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Great video, I enjoyed the format I would like to see more pio on your video.

NLZWERVERNL opening size : I think the most interesting things here is that he makes 249$ instead of 250$ . I don’t know if it’s for avoid extra rake or a psychological things, but he is one of the smartest guy in poker so there is definitely a thing here , he is not the only one to do that. I can’t explain that

37:20 KQ, KJ combos

KQ without club is not choose 100% . It actually interacts with all the AQo AQs vilain is calling with. KJ doesn’t interact with a lot of call (only small amount of AJ) which makes the J on the river a lot cleaner than a Q when we have a Q.
He prefers to have a diamond because he unlocks some call/fold and the spade is good because it blocks his 9xs as KQ with a heart doesn’t.


If you don’t have those AK 88 in your betting range, all AQ AJ become clear +ev call, which obviously decrease the ev of your overall range , because your bw hands interacts with « better » hand of vilain s range.

Aug. 1, 2020 | 6:55 p.m.

Tx for this video !

2nd hand with A3cc

Do you think it’s a spot where you can underbluff / or overbluff most z500 regulars because they will tend to be (it’s a supposition) far from the original defense frec given that it’s a rare spot with large ranges .
Also, do you think AK can play has a bet bet bet here ? I study some of these spots where AK is put into the 3barrel range and is a « value bluff » by generate fold from « weak » bluffcatchers as low pp and call by perceived strong bluffcatchers like AQ or AJ sometimes.

July 22, 2020 | 12:59 p.m.

Hey ! Thanks for this content, always useful and clear.

Don’t you think that the fact A9 is a good bluff on a lot of run out (completing str8 that vilain doesn’t have often) make this hand a better candidate to ovb than x ? Also, we know that pop would not have those few 5x 6x or weak hands that they have to defend with on the turn, and pop are not going to call 3barrel enough especially on cards when the str8 gets there. So it might be an argument to always bet this hand . Are you agreeing ?


X the river makes more sense imo, we don’t expect KK-Tx to choose the big size on a flop by a rec, we split with most Ax and we don’t allow him to bluff his trash hands.

July 20, 2020 | 11:49 a.m.

Comment | Yolan commented on Tone

Very Solid, Keep on going !

July 17, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.

24;35 Do you think IP would choose smaller bet turn at a high frec if you allow him to ?

July 13, 2020 | 6:46 a.m.


Yeah I wasn’t thinking about folding this hand aha .
Interesting, there is a little bit of calling in my sim. There are for low rake environnement. I wasn’t expected such differences.

Thanks for the preflop sim !

July 11, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.

Seems ok to call bb vs UTG 6max AK at low frec, even 100bb. Vs HJ its a clear mistakes for me .

July 11, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Thanks for both comments.

I play now on 1k+ an other format with Sb ante + straddle. The other format was super high variance and not easy to manage.

zinom1 Yeah that makes sense. Problem is the player pool tend to have limping and raising range in all position and it’s too difficult to reproduce in monker to have a applied strategy.

What sizing is the most efficient EP , LP and sb/bb ? I think it tend to be small size ep , and really big size on the button
Games play between 200 and 500bb deep, before any action, there is 9bb in the pot before any action .

July 11, 2020 | 9:11 a.m.

Comment | Yolan commented on Onklebs 2020

Awesome results !
How many hands in z500 did you play during quarantine ? I never see someone with a 10bb/100 wr , so 18bb is very surprising to me (and I think for a lot of other people).

Gl at the tables

July 11, 2020 | 9:03 a.m.

17:00 right table. What do you expect him to bluff on a xc x bet line on this run out for this sizing ?

33:10 I never see K6o 3b bb vs btn at 100 deep, are you sure it’s a low frec 3b ?
You can have all your KTo QJo at low frec to have some off suit hands like that.

33:47 I don’t think it’s an easy call with AJo
Of course we have to call some Ax but it seems a sever under bluffed spot by population, he has 6 combos of 42 52 type hand if he calls pre with those hands, and I don’t expect his KQo KJo float to always bet cause these hands could be perceived by some opponents as showdown hands who benefits more by checking.

40:30 I liked your river sizing and your thinking on this hand. Well played

July 11, 2020 | 8:58 a.m.

Hey welcome !

21:48 Don’t you think OVB makes more sense than 3/4 here ? Also, you say he makes a pretty loose call but it seems decent. I didn’t pio the spot but I can bet that Q5 is calling near 100% (And other Qx are mainly folded at high frec)

27:42 If you think your opponent is really capped on this turn sizing, why do you want to block his 2p and set for check raising here ?

What’s your winrate on Bodog nl100, nl200 ?


July 10, 2020 | 2:58 p.m.

Comment | Yolan commented on COVID Cbetting Course

I recommend this course, was very useful for me. QY s understanding of the game is very solid.

July 8, 2020 | 7:19 p.m.

Two for this one.


Don’t you think Jx with x spade or hand like ( J7 Q8 Q9) are better bluff catcher than JT ? Of course Jt can be called but these hands seems better to me.

20:00 It’s your worst hand to call imo. You block his bluffing region , unlock his value hand, and only have 2 outs to improve if he is ahead.
Having some implied on a 6 (34 79 74 make str8 if we hit ), let me fill that you have a lot of better hand to call with.

QJs hand, I don’t think Jakeeee s play is so bad. Ran this one , and even if A8o is clearly less ev, he might expected you to not minraising enough Kx , which could explain his loose call against you.

June 26, 2020 | 8:38 p.m.

Tx for this video ! Very useful as always.

I think exploit 101 on massive ovb or small bet (<1/4pot) OTR are interesting subject, it’s always betsizing vilain are not used to play against.

1rst hand, if the flop go x x , what’s your strat OTT oop ? Do you only go for~ geometric size , or do you have smaller bet sizing ? On a 4 , a 5 or an A for example. ?


June 23, 2020 | 8:19 p.m.

Hi, I started to play 500Nl ,1kNl 8max on a site where each players post a big blind ante.
If we are 8 at the table, the pot is ~ 9bb.

Taking into account that we always play deep, (Mostly 200bb+) , and most players are rec who are playing tight :

How should adapt my strategy PF ? (Obv I have to open more)
Which sizes makes more sense ? I thought limping a lot UTG and raise around 5x or 10x on BTN is a good strat depending on how tight they are, but I’m not sure about that .
Or even if people are really tight, playing only push or fold is okay ?

My last questions :
Do you know where I can find/buy this type of ranges ?
I don’t know if it’s allowed, but playing 30-40Deep seems a good strategy also. Also not sure about that.


June 18, 2020 | 7:10 a.m.

Nice vid’ thanks !

On 98x board, being OOP on a dynamic board , don’t you think going for 2e (geo for 2 streets) make sens here ?

9:36 Do you think betting like 180 in exploit/theory is a good strat ? Just 90$ more to target his weak value bet such as JJ-QQ , a K is going to call anyway so we risk less and have better pot odds .

June 17, 2020 | 3:50 p.m.

Top Elite content.

1rst hand
PF : Do you think when you re deep (200bb deep ), lets say you are HJ and people at your left are also deep . It is a situation where OOP wants to reduce his sizing preflop due to positional disadvantage ? Or do you think OOP player is incentived to bet bigger because of that ?

On A64dd , We need some 6x and 4x to put in our raising range, and I also think these hands have benefits to xr, we are gonna have some trouble if we never have those hand in you xr bet and xr x lines.
Edit : You said it after .
Do you presume pop has oop dont find enough of these hands (at least not as same frec as pio) and doing an exploit by overfold vs xr if you are IP in these spots ?

29min : As we can see, given OOp raising range is polarised , pio preferes to call a hand like 88,99 rather than Ax . I presume that human tend to play differently . How do you think (if we nud the tree) the sim will change our xr frec and construction ?


I would like to hear you thought on that, why we dont use geo size OTT as OOP when we allow IP to have a non AI betsize OTR ?
59min I dont understand why pio is betting only AQo and AQhh. I dont see much difference between both . Do you understand why ?

June 16, 2020 | 3:23 p.m.

Hey, nice vid ! You get better and better.

5min30 What do you think of his play Ott and OTR ? Do you agree with his sizing on the river ?

9m’AA , are you checking this hand OTt at high frec against stronger opponent ? What about KK and 99, I would say Kk 100% bet and x with 99 is cool but I’m not sure.

16min 332ss , You size 1/3 , don’t you think a big bet size brings higher ev ? Same thing turn , ovb seems better to me .
Especially other pos that BTN vs BB where ranges are tighter, I’m convinced that bigger sizings generate higher ev vs most reg.

18min on this K turn, so you only play a range x strat ? Or do you préfère to have a x strat and near geo size with a polar range ?

23min against pot cb, given fact that we can have a raise /fold range, does raise 2.2x makes sens to you from a theorical statpoint ? Do you see avantages to do this in practice ? Against a pot cb and a smaller cb size.

24min30 When we are EP I think do only a x or big bet with our range makes more sens, especially on AKx two tones.
Do you have some ovb size with your hand on this board ?

39Min at these stack sizes, don’t you think we can develop a non AI 5betting range ? Against reg players.

44min A2 on 9TTT what is you value treshold on the river, and how many size do you like to use here ?


June 14, 2020 | 9:21 a.m.

Hey, don’t forget that even K7 has equity agaisnt vilains range, even if it’s not a « natural » draw like gu or OeSD .

Let’s take K7 for example :

  • the K out is ~ clean , and you have barely the same number of out than GU. Your kicker outs are also going to be good often on the river. Even if you don’t make nuts (as GU does) you can maybe have a value bet on the river with your K7 if you touched a K, instead of hand like 69 who can almost only win river when he called ott by bluffing river.
  • Your hand can sometime win at SD (against those 86 type of hands)
    -You need to have those 7x combos to have enough bluff on certain run out (an 8 for example).

A 5x or 4x no redraw is not a good bet on the turn, and it seems pio prefere to take the passiv line to win at sd and not construct a big pot with those marginal hands.

It’s the same thing for K9. And K9dd is especially prefered more often cause it unlock xc xf (bdfd) call on Vilain s range.

Hope that it answered to your question.

June 13, 2020 | 7:48 a.m.

Nice vid. Love your theory videos.

19:20 Do you know why 22 is chosen in particular into the smaller betsize OTR ?

June 13, 2020 | 7:35 a.m.

Nice video. Pio format is really enjoyed.

Keep on going !

June 12, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

33:52 You faced a polarised range, pp still has 2 outs to improve, compared to Qx which can be drawing dead, the blocker effect of the Q is pretty irrelevant , some aspect are more important .

  • You can still win at sd with PP, and you are not drawing

  • have the nuts on 2 outs and win 100% of the potshare, as a hand like Qx can’t

June 11, 2020 | 8:50 a.m.

Nice content !

2nd hand

Don’t you think your 5x region like 45 56 57 are doing better as a raise than 33 ? (6 outs to the nuts, and you heavily block his better combos like 55,A5), if you re opponent don’t know what you are doing of course.

What’s happen if you delete those low frec call JJ-66 from IP range ?
Why 77 is pure fold and 88 call?

June 11, 2020 | 8:49 a.m.

I think it’s because Qx has better ev for calling than raising.
You re dead if vilain has an A and basically 100% equity if vilain has random two card (T9 for example) or even 99-88-77 has small equity against you.
When you raise with 33-22 or 3rd , you benefice a lot to generate fold from 66+ , and generate call from KJ KT. That i think more important than having a blocker effect on his AQ QQ region.

June 11, 2020 | 8:33 a.m.

Comment | Yolan commented on Monotone Boards

Nice video, thanks !

June 11, 2020 | 7:40 a.m.

Nice Video

I agreeing with Jeff on T9 hand.

It should be better to add pio sims on your videos, at the same time you make live play video. It has more interested than reviewing random hands in 3 or 4 weeks.


June 9, 2020 | 10:25 a.m.

Table 4
23:10 Do you think you can have a leading range on this flop ?

June 5, 2020 | 9:47 a.m.

Hi Tyler, thanks for this one. I expected a call with Jh 100deep, but it would be for next time :).

10:34 I don’t agree with you for two reasons.

  • We can’t be sure that vilain is not bluffing a random A4-33-22 sometimes, which s make calling with at least one paire better.

-In theory (maybe it’s pretty irrelevant in a anonymous pool) , you need to bluffcatch two paires and sets, because you have a good hand. PIO prefers to bluffcatch linearly to avoid being exploited by someone who are exploiting us by adding some bluff with SDV if we are mixing call with Ah and mixing call with one paire hand.

Don’t think it’s usefull in practice but I m convinced calling your hand by there hand strength (if removal and blocker effects are the seams) is better.

16:30 I really like your call here, do yo think you are calling agaisnt a 1/3p bet also ? Always a fold when Bb is betting ?

24:00 Against those smaller betsize from rec player, do you like to shove on the river aggressively ? Seems they don’t have flushes, often a weak hand who don’t want to put money into the pot.


June 2, 2020 | 8:38 p.m.

Hi Francesco , that a really great video.

15:30 That a very good point here. Even if we are xf 100% of our checking range, we can still improve our ev by not betting -ev hand.
But how it’s affected IP strategie ? Does IP get ev when oop doesn’t cb those trash hands ?

25:00 Against range cb, when IP is raising , I never expected OOP to call those mid pocket at some frecs, it sounds crazy, and I think most (if it’s not all) of population is folding 99-55 at 100% frecs, with a diamond or not.
So at this point of time, raising with these low pps seems really good, better hand are folding, and some « worst hands » call, (like GU and FD). Do you think it’s a good exploit to raise those hands near 100% frec if vilain is folding all his pocket paires ? What’s happen if you nud this spot with your range ?

Gl at the tables.

June 2, 2020 | 9:52 a.m.

Comment | Yolan commented on Mastering Paired Boards

Hi Nuno, thanks for this one !

Do you think it’s really useful to train a defense spot where most of vilains play a bet or x strat ? I don’t say your video doesn’t have interest , but I’m convinced it would be more appropriate to train for a IP bet range. Always great to know that we can mix x and bet, but train on managing high x r frec as OoP seems for me more efficient that training those low x frec.


June 2, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

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