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Excellent analysis as always.

2:35 table 1 the call with kj seems loose as opponent blocked so his rmg is quite linear and I question the show down value we have. Would prefer to raise vs a linear rng and bluff catch more vs a polar rng.

11:00 table 1 can we xr the turn?

24:05 table 1 are you raising the 6 to barrel off as a bluff?

47:40 you talk about raising the best jx and the lower jx. Raising the lower jx because it needs protection and unblock s aq ak makes sense but doesn't that put us in a spot where we have to call.if jammed on amd we end up value owning ourselves in a way ahead way behind spot?


June 12, 2022 | 7:27 p.m.

Great video. How have you structured your monker training to get to where you are? Do you just run spots as they come up or do you explore concepts like cbetting, barreling certain textures etc...


June 10, 2022 | 3:26 a.m.

Great analysis!

7:00 if eff stacks were deeper do you barrel the turn more often? With deeper stacks I don't think we get xr as much.


June 9, 2022 | 10:31 p.m.

Great review!

6:13 it looks like we 3bet ak and aq. This is interesting as I'm not sure this is for value or a bluff to fold smaller pocket pairs.

I assume the 3bet of 66 77 88 is for value but are we folding to a jam?


June 8, 2022 | 2:56 a.m.

Thanks for doing this oop video. To me, oop play especially cbetting is difficult.

30:15 turn barrel you said you don't like having the Ac but wouldn't it be better to have a club as we unblock spade and diamond floats that missed and will now fold?


June 7, 2022 | 11:05 p.m.

Thank you for your thorough response. That is one of the biggest problems I face in mtts...whether to take spots that are "solver approved" but high variance or not. Some mtt pros say take every +ev spot, or don't be afraid to do a move if it's +ev. To me, that doesn't always seem worth it. I know "waiting for a better spot" is not always the best idea, but i feel it has value. Maybe that could be a video idea.

June 7, 2022 | 8:05 p.m.

Great video! Looking forward to the next one.

5:20 table 1 a7 if opponent had barreled river is our hand a good bluff raise candidate with the straight and 2pr blocker? Though I think 2pr is the main hand we bluff target so maybe it's not so great.

7:20 table 2 I would have preferred to jam the qq on the river with straight blockers and qc blocker.

10:15 table 1 on the turn facing a barrel is it better to not have a club so we unblock his bluffs? Should we fold turn more if we had the qc?


June 7, 2022 | 3:03 a.m.

I'm getting quite a lot out of this format. Looking forward to the next part.

11:00 on the river if the kq bluffs is it better for him to not have the spade that way he unblocks his opponents turn spade calls that now fold?

15:55 the xr jam seems too light. I don't think any better hands are folding. I suppose some draws may call but it seems cc then see a safe turn card would be better than shipping your tourney life in a marginal spot.

23:20 I liked your talk about how we rationalize very marginal plays by saying gto does it at some frequency. I think too often we ignore the information and opponent tendencies right in front of us.

Do you pass up what could be +ev but still marginal and high variance spots to preserve your stack in tourneys or do you take every perceived +ev spot no matter the variance in non icm spots?


June 7, 2022 | 2:12 a.m.

Great video! I like this format. What you could do is have a video like this then dedicate the next video to running a few interesting hands in vision.

2:15 left table can our hand go into a xr line as well?

9:30 right table can this hand ever be 3bet? If the rake was lower do you call?

10:25 left table if we cbet here oop shouldn't we size up and polarize a bit more to prevent lighter floats?

22:57 right table the fold seemed tight with a flush draw and future blockers to the straight with our tt. If hu do you make this call?

36:40 left table when you chk turn are you going to cc? Do we ever xr?

As played on river, if we chk and face a bet can we bluff raise with our straight/2pr/set blockers?


June 6, 2022 | 11:41 p.m.

Great part of the game tree to cover. Dealing with flop and turn chk raises is an obstacle for me. Maybe dealing with turn chk raises could be another vid.

You were not on board with the turn sizings in the first two hands. Should those bets generally psb or overbet? Is block ever a thing?


June 4, 2022 | 12:11 a.m.

Thanks so much for that very thorough response!

June 3, 2022 | 8:33 p.m.

Great review! Appreciate the pio deep dive.

3:20 how do you feel about the jam with kqo with 16bb? I feel a normal open here works well. Maybe jam on the btn?

21:45 you said at 11bb you would have a min open rng. How low in stack size will you go with a min open rng?

Thanks! Good luck at the wsop if you make it out.

June 3, 2022 | 1:40 a.m.

Great video! You explain things really well.

14:15 on turn you mention it is a good spot to barrel as a bluff with our future blockers. In hu aren't rngs wide enough that we actually have some sdv and can chk back to potentially bluff catch the river?

If the river bricked and opponent checked, do we check back to take our little bit of sdv?

32:20 do you bet turn to bluff rivers that complete a straight or do you take showdown? On other rivers are we looking to show down?

Any chance of a 2 table zoom or similar live play video?


June 3, 2022 | 12:22 a.m.

Congrats on the deep run Ryan!

2:45 given stack depths wouldn't qq mostly want to call here? Would suck to get 5bet or even get called and we end up oop.


June 1, 2022 | 11:58 p.m.

Great explanations on everything. Looking forward to a review vid.

1:10 left table you said vs weaker opponent you would bet a middling size to rep 9x but vs stronger player you would block or overbet. Why is that? Would a stronger player interpret a middling size in such a way that he would be more aggessive vs it? Seems like a 9x could go into a block or b66.

33:22 right table you jammed 88 on the river. We don't seem to have a lot of bluffs in this spot. Is jam the best size especially given the weakness opponent has shown with 2 block bets?


June 1, 2022 | 10:41 p.m.

Comment | SoundSpeed commented on 8 Game Final Table

Great video. It had some weird hands to me.

  1. The 2-7 hand at 41:00 just seemed bizarre. As for flatting 1 card draws, are you only ever doing that in these shorter stack spots?

  2. How often have you ever made a pat hand in hellmuth's spot and just cc down? It seems to turn your hand faceup and make you exploitable.

  3. 46:00 so vs a short stack yu can defend the 456 and other marginal hands but vs deeper stacks he should fold? Why is that? Seems like a fold to me no matter the stack sizes vs utg because we end up in crappy spots.

  4. If yu has 76554 after the first draw can he snow or is nakamura too short? What if stacks were deeper?

  5. 48:20 are you playing the j8654 as a 1 card draw or draw 2 to 854?

  6. Last hand if nakamura limps, hellmuth raises and nakamura calls and draws 3 should hellmuth keep the 9 and draw 1?


June 1, 2022 | 6:57 a.m.

These drill videos are great. Your explanations about why things are the way they are make these so much better than me drilling on my own.

29:30 calling with lower kx but starting to fold higher kx because they block opponents bluff rng is something I don't think about a lot. I get caught up on kicker strength since it allows me to beat some of opponents thinner value bets.

36:30 btn bets ak aq and a lot of aj. My understanding is these are actually value bets, correct?


June 1, 2022 | 1:09 a.m.

Great format! The last hand was a punch in the gut. The sim for the last hand was cut in half so not everything was viewable.

8:30 if you had a couple of 10bb stacks behind do you fold the 78s? What is the lowest suited connector you will open with multiple rejam stacks behind?

33:50 table 2 can we barrel the 9 turn to pressure lower pairs and better ax? I don't think we have a lot of sdv vs his flop cc rng.


June 1, 2022 | 1:09 a.m.

Great video!
7:55 table 3 what about leading turn big? We can get opponent off ak aq or a bunch of pairs and we have the straight blocker to barrel river.

Same hand, if we chk turn what about a chk raise? Seems like a cc line then barreling rivers that look good put too much of our eq realization dependence into what river card comes off rather than using aggression and blockers.

23:15 table 2 do you mix in 3bets with t9s?


June 1, 2022 | 1:08 a.m.

This format you do is really good.
I liked when you said that your preflop aggression wasn't working out but you were going to keep trying. I get discouraged sometimes when I have a decent stack that takes a hit from failed preflop moves.

I like the concept of not ruining the collision. I have never considered that.


June 1, 2022 | 1:07 a.m.

Well done. I think your plan for part 2 and 3 would be great.

May 27, 2022 | 12:50 a.m.

Learned quite a bit from this video.

Last hand vs Peter, should he be making that call vs your flop jam?


May 26, 2022 | 1 a.m.

Cool video. The oop spots where interesting.

4:00 is the flop call with a5 standard facing the big cbet and we have only a gutter and overcard? Maybe more standard if we had a bdfd.

9:00 do we need to call turn? We block some of his bluffs with the Ac.

48:30 what about xr jam river? Or should we have the Ac to do that?


May 24, 2022 | 11:51 p.m.

Comment | SoundSpeed commented on One Lucky Review

Great review. I hope "click the bunny" becomes the newest poker term and spreads through the wsop.

May 20, 2022 | 11:58 p.m.

Hi Ryan,

The first hand was very interesting. The small flop raise is not something i have in my game at such short stack sizes. Is this something you have in your game a lot?

23:25 the low 4x that raise seems more like a bluff. Do we barrel those a lot?


May 20, 2022 | 1:05 a.m.

Great analysis!

38:30 oop is supposed to xr his 4x and 5x. Is this a semibluff that he should follow through with a lot on turns if we just call? What is the purpose of these raises?

40:25 opponent should xr jam 99 88. These seem to have bluff catcher capability. Is this a value/protection jam? Wouldn't it be better to pure xr jam the flop instead to deny us seeing a turn and realizing eq?

41:30 we barrel 8x on the 8 turn. I assume this is for value and we would call a xr jam?

How to play lower prs on the turn has always been confusing for me. I can stare at sims all day but understanding the why of something can be difficult.


May 20, 2022 | 12:12 a.m.

I really like this format. Finishing the wtsd hands until the ft then doing the entire ft is good.

20:30 t6 my thought is we bet a fair bit of our flush draws on turn vs a weak rng so on river we can rep some weaker ax or qx and we would want to bet 66-75% pot. Betting so big it seems we over polarize our rng and actually make opponents decision easier.

41:41 if small blind had bet river how do you feel about the kt bluff raising river with his straight and flush blockers?

50:15 do you defend the kqo to a 3bet?


May 19, 2022 | 3:05 a.m.

Great video! You explain things really well.

22:50 if we do bet this hand is it a bluff or for value? Are barreling rivers that complete one of the flushes as a bluff?


May 19, 2022 | 2:08 a.m.

Comment | SoundSpeed commented on $777 Final Table

Great analysis. I like how you also analyzed the hands you weren't in.

20:30 you said you rolled for a 3bet with qto vs utg. Is this a standard 3bet/fold vs utg at some freq? It seems marginal.

How low in effective stack size will you go to have a non allin 3bet rng?

30:15 you said elio can have a 5bb 3bet and a larger size vs an open from an 18bb stack. Does he not have an all in size? If not is that because he has you behind him and icm pressure?


May 18, 2022 | 12:09 a.m.

Excellent, informative video Tyler!

  1. 1:00 seems way out of line.

  2. 6:25 with the turn completing straights should this be a turn overbet or should we be sizing down to allow us to get value with a wider rng in a spot where I would think eq runs close?

  3. This hand and the AT hand before it, I know the bluff hand has cards that give it some eq and blockers but at the same time those cards also block the fold rng. Those cards are simutaneously good and bad to bluff with. How do you determine which way to go? Randomize?

  4. 7:20 q4 should we jam river?

  5. 10:00 seems like river bet was too small with a straight and flush blocker. Psb-150%?

  6. 11:50 hands like these when we semibluff raise turn and river bricks are generally giveups on brick rivers correct? I know we block some of the folding rng. However our opponent will have more high single heart hands which we unblock which make me want to follow through river.

  7. 32:40 do you feel opponent should have cc turn rather than cr? He would be missing value from pr plus draws, wheels, sets and 2prs. If he does cc turn, even on blank rivers he is just playing a cc line it seems.


May 17, 2022 | 11:22 p.m.

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