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I haven't been updating regularly whilst I've been healing as I wanted to prioritise playing etc. Just started back at training (MMA), easing gently(ish) in.

Have been focusing mostly on learning and off table work until now...
Now we start loading up the truck.
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Oct. 14, 2020 | 8:26 p.m.

So it's time for an update, my main issue has been what I'm able to do in terms of volume at the moment physically, mentally I'm raring to go. I'm treating the next month or 2 as time to sharpen my sword until I'm able to do more. In aid of this I bought a left handed vertical mouse to compliment the right.

I've made a few big mistakes for stacks and I'm making lots of smaller mistakes some I'm fixing each day and there will be plenty I'm not aware of as well. In a month or 2s time I intend on investing in some 1 to 1 coaching once I have more of a sample and Im putting in more volume.

Sept. 15, 2020 | 7:14 p.m.

Thank you for your detailed and considered response.

It's also worth considering that I will realise my equity at a higher % at 25z than I will at 500z, which would make calling more profitable than it should be by inducing more postflop errors... How does this stack up vs rake considerations? There appear to be lots of conflicting variables here. I might be best off tightening up slightly and not putting too much more thought into it.

In the chart you have 3b stats for utg, are these from full ring?

Sept. 10, 2020 | 10:18 a.m.

So I have a few questions regarding how to adjust my ranges preflop to facing 3bets in the 25z games with ante and 50z.

There has been a rake increase (both raw and effective in terms of reduced rb), how does this affect my preflop ranges when facing a 3b?

Other factors to consider:
The ante in the nl25 pool (never played with antes before)
How big an increase have these games had in 3b% since 2012 (I'm presuming more but I don't have access to any population data with specific numbers.

I have access to monker solved preflop ranges performed at 500z, how far do I need to adjust these ranges for 25z and 50z respectively (different rake structure and considerably less 3bing)?

Without the ante I would naturally want to 4b or fold oop at nl25, should this change with the ante or does the high rake structure prohibit this?

I don't have a sample built of what the regs at these limits average in terms of 3b/4b/5b either now so I'm a bit lost!

Am I asking the right questions and making the right considerations?

Thanks for any and all help guys :)

Sept. 10, 2020 | 8:20 a.m.

lIlCitanul Thanks I've got some shortcuts set up on the sides of both mouses, im currently interchanging them regularly and I have a vertical right handed mouse, will look into a left handed one and stars helper

Sept. 10, 2020 | 8:06 a.m.

Thanks mate. I gained a lot from this site back when galfond was playing NL and I'm glad to come back and see the high quality content has continued since then.

Sept. 7, 2020 | 5:27 p.m.

Which sites are you playing on now? Would be interesting to compare notes regarding general population reads with someone else re-entering the field in terms of adjustments from 2012-2020.

Either way best of luck mate.

Sept. 7, 2020 | 5:22 p.m.

Thanks for the best wishes!

I received an offer from stars offering a 40$ cash reward for my next 100$ rake on top of whatever else I'd usually get. I can complete this 3x. So I've been testing the stars nl25 zoom pool. Zoom works with my tendonitis as I can play short sessions without any ev loss from time spent starting tables etc.

My initial thoughts are that the pool is quite soft, however I've never played with antes regularly so I will need to work on my preflop ranges with antes and the high rake.

Unfortunately my tendonitis has been holding me back from putting in the volume I'd like... So I have been dedicating most of my poker time to studying for now. Been averaging 4-6hrs studying and 1-2 hours playing. I would like to spend a lot more time playing and I'm doing everything I can recovery wise to be able to do so. I've been holding my arms in an "icebath" ie the sink for 10mins at the start and end of the day and using ice packs inbetween. I've also fasted and I'm currently on an elimination diet, consisting of pretty much steak and veg.

Sept. 7, 2020 | 5:19 p.m.

In 2012-2013 I was beating nl50 for 8bb/100 whilst being staked and coached by a msnl reg after moving up from nl25. I was 20/21 at the time. I'd been a member of RIO and other training sites and had already decided I wanted to be a professional poker player. However I didn't appreciate the opportunity in front of me and after a lot of initial effort spent too much time drinking and chasing girls. 1 failed shot at nl100... then I received an opportunity back home to train as a data engineer so I took that instead, fully qualified after 3.5 years but I was miserable doing it, the perception from the outside looking in I was doing well... I was fine but I was depressed.

I left after 4 years, did a course on digital marketing and tried some freelance work before moving into sales. I could do what I put my mind to but I was depressed and using drink and/or drugs to sedate myself from reality. Covid-19 nuked my sales role and I stumbled upon some poker content on youtube whilst high at 9am through a guy I followed from 2012 joeingram1...

There are still people making money from poker?!? even in 2012 those of you that were around them will remember the same people saying... online poker is dead... online poker only has a few years left etc.

The fire was lit.

I've had Tendinitis in both hands and forearms for the last 2 months (finally pain free) but I used that time to absorb all the content I can from RIO and another training site whilst trying out playing on a few different sites.

Waking up excited again... not sedating myself... making goals I actually care about rather than doing what I need to just get by. I forgot how much I love this game.

So I'm here to BACK UP THE TRUCK and LOAD UP THE MONIES before its too late!

Poker Goals:
Improve my 6max NL
Improve my HU (starting tables etc)
Reach High Stakes
Take as much money out the game as possible
Build liferoll to not have to think about money on a monthly basis

I dont have access to my old skype account with my poker contacts on, which is in part why I'm making this thread. I'd like some like-minded poker friends who are aiming high and are as obsessed with poker as I am.

Aug. 31, 2020 | 5:51 p.m.

The point at which you could no longer afford to put the horse in the agreed upon games, you have effectively terminated the stake... Did you agree terms for what would happen in make up if either of you decide to terminate the stake? Expecting the horse to wait half a year to resume a stake in make up is unreasonable. Dropping the horse down in to grind out of makeup at lower stakes seems like an unfair expectation unless agreed upon at the start of the stake.

I've been out of the poker world for 7 years so I'm interested to see if consensus is that make up is owed if this wasnt agreed upon beforehand?

Aug. 31, 2020 | 4:32 p.m.

Hey Phil! Been a member of ur training sites since bfp days and decided to finally ask you a question!

In KQo hand at 45~ you said the overcaller is weak, which I would tend to agree with but what range do you give as standard here? middling scs and pockets excluding KK AA? AQ-? other broadways?

Just getting back into poker after a 2 year hiatus and all the RIO videos have been really helping me get back into the swing, thanks for all the content over the years Phil!


June 27, 2014 | 12:04 a.m.

don't really want to post my positionals publically seeing as I forgot to cover up my sn, its a relatively small sample anyway, thanks for the video suggestion, I had seen this video before and fully intended to rewatch it when I have a decent sample size to get the most out of the video.

June 24, 2014 | 10:08 p.m.

you think there is a 8bb/100 difference between my wr at nl25 and nl50...? upon reviewing this more today I really do feel like I just ran terribly.

June 24, 2014 | 7:47 p.m.

Ok here are some stats

I played a little bit looser at nl25 granted, thats basically just due to stealing a bit more...

As far as specific hands go, I dont think there are any close spots thats the problem, I made a couple of mistakes (not huge ones or spew) and I know they are mistakes, and the rest just coolers like all in pre. This is why I feel like it could be beneficial getting a coach to review the hands with me, because I think if im making mistakes they are not mistakes im aware of or even aware of being "close" spots.

June 24, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.

I said I would update so here it is, has been pretty brutal if im honest, did really well at nl25 and got absolutely crushed at nl50, pretty sure its variance, ive had every cooler and lost every flip, ive reviewed my hands and if im doing something wrong I def dont know what it is... I would like to get a coach to review my shot hands (17k hands) and I lost at 3bb/100. I won 5bb/100 and know I ran terrible but maybe there is stuff im doing wrong that im not realising.

Here is my total month inc 25nl and 50nl first shot at nl50 was 8k-19kish and from 37.5k-end

NL25 by its self


I made some mistakes in the first shot from 9-19k and I felt like I really tried to play my best during the second shot which didnt go well at all, would be willing to pay for coaching to review my database but I dont know who does this kind of thing...

June 24, 2014 | 3:11 p.m.

Thanks Mikey I will do that. If I was looking to record myself playing for an hour and upload it here is that the type of thing the community normally does for a peer review? Or would I be better off paying one of the RIO coaches to leakfind for me?

June 10, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.

yeah KK is in the bottom part of our range so I agree with folding river. As for pre dont you think we lose too much value vs his 3b bluffs to just 4b and have them all fold? 4bing and calling are obv both +EV either way. If this is 170 deep are you flatting? Seems to be a pretty close decision either way

June 10, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.

Hi everyone at RIO! Just thought iI would introduce myself briefly as  new member of the site.

My name is George and 2 years ago I was a NL 6max cash grinder playing nl50/nl100 and living off of my winnings comfortably, I was crushing the eurosites until major lazyness/ tilt issues kicked in. I had massive winners tilt and losers tilt which mainly started to manifest after I had been too lazy to grind and put myself in a position where I NEEDED to win to live which is bad, my tilt manifested by always cutting sessions short which meant I never got any volume in and so I had to go home and get a job back to the UK.

I am now playing nl25/nl50 zoom, here is my graph since starting back, the games feel really soft but I have been playing very badly at nl50 possibly due to being underrolled (25bi) and trying too hard to win pots by not folding rivers I should be etc.

I am an ex bluefire poker member and seeing phil had moved over to here I decided to follow, I always loved phils strategy and approach to the game and life, so I trust the coaches he has made a part of the RIO team will also be able to help my game.

June 10, 2014 | 12:28 p.m.

Hand History | gbsharp posted in NLHE: Deep KK nl50 zoom vs aggro reg
CO: Jon Doe: $0
BN: dbthdo: $124.95
SB: $zymixxx: $52.06
BB: drevilxxx: $61.35
UTG: segocea: $31.47
LJ: gbsharp: $70.31
HJ: kronnk: $114.04
I dont really know how I feel about my line after the flop basically. I decide to flat pre because we are deep and even though villains stats are aggressive we dont have any history and it feels like he is just going to play very well vs a 4b from us.

villain is running 25/22/19 over a 75hand sample barrel stats flop 89 turn 100 no river sample
Preflop ($0.75) (6 Players)
gbsharp was dealt K K
segocea folds, gbsharp raises to $1.50, kronnk raises to $5, dbthdo folds, $zymixxx folds, drevilxxx folds, gbsharp calls $3.50
Flop ($10.75) 2 9 3 (2 Players)
gbsharp checks, kronnk bets $6.88, gbsharp calls $6.88
Turn ($24.51) 2 9 3 7 (2 Players)
gbsharp checks, kronnk bets $17.55, gbsharp calls $17.55
Villain bombs turn and at this point I considered shoving/calling I decided to call because it really doesnt feel like he is gonna bomb/call turn with JJ/QQ feels more like KK+ or bluff but maybe I should be shoving to get it in vs the flushdraws... hard to construct a balanced range when we are shipping KK ott here though.

Basically im completely lost atm.
River ($59.61) 2 9 3 7 8 (2 Players)
gbsharp checks, kronnk bets $84.61, and is all in, gbsharp calls $40.88, and is all in
Pretty sure this is a spew call, no way villain is doing this with JJ QQ and his semibluffs basically all got there otr, im basically calling hoping for some uber spaz from ATo/AJo.
I realise river should be a c/f, most players just arent bluffing here esp this deep with 0 equity
Final Pot
kronnk has 4 A gbsharp has K K kronnk wins $138.87

June 10, 2014 | 12:09 p.m.

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