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March 20, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

Kyberri, 2006 wants you back

Jan. 7, 2018 | 10:45 p.m.

Sry late to the party. Did Jonna deny the forging accusations???

Aug. 13, 2017 | 11:04 a.m.

abacus or calculator??? tough choice

Aug. 13, 2017 | 11:02 a.m.

I listed some examples in my original post.

July 31, 2017 | 5:49 a.m.

Maybe you should work on your 6m game a little before you make a coaching video? KJT4ss, Q443ccc, K842r, KKKQss are u kidding me?
Can you please post your 6m graph for zoom? You were a huge loser before you started to play on Sven.
And please specify you play higher stake 3/6 games on Sven and not on Stars, because they really are not the same.
Go back to making HU video please.

July 30, 2017 | 6:34 a.m.

not a big fan of the highlight feature :)

Aug. 18, 2016 | 12:48 a.m.

Any interesting live plo hands in vegas? Or plo zoom cash?

And welcome to Vancouver :)

July 29, 2014 | 1:57 a.m.

Hey Phil,

1) At 8:48, when u have KQJ4 on 664ss, and u CR, was your plan to fold if jammed on and "call and decide" if he clicks it back? I'm assuming this changes astronomically in mtt/cash.

2) At 21min mark, u have already mentioned the merits of your bluff w/ t847cc on a395cc in that he has a lot of 789 w/ fd, pair and gutshot w fd/, lower 2p with fd/.

Are you looking to bet-big/bluff because  his range primarily doesn't consist of 2-4, and that his range consists primarily of weak 2p hands, or pair +gutshot+fd hands THAT cannot call? Or do you think he is folding a hand like even A5/A9/bottom set? 

*Will this be different in a cash game?

July 22, 2014 | 9:12 p.m.

Mine works perfectly fine. And disagree

June 9, 2014 | 10:59 p.m.

Hi Phil, enjoyed the live commentary.

At around 7min, u 3b the flop with j937 on j32dd with no backup, u mentioned just going with it unhappily if he clicks it back, I'm assuming you are also going to unhappily call it off if he jams? What if your opponent just call your 1050 raise with about 4k behind (spr 2ish), i guess the straightening/flush cards are pretty opponent dependent, but what about blanks like 7 or higher that doesn't make a flush?

This seems to happen a lot in live deep stack cash games (or just deep ante games) where effective stacks/spr are like closer to 4 to 5 on the turn, it seems awkward to bet fold the turn on a blank but also seem like its the right play because we have a strong range per se. Do you play your range more tricky in deep stack live games where you flat the raise with topset? Or flat the raise with top two?


May 6, 2014 | 4:01 a.m.

Hi Phil,

Nice video.

At 7:20, you cbet AAQ3 and he check raise j47r as the preflop raiser, what types of hands do you think he is CRing here? Do you think it is a spot that if you call/float the flop CR, he can get outplayed on the turn a bunch unless he doing it with his "super value hands" such as jt98/568X/sets/KK56 type hands? For example, if he has j7xx, he has to check fold a bunch of turns like 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, t, sometimes q, k, a (unless he hits his kickers). Likewise, if he has hands like QJ96 and CR, he has to fold a bunch on turns, and if not turn, on the river a bunch against a bet(s).

So what type of hands do you think the preflop raiser should CR the flop with and how does it affect his "cbet as pfr oop" and "check call as pfr oop" range?

Against an observant opponent, do you think it is quite exploitable if you remove too many strong hands from your cbetting range? Or do you think he is CRing light and assumes nobody ever calls too light and just overall lays himself a nice price and has good equity against your calling range most of the time (as oppose to cbetting flop, gets called, and having to check fold the turn?)


April 1, 2014 | 4:12 a.m.

Feb. 25, 2014 | 8 a.m.

Hi Phil,

Good video as always.

At about 45min mark, you talk about j7dd52 as a good checking hand because it is very live against hands he is going to check fold (approx 50% ish? )and is dominated by a higher flush draw (Ahi or Qhi -- if he checks these all the time?) or a hand we are doing poorly like 2pair/2pair+higher fd/set against his check-calling range. I was wondering if it was actually a good spot to bet because you can guarantee or make a hand we "do good against" fold. On the other hand, we can barrel the turn and river to rep the QJ straight, and he might possibly try to bluff on diamonds when he misses and we can have a bluff catcher. This seems to make us tougher to play against while we can balance our bet-bet range... Or do you think we are FPS'ing and he is just clicking call call with 2pair on the turn and river?

Feb. 25, 2014 | 7:58 a.m.

Maybe some older highstakes PLO videos would be nice. And maybe throw in a few 9max hands in there for the live grinders. Thankss:)

Dec. 4, 2013 | 9:29 p.m.

Older hu session vs Eire would be interesting, along with any older highstakes footage unseen would also be nice. 

Nov. 29, 2013 | 10:13 p.m.


at about 47min mark, you 3bet j865ds, you mentioned its a good hand to bet because its very vulnerable. Do you mean its more vulnerable in terms of hands that might check back the flop but we do pretty okay against (or pretty well) like AKQ6 or QTKx/JQTX QQxx w/flush draw or pure 8hi flush draw 

OR is it  

against hands where they are going to bet anyways like Ahi spades, Kxxx with flush draw, etc...

what is your default against an unknown if you are raised small? and raised pot? 



given that every turn card is pretty to bet again for value, maybe except offsuit 2, 3, 4, 5 and its close on offsuit 6, 7, and 8, (not ecstatic about betting but not happy about checking either)... all the straightening cards and flush cards when we check-- our hand is going to look like what we have...

I know you mentioned about the check call line with pure KJ no spades... and then check call again or check jam on the turn...  but is J856 no spades a candidate to check call still or is it better to bet and protect against hands where they will check back but call a flop bet? Or does that skew our range too much towards check calls and we are not betting a board that is good for the 3bettor if we are checking a hand like this (in other words, we are going to be check calling 70-80% of our continuing range). How do you think this strategy will do?

Nov. 5, 2013 | 8:10 a.m.

and hands like 5667ds against a high card 4bet range?

Sept. 5, 2013 | 4:52 a.m.

hi phil,

how do you think hands like AJJ3 ds or KJJ9 single suited would do against a 4bet range that consists primarily of AA and premium rundowns (85% AA 15% rundowns)? Do you think in deep ante games, is it still breaking even or losing a little bit when the SPR is at about 2.75 to 3.25 on the flop? Given they stack off pretty light or really careful on locked down boards like 89Jhh (and we can potentially bluff and win)...

Sept. 5, 2013 | 4:51 a.m.

*9max/8max live plo i mean

Sept. 1, 2013 | 7:15 p.m.

Hey Phil, you mentioned about the adjustments in zoom plo
compared to deep ante games where people are overfolding (both preflop and postflop) and overall
weaker fields (calling/folding/bluffing incorrectly). It seems like zoom poker is more similar to the live field and that people are more passive.

So my question is that what adjustments do you make when you are playing a 9max/8max full ring plo game? Do you suggest taking a more aggressive approach by isolating alot 3b/4betting in position (i.e. do you 3bet kk89ds because so often people are raising tight ranges utg/utg+1 or "the callers who called the original raise" are just calling with aces so they can repot squeeze when it gets back to them) or just playing a bunch of good multiway hands and only 3betting rundowns or something like that?

Sept. 1, 2013 | 7:12 p.m.

Great deep video as always, please continue making more deep videos!

Aug. 27, 2013 | 7:36 p.m.

I think your videos are great, please continue doing deep ante series 6max and it's more entertaining and sophisticated game than 100bbs.  I think 4-6 tables are good as u run into more spots. Second the idea of not making the series too long and more updated sessions. Hh hand review of 3b/4bet are interesting. I actually liked your 9table series alot but some may think the action ( in terms of length) took too long because u had to go through so many hands.

July 26, 2013 | 7:17 p.m.

Post | mason88 posted in Chatter: Anyone playing PLO in vegas?

Random posts and share your past experience :).

June 2, 2013 | 10:59 p.m.

Hi Sam, I think it would be an interesting video if you talked about how you play your AAXX in 3bet/4bet/5bet pot either theory wise or example based (i.e. HEM). And how to play them on monotone boards, 89t boards, etc...

May 29, 2013 | 6:05 a.m.

never have jj89 b/c we will jam the turn.

May 13, 2013 | 8:21 a.m.

I mean we will not bet a heart that pairs the board in his eyes with the nutflush/khi

May 13, 2013 | 8:21 a.m.

I mean yes, we can rep hearts or JJ type hands on the river, but I highly doubt he will have anything less than nut flush here w/89 in his hand. Very rarely, he will have a OE or WRAP + Khi flush draw with it. Which means, he will have Ahi/Khi flush on the river. We might not even bet the nutflush/Khi flush on the river as well in his eyes if a heart comes and somehow he has a smaller flush. Primarily talking when he has the Khi flush, then a heart comes and he will think we are not betting it everytime*.

I like your idea of trying to protect ourself with a bit and is interesting, but given my reads, I would not like it. Yes, getting it in is not that bad, especially when the river is going to be so hard to play, and he can play perfectly in position, vbet thinly and bluff frequently.

Yes I think flatting is better given I know he has atleast hearts with 89. Of course, this is only a thin read, but I am pretty confident with my read as people don't usually fool around when this uber deep.

Appreciate your thought guys.=]

May 13, 2013 | 8:17 a.m.

Yeah exactly, if I bluff it would have to be atleast $2200+ for him to fold the nut flush. My reads are that he would only raise me with nutfd since we are so deep unless he has KQ89 with khi hearts or something. So basically, we are trying to bluff him off of Khi/Ahi flushes on the river. And like I said, he could easily put us on a lower flush/just a straight/random wraps+fd/pure wraps and call us down.

Moreover, we never have JJ89 in our range, and we need more than pure JJ on the turn to bet in his eyes in my opinion since we are oop against a few people. I think my conclusion is that he will not fold and simply "pay me if I got it" spot.

May 13, 2013 | 8:10 a.m.

Game has been playing pretty standard, no big pots and only one loser in the game. Villain has won a pot where he called it off with pure nut flush draw for 600bbs in 3bet pot in a 3 way all in pot. Villain is a young kid, tends to play very tight, but when he is in pot, he does not like to fold, and my read is that he is a holdem player. He does make play plays post and is capable of thinking ranges and so what I believe.

9max full ring, 5-5 blinds.

UTG ($1000) limps
UTG+1($5300) (hero) dealt JT98cc raises to 25
UTG+2 ($3000)Calls 25
UTG+3 ($1600) raises to 100

*UTG+3 is the big loser stuck 7k and been 3betting semi light*

UTG+5 ($8000), villain, cold calls for $100
CO ($2000) cold calls

Back to me, I thought about isolating the fish since he is relatively shorter stack and there's dead money in the pot and my hand plays okay or good against UTG+3-the big loser's range and can potentially bluff or put us in good spots. Anyways, I choose to just call mostly because we are like 1100bbs deep against villain.

Everyone else calls, 5 way, pot is $515.

Flop is t72 rainbow,

I was first to act and the fish has been betting and stabbing on a lot of pots, even multiway so I check, and planning to CR all in. Unless the bettor was villain, then it might be better to do otherwise?

Anyways, everybody checks, and is checked around.

Turn is Jh, bringing backdoor hearts, and I have no backdoor hearts. I do have toptwo pair and nut straight.

Making the board t72Jhh

I just choose to bet my hand for $425 into $515. Folds to villain, and he makes it $1350.
I know villain is tight and would only raise me with good redraws, and most likely have hearts (and nut hearts) because we are so freaking deep. He may possibly not even raise 89KQ with no hearts or 89QT with Qhi hearts because he thinks its not worth it. So i put him on nut hearts at this point.

Question1: Would you still call given reads?

Given we only have 2pair+nuts8 and he has ATLEAST nutstraight with nuthearts + some higher straight redraw a decent amount of the time? I mean occasionally we have the best hand and he has something like AKQ9/AKQJ with nut hearts or AJJx with nut hearts. My thought was that he did not have JJ89 because he would not raise the turn everytime and that I have a Jack in my hand and he would have bet the flop with that hand. So I was gonna bluff on a card that paired the board, specifically a 7 or 2, and vbet a J or T.

River ($3165): 2h bringing the backdoor flush

Given villain has a nut flush here I say 80-90% of the time, would you try to bluff him off of it? I would have definitely bluffed an offsuit 2 or 7. But villain might herocall putting us on our exact hand, or just the straight, or a big wrap+fd that missed or may possibly put us on KJ89 with Khi hearts and think we betting lower flushes for value and call us down. Plus we might not bet all of our set combos on the turn, and we need to have some sort of stuff along with our set in his eyes to bet the turn. But still, if we bet, it is super hard for him to call, especially if he has only a straight (so i expect him to fold his pure s8 100% of the time, nut flush half the time?)

Question2: would you try to bluff the river given you have no history with villain and will probably not be playing him in the future? And this is a LIVE game so these spots won't happen too frequently that makes it PLUS EV for me to have an image in these spot in the future because A) its slow and we won't get into this spot and B) nobody will remember C) not too many regs on the table so they won't all see it UNLESS i get called

April 28, 2013 | 6:27 p.m.

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