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35 points

I went into this video thinking "What is Richard going to teach me about blockers that I don't already know" Jesus Christ was I wrong. Top shelf video Richard, thank you for the video!

Note: 18:28 on A84 board, is there another syntax error there or am I crazy?

Nov. 11, 2020 | 6:42 p.m.

Phil, thank you for the PLO MTT content. What resources would you recommend to someone from a HU PLO background trying to break into PLO MTTs?

Also, when will you be releasing more HU PLO videos. I LOVE them. Congrats on the Venividi comeback, i watched a large portion of the 25k hands. LFGPG 4 life.

Edit : Thank you for Streak on Vision, it's an amazing feature!

Oct. 20, 2020 | 3:38 a.m.

Makes 1 bluff whole video...
Goes on 45 second speech about being careful about overbluffing LMFAO.
Just pulling your leg man, much love
Could you do some non-zoom footage ?

Edit: I think your hand works well as a bluff in your smallest bet size range.

Edit 2: AK42ds in Vision 50bb deep is 95% 3bet 5% call. I think folding there is a big mistake.

Oct. 6, 2020 | 12:17 a.m.

100% agree, I can feel the power of Vision when i watch Philly use it. His methodology is interesting as well.

June 30, 2020 | 1:50 a.m.

Phillip, is it possible that you holding 3 spades in your hand makes it more likely oop holds the front door heart draw, whereas you holding 2 spades makes it more likely he called with a dry overpair with backdoor spades that now is much stronger on a pairing turn?

June 30, 2020 | 1:47 a.m.

Awesome. Thanks Phil.

July 10, 2018 | 7:58 a.m.

Awesome video. Good insight on interleaved learning - I've mostly used the block study method. I'd imagine the increased "stress" of forcing the brain to solve different problems is why you get better results. My tendency was to study 30 3bet pots in a row then 30 single raised pots. I'll try alternating between them and see if I notice better efficiency.

Thank you Mr. Pimmer!

July 2, 2018 | 10:40 a.m.

I'm having difficulty adjusting to ultra tight villains.

Sounds dumb but I haven't been doing great against these types.

They VPIP 60-70% IP and 3x the button.

What adjustments are you making?

June 30, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Hey Cory, great video as always. You create the best PLO content. I have MonkerSolver too and I was wondering how you make these bucket graphs? I find them a lot easier to study than those long combo lists. Thanks a lot!

June 29, 2018 | 6:51 a.m.

Good pacing. I prefer these to Phil's HU videos, personally, because you show more hands.

Explanations are concise and logical, thanks for the video.

June 18, 2018 | 9:26 a.m.

Post | iamvariance posted in PLO: Rake and Exploitative Play

I'm having difficulty organizing my thoughts on this subject.

Game is HU and rake per hand is 10bb/100.
Room policy is "no flop, no drop."

Because you only pay rake when seeing a flop, it is preferable to open 3 big blinds.

However, you face either of these opponents:

1) Player A, against a 3x, defends 40% of his big blinds.
2) Player B 3bets 50%.

Both players give you incentive to decrease your opening size. However, if you start minraising with a wide range and either player adapts, all players are now probably playing a -EV game. It can take a long time before your stats suggest your opponent adjusted. By the time you realize it, the rake potentially kills any positive win rate you may have had.

So what's the solution? Should you take advantage of an opponent's perceived leak and risk playing a -EV game by minraising? Should you stick with the original plan of 3x-or-folding and exploit in other ways?
I have my own hypothesis but I'll wait before influencing.

June 12, 2018 | 7:21 a.m.

I have no idea. It sounds like that would go against the purpose of having an affiliate.

June 9, 2018 | 11:42 p.m.

I signed up with an affiliate who gives me an extra 15%.

June 9, 2018 | 10:39 p.m.

Hey Mtn Athletics,

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Very much appreciate it. I will definitely check out PJ and the videos.

June 9, 2018 | 9:23 p.m.

My stats: https://i.imgur.com/3dk7zoN.png

I'm paying $USD 0.11362 in rake per hand. That's 22.72bb / 100.

Does that number seem right? I have about 55% rakeback so that's effectively 10.22bb/100.

My preflop stats are probably mediocre and contributing to the extra rake, so I'm wondering if that's a normal rake figure or if my playstyle is the reason I pay so much?

Edit: This is partypoker 50PL. 5% rake capped at $1.

June 9, 2018 | 9:14 p.m.

This is quality. I love the fast pace and concise explanations. Keep it up Mr. Larsson!

I would like a continuation on this series.

June 4, 2018 | 8:38 a.m.

Hello RIO,

I see Phil and his high stakes opponents play the "3x or limp" style from the button.
The argument I read against minraising 100% is your opponent can defend everything.
Why does that matter? That would be like saying if you limp 100%, your opponent can check back 100%. It's not an EV-based objection.

The "you want to push equity" argument does not seem valid either. Raw equity is correlated to EV, true. But raw equity does not translate to implied odds. AA has an equity advantage against every hand, but you don't shovel money on the river with a pair of Aces. Maybe the argument should be you want to build pots with hands with good implied odds?

Lastly, based on my first 5,000 hands playing HU PLO, random opponents don't defend wide enough and don't 3bet enough, which weakens the case for limping.

So my argument is this: for most people, you are better off playing raise or fold preflop. It is simpler, it is better exploitatively and there is no EV-based or theoretical argument to favor 3x-or-limp.

Who objects?

May 25, 2018 | 8:29 p.m.

High quality video. Good pacing. Clear and concise arguments. If I had to guess, your IQ is 140+.

Keep it up Cory Mikesell!

May 24, 2018 | 5:38 a.m.

I'm a very experienced HU and Short-Handed NLHE player transitioning to HU PLO (since it's all the rage these days). I find it difficult to choose which study tool to purchase. I heard a lot about PokerJuice and MonkerSolver. Could someone chime in and help me decide what I should be using? To be clear, I need help for fundamentals, which I find confusing despite many hours watching Phil Galfond and other HU PLO pro videos. Is 9643r an open fold in the SB, I would limp it, but who knows you guys? It's been a very fun, confusing and humbling experience so far.

Preflop - SB VPIP ranges and BB ISO & defend ranges (3bet or flat)
Flop - SB Cbet and BB call and c/r

I'd also like a ready-made HUD recommendation if possible. I currently use PT4.

Thank you very much for the help in advance.

May 23, 2018 | 6:11 a.m.

Very good video,thank you Cory. I like the theoretical approach you take. Seems to be the way things are going lately. I appreciate that you don't discount some real-time considerations like timing as well, grab any edge you can am i right? I'm new to PLO but hopefully I will be able to add some intelligent commentary on future videos.

May 17, 2018 | 10:29 p.m.

I love your HU content Phil. Contrary to what you may believe, I like the depth of your commentary on each spot. Please create more HU content if you have the time and energy.

May 17, 2018 | 4:54 a.m.

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