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sounded to me like on certain boards where there's a low SPR and your hand is just a complete whiff, i.e. k6hearts in that example, its ok to just check give up and not continue to bluff at it...personally, when i find myself in those spots I want to continue betting as Im clearly not winning if I don't bet, but sometimes just giving up is ok

Nov. 22, 2022 | 8:24 a.m.

Looking forward to more! Been transitioning more into live and would like to identify my own tells.

March 16, 2022 | 1:16 a.m.

March 1, 2021 | 7:44 p.m.

... do you take every +chip ev spot in game? And does it depend on structure? reg, turbo hyper, etc...

For example, while playing this turbo, at the 200/400 level, I decided to jam K6o bvb for 17bb eff versus aggressive villain that I believe would jam a lot versus my open limps. Upon review, icmizer says Im making +181 chips with K6o so this is technically +ev... that said it always feels like a punt when called. Should I be passing up these marginal spots making just half a small blind? If so, is there a general rule for how much chip ev you'd like to make on a certain play where your tourney is at risk when called?

Feb. 8, 2021 | 6:22 a.m.

John Daly had some good ones on chip utility that really helped my game, search his "MTT turbo series" and possibly "practical math of MTTs"... maybe not exactly what your'e looking for as far as precise ranges, but they will certainly help with what you should and probably shouldn't do off certain stack sizes... which can help you build your ranges accordingly. The videos would be a little older at this point but I imagine still quite helpful.

April 12, 2020 | 3:10 p.m.

yea felt like it was close, maybe I could lean more towards taking this spot in a tougher game where raising my variance isnt so bad, but against this field I could find a better spot, thanks for input!

April 12, 2020 | 3 p.m.

gotcha yea i don't recall the exact cash line of this game, but smaller field tourney with between 27-45 paid typically, so maybe easier call in the money... and yea i figured at this point with this stack I could find less close of spots, as well as easier, or lower variance, ways to chip up at this stage, thanks!

April 12, 2020 | 2:55 p.m.

Post | bigTROUBLE posted in MTT: Can I overcall here?

Wasn't sure what to do here in game... I kinda wanted to call but ended up folding, mainly to preserve the utility of my stack. But yea, curious to hear thoughts... both utg jam and rejam where active players, utg was loose, re jam seemed more tag/reggy... can I overcall here? or easy fold?


April 7, 2020 | 3:10 a.m.

great video for the games i'm playing, looking forward to put more of this into practice... and hooooopefully stop bluffing all the calling stations!

March 23, 2020 | 9:08 p.m.

I enjoy your insight to the game but to be honest I found it difficult at times to follow you working out a problem on the fly, and think it could be more helpful, at least for me, to follow a simple, concise breakdown of the concept. But just one simple minded fellows opinion, so take with a grain of salt, peace!

Aug. 27, 2019 | 8:21 p.m.

^^beat me to it ;)

June 12, 2017 | 4:30 p.m.

Hey Mike.. just starting the plo journey myself, at 10 and 25 plo.. exactly 3k hands in my database too. Winning at the moment, but think i may just be on the good side of variance over this sample, i have a very red all in ev stat and feel quite unsure of many plays at the table.. anyways, good luck and I hope to learn something along with ya!

June 5, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

May 23, 2017 | 9:03 p.m.

May 12, 2017 | 3:57 a.m.

ok thanks! ill check those out! love a good 50mm lens btw

April 2, 2017 | 6:33 p.m.

Hey guys,

Curious which software is best to improve my mtt game? I currently have PT4, and my icmizer 3month sub just ran out. Icmizer was quite helpful but was considering purchasing cardrunners ev or something of the like to deeper analyze my play. Basically, is there any one software that can pretty much do it all, finding ev of spots, icm stuff, etc etc etc? Seems like there's a bit of options out there, but was hoping to find the most helpful and become competent working with it, then maybe add from there.

Any suggestions, pros/cons would be much appreciated!

March 31, 2017 | 3:31 p.m.

Akira has a couple videos that I found very useful about adjusting to deep stack tournaments .. I believe these are just what you're looking for! Below is part 1:early stages, and his next is middle stages... Hope that helps and good luck!

Adjusting to Deep Stack Tourneys

March 31, 2017 | 3:21 p.m.

Gotcha thanks yea ill look better spots to add that to my game

Jan. 25, 2017 | 7:58 p.m.

This is first essential Mtt vid I recall anyone advocating limping button (sorry to other coaches if I missed yours). Anyways, I've tried to add it to my game some but still not too sure why and versus who/what stacks to do it with. You answered some questions I'd have about this, the j9o hand and the jam into shorties versus limping the 109o hand .. but if u where looking to do a brief theory video for us essential members that could be a nice topic!

Either way..Thanks for video, nice to see vids against my player pool!

Jan. 24, 2017 | 8:28 p.m.

Thank for this.. I definitely sleep on reviewing my game, nice reminder!

Jan. 19, 2017 | 7:13 p.m.

random bovada question as im watching this.. do the notes carry over to future games v villians or do you only have then for current session?

April 22, 2016 | 3:12 p.m.

i got tilted a little on the quads over quads just watching ah

April 20, 2016 | 6:51 p.m.

yup... thats normal

March 25, 2016 | 5:15 p.m.

refreshing to watch a video where i understand 100% of the math ha.. also a nice reality check when running hot or cold

March 25, 2016 | 5:05 p.m.

Ive been meaning to make it out there, haven't been since college quite a few years ago, no poker back then.. nice to hear it's getting better/live dealers etc... most other stories i'd heard were rather negative so good to hear a different take. I live in charlotte, 3 hours away. Wish it wasn't so far, hopefully I'll make it out soon though.

March 23, 2016 | 4:22 a.m.

he's got an adjusting to deep stack tournaments series.. about a year old but still relevant.. check it out

March 20, 2016 | 4:49 p.m.

what he said ^^^

May 20, 2015 | 2:49 a.m.

I agree with invincibles in that you dont have to take higher variance lines if you think you have a big egde. That said, smaller 4bet would be good, and still not sure if I'd fold to his jam. And I like just jamming pre more than how it was played. You're getting a lot of folds there, and are rarely crushed when called. At this point in the tourney, with those cards, I almost always just go with it then sigh when I lose and move on.

Now don't take offense, but you mentioned how weak passive he is.. however this hh shows you playing this hand quite weak passive yourself. At some point, I believe you need to put some raise in to see if he's really going with his hand, that or just call it all the way down(which i dont love either). You're the big stack and Ak 3 handed is close to the nuts pre, then you get tptk on the flop (even if the board was far from great) and then fold on the turn ? ... At some point, pre, or on the flop, or on the turn, I believe you should highly consider showing some aggression so as to not get outplayed by your weak passive opponents. Just my thoughts looking at this.


May 8, 2015 | 10:53 p.m.

I guess even if you flatted there's no way you could have folded that flop with that size pot imho. I still like getting it in pre there, at my games players will do this with all sorts of hands to hope to double up first couple mins. Dunno about 8th hand wsop though :) I'd think you'd be up against AA more often there, I play low stakes on merge so I can comfortably stack off in these spots, usually double/triple up and re enter when I run into cooler(s).

May 6, 2015 | 4:44 p.m.

I'm having a hard time trying to see why we wouldn't just get it in pre (at this point) with KK. The only hand we don't want utg+1 to have is AA, and thats just a cooler. And it looks like mp2 may be a little tilted/calling anyways with all sorts of hands, just lost half stack, then flatted a 3bet v utg raise. I'd prefer just getting kings in now, probably getting calls anyways and I don't want to have to fold them on a dangerous board multiway. Not sure if i'm explaining myself right but I'd rather take down a nice pot pre, or get it in with the 2nd best starting hand, versus flatting and inviting another hand into a multiway pot. Flatting seems like too tricky of a play, especially with those involved having a spr of 1 or less on the flop. If you flat here, are you folding on a scary/dangerous flop?

May 5, 2015 | 5:46 p.m.

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