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Nice run. Appreciate you throwing in the drills at the end. As a short stack I am playing too loose and as a big stack I am playing too tight. The amount of non all in 3bets we can make at different stack sizes is also surprising. I don't use that weapon enough.

46:40 there were a lot of spots where we were raising off of 6 or 7bb stacks which makes things difficult and it is easier to jam. But here we have 9bb. What is your lowest stack size where you will have some practical min raises?


Sept. 22, 2023 | 11:30 p.m.

12:00 looks like nearly all 6x and 5x are calling. Do you find all of these calls in game?

21:20 suit heuristics really confuse me. Wouldn't it be better to have a jj with a diamond to call since he isn't turning many diamonds into a bluff?


Sept. 22, 2023 | 6:21 p.m.

Hi Ryan,

32:30 is this a pko only call out of the small blind?

33:00 obviously you would call a jam from utg, however in a regular tourney would you look to xc rather than xr to avoid that? Differences between regular tournies and pkos are interesting.


Sept. 21, 2023 | 9:16 p.m.

  1. So essentially you are exploitively sizing up turn because the bigger bets are not being exploited by opponent raising the big bets often enough. However, they don't raise the smaller bets often enough either which affects your ability to get money in which leads you to sizing up. Is that accurate?

  2. However, if the smaller bets aren't being raised enough then implementing a smaller turn bet strat followed by a larger river bet should also result in positive outcome for our bluffs, correct?

  3. It also seems like we are generally looking to exploit opponents capped turn ranges by over barreling the river, correct?

Interesting video. Any chance for a part 2?

Sept. 19, 2023 | 11:35 p.m.

42:00 in dehkharghani's spot should there be a 3bet non all in range? I feel like his convertable t is good enough for that and he can pat if ashton calls and if ashton jams he can call and draw 1.

55:05 if obst was still drawing after the 2nd draw can tong go ahead and draw 1 to his 87?


Sept. 19, 2023 | 8:57 p.m.

Great series. Please do another part.

3:10 table 2 how do you feel about cutoffs post flop play with the wrap? Should he raise flop, or once hero raises flop should he just get it in?

5:25 tabke 2 kk85 if btn bet and utg1 calls should we find a fold? If utg1 folds even then we are oop maybe we should find a fold?

14:25 table 2 att5 this seems like a loose cbet in a 3 way pot.

16:18 table 2 a876 with a suited ace hero clicks auto fold. This seems like a big mistake. Besides the fact that there was no action yet, if there was a raise from any position is this a hand at least a call, and maybe a 3bet vs btn?

16:35 table 1 kkq2 do you play if double suited and do you prefer a squeeze rather than call?


Sept. 18, 2023 | 5:20 p.m.

Really glad you are back. You are one of the best cash game coaches here and the suit heuristics you talk about are incredibly valuable.

What are your normal stakes now?

7:50 table 3 kq when you discuss not wanting to bet kqhd because they block the folding range of opponent, is there a big ev loss if you choose the wrong suits to bet? I have been working on understanding and remembering these heuristics but in the heat of battle I mess this up quite a bit.

17:10 is the 76 call on the turn a bit out of line?

30:46 table 4 k6 you said worse 6x start to raise. Is this just a function of k6 having some sdv?


Sept. 15, 2023 | 11:30 p.m.

Good review. I liked the pace.

21:00 it shows us reraising with 55-66 but calling 77-88. Is this just a play to fold out our opponents 77-88?


Sept. 13, 2023 | 10:48 p.m.

These study with me vids are great!

1:20 without the Kh do we look to xc flop?

6:05 you said you would look to xc river. Opponents range seems overly strong and we block the Kh and an 8 for his draws. It seems loose to xc river.

It really does seem like the moral of the story is that bare top pairs and counterfeit 2 pairs don't have a lot of value and we should more often than not look to turn them into bluffs.


Sept. 13, 2023 | 5:27 p.m.

Welcome to RIO! Nice first video. This was a good node to cover and it was good to see how much our cbet strat changes based on board texture. I know I can be quite lazy in these spots and just cbet everything and I definitely don't xr enough oop.

Sept. 12, 2023 | 10:53 p.m.

Great review! Good format.

4:00 To me I would want to check this spot more often than not to avoid a xr. We don't have the nuts and no redraw and we could be up against a better hand or hands with good redraws. We do have 2 bdfd and I would prefer to realize that eq and not bloat the pot on the flop. Is there merit in thinking like that?

14:55 do you ever flat aaxx? Maybe weaker aaxx especially if you are playing 8 handed or against a very tight ep open?


Sept. 11, 2023 | 5:09 p.m.

Yeah I can see context being very important. We would have more check raises with our overall range on a board like j54 than ak9.

To clarify the second portion, I just meant when we are in position vs the pfr such as calling a raise on the btn or calling a 3bet from the blinds and we face a cbet it seems we raise bd draws less and float more. I was wondering what you thought of raising bd draws more often.

Sept. 11, 2023 | 4:56 p.m.

Hi Frankie,

26:30 these spots where we have back door draws oop are interesting. Is there a heuristic you have picked up on that helps determine which back door draws to xr and which to xc (on any board, not just paired boards)? Maybe, as you say, hands that have difficulty realizing eq in a xc line such as hands that are drawing to the bad end of a bdsd or hands that have no overs to the board we xr?

It seems when ip, such as facing a 3bet from the blinds, our raise range with bd draws is far smaller and we float more to use position. However, I have had some success in using the raise line more often. Is this something you incorporate?


Sept. 10, 2023 | 5:02 p.m.

I'm glad you drilled these spots. I find them difficult.

28:00 in these spots with those middle pocket pairs and even suited broadways I tend to just jam more often than not to simplify things. I feel like calling brings on many difficult post flop decisions in these icm spots. Perhaps that's the wrong way to look at it.

Sept. 7, 2023 | 9:23 p.m.

This was a great series. Very helpful. I would say that maybe doing two tables helps simulate multitabling but it is not necessary for the learning process.

If you are going to do two tables it would be easier to finish one hand on one table then go to the other table rather than jumping back and forth (which is why two tables probably isn't necessary).

Sept. 7, 2023 | 6:32 p.m.

Great review so far, Brian.

33:05 if spr were deeer a9 strikes me as a high frequency check with this hand. I think the flatter has at-aj in his range as well as flush and straight draws and us being oop makes this a difficult spot to play if we bloat the pot on flop. Would you look to check that spot a lot?

Sept. 6, 2023 | 4:29 a.m.

Hi Tyler.
4:0 on turn aces I have always felt we retain range advantage most of the time especially in spots where we are nearly range betting flop. As such, we can small bet turn aces often and include pairs under the ace for value. Is that not accurate?
Exploitively speaking, our opponent will also call turn bets slightly more often thinking we are betting too much on the ace thus giving our under pairs even more value

Are turn kings and queens actually better for us than the aces?

22:25 is the ak a breakeven call in solver land? I would think having the Ah makes the call worse as we block some of his bluffs.

26:00 on a river brick does the a5 make a decent barrel hand?


Sept. 5, 2023 | 11:22 p.m.

These videos of you teaching your students are invaluable.

I have found mixed success with xr naked bottom and 2nd pair (the lower the pairs like 2-6 the more I do it). My natural inclination with these hands is to triple them off on neutral runouts. What are your feelings on that?

Sept. 3, 2023 | 6:16 p.m.

I think 4 regular tables works pretty well. Gives you plenty of time to discuss hands. I wouldn't worry about the dead air. There generally isn't much of it and the editors fast forward through slow spots anyway.

30:15 table 1 32dd you went with a big turn bet. Can we also have 33-50% sizing there to value bet some 2 pair combos? I would assume 2pr is the bottom of our value bet range there.


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:46 a.m.

It really helped to throw in the hand examples at the end!

15:30 if we have basically dry aces without straight blockers or redraws are we looking to xf the turn?

24:30 if we had aa with a straight draw on a rainbow board can we start to pot it?

33:20 if we check on the straightening river cards are we generally looking to xf without any blockers? Do we ever xr with straight blockers especially vs a smaller bet size?

49:25 if you would have checked turn are you able to xc having the board pair?
As played, would you xc the river?

55:20 would you ever consider a xr bluff with aa66 or similar hands with two straight blockers?


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:44 a.m.

I'm glad you are feeling better. 2022 was a rough year for me and made me also realize how important health is and family time as well.

Four regular tables is pretty good. Good balance of getting in interesting hands but still being able to follow the action and have good analysis from you.

I would say that it would be easier to follow the action when you have spots on more than one table at the same time if you call out the table. Example "table 1 I can call or raise, table 3 I can block or check".

10:45 table 2 kk you said at that stack depth you didn't care about the king coming off. At what stack depth will you look to play a bit more defensively? I feel even at the deepest stack depths we can still have a 33-50% pot bet.

44:50 table 3 88 would you look to xr flop?


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:42 a.m.

I like this full session review. Would be cool to see a part 2.

28:25 I wonder if we can just try to check down our j high? We do have some sdv and it seems we block some if his draws which makes his range more polar to made hands or nothing.

37:35 you said we are forced to bluff. I do understand that, however sometimes you just know you are going to get snapped off and I will refrain from from bluffing in spots like this where it is obvious my range isn't so great.

Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:40 a.m.

Great review. Looking forward to the next part.

21:00 is check calling a possibility as well with the aa hand?

28:30 table 1 should the flop bet size be closer to 50% pot?


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:37 a.m.

Great live vid.

I haven't olayed on ignition in a long time. Is that a different overlay you are using to display stacks in bbs or is ignition finally allowing that on their software?

8:05 table 2 aq how do you feel about river jam with full house and nut flush blockers?

16:10 table 1 aj you saidiid mixed strat. Is it purely 3bet or fold? Do you only integrate calls on the btn?

Same time stamp table 3 99 you also said mixed strat. I can't see 99 being folded there.

30:15 table 2 ato it seemed like a tight fold vs co open. Do you not normally 3bet here?


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:36 a.m.

Hi Tyler,

7:00 if you were 100bb effective would the turn barrel be much better?

16:00 if you only faced the pot sized bet and everyone folded to you do you call? With one caller will you overcall?

27:30 without the gutter wheel draw do you prefer calling turn?


Sept. 1, 2023 | 6:34 a.m.

I hope you have more these big mixed reviews coming.

9:40 what is the bottom of nachos xr range? Would any t look to xr and likely pat?

Should he ever chk call and pat a j, t or 9?

14:35 you mention becker having extra 8s and 7s is bad as it blocks nachos top pair bluffs. Should nacho ever bluff small pairs like 22, 33, 44?

23:10 you said if Ivey had raised then you wouldn't have a 2bet range since his open range is so strong. However, I have always played with a 2bet range if I have a better upcard so i am not capped. It also simplifies my strategy. Is this wrong?


Aug. 25, 2023 | 10:46 p.m.

Learned a lot!

46:00 the first 2 hands that we bet-call, the aak8 and aa66, are we xf the turn with no improvement or no opportunity to bluff such as the straight comes in and we use our 66 to bluff?


Aug. 25, 2023 | 6:35 p.m.

Hi Ryan,

31:40 what is the purpose of opponent raising qt and t9? If it's to bluff I wonder if it will be a triple barrel depending on runout.


Aug. 24, 2023 | 4:43 a.m.

Great breakdown!

27:00 and 41:20 when comparing calling and raising, do the EVs run close for each option? There are so many little nuances that mistakes are bound to happen and I wonder how bad they hurt us.


Aug. 23, 2023 | 6:06 p.m.

I think playing oop as the pf raiser over multiple streets would be good.

I think playing as the pf caller in 3bet pots oop and ip as well would be good to look at.

Aug. 22, 2023 | 12:35 a.m.

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