I'm wondering if there is any good content out there for adjusting to a game described as above.
For example if our maniac is opening 70%+ and the player to the left of him is 3betting 30% plus to isolate him and we are sitting in the blinds 200bb eff, how does our cold calling range and cold four betting range change.
I realise stack size and position become way more important in this scenario.
The value in the game is getting into pots with him, and because he is deviating drastically from optimal ranges everyone else needs to too.
I feel there is a lack of content on this site about playing vs maniacs.
Feb. 22, 2019 | 5:30 a.m.
I would just say to myself that the only thing you're doing by not playing is reducing your overall winnings. i.e. putting in less work hours.
Personally I don't have this problem, I find I want to play more when I'm winning because I feel confident and want to maximise my results.
However I do know the giddy feeling and the accompanying anticipation of the 'imminent downswing'.
Just make sure you are playing your best game.
Jan. 30, 2019 | 1:18 a.m.
Hi Steve, enjoy your videos a lot. Thank you.
I found this video really helpful in my quest to refine my theory.
You mentioned an online game theory course you did, could you be more specific or can you recommend one.
May 14, 2018 | 9:38 p.m.
Oh that ws silly of me. It was 400bb but we started with 1000bb. People complained that the first few levels ended up being a bit pointless.
I ended up making 4th in the event. Prize structure was as follows:
And yes I know it's quite retarded. Ended up making a small deal with the other short stack at the time that the one who busts first gives the other 50k. So ended up with 50% ROI.
Anyway, pretty disappointing but not a bad result and some more experience in the bag.
March 10, 2018 | 3:03 p.m.
In a couple days I'm going to play a sort of exclusive LIVE event with some of my countries top players. Most of them have good live experience but lack technical ability and deep understanding of postflop play. It's less than 30 players and it's a high roller freezeout event.
The better players of the bunch will know the other softer spots in the field very well, better than me anyway.
I'm thinking my best approach is probably just to try make all my actions consistent and most importantly to not engage with them (the better live players), risking giving off any tells.
Are there any other tips for negating any edge they might have over me being a live event?
March 5, 2018 | 7:33 p.m.
I'm a South African looking to move with my French girlfriend to Canada. She wants to study in Monteal and I want to continue my poker career. I understand that many American pros have moved to Canada to play, my question is under what VISA/work permit are they doing this with? Or how are player's from other areas of the globe playing poker in Canada?
It is so difficult to find information on this, anything you could share with me would be super useful.
Thanks a lot.
Jan. 8, 2018 | 7:27 p.m.
Nice video. I enjoy these types too.
One small suggetion Mark. When Pio is on the screen, as the viewer, we generally follow your cursor as we listen to what you're saying, and often it guides us well, but sometimes you talk and just move the cursor randomly and subconsciously, which can be confusing.
I suggest trying to take note of your cursor movements as you speak and to not move the cursor if you're not moving it with intention.
Cheers man. Keep it up!
Jan. 2, 2018 | 4:09 p.m.
Would anyone be kind enough to explain to me what my options are with regards to this chest system? Do I have to open the chests to receive starcoins? I only recently clicked start playing for chests or whatever, so before then was I just playing for no rakeback effectively?
Nov. 27, 2017 | 5:21 p.m.
Really nice vid. Enjoyed the 2 table HU format a lot and would like to see more. Thanks Phil.
Nov. 7, 2017 | 7:22 a.m.
I also enjoyed the vid, thank you.
Are you sure you mean to say that QJdd and QTdd are 100% bluffs on this Qh river?
I think not with very reasonable showdown value.
I guess we can have a fair amount of Add hands...
Aug. 18, 2017 | 8:01 a.m.
Nice video Phil, I enjoyed the somewhat 'honest' session. Nice to see that you also get mixed up in too many games and are not always playing your A-game haha. :-)
@4:20 bottom right. You say "need to defend half my range, more or less" with your bluff catcher.
I find myself getting hung up on the math here in understanding this, here is where I got to.
Say we assume villain is balanced. Then he needs to have 1/3 bluffs and 2/3 value to make us indifferent from calling or folding? So far so good? I'm not even sure?
So if we take your strategy of defending half your range. We end up with the following:
50% of the time Villain wins pot(p). = 0.5p (the times when we fold)
16.6% (1/3 of 50%) Villain loses -p = -0.16p (when we call and he was bluffing)
34.4% (2/3 of 50%) Villain wins 2p = 2/3p (when we call and he was vbetting)
Sum them and villain is winning 1p in this spot!
I feel like I've botched this horribly, but hopefully someone can shed some light on this and it will serve a purpose.
Aug. 3, 2017 | 7:22 a.m.
Thanks Leszek, great content. Having played professional poker for 10 years now I can say that all of these things have been relevant for me numerous times. You have done a great job at putting it all together and helping players see more clearly what is going on.
July 3, 2017 | 11:16 a.m.
Great idea on the series Mark. Thank you.
On the 9s5d2s 3s. I wasn't able to understand what you meant with the 86dd and 87dd being x/r in this sim and therefore we bet them on this turn IP as bluffs. I don't see how this could be the reason since there has been a call and therefore the hands in question are not relevant.
I can't understand Pio's play here. Maybe someone could explain it?