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Benjamin Tollerene

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Wait, what?  It loses almost 1.5x more than the foldeveryhandpre strat?

April 22, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Hi Ben,

On the As5x call down at ~38:30 on AdQs3s4d8d your commentary suggests that AJ is maybe too thin to value bet.  Is this because his sizing was too big in one or more places or am I missing something entirely?  I'm usually pretty happy to bet AJ in his shoes.

Thanks for a great video series.

April 7, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Hey Ben,

That's a hell of a B- game you've got there.

42:00: J8dd on T97r -  What does your KR range look like?  Specifically which hands are you checking to KR bluff with?  Bottom value KR?  Thanks for the video.

Dec. 17, 2013 | 8:59 a.m.

really enjoyed it ben.  first of all it was something new and interesting.  i especially appreciated when you took shots at forming your own assumptions about their decisions and/or what they might be trying to accomplish.

Nov. 18, 2013 | 11:31 p.m.

I've actually been thinking about this kind of a lot for a guy who doesn't play hardly any MTTs. I think a big part of it is that winning chips without showdown is much lower variance than winning chips with showdown. I would say there's no variance in winning pots without showdown, but you still have to take on risk and put money in the pot to win the NSD pots.

I think the real key here is understanding when it is and isn't ok to be a LAG. Here's an example that I've been discussing with a friend.

28 players left ITM of a massive 10k live event. We're chip leader with 120bbs and play is 6 handed today. Another player at our table has 115bbs, and the other 4 guys have between 20-60bbs a piece. The remaining field is very soft and keeping our variance down should be a top priority. I'm under the impression that it is ok to be as LAG as we'd like to be against everyone at the table except for the other big stack. I think theoretically vs the guy with 115bbs we should not have an all in preflop range because if we both made enough raises to get 115bbs in, one of us has to have aces and the other guy has to be making a huge mistake. I know that sounds weird and remember I'm trying to talk in theory. I'm sure in practice plenty of guys will get in 99+ AQs+ against you and you can exploit them by having an all in preflop range of KK+ or whatever, but I have a hard time finding a way for it to be ok to get all in preflop in this scenario without AA. Our stacks are worth too much and taking a chance of being crippled feels very wrong. I think there should be a lot of call pots with 1-3 streets of betting between the two big stacks, and very little raising. Now once the stacks get further from each other, say we grow to 140bb and the other guy drops to 80bb, sure, go after him now. Ill end my ramble here. Curious what you guys think.

Ben Tollerene

Oct. 25, 2012 | 4:53 a.m.

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