Really like this format. I didn't watch the PLO series but am glad you did this series for NHL. I 100% agree with the study techniques you describe and found the video very enjoyable.
Sept. 14, 2017 | 7:12 p.m.
Nice video. I enjoyed your analysis which was clear and concise. I did find it a little difficult to follow at first with so many tables but it did get easier as the video went on.
Sept. 11, 2017 | 8:53 p.m.
Although it is basic maths it is great to have this type of video for revision. Also I am British and this content was not in the syllabus when I was at high school. Your delivery is excellent and your slides were spot on. I am not sure if a series would be popular because a lot of players learn by watching and repeating without fully understanding the maths. However I would be interested and look forward to watching anymore maths videos you produce. Thank you.
Sept. 10, 2017 | 7:11 p.m.
Hi Sam, good video which is easy to follow. I wish you could make a video everyday because they are so funny. I actually have to rewind some bits because I miss what you say because I am laughing so much. Keep up the good work.
Aug. 25, 2015 | 7:19 p.m.
Can I ask where? Looking for options?
June 22, 2015 | 8:32 p.m.
Hey guys. Not sure if this may have been mentioned before but I think it would be quality if we could have a RIO member tourney. Perhaps as a one off or maybe monthly event. I was thinking an online event.
Maybe RIO staff could put some prizes in like a month free elite membership or some stuff from the store. Just an idea but it could be cool playing against each other. Any interest in this?
June 22, 2015 | 8:06 p.m.
You are right. At east I get to play a game I love. Tomorrow it's back to work and the weekly grind. I didn't mean to whine but it's like looking forward to going out for a meal all week only to find the food mediocre and service poor.
June 21, 2015 | 7:48 p.m.
So had a weekend where I thought I played ok but lost every flip or 60 40 where my tournament life was on the line. It wasn't a massive sample but I had one min cash in about 20 tourneys. Has really bummed me out. Why is it poker either seems like the worst game in the world which no matter how good you play you can't win, or it seems so easy because everything goes the way we want. I remember last year when I had three top five to finishes in huge fields back to back and I am so much better now. I know it is down to variance but I am interested in knowing how some of the community deals with variance. Does it make you lose the love of the game? The good days never seem feel as good as the bad. Just need a pick me up I think and maybe a break from the felt.
June 21, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Very well said. I think many people go through life wanting more but never seem to get it. I think this is down to people not will to make the sacrifices needed to accomplish their dreams. It is so easy to say I will get out of bed later or that can wait till tomorrow. What is wrong with NOW!
Hard work and sacrifice leads to success. Period.
June 21, 2015 | 9:34 a.m.
Did you ever hear anything back?
June 20, 2015 | 11:05 p.m.
I would fold AJ pre but is very player dependent. As I am getting more confident post flop I could look to play it more but as mentioned against most players utg range we have reversed implied odds. Tight player tug fold, active player call.
June 20, 2015 | 10:38 p.m.
You are right in some queens can check the flop but we clearly don't have a spade in our hand. But some players will check and bet the flop if no spade comes. We may also play Ak of spades in the same way hoping someone looks us up after showing weakness. I think just check folding is best though.
June 20, 2015 | 10:26 p.m.
Excellent point about the min raise to induce a shove. Especially if players are trying to apply pressure on the bubble. One thing to take In to account is the min cash is normally the biggest jump till near the end so Icm means we have to play much tighter and sneaking into the money is important. But this spot is to good to give up.
June 20, 2015 | 6:01 p.m.
I don't think we should bet turn. I would try to check it down as we do have some showdown value with A high. It is just a super wet board that is going to hit villains range. Also when we bet turn what hand are we trying to represent? The only hands I can think of is Aces or kings without a spade. If villain is behind they have a ton of equity against the overpair. If we have set, top pair or Overpair with a spade I think we are going to be bet flop. Do you remember the purpose of the bet?
June 20, 2015 | 5:56 p.m.
Hi Hacky. John might correct me but I will have a go at answering your questions. Firstly in spots like the one you mentioned we should never fold a hand where it is always +EV to shove no matter what the calling range of opponent's are. This is even more important in turbo as you don't have a lot of time to exploit you post flop edge. The way to excel is to be great with preflop calling and shoving ranges. That is where our edge is. That is why we must take them.
The only think to consider outside EV is the utility of you stack which I believe John covers in part two of this series. If you take spots like this we may loss which reduces our opportunities like this one because our lack of fold equity. Means we need a perceived shoving range.
In regards to the last question I personally will take everyone of these spots because if I have the calling ranges correct I am making good decisions and money in the long run. Like I said previous you have to take into account your stack utility but if you win your stack has better utility and if my ranges are correct my utility should have a +EV direction also.
Does that help? Anyone want to correct me or have something to add?
June 17, 2015 | 8:08 p.m.
I love a check raise in these spots. We have so many goods cards to catch on the turn to continue. We need to have these types of in our check raise range as well as sets or we become predictable. As long as we don't fold it will be plus ev whatever we do.
June 16, 2015 | 9:39 p.m.
Yes bet the turn about half pot or a bit more for value. If raised I think I might go with it as they could have loads of draws in there range and worse two pairs. I think the way you played it folding river was correct.
June 16, 2015 | 9:28 p.m.
I wouldn't. I can't see any merit in check folding the river. I think we should bet turn and if we check river we need to be calling. I might even consider shoving the river as I think we can get called by worse and villain may check behind with worse aces.
June 14, 2015 | 2:13 p.m.
Hi John, good video. I only have a small question on this one. 6.48 K2's pre flop you mentioned you could open this although you folded in the video. Maybe my opening ranges are tight but I would have this in my folding range.
The reason I like folding is that it is pre ante, we still have 4 players to get though and when we are called there is a 50% chance we will be out of position. I see merit in it also. We are playing in high pot to stack ratios against weak player and want to exploit them. I just don't think we should be doing it with hands this weak. Later on when antes kick in and we have tight players in the blinds and stack behind can't easily reship on me I would open 100% but not know.
Do you think I maybe need to look at my early stages opening ranges?