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Comment | blackball commented on Combating Crazies

fwiw and coming from a slightly different point of view - I'm one of the TAG reg types that make the kinds of mistakes you're pointing out against a monstrously silly agg fish like this. Identifying why we (TAG regs) make these mistakes is probably a good idea.

I make these mistakes, I think, because I'm coming from NLHE, where isolation plays and playing bloated pots against a loose spewtard, especially in position but even out of position, are generally highly profitable. In NLHE, once we can identify the fish as playing way too many hands that are going to have to either bluff away postflop or who will fold too often postflop, we generally want to be playing as many pots as possible.

I think the mistake is partly, if not mostly, due to forgetting that in NLHE hitting a flop moderately well (top pair+) is relatively difficult, but that in PLO it's relatively easy (i.e. equities run closer in PLO).

Regardless, if you're like me and keep thinking "I'm going to run over this spewtard fish with a wider range than normal", this is a very useful video imo.

Tom, do you have further thoughts from your coaching or general experience as to why we TAG regs make the mistakes we do?

Oct. 31, 2013 | 4:48 p.m.

This was fun, Tom!

Sept. 30, 2013 | 5:35 a.m.

I'm replying because I'm hoping to be corrected where I'm wrong, not necessarily expertise. :)

I raise the double pairs in the bb over limpers, planning on cbetting alot. I'm a little careful against utg limpers, because I think they have alot of crappy QQ and KK hands, but otherwise I'm playing my double pair the way I would AA.

In the games I play (micro and nano stakes), people will not fold small flushes and will slow play flopped flushes. On the up side, I won't get check raised except by the nut flush, and not always then. So I usually bet just over 1/2 pot, which is consistent with what I bet with a flush, fold to a x/r but generally check behind turns that don't pair the board. If I think a specific player is likely to x/r, I will check behind.

Sept. 16, 2013 | 4:31 a.m.

Comment | blackball commented on Perceived Ranges

Good video, looking forward to more. Enjoyed moving between PLO and NLHE.

Sept. 16, 2013 | 3:19 a.m.

Comment | blackball commented on Intro To 40BB PLO

I wasn't thrilled to see a vid on 40bb PLO, but I think it's well done and (if you think of this as low SPR rather than shortstacking) provocative for players who do not play this shallow. I'm pretty sure I need to work a lot more on my math and SPR scenarios after seeing the math in this vid.

Sept. 14, 2013 | 10:53 p.m.

My guess is KKxx without an A and without diamonds. Hits a set on the turn but doesn't want to raise against a flush. I don't think he's ever raising worse on the river.

Sept. 9, 2013 | 5:23 a.m.

What's your image? How often do you donk, how often do you c/r flop, and have you gotten to showdown in either situation? In a vacuum, I think I'd prefer check/raise flop because of the possible draws.

Sept. 8, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.

Looking forward to your upcoming concept videos, though I'm disappointed that this will be your last live play vid for a while - at least you're finishing up on a huge high note, may we all run that well! :)

Around 34:50, Chigorovich opens CO and btn folds, and Hero folds 8763ds in the sb. You answered above regarding your distaste for opening small rundowns from ep - what kinds of considerations/improvements in this hand (i.e., 9875ds?) might lead you to play the hand?

Sept. 8, 2013 | 2:12 a.m.

Comment | blackball commented on Note Taking

Tom, I'm new here/late to comment, but fwiw I liked this format/type of discussion quite a bit. I watched another of your vids, a recent 50PLO 4tabling vid, and liked that as well, not suggesting that you don't do that format - however, I find it very useful to have a straightforward theme with HH illustrations format. I didn't mind the rambling so much.

fwiw, I would have liked to have seen the HUD stats for Villains, and the actual notes you take. I'm an enthusiastic note taker, but have tons of isolated notes regarding specific hands and very few notes that extrapolate strategic changes based on the isolated notes, would love to see examples of how you specifically write your notes.

Sept. 6, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.

Solid post. fwiw, a friend directed me to this thread, and I'm signing up for a membership as a result. Thanks!

Sept. 5, 2013 | 5:39 p.m.

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