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Emanuel Cardenas

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I'm elite and i am also having the same issue

Oct. 6, 2016 | 12:21 a.m.

why is the split Kings hand a fold pre vs a single raise in Stud h/l, could u comment in that a bit? tyvm.

June 12, 2016 | 5:35 p.m.

Great video, but could you elaborate a bit more about your fold of 3567Q at 14:52, is that a not enough good hand to 3bet or at least call? btw Welcome to RIO.

July 26, 2015 | 6:49 p.m.

Great video Phil, just a question, there wasn't too much river situations, i see the titlle is raising flops but it also has implications in later streets, wheter we gain equity (backdoors) or not, i am not sure how much your "reads" played into the raising, could you elaborate on that a bit,tyvm

March 15, 2015 | 11:01 p.m.

HU Zoom NLHE and HUSNG, maybe something related to the differences between then, the adjustments on constructing our ranges when playing 100bb cash vs 75bb reg/turbo speed and 25bb deep on hypers or superturbos. 

May 6, 2014 | 7:51 a.m.

Great vid Lucas, love the distinction between GTO and exploitative play, since they are both differente strategies which each one can be correct depending on the game and variables of it.

March 30, 2014 | 3:23 a.m.

OMG is this discussion still going on? lol at the derail of the thread, too bad people just like to emphasize their opinions so much, chill, if you are sure w/o question that u r right then why look for approval from everyone else, jeez. 

March 21, 2014 | 5:13 p.m.

One about HUNSG will be nice, ty :D 

Feb. 22, 2014 | 11:28 p.m.

Amazing content Lucas, ty for another great video, keep it going. 

Dec. 2, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.

Ty for answering Lucas, yeah mi question regarding Nash i guess is too general, since we should consider stacks and villain's range for pushing and calling, but i guess this chart http://www.holdemresources.net/h/poker-theory/hune.html is useful not a as default stratey but as guide for push/fold situations and from the gameflow and reads we can adjust it and find spots where to apply it or not. 

Nov. 28, 2013 | 9:21 p.m.

Great video Lucas, agree that we should be defending our BB but shouldn't be better to have a high % of 3bet oop pf? given he is 100% opening the btn and we wouldn't play hands like Jx, Qxo that wont flop very well and he would fold his 92, 83, J2, and even if he calls and miss we can take it down with a cbet. Just wondering but as you said is probably cuz you were playing lots of tables that day. 

Also, do you use nash HU? and what would be the bottom of your calling range to a shove? And the bottom for your shoves pf? 

Nov. 27, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.

Great video, Lucas, so useful what you said that a villain range on later streets should represent what he was representing on earlier streets so it gotta be consistent in order to make sense and could narrow his range and know when he is splitting his range what is the most likely hand he holds on that spot.

Nov. 26, 2013 | 12:37 a.m.

Great content Lucas, so actually what you are saying is that having a "hybrid" 3betting range is that we should adjust it to all the variables that a table brings to our game, then depending on gameflow, villain (good/bad, reg/unknown, nit/lag, etc.), image (ours and others) we should decide on the most profitable line to take, so then we are not predictable if we just have a linear range and even though we can make money playing ABC poker, a good player will take advantage of that and exploit us for not being balanced enough, and i guess that's what's is all about, being balanced and exploiting the leaks of our opponents at the tables by adjusting our differents 3bets ranges to each hand individually. 

I really found this usefull, since i didn't know how to balance my 3bet range, specially oop which hands to 3bet pf the more % of the time besides the obvious one (top of anyone range TT-AA, AKs, AQ, etc.). Ty for the video. 

Nov. 23, 2013 | 1:46 a.m.

Great video as always Lucas, one question regarding the hand w AKo in board AKJJJ where you opeedn and he called pf in the btn, when you check the turn do you think he is vbetting a J more often than not OTT? and his river bet is a confirmation of the strength of his hand which as you stated is actually a vbet with Jx more probably than with Ax, i had a similar hand early in an MTT  where i opened w QQ 3x UTG+1 and got called by the sb who was a nit (check behind top/top on dry flop and was kind of fishy with his bet sizing that always reflected the stregnth of his hand), flop came 999 and i cbet 1/2 pot, he called, turn a 4 and he c/r for 2.5x pot, i called, river was a K and he tank shoved, i just though like the hand in the video that his c/r range has have more 9x than pp and he would vbet only AA and KK on that spot, 88-JJ from the way he was playing he would x/c so i tank folded river which i was ok with. 

The point being is that in that spot i think his range is just as you said vbetting waiting for a call, trying to polarize his range with an overbet which actually narrows his range to the top. There's also the possibility  he knew he was chopping and couldn't lose but i think it came across pretty strong his bet and sizing OTR.

Same logic applies with the KK 5bet hand from the bb pf where you laydown pf cuz you realized he was vbetting and not overplaying some pp or AKs, which i agree if such a passive player as he was (calling a lot oop which probably make us conclude he is only 3bet the top of his range then his 5bet range could only be AA pf).

Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:19 a.m.

Also, in the 66 hand do you consider it might be a good play to x/r OTT to figure out where we are at? Cuz if he 4bets us or shoves then we are more confident folding in that spot that calling OTT and consider a call or fold on his shove OTR.

I think since he will be cbetting almost always in that flop even in a 3way pot cuz he knows the btn can call wider pf but that you must have a hand to call the flop oop, then it will look pretty strong a x/r OTT and he can only continue in the hand with QT a better set or sometimes 2 pair?? 

Nov. 21, 2013 | 5:56 p.m.

Great video, when reviewing the session it was really helpful to see how you put the opponent's ranges to see your equity and how you narrow them to; how many bluffs they could have and how many value hands they hand, so then you could see more accurate your equity vs his narrowed range and from there decide if that's a proftable call or not. 

Nov. 21, 2013 | 5:49 p.m.

Great video just one question i notice vs regs you are not 3betting that much oop with the middle of your range as in other videos but most of the hands pf you were calling, is that cuz you think is EV- to be 3bet light into good regs who can click it back? as opposite to not regs or recreational players who just play with equity instead of fold equity.

Nov. 21, 2013 | 1:05 a.m.

Great video, specially the clarification regarding deviating from GTO is optimal vs opponents who don't play a GTO strategy and make it more % exploitative but always keeping a well balanced game. I was always wondering how much should i rely on GTO vs exploitative play (specially live) since you just know by their bet sizing, live tells, etc, that you are not supposed to call in that spot vs the hand(s) they are representing, even so i ended up convincing myself of not being explotable and was of course drawing dead on the turn and calls OTR still; that's where your statement that the villain doesn't know what we are folding or hero folding is so usefull eventhough is obvious when playing sometimes you are not fully aware of that. 

Nov. 20, 2013 | 11:47 p.m.

Do you think not 3betting a condensed range oop often enough (as opposed to just calling and defending blinds) is a leak, i notice you 3bet often enough to make it profitable regarding fold equity and impplied oods, like the hand J8o vs 77 bb vs sb (he limp pf and you 3bet, b, b, c). If so, what kind of hands should we defend more often than 3betting them? like suited connectors (one gappers sometimes?), broadway cards? (suited and off) not sure about this i am trying to add some hands to my 3bet range with was composed of moslty the top of my 3betting range, ty for the video, was a really good explanation and helpfull. 

Nov. 20, 2013 | 12:25 a.m.

Great video, ty for explaining so clear and give us an introduction to GTO play. 

Nov. 19, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.

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