Definitely agree. I live in Boston, where the college home games are low stakes but full of people who study the game relatively intensely if that brings any context at all to this.
Dec. 18, 2019 | 12:46 a.m.
Memorized preflop ages ago m8
Dec. 18, 2019 | 12:45 a.m.
If you memorize it, it's quicker than looking at a watch
Dec. 18, 2019 | 12:45 a.m.
If you go online there are plenty of ways that are suggested for randomizing decisions during live poker where you don't have access to an RGN. You can look at your watch, you can pick suits etc. But I was searching for a method that was more concrete. I finally came up with that method but it's a little crazy.
I have memorized 86 digits of a random string that I generated. You can do this by taking any random number generator and having it produce a series of random numbers across a range that you like. For me it's 1-10 as that allows for a level of precision that is not too detailed that I would have trouble memorizing 86 digits. It took me two days to memorize all 86 digits.
When I'm playing, I mentally keep track of my place on this bit-string and then simply use the next number. When I arrive at the end of the string I simply start over. This isn't anywhere near perfectly random but it should be on par with any of the other suggested methods.
Dec. 16, 2019 | 3:31 p.m.
Jeff_ I completely agree. My take on it is this: If you study GTO, and can implement it to some extent, you will instantly have a winning strategy in most player pools. From their it comes to increasing the EV of an already good strategy by making exploitations. Rejecting GTO based on the assumption that a player population is extremely unbalanced doesn't make sense to me. Why would you not want to have a strategy that is guaranteed to win from the get-go and then increase the EV of that strategy by making adjustments. That approach will always be better than approaching the game in an unbalanced manner and hoping that your reads are correct often enough. Most of the great explo players have a very solid and deep theoretical understanding of the game anyways. That's required to be a good explo.
Dec. 10, 2019 | 9:20 p.m.
By overbetting, bluffing, and checkraising at appropriate frequencies backed by theory, you will milk the micros/lows like a cow
Dec. 8, 2019 | 2:25 a.m.
Idk. I just don’t think learning a purely exploitative strategy is very useful. It’s based on sweeping assumptions that an entire player pool is either super nitty or super loose but u til you actually know, it’s far more worthwhile to invest the time into learning theoretically sound poker from the get-go rather than an exploitative strategy that may or may not work and that you’ll throw in the bin as soon as you move up.
Dec. 8, 2019 | 2:24 a.m.
If you are looking for books that will directly help you at the table then I’d say these aren’t the ones. However, these books will give you the theoretical understanding to get real value out of solvers. Training videos on ROI and other sites reign supreme in directly helping you at the tables
Dec. 1, 2019 | 5:03 p.m.
If you're interested in optimal preflop ranges you can purchase them already solved from rangeconverter.com They have solved pre-flop solutions for varying levels of rake structures and there won't be any waiting period. Even if you were able to buy a preflop solver, you'd need such a powerful CPU and would still have to wait a very long time.
Dec. 1, 2019 | 8:21 a.m.
I've read a lot of poker books. Some meh, some great, and some atrocious. For the most part, I often don't think that Poker books are as effective as training site content in actually making a difference in EV. That being said, reading the right books can be instrumental in granting the theoretical background for getting much better at this game much faster. Below are all the books that will essentially teach you all you need to know about GTO poker.
*1. Applications of No Limit Holdem, Matthew Janda*
Decent book overall for introducing a theoretical approach to the game. This is what I would say is a great first book because it doesn't use too much jargon and gives you a general mathematical intuition for how GTO works. That being said, the bulk of the book is simply about thinking about bet sizes and calculating the appropriate frequencies of value to bluff ratios. There is some content on effective bluff selection but it simply isn't very explicit until you get to the very end of the book which covers hand reviews. Overall, the book is mostly theoretical.
*2. Mathematics of Poker, Billy Chen and Jerrod Ankenman*
Really theoretical. Vague in terms of how to actually apply the math covered in the book but still insightful and useful.
*3. Modern Poker Theory, Michael Acevedo*
Thank the heavens for this book. It not only covers the theory side but the entire book is grounded in highly practical implementable strategies that you can take straight to the table. It's backed by thousands of hours of solver study and teaches you the actual implementation of GTO principles along with the heuristics to apply them in game time. It's not some "frozen in time over the top highly abstract mathematical analysis" of how to calculate the optimal bet size and frequency.
*4. No Limit Holdem for Advanced Players, Matthew Janda*
If Applications was some annoying theory book that is super hard to apply, this would be the super practical book that more or less covers the same topics.
*5. Grinder's Manual, Peter Clarke*
Perfect balance between theoretical and practical. Peter is also a coach here on ROI. Everyone loves him for exactly said reason, backs up his theory with real examples. Going through From The Ground up along with the book will work great. The book also covers exploitative play.
Nov. 30, 2019 | 7:11 a.m.
I would simply get a solver, learn solid GTO poker. Save the hand histories through a database and once you have a large enough sample size, go through and mine for some population leaks.
Nov. 27, 2019 | 6:06 a.m.
Been doing this for a while as well and your notes on Snowie’s preflop ranges are very accurate. What is snowie ranking you as right now?
It ranks me as advanced at the moment. My goal is to have it consistently ranking me as expert later on.
Sept. 23, 2019 | 5:33 p.m.
First Week Results: 2.88BB/100 Winrate 11.2k hands
Alright so my first week results are in. I definitely was doing great at the very beginning and towards the end had a few massive losing sessions. This so far, has been my longest continuous play of online poker, but my main reason for doing this was to have somewhat of a reasonable sample-space of hands to actually study my leaks and see where I need the most improvement. This has also been my first profitable 10k hands.
In The Big-Blind I had such massive losses that I believe are far outside the norm of what I should be losing in that spot. I'm gonna use this weekend to study my leaks, and watch some RIO videos. Do some hand reviews. Then the following week, I will play my next 10k hands.
Sept. 8, 2019 | 4:39 p.m.
Peter Clarke For your next topic could you cover c-betting out of position? I haven't been able to find a video on ROI that covers this extensively. In particular, how do you separate your c-betting range from your check-raising range and check-calling range oop as PFR? I think this would be an extremely useful video.
Sept. 5, 2019 | 10:32 a.m.
Really good win to start off. Gained 13 buyins on my first day and got in 3k hands. Going on a trip with some friends this weekend so probably won't play until next week. Didn't really expect this. I guess I got lucky because there were lots of limpers and the players were especially loose today.
Aug. 30, 2019 | 2:02 a.m.
Starting this poker journal because what the heck.
A bit about me:
Computer Science student from Boston.
Been playing poker since April 2019. Started very casually and then got a little more into it this summer. I am currently working as a software engineer for the next six months before starting school in February so i'm using this time to focus on poker more seriously. Previously:
I deposited about 200 into ignition and lost it all. Dabbled in America's card room but the site hasn't been reliable as of late.
I started playing live at the new casino in Boston and have made some money there but I want to use online to really deepen my skills.
A few days back I deposited 250 into Ignition.
For now, my plan is:
Grind 4 hours a day every day after work (approximately 2k hands a day (500/hr standard 2 tabling zone)
Grind 8 hours on Saturday.
Grind 4 hours on Sunday.
Total: hoping to hit approximately 16k hands a week.
I will be posting results each week.
Aug. 30, 2019 | 1:58 a.m.
Just wondering, you mentioned in your book that you went to uni, what did you study? your ability to communicate technical concepts is pretty up there. Thank you so much for this awesome content. Just finished "From The Ground Up." currently reading Grinder's Manual, gonna go through the hundred hands book soon.
Aug. 26, 2019 | 11:21 p.m.
Alright dude BigDickPlaya like please don't even talk about mental game. Your mental game was so bad that the site literally had to ban your old account because you had zero self control and stability. Now you're back, saying that you have a better outlook but you keep flip flopping between claiming that you're crushing the game and improving and saying that anyone who is playing online poker seriously or even live poker seriously is an idiot. I think the bottom line is that you take Poker in general WAY too seriously and have some unrealistic expectation that you just start playing micro-stakes poker and all of a sudden you're able to make a living. In terms of BR management, you need 50 BI for whatever stakes you're playing, If you don't have that much, then don't play at those stakes.
In regards to live play, yes the hands you get in are far less but the players are aids regularly going all in pre-flop with trash so that offsets volume concerns. But I will say this: you probably have some of the worst mental game ever observed in any poker player in history and believe me: that is saying a lot. If you're playing microstakes and online poker is anything more to you than a fun competitive vvideo game then you are taking it too seriously.
Aug. 25, 2019 | 4:47 p.m.
I’ve been playing ignition zone for a while and for the life of me, I find the player pool to be so insanely nitty I can rarely make it past the flop and get more than a street of value for any particular hand.
Is there anyone in here who is a winning player who has any advice for getting value out of hands from the player pool? Any advice is much appreciated.