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Doesn't seem to be a very rational post.

Oct. 16, 2020 | 10:49 p.m.

Amazing video Sam! This format is great! Studying with solvers lead to many discoveries, the subtility in the blockers, what seems intuitive but that is not correct. Fascinating!

July 24, 2020 | 1:37 a.m.

Hey Ryan! Great video! Was fun to see the impact of ICM considerations far from the money!

Also, I was wondering what's your take on future game simulation (FGS) compare to ICM?

July 23, 2020 | 2:29 p.m.

For me, it's nothing but a jam. You open from the BTN so even if BB is tight I think his 3bet range is wide enough to make jamming with QQ the optimal option. Calling is profitable, but not optimal.

July 20, 2020 | 2:33 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on BB/100 MTT Challenge

I would love to see what happened with this blog/journal.

July 13, 2020 | 2:42 p.m.

Ryan Henry If you have a raising (not a shove) range with a 20bbs stack from SB what would be the size you use: 3x?

July 7, 2020 | 12:50 p.m.

Hey Seth great video!

In regards of the quads hand, like you, I'm surprise by what the solver says about your decisions OTR. I'm not too sure why it makes you check the higher your "kicker" on quads or full house with Ax? Probably a matter of blockers, but I don't have a clear understanding of why that is.

July 6, 2020 | 12:32 p.m.

Thanks for this video Ryan. Great work imo! We should all do this kind of analysis with our own play after our session. The attention you give on blockers, ranges and bet sizing is very enlightning.

The second hand (10:40), villain is open limping from a stack of 20bbs from the SB: isn't it a stack depth where villain should start using a raising strategy here or are you fine with still having a limping strategy?

July 5, 2020 | 11:33 a.m.

I agree that this is pretty AK heavy!

July 4, 2020 | 8:04 p.m.

Thanks GeeTeeOh for the imput. I think the opening range is tighter than what you can see from population, but that's exactly why I said it's the threshold range for 88. If you think villain is looser than that, there you go, you have your answer: you should shove.

I think if you understand what's the GTO strategy here, ICM wise, and how villain deviates from it, you'll have a better understanding of what to do in general in these spots.

July 4, 2020 | 5:57 p.m.

Constructing a calling range or a 3betting range or a mixed strategie with these two options is something vital but pretty complex. There is many variables to consider (villains strategy, stack sizes, position, ICM or ChipEv, etc.) that you need some flexibilty in the ranges you developped. Here at RIO there's plenty of videos to watch in this regards (Essential or Elite). Owen Shiels has some good videos about 3betting, so does Ryan Martin too, to name a few.

About the AJo example, I would rather call than 3bet tbh. It depends on UTG strategy if you have an idea of it.

Hope it helps and I wish you good luck at the table.

July 4, 2020 | 12:50 a.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on Stillness

Chris Pimmer Thanks for the response and for the challenge also. My goal is to increase my consistency in my poker game in general and this apply obviously to the ability to recognize the rise of the agitation with the purpose of stopping it by not resisting to it. Taking a step back, reassessing what is going on, taking a deep breath as been my technique to reach the stillness zone.

I might have to watch again your video, which is not a punishment obviously, because I'm not sure it's related to your hint.

July 3, 2020 | 6:51 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on Stillness

Thanks Chris for another great video! I like the concept of stillness as opposed to agitation. When I am agitated I am impatient. I rush things. I am not as focus as I should. Sometimes it's clear that I am not still, sometimes it's subtle. Whenever it happens, it's a deviation from my A game. In this moment, I just close my eyes, breathe deeper and let it go.

Yesterday night I had one those subtle agitated moments while playing and I got to realize it after my session ( I was fortunate enough to realize it at least) and then I saw your video. Great timing! Thanks!

July 3, 2020 | 1:13 p.m.

I think it's a shove but not by much. If villain 2.8x/fold you take a big mental note on him, because he has no idea how to use different sizing.

July 3, 2020 | 2:55 a.m.

Great video! A lot of spots to analyse in this one!

July 2, 2020 | 3:10 a.m.

2.8x sizing seems pretty bad from villain. The threshold for 88 in this spot if you face an opening range (that is not a shove) of somewhat like A5s+,K8s+,Q9s+JTs,A9o+,KTo+,QJo,77+ and villain calls with AQs+,AKo,99+.

If you think villain opens tighter or calls your shove looser I think it's a muck.

Was it the 2.8x size of villain his normal opening size?

July 1, 2020 | 6:27 p.m.

July 1, 2020 | 5:40 p.m.

If you run in HRC the SB play with ICM consideration it gives you these ranges:

64o is mostly a shove (80%) and sometimes a 3x (20%).

July 1, 2020 | 1:22 p.m.

Hey Sam! Great video, fun, as always! At 8:41 you show us the data you put in HRC for the ICM considerations and I noticed the PKO bounty mode "on": was this a bounty tourney, because if so it changes a bit the shoving and the calling ranges?

July 1, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Thanks again for another great video. Again, great mix of solver/hand history. The flow is perfect.

At 41:50, the KQo hand, you have a stack of +/- 35bbs and you face a 2.5x vs an agressive competent reg from the BTN. You decided to 3bet/shove KQo. I'm not use to see a reshove with that stack size: can you elaborate on this play.

1)At what stack size depth would switch to a non-shove 3bet vs Blanconegro with that hand?
2)Vs a different type of villain, probably less agressive, are you 3betting to 9,5bbs in the same context?

I completely understand the profitability of the play, what I am looking for is what makes it the optimal play.

June 26, 2020 | 4:46 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on About Tournaments

Thanks Jae Kim for this video. Game selection is an area that I can probably work on. Right now, I'm pretty much doing what you don't recommend: my roll is mostly on PS and I do a ton of satellites (HT 2x 4h).

Food for thoughts!

June 26, 2020 | 2:15 p.m.

Great video, Alex! As for your question at the end and I speak for myself, I think both, the dynamic analysis with a quicker pace or the much in depth analysis with solver are convenient to my development. The last hand was very enlightening.

June 19, 2020 | 1:28 p.m.

As always, Owen, great stuff!

June 12, 2020 | 1:18 a.m.

Great video. I love how you analyse your hands, using solver when useful.

at 33:15, on Q32r flop, I'm curious to see what Pio suggest as x/r combos from our part.

June 5, 2020 | 12:06 p.m.

When I make a mistake I try to understand why it is a mistake. Sometimes it's obvious, and in those cases I try to figure what led me to make those mistakes, sometimes it's not obvious and it's then a great opportunity to become a better poker player.

I believe that what's make a great poker player, or a great athlete, or a good person for that matter, is not in the numbers of mistake they make, but it's what they do about those mistakes. It's a great way to learn and to grow. Being perfect is maybe just that: growing!

gl at the tables.

Dec. 2, 2019 | 4:47 a.m.

Hero's range as to be peceived as pretty strong (squeezing from CO vs UTG+HJ) and villain has many aces combo that dominates AJ. Would rather call from villain spot with 77 than AJ.

HorstSchmoll, I think that you played the hand fine.

Nov. 30, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on Can we fold quads?

I agree with your observations. The very low SPR is big factor. I had trouble identifying a range for my opponent in that situation beacause I am not sure about the bluffing frequency of villain here and I don't think villain bet his two pairs and straight combos. Plus, there is not many flushes left in his range. So that leaves us with his full house and straight flush combos.

Nov. 29, 2019 | 4:22 p.m.

GL at the tables and remember: "When things are going well for you, you are probably not as good as you think. And when thing aren't going well, you are probably not as bad as you think!"

Nov. 27, 2019 | 10:48 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on Can we fold quads?

I also remember watching this stuff from Ben Sulsky :

Elite stuff, but you can read comments anyway!

Nov. 27, 2019 | 1:15 p.m.

Comment | ginzaboom commented on Can we fold quads?

No offense, but

Fold or 4b pre Probably don't raise flop Continue betting on turn as
played No, don't fold quads.

aren't very productive answers either!

I recognize that the spot at the end of the hand doesn't happen frequently but beside that the rest is pretty common. Thanks anyway: an answer is better that nothing.

Nov. 27, 2019 | 12:58 p.m.

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