It's too early to say, so far.
I've gone through the first chapter on approaching fundamentals. It's quite concise and gives you ability to think and work about how you approach poker, also suggesting some other materials/software. I found a few concepts similar to Mental Game of Poker, the book I worked with a couple years back, which I can definitely recommend.
And now started with preflop. At the moment, I'm focusing mostly on my preflop game, so I don't think, I'll finish the course anytime soon. I don't want to rate it too early, without having the full picture.
In my case, I've been clicking button in PLO micros for some time, and actually wanted to start working a little bit on the game and not feel totally lost, so decided the structured course like that might fit me perfectly. And so far, I'm happy with it.
Jan. 8, 2021 | 11:04 p.m.
Is there any tool, preferably free, to visually show the top % in PLO or just tell me how high is the input hand in the top %?
Personally, I have a problem visualising the x% range in PLO. Let's say, in the course it's, for example, recommended to open around 12-16% from EP. I can see, more or less, what hands to target, but I don't really know how much they make up of the whole range.
Not sure how low I am supposed to go with a given hand type, for example should KQQ5ss on Qs or QQJ7ss be opened? Where in the top % do these hands fall? I would like to be more precise, which hands fall into this 12-16%.
Jan. 8, 2021 | 11:09 a.m.
Get a habit to take 5s or more to make a decision on the river, no matter how simple it might be. Spend this time to think through the hand, the ranges, etc. It's easy to be a calling station when you act fast, but I found it more difficult when I take more time to think about the hand.
June 5, 2020 | 1:45 p.m.
downflux01 my only problem here is that we have SPR < 1, once we call the flop, so it feels like we have to make the decision at this point whether we're calling it down on later streets or folding. I simply don't see a scenario, where I would call flop and give up on later streets that "shallow". But I might be totally wrong, as well...
May 29, 2020 | 11:48 a.m.
I saw middle pair, overpair and some draws vs this action (open ship on the flop with SPR>1). I'm calling with decent TP+, like Q9+ or K9+.
May 19, 2020 | 10:23 a.m.
Well, I think it's important not to look at bluffing, per se.
I mean, you should look at the best decision at a given situation (board, hand, actions in the hand, stacks, pot, opponents' tendencies, etc.), not as a bluffing or value betting in general.
To be honest, I think it's a common misconception that at micros you should never bluff (so betting with not made hand?). This way, you'd leave a lot of money on the table, not to mention, not improve as a player. There are times when bluffing with your given hand gives the highest EV, and other times when it definitely does not.
That said, post hands here, you're unsure of, and people should give you the right direction.
May 6, 2020 | 9:28 a.m.
I have a more general question, how do you play these kind of hands? When do you give up? In all situations, so as 3-bettor, caller, ip, oop, etc. Just two examples what I mean:
BTN: 104.6 BB
SB: 153 BB
BB: 87.2 BB
UTG: 101.6 BB
Hero (MP): 104.6 BB
CO: 109.4 BB
SB posts SB 0.4 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB
Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Qs Js
fold, Hero raises to 2.4 BB, CO raises to 8.4 BB, fold, fold, fold, Hero calls 6 BB
Is it a fold preflop given our positions? How would you play if it was CO vs BTN?
Flop : (18.2 BB, 2 players) 3h 7c Qc
Hero checks, CO bets 5.8 BB, Hero calls 5.8 BB
Turn : (29.8 BB, 2 players) 3d
Hero checks, CO bets 22 BB, Hero calls 22 BB
Fold vs this sizing?
River : (73.8 BB, 2 players) 4h
Hero checks, CO bets 73.2 BB and is all-in, Hero
BTN: 103.2 BB
SB: 133 BB
Hero (BB): 129.6 BB
UTG: 131.6 BB
MP: 105 BB
CO: 82 BB
SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB
Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has Jc Ac
fold, MP raises to 3 BB, CO calls 3 BB, BTN calls 3 BB, fold, Hero raises to 16 BB, MP calls 13 BB, fold, fold
Flop : (38.4 BB, 2 players) As 9d 6s
Hero bets 12.8 BB, MP calls 12.8 BB
Turn : (64 BB, 2 players) 4c
Hero checks, MP bets 20.2 BB, Hero calls 20.2 BB
It feels kind of commited at this point with SPR around 1.
River : (104.4 BB, 2 players) 5h
Hero checks, MP bets 56 BB and is all-in, Hero
May 5, 2020 | 10:23 a.m.
The only draws you're chopping with are what? KJ, KT and you block them. Doesn't make any sense to bet this river, especially this low. His range includes some Ax, some queens, some pps (that I seriously doubt are always folding to less than 1/3rd on the river).
Just take the free card on the turn. You're ahead of most of his draws, doing ok vs pps (which with huge bets you might target to fold) and I don't think you fold out too much when everything misses.
May 4, 2020 | 2:25 p.m.
Well, I played around with hit calculator, and it seems to be etiher a 3rd barrel if we put Tx into his turn calling range (and folding on the river) or a clear 2nd barrel if he's folding these Tx hands. Do you see any major flaws in my assumptions?
We don't really block that much of his drawing hands and I wouldn't even consider check this turn back to be honest.
May 2, 2020 | 8:22 p.m.
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May 2, 2020 | 12:36 a.m.
I just wish I could use the Range Visualizer in PT4 for population (the stuff I'm using the sheets for, and it's still less rich and takes time, so I don't use it often). It's possible only with alias, I guess. But creating it manually must be a pain in the ass.
You could create a new player_id that would group all players but you directly in the database, but I'm not too sure it would work for non hu games.
But that Filter Expression is usually enough to get what you want quickly.
April 29, 2020 | 9:27 a.m.
I think it's also worth looking at the turn in this specific spot. I really don't see the player in position checking back with T there, with 2 flush draws and 3-way pot, and betting half pot on the river.
So imo well played on the river call.
April 29, 2020 | 8:57 a.m.
1. Create a Player report.
2. Filters -> Expression Filters
3. Filter Expression:
player.player_name != 'abc'
where abc is your player name.
Now you add stats or simple filters with whatever you want. When you add a simple filter you just treat it as you'd play it yourself (not you faced the action), so if you want to check the hands the population open at SB you just put position SB and Open Raise
Other option is creating an alias for everyone but you. But I don't think there's an easy/straight forward way to achieve it. I've heard it's much easier in HEM but never used anything else than PT3/4.
April 29, 2020 | 8:51 a.m.
Are you playing SB as a 3-bet or fold strat or do you have a call range? Would change our strategy a decent amount.
lIlCitanul Can you elaborate on that a little bit? Readless, I'd really have no idea what to do here. Probably just fold it at SB.
I'd much rather 3-bet this from the button, or maybe even BB (although it plays fine with a call there I guess).
April 28, 2020 | 12:06 p.m.
I do a little bit but I'm not sure I'd be much more help. I just use the custom reports for population frequencies to see what spots are the most exploitable.
Sometimes if I want to visualize a range for specific situations (for example 3-bet BB vs CO) I just import the hole cards + number of hands report to sheet and get something like this:
But not much more than that.
April 28, 2020 | 11:12 a.m.
A couple years ago I used to grind hu hypers, and this month I started playing a little bit again, and wanted to give a longer shot on 6-max cash.
I'm looking for stats advice. I know the sample is relatively small and I know variance (have run over 200 bis under ev in the past and was "fine" with it) but I want to target the leaks early, as I've started to question my game.
Based on stats, do you see any strong contender for situations to check?
At a glance, I see two potential leaks:
1) Playing way too wide at SB? I've just recently started to pay more attention to that.
2) Won at Showdown % could be higher? I feel I might be bluffing too much here and there or just generally be a little too loose postflop. I've started trying to be more aggressive with more backdoor draws and equity.
3) Losing at CO is weird, but I can definitely blame the sample on that I think.
Btw, what's the top 3-5 stats you'd use on the HUD when having small samples? At the moment I'm looking at VPIP/PFR/3B/AFq and autonotes from PT4.
April 27, 2020 | 9:46 a.m.
As for studying, my typical approach is checking every >15bb pot.
Then if I see a repetitive mistake, for example calling vs x/r on the turn too wide or whatever I find, just filter it out and go through all these situations. Make a sticky note, and get through it before next sessions.
From time to time, I also like to analyze the population stats (and then ranges). There are also some frequencies that seem very exploitable (but it's always good to go through the hands in question, as the weird frequencies might just come up from variance).
April 23, 2020 | 7:09 p.m.
It's totally fine to have a calling range at 20bb. You're basically playing with 18bb effective stack to 4,5bb in the pot.
Similar SPR to what you have after flatting a 3-bet. Does it mean you're never calling vs a 3-bet?
April 23, 2020 | 10:43 a.m.
One thing is pace. You simply lose much more often (and win as well, but naturally we feel losses more).
Second thing is the environment. You laugh, joke around, sip a pint, there's plenty of time before/after hands or just without any action for you, so it's much easier to calm down.