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At 25:00, when we are no more interested in betting flopped pairs and our betting range is A3+, doesnt it actually make sense to overbet ?

At 37:00, I understand the overbet exploitatively, and the hand choice seems good, but is this really a size we want to use with our range? Because we have like AA, KK, QQ, JJs, and no other hand except maybe jjs, benefits from an overbet, and flushes are relatively infrequent in our range. So doesn't it make more sense to go for a size like 1/2 to 3/rth?
Amazing video though :)

Jan. 11, 2019 | 11:16 a.m.

Hi john, another killer of a video.
At 34.54, I personally don't like the river bluff. I feel like his flop check call and turn overbet call will have him have a ton of flush draws. So this river seems like a particularly bad one to bluff especially with our hand with no blockers and marginal showdown. We can still expect to beat some A7ss A77cc which I expect him to call against our polarized turn range.
But at the same time, we are gonna end with a ton of flushes and straights on the river, so it makes sense to include some bluffs in our range. And I can't think of many offer bluffs except this. Maybe we can double barrel sometimes with our AJ, KQ with a diamond and tripple barrel with them instead? What do you think about his call? I don't feel it's great even with the Qd blocker?
Can you elaborate this spot a little bit in general. Seems very very interesting to me :)
Thanks for your awesome content :)

Jan. 11, 2019 | 10:33 a.m.

Great video krab, as usual :)
But really hoping to get some HU content, as I have already finished watching most of your videos, twice. I also wanted to ask you if you would suggest watching your older videos when you had a different cbetting strategy, and an overall slightly different strategy in general :) Thanks for your awesome content.

Jan. 10, 2019 | 6:54 p.m.

Hi John, another amazing video.
Literally bingewatching your videos. Great work.

Now my doubt is, at 33:45, we see that IP has a huge ev advantage on this flop. And in most cases like these when we have a huge ev advantage we tend to use small sizings with a high frequency? Why is this spot different?
Also in video, you mentioned Ev's will be closer so it makes sense to polarize our range which makes us want to bet bigger which makes complete sense, however when we see that we still have a huge ev advantage , doesn't it make sense to achieve high frequency? How should our ev advantage affect our frequency in general? Or am I misinterpreting something here?

Jan. 9, 2019 | 10:39 a.m.

Completely agree with wazzo. Run it once is seriously lacking good HU content, krab is pretty much the only heads up coach producing quality content and even he hasnt produced anything related to HU in past few weeks. Nuno was good, but he has stopped producing There should be at least one more coach producing HU content every week. You guys should seriously try to do something about this as soon as possible :)

Jan. 9, 2019 | 10:21 a.m.

Nice video john,
At 22:41 you said we have better cambos to call with mainly k10 and 108, but
do you think your opponent makes this raise with anything but a full house ? As he likely folds k10, 108 to our turn probe. Doesnt that make qj a better call? Also which kind of hands do you expect him to bluff with ?

Jan. 7, 2019 | 10:23 a.m.

Nice video john,
At 22:41 you said we have better cambos to call with mainly k10 and 108, but do you think your opponent makes this raise with anything but a full house ? As he likely folds k10, 108 to our river probe. Doesnt that make qj a better call? Also which kind of hands do you expect him to bluff with ?

Jan. 7, 2019 | 10:21 a.m.

No I think he actually means it that it's better to call with a heart on the turn as he has mentioned on the other comment as it increases our ev of bluffing on flushing rivers .

Jan. 7, 2019 | 4:17 a.m.

Nice video juan!
At 44:22, Don't you think, The hand should be a mandatory bluff on the river?

Jan. 3, 2019 | 7:24 p.m.

thaks for the response :) But if our range has less equity, shouldn't we be betting a bit more polarixed?

Jan. 1, 2019 | 6:51 p.m.

At 1:09, i don't understand your checkcall after picking up the 10, it's not like we beat anything. We might as well double barrel, on such a good card for our range? And it seems like a fine tripple barrel as well, blocking Q10, K10, and unblocking a J ( featuring in call call folds), although blocking spades might not be the best.

Dec. 30, 2018 | 4:56 p.m.

Amazing video patrick!
At 10:17, why is KJsuited combos being bet more often than KJoff? I have seen similar effects in similar betting spots? Are you aware of the reasons for it?
At 39:26, Why do you think we are bluffing the turn with 56, 67 type combos on the turn? If anything they block 45, low pocket pairs which might fold the turn?
Also at 39:26, 56 of diamonds is bluffing more often than other non spade combos, why might that be, if anything diamonds might be blocking some of his flop floats?
Have watched all your 4 videos, and i feel like my game might have already improved a bit :)

Dec. 29, 2018 | 1:55 a.m.

Thanks for the response Mark.

I can definitely understand the frequency reasons, but blocker wise i don't think it makes any difference?

Completely agree with your explanation. But then why is pio using small sizing on AK10?We have a range advantage that's pretty decent, and how are we really benefitting from protection bets? Also we have a considerable nut advantage, so shouldn't big sizings be the way to go?

Dec. 29, 2018 | 12:53 a.m.

Hi mark, Amazing amazing video!
At 9:15, why do you think we are bluffing KQ suited combos but not offsuit ones( blocker wise)?
Also mark is there some inherent thinking process as to when should we bet small and when big?
I always thought of small bets as protection bets, but on AJ10, we don't really need protection so our betting strategy should be relatively polar right? Or is my logic flawed? How do you decide your sizings based on the board texture in general?

Dec. 28, 2018 | 12:46 a.m.

Great video Mark!
Curious to know about your strategy on low boards in cutoff or button spots vs BB. Pio i think, recommends using big sizings on these textures. But you seem to be using smaller one at 42:30?

Dec. 27, 2018 | 11:33 p.m.

nice video man. You are killing it more with every video :)
At 29:00, why are we supposed to raise with 10s with a heart, but call with JJs with a heart, and raise without it?
It kind of makes sense to me to call with a heart as we block his bluffs, but then why are we raising 10s with a heart?
Also, what are some of the high frequency tripple barrel bluffs for OOP if he blocks the turn?
( Some hands i feel are okay are AQdd, that blocks KQdd, AA and QQ, but can't think of many more, hearts also seem okay as they would block Kx of hearts, but they block hearts in general, so not sure)
Thanks :)

Dec. 27, 2018 | 5:36 p.m.

Another amazing video man,
At 3:21, you discuss about considering bluffing in these chopped spots. I agree that we are unlikely to have a lot of Qx, but we will
still have Q10, Q8, QJ, which are quite a few combos, so i guess we would want to have some bluffs on the river? And i feel K10 might be a fine candidate for it, blocking Q10, which is IP most likely Qx to reach the river, and K unblocking all his giveups( delay bluffs)? If not this which combos are even better to bluff the river?
Also which is the equilibrium sizing we are supposed to use on this river?

At 17:09, i agree we are repping a thinner range, but can we still tripple this combo, unlocking flopped FD and having a 7( would you follow it through had the board not paired)? I really have a hard time understanding if 7 is a good or bad here. You mentioned having 7 is bad as it's gonna feature in his pair with straight draw hands? But isn't it also a card which features in high ev bluffcatchers, A7 and 87?
Also even on a brick river a hand like 78(blocks 88s, A8,75) will be a better bluffcather than AJ(blocking A8, A4), so in either case it seems like having a 7 might be good ?
Which are some really good follow through combos according to you? ( maybe 47hh, and 45hh?)

what's your cbet sizings on low disconnected texture, i remember you advocating a big sizing in your other video, but at 34:41 you used a very small size against a regular, is this an exploitative choice?
Thanks :)

Dec. 26, 2018 | 10:55 p.m.

Hi Patrick, Amazing amazing video.
It was almost like i was watching one of Ben sulsky's videos, given how coherently you explained your thought process, and how well you explained the effect of your hand blockers. Really looking forward to more videos.
At 13:11, i loved your explanation for considering a raise with K3 on the river? But which value hands will you be repping on the river(are you slowplaying enough)? Also which other hands can we consider raising here?

Also can you elaborate on your strategy while cbetting in multiway pots? I have seen you and multiple other pros using smallish sizings, which seems counter intuitive to me given our betting range is generally polar?

Dec. 26, 2018 | 10:04 p.m.

Why is J10 not a good bluffing combo, you mentioned every quality that a good bluffing combo should have? Is it because of hearts getting there? A much better bluff on non-heart river?
Also can you please elaborate on how to select hands to bluff with bet check bet line in general? I feel like i am heavily underbluffing these spots, just because of the fact that i cant decide proper bluffing hands in this line?
Like at 12:57, with 109, we block his turn checkbacks that would call the river Q10, Q9 etc and unblock his pairs, so should we consider bluffing this combo. Thanks :)

Dec. 24, 2018 | 9:36 p.m.

Hi Paul, Amazing video and analysis!
In the first hand, at 4:43, you mentioned that the 3-bet by bit2easy is mostly exploitative, but don't you think even as a part of a balanced approach, can't we consider 3-betting this flop where BB's range is extremely capped? I actually think this should be a part of our strategy.
I saw Sauce doing so on a similar board with KK :P

At 12:04, i don't understand a small bet on this this texture, don't you think this texture is too competitive to use protection bets, shouldn't our betting range be much more polarized(what is the optimum sizing according to pio)?

At 20:34, what is the rationale behind having these no equity bluffs like 67 of clubs, and which rivers will we be following through? How should we develop this kind of thinking?
Now the third hand seems to be the most interesting one.
At 36:07,We see us checking overpairs with an spade on the turn. What are we doing with those hands after checking?
At 36:39, why does AJss seems to be checking while AJcc shoving? Similarly, KQcc(36:41) seems to be checking, so is J7(even without club/spades)? Is there something wrong with this pio, or do you have any explaination for this behaviour?

Again, very helpful video, would really like to see more of these.

Dec. 24, 2018 | 5:57 p.m.

At 22:47, i guess your choice to bet this big on the flop on this texture is an exploitative one, or is this the size you use in general?

Dec. 23, 2018 | 6:19 p.m.

At 1:35, you mentioned probing QJ as it blocks villian's Kx? But don't you think he likely cbets his KQ and KJ combos on the flop, hence we actually block his AQ, AJ which might fold turn?
Or having a club also played a role in probing turn?

Dec. 23, 2018 | 2:46 p.m.

At 21:57, you said how having Qs blocks the hands which may bluff on the river, doesn't that make it more likely that a blocker bet is more efficient, to get A high to call?

Dec. 20, 2018 | 12:23 p.m.

At 41:18, why is 10s a better hand to bluff on the river than 88s?? Since A10 always double barrels the turn, so blocking A8 is more important right which might be the part of his giving up range?

Dec. 16, 2018 | 10:29 a.m.

Completely agree. I think ben's videos are way ahead of all other coaches, because of how many cool plays he makes, and how well he uses his blockers. Are there any other 6max coaches with similar style? I have been trying other coaches and even though are good, the videos are not as effective as Ben's.

Dec. 15, 2018 | 5:02 p.m.

At 21:13, you ended up cbet folding Aq no backdoors and mentioned it's a good hand to barrel? Do you meaning brick runouts unblocking his draws?

Dec. 13, 2018 | 5:40 a.m.

Thank for such a detailed response paul ::)
One last doubt, why are we checking jj 3 way at 20:00?

Dec. 12, 2018 | 9:40 p.m.

Hi paul, amazing video
At 7:03, reason for checkaising K7 of spades? We completely unblock the calling range and have negligible backdoor equity.

At 12:55, i kind of understand your reasoning for not bluffing, and that;s what my initial instinct was that we block his folds on the river. But Tzang's logic is also correct right?
So how do you weigh these two opposing factors together while deciding to bluff? Also you mentioned you will blockbets with polar ranges but if ranges are polar why are we blocking bet?
Finally can you please elaborate on bluffing this spot in general?

At 13:41,don't you think A9of spades should be a bluff on the river? 9 of spades actually block a lot of stuff we beat. And 109ss, K10ss, K9ss, A8ss and Q10ss are the only worse spade combos we end up on the river with, which may also be 3-betting a lot pre. So, given how many straights/ flushes we are gonna end up on the river with, shouldn't this hand be a mandatory bluff.
Finally can you please elaborate on bluffing this spot in general?

Dec. 12, 2018 | 3:07 p.m.

In my opinion, you are just supposed to bluff the river . Don't see you reaching the river with many worse hands. And I do think he folds his pairs below q on this runout, given very few bluffs that we have on this run-out.

Dec. 12, 2018 | 8:05 a.m.

Hi steve, Awesome video.
In the nuts vs bluffcatcher scenerio on the river, why is player2 seeking to make player1's bluffing EV to 0 ? When player 1 has so many nut combos in his range. Shouldn't player 2 be triying to reduce the overall EV,instead of making him indifferent to bluffing?
Mabe my thinking is completely flawed, but would you please try to point out, where am i exactly thinking wrongly?

Dec. 11, 2018 | 3:09 p.m.

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