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Comment | emsterdad commented on Some Journaling

I also have a journal here and we have around the same bankroll. I have 240 and play 10nl

Good luck!

June 28, 2022 | 12:45 p.m.

Super cool video!

June 28, 2022 | 9:44 a.m.

One thing I forgot to mention. I changed the settings in my poker client. I don’t see money any longer but BB. Super positive impact because calling 30c is easier than bb

June 27, 2022 | 5:49 a.m.

Thank! You too!

June 27, 2022 | 5:23 a.m.

Must say because of all the multi way pots it’s still interesting and you are right. These are the basics

June 26, 2022 | 8:12 p.m.

Running a bit bad. For example, flopping a set on 2JJ multiway and losing to quads. Or a fish calling a huge 3 bet, getting it in on the flop and losing to two pair (..that comes on the turn, he had 52 .. on a 5 T 8 board.), getting it in as a mad favourite but splitting the pot on a 2345 board .. because, hey, both an A

In the mean time, I am still break even. And because of rakeback, I am also up in money overall.

I hope at some point it will turn around, because I do feel like I am playing better and better.
One of the biggest changes must have been playing tigher. I went from around 25 vpip to below 20 vpip because of a new understanding about paying rake. Thanks to some of the forum members and 1 coach who was nice enough th explain in depth.

I have been considering adding some money to the bankroll to be able to play 20nl where the rake is 5% instead of 7.5% but for now I decided to just keep grinding. I can afford it, however, I do think it might create a bad habbit of depositing more. With a 240 bankrol, it's 16 bi's to go for me to move to 20nl.. But I really want to avoid creating a habit where I have 380 euro and think.. ahh.. lets deposit another 200 euro so I can play 50nl.. etc. On the other hand, if the rake is really the reason (I also sometimes play bad. Like 3-betting a MP open from a 23/18 with QKo, call his 4-bet IP and then stack off on a Q high board versus AA because he has such a low fold to 3-bet stat) I am still stuck at 10nl in 3-4 months from now, I will def. reconsider because 7.5% obviously is very high. I do like the site. I like the fact that the company is a trusted company in the country I live in and based on Ipoker software. I will probably not move to PokerStars, even when they come back to our country. But that might be a bit of a sidestory.

Playing around 18/16 vpip/pfr is a whole different world then what I am used too but I do think I am getting a better understanding about a lot of stuff and I also actually like to be disciplined and fold hands that I would have always raised previously. Like J9s from the CO.

Got some great advice around playing tighter,

"I don't think that playing niche spots is going to help you a lot. Just play solid overall is much more important as it will come about more often.
That's why studying should be based in EV times the frequency you get into that situation. Why so much focus on videos is about BB vs BTN or Flop play.

Searching for spots you find more difficult seems against our initial goal, making money :D"

Niche spots....... slightly +EV........ Let's for now just focus on tight aggressive play, linear 3-betting, a lot of folding and getting to 20nl where the rake is 5%. Perhaps I can loosen up from 18/16 to 20/18 then :p

June 26, 2022 | 7:59 p.m.

Good question. Perhaps more difficult spots. For example, J9s folds on CO, so we miss post flop spots that might develop you as a player. Perhaps, the more spots you play the better you get?

June 26, 2022 | 5:59 p.m.

Comment | emsterdad commented on Combo Counting

Yes! A new video from you!

June 26, 2022 | 5:08 p.m.

Won’t you lose skill development if you play that tight? I do think it makes sense considering the rake. When I move up to 20nl it will become 19/20 vpip:)

June 26, 2022 | 1:54 p.m.

Hi Shaun Pauwels I just downloaded pokerstove again. If you put in a 18 vpip you get: 66+, all broadways and Axs .. is that right? (some time ago you said a 18/16 vpip might be right considering rake).

June 26, 2022 | 1:15 p.m.

I never played PLO. It scares me. Even 6-max NLHE I find high variance. But PLO seems to be way less solved :)

June 26, 2022 | 11:40 a.m.

Interesting video, keep up the good work! Will check deeper later.

June 26, 2022 | 11:20 a.m.

The snowie app is 5 euro a month. Still,, is it worth it?

June 26, 2022 | 6:26 a.m.

Does a nit becomes a tag when he hits a certain stat or has it more to do with tendencies?

June 25, 2022 | 5:01 p.m.

Great video but you really need to learn to smile

June 25, 2022 | 4:20 p.m.

Comment | emsterdad commented on 4 Bet Pots

Wow very clear way of explaining. I hate these spots and these really show how yo act in these

June 25, 2022 | 4:20 p.m.

Tight folding, very good video. I especially like how you stay very reasonable even when things aren’t going your way

June 25, 2022 | 4:19 p.m.

June 25, 2022 | 4:18 p.m.

Very good stuff! Keep up the good work and have a great time with your new family

June 25, 2022 | 4:18 p.m.

If he calls with something weaker we get more money by raising and I am really not sure if this donkbet can only be the nuts. I think you put a lot on that .14c donkbet but on a lot of pokersites you have buttons where you can choose what to bet. Doesnt have to mean much.

June 24, 2022 | 12:07 p.m.

Yeah hmmm so if you dislike variance the turn is a call and re-evaluate on the river haha :)

June 24, 2022 | 7:56 a.m.

have you also put in the random AJ, AK, A10, A9, Ax?

June 24, 2022 | 7:44 a.m.

I think he might have just pressed a button. I don't think a bad player really thinks about that stuff. And yes, there is at least some frequency, I believe (and saw), bad players do that. I would probably raise and re-evaluate on the turn. Because if he now donkbets pot or overbets again.. mweh.. He might also check, which I am not sure.. probably bet and see what he does. Check-raise is a fold then. If he just calls.. I might check back the river or something.

June 24, 2022 | 7:26 a.m.

I would have bet more on the flop and I probably would have lost a stack on the turn. He has 1 euro 46, so that’s a clear indication that he is a fish.

June 24, 2022 | 5:21 a.m.

I do think there are actually enough worse two pairs plus don’t forget that at this level a AJ and AK is considered a monster by some people. I would like to see the math of this really was such a bad play without any knowledge about the other player.

June 24, 2022 | 5:19 a.m.

I would just raise the flop. Take the lead, he will call with some pairs below the K, he will call with any K, als with draws and also with a J.

June 24, 2022 | 5:16 a.m.

Now that is inspirational!

June 24, 2022 | 5:14 a.m.

With the risk of coming across like a joke.. "how to play like a nit"

I made 2 threads (I was a bit enthousiastic about the topic):
- https://www.runitonce.com/chatter/can-somebody-explain-to-me-the-correlation-between-rake-and-poker-strategy/


  • https://www.runitonce.com/nlhe/why-does-rake-impact-the-poker-strategy-so-much/

Because... everybody always says you need to play tight to beat the rake, but I missed a clear understanding why. Now comes the how.

At RIO we get very clear thinking explained about poker but I really could use some help in how to play tight, both pre flop and post flop. So no "going for thin value" or, "this is thin but a nice spot to check raise as a bluf versus a polarized range". It would really help me to see what tight play actually looks like both pre flop and post flop.

This can be done with HH review where the coach explains pre flop how he raised a certain hand on the CO but should be a fold pre flop and why,
but also a live session would be cool

I always learned not chase certain stats but I would really love to see how a 20/17 player approach the game (or a 18/16 whatever)

June 23, 2022 | 10:06 a.m.

it does confirm a lot. 20/16 is a pretty tight range. You also fold 102s there on the BTN and all stuff like that.

June 23, 2022 | 8:03 a.m.

Nobody can decide that for you. I enjoy being able to stand up and quit whenever I feel like. So sometimes I am done after 20 minutes because there is a cool movie on Netflix and sometimes I play 2.5 hours. That's not possible with MTTs.

June 23, 2022 | 7:55 a.m.

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