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June 10, 2020 | 6:07 a.m.

I think it is absolutely incredible that you can still crush the toughest regular running NL cash game in the world whilst not working as hard at the game as you did four or five years ago. I hope that came across as complimentary as it was meant. Really appreciate you still producing great content!

April 17, 2020 | 5:45 p.m.

Would you be able to tell us what the colours mean so that we can understand any adjustments from GTO that you make versus different player types?

April 17, 2020 | 5:36 p.m.

Is scripting for turns and rivers possible?

April 1, 2020 | 3:32 p.m.

I am up for this, play 6 max 100 Zoom at the moment and would like to get involved in a study group

March 28, 2020 | 7:24 p.m.

Thanks Twinskat, will have a go at running them now via script

March 24, 2020 | 6:36 p.m.

Post | Spelly89 posted in Chatter: Looking for some coaching

I am looking for some private coaching for 6 max and HU NLHE. I am a recreational player looking to improve, and currently play 100 Zoom on Stars and Party. I have played the game on and off for nearly 15 years, always had a huge interest in its nuances and am an extremely competitive person. I am from the UK and we are undergoing a state of lockdown currently, so now seems as good a time as any to improve my win rate.

March 24, 2020 | 1:47 p.m.

Hi Guys

Sorry I have been busy over the last few days, but now the UK is pretty close to full lockdown I will be able to spend some more time on here. Here are the screenshots for the T22 board. I look forward to hearing back on this.

I did script them all yes, how can I go back and cluster them together?

Twinskat, I thought the 184 flop subset would be the most comprehensive way to study, but could be wrong obviously.

March 24, 2020 | 1:13 p.m.

I use EC2 for Pio as I am an apple user. It was a bit fiddly at first but now I have scripts running constantly. You need to get enough storage to save the trees, then download them to Dropbox. Each tree for BTN vs BB in two bet pots are 4GB, so it’s better just to run a few flops at a time and then upload to Dropbox. Let me know what help you need

March 20, 2020 | 1:40 a.m.

Post | Spelly89 posted in NLHE: Piosolver shortcuts with KRab

Kevin Rabichow has tweeted saying that he wants to give back in some way because he feels privileged to be able to earn from home whilst others are self-isolating. Obviously, it would be great if other RIO members could contribute to this thread too. I tweeted him asking about Piosolver short cuts, as I am currently studying the 184 flops that cover most of the game. I have started BTN vs BB, six max with a 2.5x raise and call. What I would like to learn from this thread is whether there are any shortcuts to certain types of boards where BTN or BB have massive range advantages, and some lines that don't play out in the 50-200NL Zoom pools that Piosolver suggests are optimal. Here is an example of something that has really stood out so far that I am starting to experiment with in the games:

Js 6s 6d

BB check calls flop block bet (most common line by both players). BB should lead 20% - 33% of range vs BTN on turn, with spade turns being the highest percentage of leads.

Tc 2s 2d

BB check calls flop block bet (most common line by both players). BB should lead between 0% (Ax) and 50% (Tx) of range vs BTN on turn.

I haven't played much heads up lately, but from the little volume I have seen this doesn't seem like a thing either at 50-200 HUNL.

What other interesting spots aren't getting implemented what other boards should be studied next, where people are making mistakes. It feels like the A54 flops with K turns seem to be played pretty well by the regulars on Pokerstars.

March 19, 2020 | 6:18 p.m.

Comment | Spelly89 commented on Holiday Threadtacular

Thanks for this Sauce!

Just one question from me, even though I would love to ask a bunch. Which player in each format (or combined) has gotten the better of you over the course of your career, if any?


Dec. 16, 2019 | 10:24 p.m.

Any idea on what time the client will be available to download? Keen to support this venture but have a fairly busy day ahead

Feb. 6, 2019 | 8:16 a.m.

Hey Phil Galfond

Merry Xmas

On the T932 hand, what bluff/semi bluff hands take this line? If we call flop with a hand like this versus his three betting range, what hands should we raise with to put pressure on his AA/KK that aren't sets? If we only do so with say, T987 with hearts or AT87 with hearts, it feels like we aren't raising enough on a board that should favour our range. Also, as played, how would the bluffing part of our range differ versus a range that full pots both turn and river? Are there any tools that you can use to help balance these ranges for all different sizes in play other than solvers? I find in these spots I get lost and ending up playing my hand too face up. As a small and mid stakes recreational player, I end up getting owned far too often against the good regs when ranges start to get narrower and thinking hands through become much more complex. Videos from yourself/Cory/Richard have really helped, but more videos like this would help crystallise how I approach these spots going forward.

Dec. 26, 2018 | 1:06 a.m.

Hi Cory Mikesell thanks for the quick response. Yes that was the hand I was referring too. I feel that at these stakes, lots of players don't play well against block bets on any street, and whilst people are mostly over-folding, some are definitely over-calling (I have stats on one particular opponent that calls or raises 90%+ to a block river bet over a decent sample). Balancing all of your ranges on every street with three distinct bet sizes on flop and two on the turn and river is the most challenging aspect of the game to me, and it is why I admire mid and high stakes crushers so much.

I look forward to your future videos.

Dec. 20, 2018 | 9:03 p.m.

Hey Cory Mikesell, thanks for this video, looking forward to part 2. In the hand on the left table at 19:30, do you have no block-bet range at all on the river? Do you ever get to this spot with just bare trips? I have played a bit of heads up at these stakes recently, and I feel that when villain uses this line they are normally praying to get to showdown with a weak made hand. Outside of the good regs, people seem to way over-fold or way under-fold to river block bets, and I have been trying to use this exploitatively. Whilst I don't think in this spot we are going to get many better hands to fold, is there a possibility that we could be missing some value on weaker hands that will call to a 25-33% bet?

Dec. 20, 2018 | 12:31 a.m.

Phil, you are a genius. You start with the problems that the poker world faces. ‘How do we grow the game’s popularity in general?’. ‘How do we make sure that the poker economy is buoyant?’. ‘How do we change the dynamic of only 10% of players ending up with all of the money?’. ‘How do we make the players who can’t beat the rake want to keep playing?’. The money that will flood into the economy because of advertising could be enormous. Talking from experience of my job in the retail sector, we are working with massive Youtubers to grow our own community on our own YouTube channel, which in turn gives us more money through advertisements which we then pump back in to grow it more quickly. We have seen almost exponential growth in interactions with our brand since deploying this strategy. Logan Paul and KSI created the biggest PPV fight ever (bigger than McGregor vs Mayweather). Imagine the impact it could have on poker if people with different disciplines but huge followings became the recreational players, because the game’s popularity increased significantly and it paid them more through advertising than what they would lose in a 25/50 session? The whole strategy is great for both Regs and Recs. You’ve smashed it!

Nov. 20, 2018 | 5:37 a.m.

Another great video. Thanks Phil.

One thing that I would love to see would be you and Sauce, or another world class opponent, battle it out heads up and talking through some spots simultaneously from your own perspectives. That would give a full understanding of any interesting spots that come up, and would show how you guys at the top of the game use your understanding of each other's tendencies to exploit one another. I am sure this has been done before somewhere, but I think it would be cool in a HUPLO format.

Oct. 30, 2018 | 10:11 p.m.

Great video again Phil.

A couple of questions that you've probably been asked 1000 times, but I am keen to know the answer to are as follows; how much deviation from a winning 50/100 HUPLO strategy would be needed to beat 50 HUPLO Zoom at an optimal rate? How much would needed to be changed to beat 200 HUPLO Zoom at an optimal rate? I know this is going to be tough to give an exact response because you don't play at the lower stakes with any regularity, so a rough answer would be helpful.

I am a recreation player, but trying to take all the learnings of RIO into the games I play. In the local 2/5 or 5/10 game live game, a lot of the concepts of GTO are almost meaningless because players play so far from optimal. In 100/200/500 Zoom games, I am trying to execute all of these learnings, but I am getting crushed because I can't adjust versus non-GTO opponents, and don't have a deep enough understanding of the game to execute a full on strategy at the level required to beat the regulars. Do you have any tips? Losing money isn't the issue, but being competitive in nature means that I don't like the feeling of not being good at something.


Oct. 12, 2018 | 6:56 p.m.

This video is still so good. Would like to know if your thoughts have changed now solvers are being used more effectively? Are you still potting those high card boards with your range?

Aug. 17, 2018 | 1:27 p.m.

I am a recreational player and really enjoy playing poker. I am 29 and have played on and off for 13 years. I wanted to be a professional poker player when I was 18 but never had the strength of mind to not jump into games which were much too big for my bankroll. I am now on The Board of a PLC company and earn cash that is better than I could ever have dreamt of when I was grinding away on Pacific Poker in 2006. The thing that keeps me going back to Pokerstars is their MTTs. I know that cash games are the heartbeat of a poker site, but for me, I can only ever play on a Sunday due to a heavy work schedule. The beauty of Pokerstars is that I can deposit $2k, play in a bunch of $50-530 tournaments and load up some 200 Zoom PLO/NLH games as I drop out of the tournaments. The cash incentive to final table these tournaments is what keeps me so interested, because I can't make it out to Vegas for the WSOP. If you can grow RIO to create MTTs that can offer a similar experience to Pokerstars, I will be 100% signed up , and I will gladly hand over my money to the pros.

June 6, 2018 | 7:18 p.m.

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