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Oct. 6, 2018 | 4:50 p.m.

I agree with ReStacks.... we don't need anyone on Bovada who is educating themselves with Runitonce vids. Stay away :)

May 17, 2016 | 3:59 p.m.

Thanks Phil - I'm enjoying this series as a bovada reg

April 26, 2016 | 7:46 p.m.

Alex. Thanks for the great video. Congrats on the WSOP win this past summer. I was on the rail for a bit of it.

Looking forward to further content from you. PS. I had some run good (+8k) after watching this vid. Coincidence?

Jan. 20, 2016 | 5:15 a.m.

OH NO, Skjervoy's feelings might be hurt?!

Who cares. It has been awhile since RIO put out videos from a PLO boss like this. The fact that its raw and he says what he feels makes it even better. Its high stakes poker - feelings get hurt, sums are won and lost. Lets DROP the pc bullshit plz

Jan. 20, 2016 | 5:13 a.m.

I think that I prefer the slowplay with the Ad bare in your hand. You having this card limits a big part of his flop stack off range that doesn't have you crushed (the flush draw combo draw)

Smooth call and then you can pot a safe turn, i.e. non-diamond below 8. Smooth calls adds great layer of deception.

Diamond hits and you can bet 1/2 pot....begin repping the flush/and or win b/c you had best hand regardless....

Aug. 19, 2015 | 2:53 a.m.

Piterlang - Thanks I really appreciate the analysis regarding hand 2. Even though it would be painful to run into 10-10+ here in a vacuum. Overall, I do believe this player would be capable of all the frequencies you mentioned.

Perhaps shoving pre with the 99 would be better. In fact, a similar scenario occurred 1 or 2 orbits later versus the same player and I opted to shove pre w/ 10-10, and got a fold from him after a tank

Aug. 17, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.

With regard to 3: I guess some things for me are about table flow. This villain had been moved to our table 30 min prior and had not raised in a few orbits. It seemed like he felt is was "his turn" to get a steal in. So from that dynamic, I like my re steal. I know this seems like a somewhat esoteric reason to shove.... (fwiw, he was probably folding to my raise, it was the BB that woke up with AQ and almost folded?)

I also wanted to maintain a 15BB+ stack order to keep my shoving stack as "dangerous" as possible. <<<<----Would love for someone to explain to me if this thinking is wrong?

Aug. 17, 2015 | 3:12 p.m.

The 2nd hand is the one that bothers me the most. After this hand, I witnessed this particular villain make a risky double barrel BB vs. CO and then fold to a turn raise.

I think if this was in any other position other than UTG vs. MP, I could have been 3bettting, shoving pre, re raising flop or turn etc.

I don't have a lot of live NL MTT experience, (as I said, I'm an online PLO player). So I guess I just felt that when he raised UTG, barreled flop and barreled turn his range was too narrow.

Also contributing to the decision to fold was the fact that there were a few pretty weak spots at the table that I would prefer to be up against instead of this guy when he raises UTG.

Aug. 17, 2015 | 3:07 p.m.

Hi guys,

I'm an online PLO player giving a live NL mtt a shot this past weekend. Looking for any advice on these three hands. Thanks

1) Hero 48k chips, 200-400 blinds, 25 ante (avg 22k)
Hero is dealt AdKd in the cutoff.
Fold to hero. Hero raises to 1200. Button (40k chips) three bets to 4k (btn is a 55 yo guy, seems competent and experienced, but also seems to be straightforward)
Big Blind then announces all in (24k chips). big blind is probably 70, retired, friendly fat guy who seems to be playing fit or fold and doesn't really seem to "get it".

Hero reshoves all in.

2) Hero 31k chips, 600-1200 blinds with 200 ante (avg stack is 55k). UTG (45k chips?) (young live grinder, competent, have played with him before, aggro player, new to this table). UTG raises to 2,800 (UTG has just raised prior hand).

Hero is dealt 9-9 in middle position and calls UTG raise. Everyone else folds

Flop 2-2-3. (9k in pot) UTG leads for 4,000. Hero calls 4,000.

Turn 6 (brd 2-2-3-6) (17k in pot). UTG leads for 9,000

Hero folds.

3) Hero 27k, 800-1600 blinds 200 ante. first hand or so of new level

Hero is on the BTN with K-10 off.

Hijack (30 yo grinder, is very friendly with other grinders and i consider him prob a reg). Hijack (30k chips) open to 4k.

Fold to hero who reshoves 27k stack all in (attempt to steal 8,200). Gets looked up by Big Blinds w/ AQ

Aug. 16, 2015 | 8:25 p.m.

Sorry, but i am the opposite. I need at least four tables from the instructor. The more hands, the more learning.

Aug. 10, 2015 | 11:12 p.m.

Jeans - @10:38, you fold QJ99 from the CO with a seemingly tight BTN and tight BB. Your thoughts? This is a spot I open...

April 9, 2015 | 1:20 a.m.

Update: Since April 1st - 178,000 hands, 8.66 bb/100. Thanks RIO. Starting to mix in some higher stakes games.

March 3, 2015 | 2:50 a.m.

Comment | TimBostonRE commented on WSOP ME FT

Antonio was so painful to listen to. I literally had to mute it.

Nov. 12, 2014 | 3:15 p.m.

Hey guys,

Just want to post a little update. Variance has evened me out a bit and brought me back to earth. Since making that post in Mid-July, I played 63,000 hands and have won at 6.72 BB/100. 15% $200PLO; 40% $400PLO; 40% $600PLO; 5% $1000PLO.

Overall since April 1: 105,000 hands with a 11.40 BB/100 winrate. 30% $200PLO; 33% $400 PLO; 34% $600 PLO; 5% $1,000 PLO.

Thanks RIO

Nov. 8, 2014 | 3:57 a.m.

I don't have access to Stars...but gosh, these games are so horribly nit-infested. 

Aug. 16, 2014 | 2:01 p.m.

Thanks. Agree. The next 40k hands could be a rougher ride of course. 

July 24, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.

July 24, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.

I thought that was a tougher spot than Fernando made it out to be. If we 3-bet AA and bet/fold that flop in particular are we becoming exploitable? I know there is a time and a place for a 3bet AAxx and then bet/fold flop. But I personally go broke here, depending on villain of course. Anonomyous site and I prob have to go broke here. 

July 24, 2014 | 3:41 a.m.

One thought - considering his cold-call preflop from the SB preflop and this ragged board; we can remove 33, 44 and two pair hands from his range. So his flop check-raise range consists of the 9xxx hands, the Flush Draw, and complete air. Is he more likely to smooth call his non-nut draw hands (567x)?

Perhaps us min-raising the turn bet is an efficient way to combat his aggressive stance here (long term, not in a vaccum) and also allows us to capitalize on our equity advantage on turn and give him great odds to continue w/ the weaker portions of his range. I know we have to fear the 567x hands, but perhaps the 10-25% of the time he has that hand, this is the price that we pay...

July 24, 2014 | 3:30 a.m.

Fernando- I really enjoyed your analsysis of the turn on AKK2HH hand. I like the different merits you explained re: smooth calling this spot. 

July 24, 2014 | 3:21 a.m.

Long answer made short:

My background in poker/life....

-finance degree from a top school and started playing sngs on party way way back.

-Years of experience, played a ton of online from 2006-2010 of mid-stakes NLHE and MTTs. Binked a couple of big sunday majors and thought I was awesome (i was not). Toward the end though, was just mass-multitabling $200NL full ring for FPPs. 

-Played sporadically during 2012-2013, but always with a focus on PLO and just getting in tons of hands at 100 and 200 PLO 6-max. There is no substitute for tons and tons of experience. 

Main reasons I broke through in 2014:

-Focus on quality versus quantity. I play no more than 3-4 tables at a time and take very good notes. Personally play 6000 - 14,000 per month. 

-Maturity: I turned 30, am married, have a real estate career and a child on the way. Maturity has allowing me to function way more even-keeled. No more throwing the mouse, pounding the table. Never,ever. Emotional control is one the largest reasons winning players discover their edge. 

- The two following books helped me to understand the 'framework' of poker, discover where I want to fit into it, and how I should view it: (1) How to be a poker player, the philosophy of poker, by Haseeb Qureshi; (2) The Zen of Poker, by Larry Philips

-Watched every video from Phil and Oddsen, every single one and sometimes repeated them.  

-Confidence. Everyone gets their cards and plays their game. Have the confidence that you can compete. 

-Adjustments. Learn to adjust to tight players by attacking them and adjust to aggro players by opening your range and letting them hang themselves. There are a million other adjustments in between. Always, during a session, think "how do I have an edge on this lineup", or "do i even have an edge on this lineup". I LOVE playing in soft lineups. 

-Game flow. Sometimes a game can be snug for 30 min with everyone playing very conservative and defensive. All of a sudden, If a player loses a big pot and starts tilting, you need to be very in-tune to how that has affected their personality. They may play the next 20 hands ONLY like a monkey and that is your opportunity for a profit.  

-Focus. You cannot achieve awareness of game flow w/o a pure focus. Mass-multitabling or 'zoning out' and you are missing things, even small things, that effect win-rate.  Doing yoga and meditation has helped me hugely in this regard. 

Best of luck and hope this help ya. 

Always be learning. 


July 24, 2014 | 1:47 a.m.

Post | TimBostonRE posted in Chatter: Thanks Phil, Oddsen and RIO

From April 1 to today I've beaten $200 PLO (50%), $400PLO (25%) and $600PLO (25%) at a 20bb/100 clip over a 44,000 hand sample of 6 max. 

After years of mediocre/breakeven/slightly-winning-play...I'm now a crusher. 

Thanks Phil

July 20, 2014 | 2:47 a.m.

With the Q-blocker on the flop and the 8 of spades in my hand, I sometimes like to CB the flop and take initiative. As for the turn, its a close spot....

May 23, 2014 | 2:03 p.m.

You cant have a reason for not 3-betting be "I cant b/c I have to fold to 4bets". Its ok (IMO) to have a part of your 3bet range that folds to 4bets. That being said, I do sort of agree with flatting KK oop here. I would prob include it my 3bet range against someone I feel is opening too wide and is prone to acting wierd/stupid post flop. 

May 23, 2014 | 1:37 a.m.

I agree mistake with the QQ56, I am reshoving:

May 22, 2014 | 6:56 p.m.

Half-way through so far, but I am def. enjoying this. I play in many mid-stakes games on 2nd-tier american sites; often times we have a player at the table w/ a super high 3-bet% (gambler). Nice to watch how you navigate it yourself. 

May 22, 2014 | 6:51 p.m.

Not an easy call. The 4-bettors range should have you killed ie. higher broadway AK, or AA, KK; the LAG I would imagine still has a playable hand raising two UTG limpers. I would think you can find a better spot in this type of game then just getting in $145 preflop w/ this hand multi-way

April 16, 2014 | 12:55 p.m.

I'll be 3betting him in or out of position with most rundown-type of hands and then im pot-getting it in on any board that I do not completely-miss. Thats a somewhat general idea- but my point is that against somone like this (who you're describing as an aggro-fish), I give them exactly what they want, a chance to gamble. I make sure my range is always slightly stronger than theirs and then I apply max pressure and give them a taste of their own medicine. You have to be willing to get it in light versus this guy.

April 16, 2014 | 12:40 p.m.

Hey Leo, 

I enjoyed the live video. Real time analysis of hands increases the authenticity of the analysis. Def. would like more of these. Also enjoy watching zoom as it mirrors the anynonmous site I play on. 


Dec. 28, 2013 | 3:35 p.m.

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