a check raise properly. This makes a lot more sense now thx man. From what I gathered listening to her I put fish on being a weak passive type that feels out of his element and has a hard time finding the fold button. Assuming I'm accurate in that assumption I probably would pass on that line in this spot. I do think that you are definitely correct in the optimal line being check fold here and also giving some credence to about a 20% pot sized blocking bet.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 5:27 p.m.

Comment | Scientifik commented on Set up the HUD

I have HEM 2 and this sort of thing used to drive me nuts. I recently figured out in the HUD designer there is a little box you can check called search stats. It brings up a box you can type in and you can start to type the name of stats and anything close will show up and you can scroll through it. I hope you can find similar on poker tracker 4. Good luck man.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 4:46 p.m.

Isn't this more dependent on our opponent's tendencies here and not the GTO solution? For instance if we feel that our opponent peels this flop too wide and can't defend the turn often enough shouldn't we simply barrel the turn anyway? We don't even know villain will defend all his six x here to a second barrel.

Dec. 23, 2018 | 3:49 p.m.

Around 24:34 the Ac3d hand you argue that if someone bets here you could jam because "We have all the flushes" but you don't really expand on why. I understand how you could have more flushes than the UTG opener given we have a decent price to call with any two diamonds pre-flop given potential implied odds because of the fish but that being said unless this fish isn't as fishy as I think of when I think of a fish what's to stop them from having about the same amount of flushes as us? The 3d blocker doesn't seem to take many hands out of that range inmo.

Dec. 23, 2018 | 3:09 p.m.

I feel your pain. Being around the block a bit and using different training services what I tend to do is watch different videos until I find one that resonates with me. Then I watch more of the stuff released by that person. If I keep liking their stuff I watch all their stuff I find relevant to me. Like for instance I find that Leszek Badurowicz mental game videos were nothing less than eye opening and fantastic and because of his videos I am definitely buying his book he is releasing soon and I watch all his mental game stuff as it gets released. There is another guy on here named Lucas Greenwood. He releases a lot of concept videos like say on 3-betting or exploitative play and etc which I find more often than not really good because I like they way he explains things and I think he thinks about things in a similar fashion as me. So when I go poking around the different categories I look for Lucas Greenwood videos first. There is another pro on here Henry Lister I find his play to be similar to the attacking exploitative style I strive to play so I watch all his sweat videos. I would also like to point out that just because someone is an essential coach doesn't mean you can't learn as much from them or even more than from a pro coach. You just have to find the people that you can listen to and can pick up what they are putting down.

Dec. 23, 2018 | 2:31 p.m.

I agree fully with Akustic on this. I feel like when we have a learning path about something it should be vetted by say Phil Galfond. For example say Phil Galfond would create these categories of things to learn about under the NLHE tab for instance and all the choices like 3-betting, 4-betting, exploitive play, would have videos not made by him but chosen by him as videos he would have you watch if he were teaching you to play poker as a new student. I also feel like quizzes of some of this material would be helpful both to serve as a gauge for information retention and also to show you what subjects you should focus your learning energies next.

Dec. 23, 2018 | 2:09 p.m.

I find fault in this. To say I can read enough opinions to find one that suits my own so I can hodge podge all these opinions together so I can assume I make no mistakes is not only a waste of time it is also hurts your game greatly. If you listen to guy 1 who has a certain opinion which fits his play style if this opinion conflicts directly with guy 2 who is say more exploitative you can't justify your own decisions both ways and say well that is what guy 1 would do and if you go the other route well that is what guy 2 would do. You have to understand the context around what is being said to you.

Dec. 23, 2018 | 1:57 p.m.

Dec. 17, 2018 | 3:20 p.m.

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