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what a tough hand, the raise on the turn and jam on the river just screams value, kind of face up, unlikely just any ol king. Can he do that with 52? maybe? some of the time? k8?44?i dont think 88 is in there, hearts?

April 19, 2024 | 1:13 p.m.

hey paul great video, ive recently within the last 6 months been transitioning from playing 6 max online.
most of my bankroll honestly has been built from playing 1/3 and 2/5 online,
theres no bigger wtf, from going from playing 50 or 100 nl on pokerstars all day, to the next day playing live 1/3 max 300
all the limping, multi way pots, straddling going on, it takes some time to get used to, but its so much softer compared to online. though WAAY less hands per hour, and its soooo slow lol.
in my opinion, the live 1/3 regs would get absolutely wrecked online 6max just with there tendencies and how it plays. its very different!
like for example, the other day, i have pocket QQ utg, ,live 1/3 and i open to $15
i got 7 callers!!! and the flop comes AK3 rainbow, just check and give up lmao
if you know there are players that are raising it up big, opposed to cold calling behind, ive messed around a bit with limp raising premiums, because its so annoying to getting so many cold callers.
table selection is huge!


April 13, 2024 | 7:01 p.m.

Hey Paul, really appreciate this video! I recently switched 6 months ago from playing 6max online to live 1/3 and 2/5 and it can be frustrating for an online solid player. There’s no bigger wtf going on from playing 6max online 100 nl all day to 1/3 live, all the limping, multi way pots kinda crazy lol lots of the things you talked I can relate to in my experiences live! Thanks

April 13, 2024 | 4:45 p.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on It Doesn't Matter

I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way - Frank Sinatra

April 12, 2024 | 9:43 p.m.

“It’s not so much with what your doing, more important is where it’s coming from and how okay with certain outcomes”

It’s about what we learn from the loss, not losing itself.

Ahh yes we all have this plan, that I’m winning now, and if I put in more hours, more tables, grind longer sessions, I’ll be successful! When sometimes it doesn’t always work like that, grinding longer, more tables, can lead you to losing, because your more stressed playing, or your not focusing as much or playing as good as you were before

April 11, 2024 | 5:59 p.m.

Like, let’s say for example, player x wants to make 1m dollars playing poker, as a goal right.
They have 500k to their name, they go play a big game, and lose 100k so now their bankroll is 400k. I’m sure that is super duper tilting for that player, and really tough, their bankroll just took a huge hit right.
The the next day, shouldn’t be to ohhh I need to get back to 500k today … it should be okay, what can I accomplish today, in my routine, that will help me execute better and perform better at tables. What goals can I achieve today.
And that’s hard to do! But I think important.

April 11, 2024 | 7:13 a.m.

Yeah, exactly, however. I know how detrimental downswings can be to you mental game, I see players, sometimes every time I play with them. Seems like they’re losing thousands of dollars playing poker, every single session or week, and in my mind I’m like wow how can this be financially good for this person. But it’s not in my place to ask or question where they get the money to lose all the time.
I think another important point, is if you’re not happy now with yourself, with the stakes you play, or the bankroll you have, would you be that more happy with yourself if your bankroll was 10x the size? The journey is something to enjoy,
“Oh I’d be so much happier if I was playing higher stakes, or if I wasn’t so unlucky” lol
Though, if you lost 90% of your roll, how much more unhappy would you be as well.
I think it’s a bit of a recipe for disaster as well, where if you win your happy and if you lose your sad.

April 11, 2024 | 7:08 a.m.

You spoke about expectations you have for yourself and your poker results, being results oriented. If you expect to win. All the time, you out that much more emphasis on your results checking them everyday, and if you lose, it affects you so much because you had this idea in your head that, you deserve or expected to win. Now that you’re in a down swing it’s more emotionally tilting.

Learning to let go and being present removes your emotions from the equation, you have to live with it either way good or bad, but sometimes, during a downswing, you have so much more to learn about yourself, what your doing wrong, mistakes in hands your making, lines your taking.

Think the same approach is just as important when you’re on an upswing, being cool and calm, collective, being present in the moment. Accepting of the outcome whatever it may be.

April 10, 2024 | 5:49 p.m.

Thanks man! It’s better for overall health as well,
What’s interesting though, playing at the casino, or live, there’s players that only play and there always drinking when they play, they swear it helps them, maybe gives them confidence at the tables or something, play a bit looser, maybe feel more lucky idk to me just nonsense lol to each there own though haha

April 10, 2024 | 3:19 a.m.

Could be on some occasions tougher games, or maybe I’ve had just happen to have some losing sessions where I lose some buy ins and decide to stop playing early on those days 🤷🏼‍♀️ have some unlucky run of cards, get hit by the deck, could be a multitude of things!
I don’t drink alcohol anymore, but funny thing about that is, I’ve heard some other poker players say that they actually play better poker when they drink alcohol, or that they’re more “lucky”
I’m my mind that’s complete nonsense, but maybe there’s something behind it, in that it makes them looser, play more hands, bluff more, become harder gage a range for them. I know some players that are ALWAYS drinking when they play and they’re terrible!

In terms of my own game, I think it would be a mistake to skip out on Thursday’s completely and just never play, gonna continue to grind it out! But be aware of everything that’s going on!

April 10, 2024 | 3:17 a.m.

another thing that has helped me, is not drinking alcohol, oh my goodness, sleep improves, im more motivated, not depressed the next day, its wicked how eliminating it completely will do wonders for you, even if your a casual or social drinker, your workouts will improve, not drinking alcohol and only drinking water assists in losing weight too!

couldnt agree more with discipline! at and away from the poker tables! consistency and dedication is key!

April 9, 2024 | 3:22 a.m.

Ive recently been tracking my days, by days of the week lol
Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays tuesdays and Wednesdays, I’ve had lots of success, lots of winning sessions in 2024, although Thursday’s been my worse day of the year, and I’m losing that day significantly, while Fridays I’m about break even, however, I feel like Fridays are a little bit skewed as the results when submit them occasionally run into early Saturday morning.

Last week, I had a great week, I play everyday except Thursday, Thursday took time to relax, study a bit in the morning, hangout with gf most of the day,

I’m sure I’m the future I’ll continue to play on Thursday’s, just a recent trend I’ve come across in my game/results. Maybe it has something to do with middle of the week, maybe my mind is grinding or maybe for whatever reasons, variance/ bad games/ tougher opponents on those thursdays!

April 8, 2024 | 8:38 p.m.

omg 3 bet call qjhh what a hero lmao

April 8, 2024 | 5:33 p.m.

i think its really important to be balanced,

sleep, nutrition, diet, exercise is so important, especially because sitting at the poker table for hours and hours everyday cant be healthy for our bodies. So i try to go to the gym 3/4 times a week and do some cardio as well!
if your physically and mentally strong, it can only assist and help you during these long hours of grinding at the tables!

April 8, 2024 | 4:53 p.m.

sigh, i dont think im finding this call here with a6, pretty sick, lol

April 8, 2024 | 4:40 p.m.

2:50 53cc

really like the sizing of going big on this river, if he has some strong qx, if hes calling the small bet he can likely call the bigger bet as well, you mentioned though, that you dont like going small with any of your range here, is this because our bluffs and value like going bigger?
small bet we may extract some value by worse hands that elect to fold vs the bigger bet on the river?

April 8, 2024 | 4:31 p.m.

great video luke thanks!

April 8, 2024 | 4:25 p.m.

really interesting line to go for here double check raise on the flop and turn,
if he bets small, we check raise turn and hes weak, if he checks back turn, we bet big on river get him off of some spades, or his weak holdings, but if river is a spade, we dont always bet the river, yes crazy he didnt shove 10s full there lol after your big river bet

April 8, 2024 | 3:07 p.m.

8:00 with JJ here
tough spot here 3 ways, he opened utg, called the cold 4 bet from sb
qq, 1010, 99? im not sure, can he shove akcc here on the flop?
i think jj is either beat, or he has a ton of equity vs you, however like you said he can have 1010, if we know villain can shove clubs here does it make the call more reasonable?

April 8, 2024 | 2:53 p.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Subtract

I think alot of people who game enjoy playing poker, I specifically have two great friends from college who I used to play alot of video games with, they all me what I’ve been gaming of late ill just say poker loooool. There fun with friends

April 7, 2024 | 6:38 p.m.

40:00 top left


We turn the straight, check call turn and check call the river when the river brings in the 3rd Diamond

I don’t hate raising the turn at some frequency, we’re ahead of some of his value range, 33 22, 44 but they do have some equity, I think is ax diamonds would be 3 betting a lot pre flop,

River 3rd Diamond comes in, check call, don’t hate the line. I think you played it well,

You talked about betting 1/2 pot on the turn as well, I think you can find that a lot, we block 65!

April 5, 2024 | 4:20 a.m.

Awesome thanks Luke!
Yes if we do decide to deviate exploit for specific reasons, trying to decipher it in gto wizard or pio can sometimes make us more frustrated because the inputs doesn’t always go with our “why” we decide to take a specific line.

I’m sometimes careful when I try to run hands in the solve of other players play as well, because I don’t have their back ground and perspective that they have in the hand. Look at the output, the ranges, lines bet sizings we can only gage and calculate with the information we have or that is given in a specific hand!

April 5, 2024 | 4:07 a.m.

Yes, and your opponents may be deviating from their own strategy to exploit you as well! So it’s important to stay focused of everything that’s happening in game!

April 4, 2024 | 6:49 p.m.

Hey Kevin! Great video! Really positive vibes!
I’m new to Run it once as well, I hopped in a a couple of the microstakes tournaments on gg you played during your 0 bankroll challenge it was fun watch!


April 3, 2024 | 6:26 p.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Great Minds (part 2)

Yes, and your own validation is accepting of yourself, and your decisions

April 3, 2024 | 6:12 p.m.

You mention, prepare yourself for winning and prepare yourself for losing

Think it’s part of accepting the result no matter what the outcome, obviously we don’t want to get stacked for 5 buy ins this session, sometimes we do! And sometimes we win 5 buy ins.
I think something not only myself but lots of poker players do, when they get stacked once or twice at the table. They’ll say to themselves okay time to tighten up try to double up, deviating from their own style. Which may work some of the time. Although, I think If you just stick to making the best decision, each hand you’re in, counting in all the lines you can take, is better approach than, oh boy I usually 3 bet this hand, but I’m just gonna flat or maybe even fold! because I don’t want to get stacked. It’s something that I’ve felt, certainly when I’m tilted.
Generally, when your thinking like that too, your just scared to play. The fear of losing is overtaking your ability to make the best decision.

April 3, 2024 | 12:15 a.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Have You Lost It?

Great video Chris! And great discussion here.

Would you say that waiting, is the same as doing nothing? I guess you could be waiting to when you feel like playing or something, and if that means your laying on the couch watching tv is doing nothing because it’s not bringing you toward your goals.

I had a great session yesterday, won a couple buy ins. There was lots of excitement at the casino, another table 1/3 there was over 50k at the table!

Yet today, I had a bad sleep, felt more groggy, so I dragged myself back to the casino, after I ate, did some errands, I played for a few hours, wasn’t feeling the best, the table specifically I was at today was nitty limpy slow and I was getting frustrated, although I folded QQ pre flop correctly in a spot, I ended up break even for the session, whereas if I had lost I would wish I was break even lol

Brings me to your comments about finding your vacation, happy place, when you need you can go to when you’re stressed out or mentally strained. Happy Gilmores happy place with the beer haha
We’ve talked about this before! During and after sessions, just taking a mental break. Breathing!

April 3, 2024 | 12:01 a.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Principles

The Japanese archer story, is about being humbled, if you go into a game, or match in sports thinking your the best, your hot shit, you lose focus, on the things that matter, preparation, hard work. Consistency and mindset.
Sometimes though I think it’s good to be humbled. Upsets can happen in sports all the time.

I curl every winter, and we say that on every given day, anybody can beat anybody. Curling is a fascinating sport and fun, because it’s much like a chess match, anticipating where your opponents going to place their rocks strategically in the house, putting up guards. The strategy behind it is really interesting.

Same thing with poker, you can be the best skillfully at the table, have the best theoretical approach. But one day you can run really bad, and get hit by the deck so hard all the sudden your down 10 buy ins! It doesn’t matter if you lose it to quote on quote to players who aren’t as good as you

Thanks Chris!

April 1, 2024 | 6:40 p.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Principles

such a huge list!
i think it would be hard to implement all of these things at once, so you need a base where you can start from.

get more sleep
eat healthier, cut out bad food
workout 3/4 times a week
cardio 3/4 times a week
study at least 1 hour every day, and try to learn or practice something new

April 1, 2024 | 3:25 p.m.

Comment | TRUEPOWER commented on Great Minds (part 2)

seek recognition or acceptance from others youll have a tough life,

I think, this very much applies to my game when i was first starting out
i always had a million questions, and anytime i played an interesting hand id ask other people for there analysis about it, without even thinking for myself why i played a hand like i did, or understand why i made the decisions i made, in stead, i would think to my self mhm how would this person play this situation? when really thats a terrible way of going about it,

understand why we raise fold or call, check each has importance in every street, it depends on the game, your opponents and stack sizes and action, hu or multi way, limp pots rfi 3 betting ect ect ect

as i became more confident in my own game, i would still like discussing hands with others, not for a definitive answer to what decision was best, but more to gage a feel if they think i played the hand correctly or not, recognition if you will. sometimes though, i would explain my thought process, and people would have differing answers, like complete opposite reactions for how they would approach the situations we find ourselves in!
i think its important, to have a understanding, of why we do what we do at the table, have a good understanding of theoretical play, and to deviate and exploit our opponents when its most profitable.

though you cant deviate if you dont understand the base knowledge of theory.
accepting the downswing, ---- aaaaah standard lmaooooo
accepting is one thing, its dealing with your emotions while your at the table is what is the hard part! winnings easy, losing is hard, can shake you off your game

what should i be doing to improve? playing 3 bet pots out of position, when i rfi,
i know this spot is tough on most players, but its something i need to focus on if i truly want to improve my game, it means studying hands, getting into the trainer and practice the spot!

its interesting, this weekend i had some great winning sessions at a casino i dont usually go to but it has lower rake than the casino im usually at

my mom came with me actually, we went out for supper, and she went to play slots and i played at the poker table.

i remember in a hand, and Brittney Spears Lucky came on the casino radio, and i was in a hand, trying not to laugh or smile because that song slaps and i enjoy it lol

i think as well, with poker, theres this pressure, to prove that im good enough to make it in this game, that i can be successful to prove to friends and family that im good enough to win, when there are some of people that would say i cant make any money playing poker or its not a good pursuit. When really, i think that those people are insecure in there own lives, the game isnt for them and dont have the perspective about the game as others do.

Though i think this mentality, is fuel for me to want to work harder, to succeed and play the best as i can. I know i can do it, its just about putting in the volume and the work in away from the tables that will lead to success long term. - do or do not there is no try.

Thanks Chris!

April 1, 2024 | 3:41 a.m.

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