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58 points

The splashes are a really cool innovation for sure, I just wish a site would take the rake in a way that doesn't so negatively impact the games at the smaller stakes.

Feb. 8, 2019 | 8:09 a.m.

People like a bit of gamble. What's the problem. There is a reason why recs love spin n goes. This kind of innovation is long overdue IMO as the biggest problem with poker is it has gotten stale for a lot of depositing players.

Feb. 8, 2019 | 8:05 a.m.

I'm not saying the price to play is too high, I'm saying the way that it is being taken is causing the games to go in the wrong direction and rewarding and punishing the wrong players.

The site does rake those numbers which, is going to incentivise playing like a nit and waiting for splash pots, because opening anything that's not the nuts with a 5.75% 3 euro cap at nl50 rake is going to be pointless.

Feb. 6, 2019 | 4:19 p.m.

I mean 5.75% 3 euro cap at nl 50. Do you know how negatively that effects the games??? Do you want people to have no calling ranges and play 3-bet fold because rake rape. GTO on this site is gonna be play 20 VPIP and wait for splash. Remove stupid rake method that is not fit for purpose in 2019 and let people play poker.

Feb. 6, 2019 | 1:16 p.m.

I like the splash thing. if its fun for recs its good for regs as long as its fair.

What I really hate though is that you kept the traditional rake method. I dont know if people really understand how much worse the way rake works currently makes the games. It makes them substantially nittier and reduces edges. Its unfair to loose passive players and protects boring nits. Why cant a site just take a rake ante thing every BB. The games at small stakes and below would be so much better if this was the case.

Feb. 6, 2019 | 1:03 p.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on nl100 how to play here

I'm folding turn. Fish don't raise draws, especially IP versus an overbet. I also think we can rule out a merged raise given the overbet.

Dec. 15, 2018 | 8:27 a.m.

Yeah I do wall angels frequently or my posture goes to shit. I also do this video:

Amazing for your back if you have to sit a lot.

Dec. 2, 2018 | 2:25 a.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Specifically Poker

Grinding consistency. Frustrating myself putting in the work to become a decent winner yet being poor at actually putting in the hours at the tables.

Nov. 28, 2018 | 4:38 p.m.

Very strange. Your redline is super high while your WWSF is pretty low. Seems like you must be giving up on small pots a lot while spewing off in the large pots.

On second look your folding 54% to c-bet and 30% to turn and river c-bet. That's a massive leak

Nov. 21, 2018 | 5:08 p.m.

Samu Patronen
I think it would be a win win for the site and the players. The recs loss rate would likely be faster, sure, but they would likely win more often and have more fun. Ask any rec if the would rather play versus a table full of nits or a table full of people battling, playing loose and throwing stacks around. The rec will end up paying less rake also. At the end of the day, both the site and the regs owe there livelihood to the funplayer having fun and coming back for more.

It would punish the the type of player that noone likes and are bad for the game, the bumhunting nitty type. He would loes more to the rake and would loes harder to the regs.

Nick Steiner
Cant wait!

Nov. 20, 2018 | 10:53 p.m.

This is a cool idea, but I'm worried about people exploiting it using twitch viewer bots.

I'm wondering if you guys have considered revamping the rake system itself. It is a poor system that reduces edges and makes the optimal strategies more boring and nitty. A system that instead raked everyone at the table the same regardless--like a rake ante perhaps taken every BB--would reward loose players, punish the nits, increase the edges of skilled players and make the games more entertaining, action packed and high variance for the recreational players.

I'm not sure why we are still using a system that punishes loose players, protects nits, and reduces edge in 2018!

Nov. 20, 2018 | 10:18 p.m.

Sick results man. Any tips on how to get that crazy high WWSF and nice redline. Mine is 47 and my redline goes straight down at -10BB/100. Do you have a coach/offer coaching at all? I'm really looking to try to improve my game and stop being a blueline nit,and you seem to have it down. :D

June 2, 2018 | 4:31 p.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Specifically Poker

Cant wait for some new content.

What is the most important thing you have learned working with CFP people these last months. Or in other words, if you could go back in time and tell yourself just one thing/lesson to yourself while were just beginning your CFP program, what would it be?

Have you seen many deviations to the technical side of the strategy you advocated in your streams back in early 2017? Do you think the games are changing or is it much the same?

May 31, 2018 | 1:38 p.m.

That squeeze range is way too loose. You should focus on common spots like BB vs BU first.

May 30, 2018 | 8:56 p.m.

Your folding too much vs c-bet + barrels. Work with pio to learn what you should be continuing with on flops and turns and then work on when you should be bluff catching rivers. Nick Howards videos on youtube will help you with this as someone already mentioned.

May 30, 2018 | 6:52 p.m.

42.6% WWSF looks like its the answer. I would forget the solvers and instead work on spots where people overfold like mad. (hint, its after they check when they could have bet.) You could also start 1/3 c-bet 100% in some spots. Lowish 3-bet and 4-bet is prob not a problem since in my experience at those stakes none ever folded to 3-bet or 4-bet.

May 28, 2018 | 2:05 p.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Pursuit of Balance

Nice post man, real informative. I can certainly understand that mentality of not wanting to hero call or bluff off a stack, but personally for me its a case of a lack of understanding that holds me back. After I make a big play like that I end up being like "ehh was that good? I'm not sure." It is easy to justify to yourself that something is good or bad in a less than objective way, and in poker there is almost no objective data to go with you just kinda have to make your best guess given the imperfect info at hand. Coupled with the huge variance its very difficult to know if your play was bad or good, and can lead to just taking the safer, lower variance option.

I'm wondering how you got past this hurdle? I'm guessing being reviewed by a better player, pool analysis and trial and error is the way to go.

May 19, 2018 | 12:38 p.m.

Start watching vids here and play zoom micro stakes on PS for a couple hours per day. You will improve extremely quickly putting in large volume, crushing live donks will be laughably easy in comparison.

March 16, 2018 | 5:24 a.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Specifically Poker

I'm not sure if you're being deliberately obtuse, or you're just stupid. Without your "coach" you wouldn't have 300k to give to anyone. Gonna stop feeding the troll now. Wish a mod would step in so this blog could go back to being awesome

Dec. 23, 2017 | 2:33 a.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Specifically Poker

The poor player will have only made 200k for himself with no risk involved. Ripped off!

Dec. 23, 2017 | 2:16 a.m.

I'm no expert but the fact your WWSF is 52 and your blue line is negative leads me to believe you are being a bit bluffy/aggro. Not sure thats the best strategy when the average micro player has a lot of problems finding the fold button.

Dec. 19, 2017 | 12:29 a.m.

Party is one of the tougher sites due to the rake back on offer.

Nov. 19, 2017 | 12:03 a.m.

Don't look at sessions results. I mean a good player has like what, 40+ chance to lose a session? What's the point

Nov. 18, 2017 | 5:01 p.m.

There is an issue though that most fish tend to call turn so wide that they still end up overfolding rivers, In this specific spot, even with how wide they station. I think its not worth it if you have any showdown at all, but you have to consider the amount of time they get to the river with ridiculous gut shots, 22 Etc.

Nov. 12, 2017 | 11:35 p.m.

PS 25z 50k hands. I agree mostly with the above, but BxB lets him unload some bluffs OTR, while with BBB I'm almost certain to get a + EV river bluff.

Nov. 12, 2017 | 11:30 p.m.

In my database people are over-folding every street. I'm using 1/3 range strat on flop and getting 39% folds on flop, 44% turn and 50% river. My strategy is to pretty recklessly barrel. You say your triples are -EV, yet they are folding 50% river. Unless you are using huge sizing, that seems impossible. Im guessing you sample is just too small and your bluffs losing is variance

Nov. 12, 2017 | 8:13 p.m.

Comment | Tcallas commented on Specifically Poker

We get the point, you think nick is a fraud/scammer or whatever. Now why don't you fuck off and do something useful with your life

Oct. 24, 2017 | 3:59 p.m.

It's a nl5 fish, he could easy show up with 75o here. Nothing to do but put the money in.

Sept. 28, 2017 | 8:29 p.m.

I would muck turn TBH. Gotta give him the credit to not raise a Qx in a family 3-bet pot like this when we bet pretty big and fish also rarely get aggro with there draws. I think river at least is a big mistake.

Sept. 13, 2017 | 7:25 a.m.

At 42 min pio is c/r its flushes not the weak Qx.

Aug. 9, 2017 | 5:12 p.m.

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