I watched the whole thing on Pokergo, and was wondering what they were doing. I am amazed by how bad some of the play is and how basic the mistakes are, such as playing way too loose initially, and how playing very face up. I guess you see those sorts of mistakes in a lot of poker.
Sept. 16, 2019 | 1:46 a.m.
I questioned a hand in one of George's videos where he defended the bringin in stud hi against a high card who was probably opening 100%. He justified it with immediate pot odds, but he just had 3 low cards with backdoor straight potential. He won the hand by betting out when he got an ace. However, I don't think it is standard to defend the bringin in stud hi against an obvious steal unless you have some kind of hand.
Sept. 1, 2019 | 3:52 p.m.
I am not Iteo, but looking at immediate odds is wrong. With a hand that is behind or has poor playability, future bets are important, and mean you cannot call down so light. A basic example is in razz if a low card completes last to act and you have a face card showing and two wheel cards, you are maybe even versus his range, but can't always call because your hand is face up and he can have anything, so he will make more correct decisions on later streets.
Aug. 24, 2019 | 2:01 a.m.
I like the first hand where Johny World flats with buried aces and then gets a fold from a better hand by representing a flush, which probably wouldn't have worked if he played the hand stronger on early streets.
Aug. 16, 2019 | 2:51 a.m.
Around minute 26, 88 on QJT flop. Villain folds to cbet. You say you would be lots of pressure because you have a nut and equity advantage as the preflop raiser. This is true, but this is a wet board, and not sure if you should bluff hard on it. Even though he probably doesn't have a set or nut straight, he can have 2-pair, pair and straight draw etc. There are many hands he can have that aren't folding easily, and you could be aggressive with a draw.
July 28, 2019 | 1:02 p.m.
On the KQo defend hand against the chip leader, of course shoving is better than folding, but defending getting good immediate pot odds and with usually the better hand is also profitable, but it is harder to measure how profitable it is.
June 26, 2019 | 4:51 a.m.
When villain sizes like this,it looks like he has a semibluff or a made hand he wants to potect against another heart and is planning to push the turn. So I don't see how we can call/fold on this wet board.
May 16, 2019 | 5:11 p.m.
Around minute 32 AsKd on KhJh5s. Hero cbets 30% pot and folds to a c/r.. Nasty spot when cred large, but isn't that often a nut flush draw, pair and flush draw, or flush draw and straight draw? Maybe we should check back rather than b/f TPTK.
May 16, 2019 | 1:57 a.m.
It may be a fold, but it is impossible to say without knowing the mincash amount, the average stack size, and about how many very short stacks there are. You need to look at the equity you lose by possibly busting and what you gain by the expected chip gain if you call. Also, what you may lose if you have to fold a number of hands before the bubble if you fold.
May 13, 2019 | 5:49 p.m.
Yeah, I guess that is the way a solver thinks. However, there are questions whether your opponents in an MTT will be able to figure out you are unbalanced bluff to value and be able to exploit it.
May 5, 2019 | 2:04 p.m.
On the first hand with KJ on the QTx board, it seems like we could bet or raise on some street. I would prefer to semibluff rather than draw and fold the river.
April 28, 2019 | 9:50 p.m.
In the first hand with QQ, I don't exclude sets from hijeck's range on the 9J5 flop, because he is a high 3-bet percentage.He may flat 55, and 99 also, as you don't want to get 4-bet with it. PPs are not the best hands to 3-bet light with.
On the turn in the first hand, should we consider shoving for pot? We don't went him to see the river cheaply with so many draws on the board. Also, pushing represents the nut flush draw or a pair and flush draw semibluffing, so we may get calls from Js and so on.
April 25, 2019 | 12:07 p.m.
I really like this set of videos, and not sure if I am supposed to reply. However, the loss we take when we are called allin dominated or call/fold is big compared to the profit getting allin against the short stack. So we may need a little better hand to continue with than ATo. Also, you can't be sure people's ranges are rational in a $10 tournament, and some donks will 3-bet really tight. There is a possibility he could trap with KK/AA or flat call not wanting to get allin if you 4-bet with say TT/AQ but your call and iso shove ranges against a short stack shove should be weaker than your HU 4-bet range.
Feb. 4, 2019 | 1:01 p.m.
I like the fold to the squeeze push with ATo at minute 17. Yes, you have odds against the squeezer. However, if you shove, the flat caller will sometimes call, in which case you are behind and usually dominated. If you flat call, you need to fold to a raise from the caller. So it isn't worth continuing due to the caller being in the hand.
Feb. 1, 2019 | 3:56 p.m.
Minute 19 on the right, in razz 3-ways, the player to your right and you catch good on 5th and the other player catches bad, but you paired. The first player checks, you bet, the player who caught bad calls and the first player checkraises and you fold. It seems obvious that the player checking is usually going for a checkraise aiming to make the player showing a brick call a jammed pot or fold, so it is much better to check and take a free card.
Jan. 30, 2019 | 7:40 a.m.
I bought Negreanu's Masterclass for $90, because the price was right and I liked his material from VT Poker and in the real dark ages Poker School. I was happy with what I got. It has been presented on some sites as for novices, which is an exageration. It is designed to be understandable by novices. For another $90 you can upggrade and get KAsparov on chess, Wolfgang Puck on cooking, Scarcese on film making and so on. I liked the fact that it was prepared rehearsed material, unlike what is on most subscription sites, where people get paid by the video. It was also useful having fundamentals explained clearly by a strong high stakes player.
It was different from his VT Poker material in that he changed his approach and deals with various more recent theory. The material on tells and bluffs is very good. There were nice examples from his plays when he used tells or player tendencies to bluff or make loose call downs. He indicated that he no longer uses "small ball" in super high roller tournaments. He said it was an approach of waiting for people to make mistakes. In the highest stakes tournaments now, he indicated that has to force mistakes. He didn't go into detail on how he forces mistakes. He is probably much trickier than some young players trying to play like a computer, GTO or whatever, and that is probably a big advantage.
He did explain simply certain recent approach like in what situations you would overbet for value and as a bluff. His discussion of blockers was not that high level or good.
In my main expertise, late tournament play, I was not impressed. His section on the bubble was highly questionable. He suggests it may be right to open fold AQ with 7xBB and shorter stacks on the bubble. That depends somewhat on the value of your stack versus the value of mincashing. He sort of indicates that big stacks should be allowed to exploit the bubble. This may be true in a tournament playing 5 places or something, but the cash bubble is not all that important in larger tournaments. Also, he indicates that a 15xBB reshove on a big stack raise on the bubble is usually strong but doesn't suggest that it can be a good spot to resteal fairly light. Also, not all largish online tournaments have so many people limping into the bubble the way he describes. I hate to accuse someone else of not understanding ICM, but he does not discuss much ITM situations when playing tight to move up in places is more important than on the cash bubble.
It should be useful for many professional and winning players, but I wouldn't recommend it to successful high stakes players. I play midstakes. I get the elite mixed games and PLO8 videos here, but am a little confused by the high stakes NLHE ones with all the talk of blockers and ranges. tototally different from 5 years ago, which was totally different froom 5 years before that. Negreanu is a strong high stakes cash player in mixed games, and probably still at least live in NLHE and PLO.His strength is mostly in tricky play and playing the player. There are some old school nerd players, such as Huck Seed and the two guys who got in trouble with FTP. They said Ungar's strength was combining the math skills of a nerd player with the reads of a road gambler. Negreanu is more of a road gambler than most people putting out videos now.
Jan. 12, 2019 | 2:52 a.m.
I maybe should have c/fed as villain probably has a flush. I actually shoved hoping to fold out some weak flushes and figuring I had 4 outs against a flush. I also figured I would occasionally be called by one or two pair without a flush, which I have crushed, I also didn't want to get pushed off the hand when I was ahead.I was planning on pushing a blank turn and c/fing a club turn, but decided to go ahead when I improved and got outs.
He showed AcTc for the nuts, although I had 4 outs. I wondered if he would have raised/pushed with top pair or a pair and flush draw.
Jan. 12, 2019 | 2:13 a.m.
$7 rebuy, 10 players left ITM. Hero HJ 202K, CO 220K, BTN 386K, SB 330K, BB 120K.Blinds 6K/12K/1K. Hero raises to 24K with KdJd, CO calls,3 folds. Flop Kc6c4c, hero bets 31.5KCO calls. Turn Jc for Kc6c4cJc. Hero has pot left. Hero's play and plan?
Jan. 11, 2019 | 5:05 p.m.
There are videos on each game from a few years back on DuecesCracked. The full version of these big games are on Pokergo, as well as some mixed game MTT videos. There are also WSOP HORSE, 8-game and specific game on youtube and replays of final tables from SCOOP and WCOOP on youtube and Stars. As with anything else, the live cash play even at the highest stakes tends to be loose. Tournament play has some mediocre players and there are people playing tight for pay jumps and others trying to take advantage of it. There are books from 20-30 years ago which are useful, unlike with NLHE, such as Ray Zee's book on Stud 8 and O8, Sklansky on Poker for razz, and Super System 2 covers various games.
Jan. 4, 2019 | 10:33 a.m.
I can't prove anything, but I was losing playing MTTs there and winning on every other site. So many times, people would gii with nothing preflop or OTF and hit straights or whatever. So I don't play there.
Dec. 29, 2018 | 1:41 a.m.
3-bet sizes used to be getting smaller and smaller and now they are getting larger and larger. You say that you need to make the size large enough that your opponent doesn't have equity versus your range. However, we are not allin preflop. It is difficult playing against a range of part JJ+/AK part bluffs. You have reverse implied odds. You make a pair and you can be dominated by an overpair, TPTK, or top set. So you are at a disadvantage postflop calling the 3-bet. Therefore, you should not be defending quite so light and 3-bets shouldn't have to be so huge to get folds. That is why 3-bets have traditionally been about 3x raise rather than so huge.
Dec. 27, 2018 | 7:32 a.m.
A few comments on the game. From Stars point of view, it is a PLO variant, so a rake generator. It also encourages donks to chase and is interesting to good players. It isn't an easy game to play a lot of tables of. It also is suited to online. It would be somewhat tricky and time consuming for a real dealer to deal the flop and give everyone still in the hand a card.
You want to make good PLO hands, so medium to high connected cards and pps are good, the higher the better, but like 98o is decent. Suited aces are good. Disconected cards and low cards are junk. Low pps are really bad. About 8% of pps become trips in your hand, which lowers the value of all pps somewhat.