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Starney Binson

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Nice video teunuss!
You forgot one crucial piece of information though, who was at the door?

May 23, 2019 | 1:19 p.m.

Hi Tyler nice vid!

We saw you fold hands like 98o and A2o when folded on the btn throughout the video and you mentioned that youre likely losing a few hundred bucks opening hands like 98o here over the course of the year.
How do you come to this conclusion? Is this just a sort of guestimation or is there some work we can do to help get an accurate approximation on whether or not these hands are losing/winning as an open. I assume highish rake is a big factor?


May 22, 2019 | 11:11 a.m.

wp imo.
-Id bet bigger on flop. Generally not a fan of betting big multiway but on a board like this there is just a crazy amount of draws that we need to protect against
-I think sizings on turn and river are good. Dont think were ever beat vs a 2/5 reg who will just continue betting JT and sets, Id imagine he just had some sort of KTss/KJss type hand. wp!

May 17, 2019 | 10:11 p.m.

+1 to another railing with Tyler Forrester video!

May 17, 2019 | 8:45 p.m.

Your check raise sizing is too small, vs his sizing we arent gonna have many protection raises and we'll have a more polar x/r range which will = bigger sizing. Something like 4x-5x should work better. I dont think I would include AT in this range vs this size against an EP range, but it should be fine.

I think if we are continuing on the turn we should be using a bigger sizing closer to pot continuing to represent a polar range, but I would probably put AT in an x/c range as it would be getting too thin to put in the big sizing when he still has all overpairs. We'll have some 89s/87s that x/r flop too that will want to potentially x/c turn too so nice to put a stronger hand like AT in this range so he cant just value bet all his Tx when we check turn. Id continue betting turn with sets and some high equity bluffs

As played on river I think we have a decent bluffcatcher blocking TT/AA and unblocking bluffs. At the same time were facing a UTG range which should be quite narrow and strong at this point, so I guess it depends on how we construct our river check range whether we need to call this or not

May 16, 2019 | 10:27 p.m.

Hi Tyler - Really good video, enjoyed this one a lot!

I was wondering if you had any general tips for playing anon tables vs regular tables? Ive recently started playing more anon tables and cant help but feel like there are some potential exploits to be had! Thanks!

May 16, 2019 | 10:57 a.m.

Hi Gary, nice video!

14:32 what do you think about 3bet calling flop here? His x/r sizing seems really weak and unlikely to have us beat, while our hand is in need of a ton of protection and unblocks a lot of strong draws.

Similarly, what do u think about shoving turn over his bet? Again it just feels like we are so seldom beat here and we can punish his draws a lot by shoving over his bet.


May 15, 2019 | 5:13 p.m.

Interesting spot. Vs an unknown who we assume is a rec, I think I would find a smallish val bet, something like hp and fold to a raise. Most recs are gonna be too passive to find a bluff vs a triple here, especially given his limp pre, so I would assume we can safely val bet and fold to a raise.

Recs dont like folding pairs and he should have hands like 54s/6x/44/33 enough to make a value bet profitable

May 15, 2019 | 4:41 p.m.

I dont think we can just fold flop here. We have a bunch of equity in position on two players on a flop that is favourable for us. This board isnt great for bb and is reasonable for sb, however, we are the ones who have all sets, all two pairs, and all AK here so this flop is for sure favourable for us and one we should never see the blinds donk on.

As played, we just have to continue simply due to the amount of equity we have, the question then becomes whether or not we want to raise or call. Raising seems reasonable but at the same time I think we get peeled too much and dont generate enough fold equity at micros to make it attractive imo. I would just call, see a turn and reevaluate

May 15, 2019 | 4:35 p.m.

Any idea when Uri's next video will be released? Really enjoyed the first one!

May 7, 2019 | 5:27 p.m.

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May 4, 2019 | 5:12 p.m.

Sorry ye i did mean rainbow :D. Thanks

April 24, 2019 | 5:44 p.m.

Great video Mark! Question - on the Q high boards, we saw the big sizing used on monotone boards more often and the smaller size used on fd boards. Intuitively I would have thought that it would have been the other way around, as on fd boards we want to 'charge' fd's more to see a turn. I thought about it a bit more and figured that the big sizing might be used on mono boards to disincentivize bd floats, while on the fd boards the fd is gonna continue vs any size so going smaller and getting folds from air for cheaper is beneficial. Does my reasoning seem logical here or am i missing something?

April 24, 2019 | 9:16 a.m.

I think when you add in some AQ combos to the above range it becomes a fold. I think its quite tough to come up with enough bluff combos to make this a profitable call. He has a handful of FD combos but I dont think many people are going to rip in enough BW combos to make this a profitable call. We can also have a decent chunk of AK combos ourselves give positions so I would advocate for a fold here

Feb. 7, 2019 | 12:15 p.m.

Post | Starney Binson posted in NLHE: Interpreting PIO outputs

Hey guys. Im somewhat new to PIO and was just solving a spot where I couldnt really understand why PIO was doing what it was. Maybe someone could help me :)

Situation is pretty simple. 6max 100bb co 3bp vs mp and flop 884r. So this is a spot where I would have considered it standard to simplify and cb range 33%, but looking at the EVs of certain strategies with the ranges I was using, IP actually retains more EV by cbetting range for 66% sizing

EV comparison (Starting pot 16)

Ranges I used


Anyway, the part that really confused was how big a difference there is in OOPs x/r frequency vs IPs flop sizings. PIO check raises way more vs the 66% size, which seems quite counter intuitive to me, as I wouldve thought we want to x/r more vs the small sizing from IP in order to stop them from seeing turn and river for very cheap. Can anyone explain why this is? Here is OOPs strat vs each sizing.

OOP vs IP 33% range cbet

OOP vs IP 66% range cbet

Feb. 7, 2019 | 11:57 a.m.

This is a question i should really know the answer to :D but how do i decide on how many bluff combos i want in my 4bet range?

Lets say im 4betting AA/KK 100% QQ 80%, and then AK combos at a frequency that rounds my total combos out to around 27 combos, how many bluffs do i want to have?

I presume sizing has an impact, so lets just say for example i raise 2.5bb, v 3bets 8bb, and my 4b sizing will be 22bb.

Jan. 28, 2019 | 5:34 p.m.


Jan. 28, 2019 | 10:48 a.m.

Post | Starney Binson posted in Chatter: Dark mode for RIO?

Hi, is there any chance we could get a dark/night mode theme for RIO? :D

Jan. 28, 2019 | 2:08 a.m.

Hand History | Starney Binson posted in NLHE: {50z} punt with 2p vs rec?
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $73.28
SB: $50.63
BB: $58.25
UTG: $95.93
MP: $75.65 (Hero)
CO: $72.60
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is MP with A 2
UTG folds, Hero raises to $1.11, 3 folds, BB calls $0.61
Flop ($2.47) 2 A T
BB checks, Hero bets $1.57, BB raises to $7.06, Hero calls $5.49
Turn ($16.59) 2 A T 8
BB bets $8.40, Hero raises to $67.48 and is all in, BB calls $41.68 and is all in
River ($134.15) 2 A T 8 Q
Final Pot BB wins and shows two pair, Aces and Tens.
MP lost and shows two pair, Aces and Deuces.
BB wins $114.75
Rake is $2.00

Nov. 22, 2018 | 3:14 p.m.

Ye Im not really sure how our cbet strategy should look here when his range is pretty well defined after he cc the open and the squeeze. This board should hit him quite well considering the amount of suited broadways he is likely to have. But then again this is a very good board for the squeezer, which is why I decided to go for this small bet with majority of my range. There is for sure merit in the bigger bet otf imo. It allows us to lower spr and simplify our decisions on later streets, so this could well be the better option.

Nov. 2, 2018 | 11:44 a.m.

Hey guys. As the title says, Ive been on a pretty big downswing over the past few months. I moved up to 50z in June and eventually moved up to 100z in mid July. Everything was going quite well and over the 3 month of June/July/August I managed to have 6 evbb at 50z/100z.

Around the start of September I got a bit of a reality check and went on a pretty sick downswing. I continued to work on my game consistently throughout, and as I continued to lose I dropped back down to 50z.

I have recently been comparing the stats over the two samples, where I was winning 6 evbb/100 and the past two months where i've been losing -4evbb/100. The thing that stood out to me most was the increase in my loss rate(?) in the blinds. I haven't consciously changed much in my game in these positions, so it could just be variance, but the dramatic increase in my loss rate in the blinds seems quite worrying. Another thing that stands out to me is my low WWSF.

I have attached the stars from both samples below, if anyone would be kind enough to give me feedback on them. A few questions I had were 1) Does anything other than my large loss rates in the blinds stand out as a potential leak?
2) Where would you recommend I start when trying to go about decreasing my loss rate in the blinds?
3) Any tips on where to start adding aggression into my game in order to increase my WWSF?

Sorry for the long post and thanks for any responses in advance!

Nov. 1, 2018 | 1:14 p.m.

Without taking his stats into account, I think this is quite an underbluffed spot in general. I agree we have an easy fold with the Qs, especially combined with the general population probably not finding enough bluffs to go along with a perceived value range of 2p+. With regards to calling AK no spade I think it is player dependant and vs the player described in this hand we couldntt fold imo. I dont think we should have any issue building a 3b range on flop considering we have 77/TT/AA, most two pairs, and a number of combo draws to balance.

Oct. 31, 2018 | 12:05 a.m.

Hand History | Starney Binson posted in NLHE: Call or shove turn in sqz spot 50z
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $50.00
SB: $65.33 (Hero)
BB: $55.31
UTG: $101.37
MP: $70.80
CO: $50.59
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is SB with K K
UTG raises to $1.50, 2 folds, BN calls $1.50, Hero raises to $7.00, BB folds, UTG folds, BN calls $5.50
Flop ($16.00) 4 J Q
Hero bets $4.86, BN calls $4.86
Turn ($25.72) 4 J Q 9
Hero checks, BN bets $5.00, Hero raises to $53.47 and is all in, BN calls $33.14 and is all in
River ($117.33) 4 J Q 9 T
Final Pot SB wins and shows a straight, Nine to King.
BN wins and shows a straight, Nine to King.
SB wins $50.00 BN wins $50.00
Rake is $2.00

Oct. 30, 2018 | 11:58 p.m.

WP imo. Really like the flop raise for the reasons you mentioned. Turn is pretty close and I might find a fold but Id imagine call or fold are both fine. Even tho we probably dont have many Kx on turn, id imagine a rec will perceive the K to be good for us so it is kind of strong when he bets imo. Definitely folding river AP.

Oct. 30, 2018 | 8:26 p.m.

Ye thats true. Good thing about it is that it puts his pocket pairs in a tough spot tho and allows us to bluff more.

Oct. 28, 2018 | 7:03 p.m.

I thought about betting small on turn actually, but came to the conclusion that it didn't really make much sense considering I dont have many hands in my range that benefit from this as I am not betting many hands for protection. This led me to believe that I should bet a bigger sizing with a more polar range. But maybe betting small does make sense to fold out his Khigh/Qhigh hands. I think I was probably too worried about getting x/r on turn which puts me in a kind of annoying spot

Oct. 28, 2018 | 6:52 p.m.

Why does it not fit my value range? I have quite a lot of Ax in this spot

Oct. 28, 2018 | 6:48 p.m.

Hand History | Starney Binson posted in NLHE: Line check in 3bet pot at 50z
Blinds: $0.25/$0.50 (6 Players) BN: $57.48 (Hero)
SB: $68.75
BB: $77.52
UTG: $50.00
MP: $82.59
CO: $125.82
Preflop ($0.75) Hero is BN with J T
3 folds, Hero raises to $1.24, SB raises to $4.50, BB folds, Hero calls $3.26
Flop ($9.50) 5 7 A
SB bets $2.98, Hero calls $2.98
Turn ($15.46) 5 7 A 5
SB checks, Hero checks
River ($15.46) 5 7 A 5 A
SB checks, Hero bets $13.02, SB folds
Final Pot BN wins $14.69
Rake is $0.77

Oct. 28, 2018 | 1 p.m.

I like the turn bet and then just going for a small block bet on riv assuming we never induce him to turn some random hand into a bluff with our smallish sizing. I agree with James wrt folding turn vs this min click. It find it very difficult to believe a rec is ever bluffing in this spot or taking this line with a worse hand.

Oct. 26, 2018 | 10:52 p.m.

Hey Paul, great video! I was wondering about your cbet strategy at 2:42 on the AK3 board. My understanding of this spot is that this a board where we want to be using quite a polar cbet strategy with a lot of near pot sized cbets and then checks with middling hands like KJ. I was wondering if you use multiple sizings on a board like this? Thanks

Sept. 29, 2018 | 6:55 p.m.

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