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Thank you for making this video. Very insightful.

I can relate to the poker obsession part, though I see it as an immersion in something that matters to me. Everyday is something poker related. Even on off days I will still squeeze in an article or a hand to look at.

I also relate to the feeling of worthlessness or of being a failure when i have poor results. It can be hard, and i still don't do it well, but you can't define yourself by your job or whatever you throw yourself into with full conviction. We are more than that.

Nov. 24, 2022 | 1:01 a.m.

Nice to see you back making vids!

31:07 it shows we call 8x with clubs but not so much with spades. Is this some kind of blocker effect toward opp rng?


Nov. 23, 2022 | 9:50 p.m.

Very informative video. It not only applies to live cash games but it also applies to early stage tourney play as well.

Nov. 23, 2022 | 3:31 a.m.

Haha I completely missed utg opened in the a8s spot. I even rewatched that spot a few times before posting and I just didnt see it :)

Nov. 20, 2022 | 5:57 p.m.

Excellent analysis!

3:37 table 3 you fold kjo in sb to a lj raise. Do you use offsuit broadways as a 3bet in the sb vs co or btn or on btn vs co at a frequency?

6:20 table 4 we unblock both busted flush draws and we block the straight. I might have a hard time folding there.

25:35 table 2 you fold 44 in co vs btn 3bet. There was another similar spot where you also folded 55. I have seen sims where every pocket pair is a defend unless we raise ep and face a 3bet then the lower pp mix. What is the bottom of your defend rng for pp in these spots?

33:00 table 4 a7s do you mix 3bets with this hand vs 3x?


Nov. 18, 2022 | 11:30 p.m.

Outstanding video! Please keep them coming. It would be cool if you have other mixed game footage to share as well.

4:03 if your hand was rainbow do you still always open?

4:45 I think diamond should always call and not 2bet as his hand isn't the greatest heads up and wants multiway action.

6:37 do you think diamond can raise your bet to iso? He can fold ianbel which will help improve his high eq and even if called by both of you he likely has the best low draw.

25:10 do you ever check strong lows on 6th? If not then I feel you turn your hand faceup and it would be easy for him to overbluff. Should we check bare lows at some frequency or can we fire off if we think we always have the best low?

33:50 pinguins hand just seems closer to a razz hand with the 2.

41:20 I know ppt says call but I think you run into playability issues as you have 2 opponents who could easily have better low draws than you and your high eq relies on back door cards coming in.

45:35 will you play kk qq jj vs an A open if the A is in later position? I feel like we should 2bet if we are going to play these pairs.


Nov. 18, 2022 | 2:23 a.m.

Hi Brian,

2:55 I wonder if we had the qd would we want to continue? Or if we were deep stacked would we want to continue?

3:44 I am surprised the a8s is not an open. Is it because of the rejam stacks behind?

16:06 opponent is potting 6x and 8x. Is this a bluff? I would think he has some sdv here.

35:33 if btn jams are you calling off the a9o?


Nov. 18, 2022 | 1:32 a.m.

This was a great study session! I learned quite a lot going through all the sims.

4:40 it shows opponent wanting to barrel kk-tt at a frequncy but 8x never really does. I would think 8x would want to barrel as you do float flop with plenty of overcards and he wants that protection/value, or maybe with 8x not enough worse hands call?

40:45 why is a3 betting so often yet we chk far better ax?

47:05 it shows we 3bet 8x with some future straight potential then barrel if we get that straight card but slow down without. It's a wierd spot because is our 8x a bluff/semibluff or does it have sdv?


Nov. 17, 2022 | 11:40 p.m.

Videos will be posted under screen names, for example easterdamnz or elusivemark, but when you want to look up the coaches with the pull down menu on the main page it will be their actual name (Michiel van Elsacker or Mark Lammers). This makes things difficult if you don't know their name but want to look at their library. The pull down menu name should match the name that is shown by their video.

Nov. 17, 2022 | 12:17 a.m.

I like this format.

2:45 I know you talked about how the qj hand is a gto jam but it needs to be done within the framework of a very precise strategy. In these spots I like to call the 3bet and go to the flop. I find myself taking flops more often than engaging in the 3,4,5 bet wars. To me it lowers variance and allows for more precision play rather than a wrecking ball that is jamming pre. Is there merit to playing like this or does it leak too much ev?

14:35 you talked about not making that bet with kk if you were a lot deeper. How would you play that hand if spr were 2 or 3-1?

30:40 without the fd are you mostly checking back the k7? Perhaps we can bet but closer to 50-75% pot.


Nov. 16, 2022 | 11:24 p.m.

Well done video. I like that you showed gto wiz sims for each section to help understand the spot more.

I know I don't 3bet enough from the bb. I tend to call a lot more and go to the flop as I feel it is lower variance. Not sure if that is the right way to look at it.

10:38 you switched the 3bet size from 13 to 11bb. It looks like you did this by switching from general to basic unless you did it some other way. Are there other differences between general and basic? What about complex?

22:00 3betting medium strength hand strategy also seems like it applies well to 3betting ip. Are these adjustments good for that as well?


Nov. 16, 2022 | 1:49 a.m.

I liked this review a lot. Giving insight into how your game has changed is helpful in understanding the kind of improvments I can look to make in my own game.

21:00 what do you think of opponents lead on the flop with a weaker wrap and not having a flush draw?

24:35 his call on the turn seems too loose with the flush draw out and the board has paired.


Nov. 15, 2022 | 11:27 p.m.

Thanks for another great drill video! I like that you show the solution rather than just moving on to the next hand.

I got a lot out of your talk on it being more important to construct your rng properly rather than over focusing on bet sizing.

I don't use flop overbets basically ever on the flop. I tend to simplify to block or 75%. Is this a big leak to completely cut a size out that is costing me a lot of ev?


Nov. 14, 2022 | 10:58 p.m.

Another excellent installment in the series. Covering how to play the overprs was especially helpful. The asymmetric stack study was also great especially for those of us that play tournies.

Some of my questions may have been covered in the video, but there is so much information it will take me a bit to sort it all out. Sorry in advance.

22:20 qx rest, if we check these are we mostly chk folding to a single bet?

39:00 aaq9 do we check to cf?

39:30 ajt8 can we check call or is this just too weak? What if we were hu?


Nov. 11, 2022 | 12:05 a.m.

I like the way you do live vids where you pause and come back to hands you vpip. Very efficient. Appreciate the icm sims as well.

Nov. 9, 2022 | 11:40 p.m.

I like these types of drill videos. It helps to have a pro do them then explain what is going on rather than only drilling by myself.

Utg vs bb would be cool to see.

I think it would be helpful if you would show the frequency of each action at each node just to get an idea of all of our options.

5:00 how would you play this river in game? To me when i raise this river i often get reraised or called as it is so often an induce bet. The jam is a nice move.

14:50 you talked about how if we bet does better fold/worse call. I like having the 8 as a future blocker so better may not fold on flop but we can set up fold equity on the turn.


Nov. 9, 2022 | 10:59 p.m.

When it comes to zoom live sessions 2 table at most is best. For reviews and the way you do it with the constant pausing I think 4 tables is ok but 3 could be easier. Some other coaches let the footage run and then 2 or maybe 3 tables max is ok.

8:05 table 1 do we fold all naked overprs? What do we need to call this lead when we hold an overpr? I would say at least a heart or bdfd.

10:42 table 3 qq42 will you open this hand if folded to or should it be double suited?

16:25 table 2 how should opponent play his hand? Should he be folding here?

28:50 table 1 with a diamond can you cbet?

34:56 table 1 if our ace was suited do we call from the sb?

35:22 table 2 should we ever fold any double suited hand sb vs bb?

You said at 50bb we should not have a calling rng from the sb. Do we have a call rng if we are closer to 100bb?


Nov. 9, 2022 | 1:06 a.m.

Well done video. I am glad to see this node covered like this. I definitely struggle to find the overbet a lot.

Thanks for showing deep solver. I rely mostly on gto wizard but this looks like a good way to node lock and look more deeply at spots.


Nov. 9, 2022 | 12:03 a.m.

I thought the way you integrated sims into this review was well done. Good depth and you still looked at alternate nodes such as the qq hand at 27:55 which was helpful.

5:15 these spots are interesting to me when it comes to having a 3bet jam rng 30-40bb eff. It seems too deep to want to put it all on the line with a jam especially in the bb when we can call and take a flop. From the sb or bb wouldn't it be lower variance to call and see a flop or 3bet non all in? Do you prefer the jam?


Nov. 7, 2022 | 11:40 p.m.

Appreciate the math on the 55 hand. And you even pounded it into my head twice haha :)

Nov. 5, 2022 | 5:52 a.m.

I think this video really shows the importance of not just relying on gto but that you need to develop reads and make exploititive adjustments. Gto and explotitive play go hand in hand.

How often do you do this kind of deep study where you incorporate opponent tendencies into a solver sim? Is it more efficient to just look at the baseline solver sim then extrapolate on your own how to adjust based on opponent tendencies?

3:40 if we chk turn and ip bets too much with those lower pocket pairs do we get to xr our overprs for thin value or does that open us up to rerasies or overfolds?


Nov. 4, 2022 | 9:25 p.m.

Appreciate you covering this node. These can be difficult spots and you explained them really well.

12:40 these spots to me are difficult. Calling comes to mind before raising but I don't know that I find the call. I definitely don't find the raise because I question how many value combos we rep and I feel, at least vs a good player, I will get looked up a lot. Perhaps I would be more inclinded to call and maybe raise with a heart. How much does having a heart matter?

14:30 in these spots on wet turns when the opp checks back, in my experience this often caps opponents rng so when they raise river it is often a bluff. Is this something that you see when you play?

40:00 does our bluff become profitable if we have the kh or even a kx with a heart kicker?


Nov. 4, 2022 | 9 p.m.

Hu would be cool to see unless you already have full ring stuff to analyze.

23:00 if nerdguys hand was rainbow is it still a good hand to 2bet? What makes a good 2bet resteal hand in stud?

What about stud8?


Nov. 4, 2022 | 1:25 a.m.

Glad you are back! These cbet videos are a great help. This was well done.

14:15 and 25:15 I guess I am not totally clear on why we mostly half pot on the 2 tone board but prefer a lot of potting on the rainbow board. Is it because the 2 tone board can have more equity shifts on future streets?

I guess I thought that on 2 tone boards we would want to pot to get value now from draws whereas on rainbow boards we can size down as opponent has less eq overall and we don't need to worry about draws as much.


Nov. 3, 2022 | 10:41 p.m.

Great video. I learned quite a lot.

I like the framework you laid out for deciding to bluff catch or not. I have also developed a script I run through my head to help me in these spots.

13:15 the turn spot is interesting. His bet sizing almost seems to cap his rng. Can we go for an exploititive turn raise and barrel off a lot of rivers to get him off his thin value pairs?

19:30 is this a massive overbluff by opponent with the js?


Nov. 3, 2022 | 12:07 a.m.

Great review, Ryan.

1:12 you said if we were deeper we can have a chk back rng. Is this to avoid a xr?

9:20 will you call suited broadways and hands like t9s here?


Nov. 2, 2022 | 11:18 p.m.

So glad you are back! Your videos and your thought process are always easy to follow and learn from.

1:35 table 2 do you peel flop if you had the kh?

6:10 table 1 will you mix in overcalls from the sb with suited connectors?

15:35 table 2 kqo do you ever 3bet or call this hand vs utg being on the btn or do you want to be vs a later position?

32:52 table 3 you said having the heart is not good. Is that because we block his bluffing rng? However, having the heart makes it easier for us to bluff or bluff catch heart rivers.

35:13 table 5 with 99 I am surprised by the flop check.


Nov. 1, 2022 | 11:36 p.m.

Great analysis! Congrats on the win.

First hand if pads bet flop do you get to xr? If so and turn is a brick I have seen solvers chk a lot of top pair hands instead of barreling. Why is that?

12:05 do we get to barrel this turn at a decent frequency with our q not only for value but it gets us a chk back on the river?

26:00 you talked about why you didn't want to check the turn. You said it's a spot where you won't look weak if you check and it is a card pads won't get agg on. However, pads had been very agg on rivers with raises and overbets and so by checking turn we can create an image of potential weakness we can exploit with a river check. Is that an option or is the board too wet or is it just higher ev to bet in a spot where you generally would?


Nov. 1, 2022 | 11:08 p.m.

Thanks for the geat reply. Yeah, I am forgetting we are playing a 3bet pot so I keep thinking spr is deeper than what it actually is.

I was curious about if there is big ev loss if we are half potting when we should full pot and vice versa? I was screwing that up a lot in the quizzes.

Nov. 1, 2022 | 5:55 p.m.

Really well done and informative video!

14:20 if we do xr those aa combos are we barreling off a lot? Can we barrel bricks for value and barrel broadways as bluffs?

30:00 aaj5 is a good example of an aa hand we xr but could face tough decisions on the turn.

37:10 qq jj is supposed to pot a lot as overpairs will fold quite a bit. Should overpairs only continue with additional eq?

55:25 aq55 is this a bet fold if we get raised?

Overall with naked sets and 2 pair I play very cautiously on 2 tone boards and will bet or sometimes cc and wait for a safe turn card. I almost never xr. Is this too nitty in generel?

Are there big ev losses if you use the wrong bet sizing but still manage to bet when you should?

How do you keep all these heuristics straight in your head? :)


Nov. 1, 2022 | 2:30 a.m.

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