Hi this journal is to help give exposure to my poker content. I am a 100-500NL player on PokerStars PA who plays for a living, but also wants to create content to help find my people while giving back to the game we love. My long term plan is to build a team and the resources to be able to accomplish big goals inside and outside of poker.
I have been playing professionally since early 2020 and was a former pro before Black Friday. My plans for this chapter of poker are on a ~6 year timeline out where by the end I'll have done enough to work my way out of poker and into a new phase of life, while still being able to play higher stakes live.
Ideally I would like to find a few players local to my part of Pennsylvania/New Jersey to build out a talented crew. My hope is that I will also have enough clout to be able to offer some ~25 people PnE reviews each month. So it'll be a smaller in-person crew with a larger online following. If you are interested in video review I am offering a few free ones for people who join the discord here https://discord.gg/G67etr7zk3
Most of the video content I am creating is revolving around my riding my electric unicycle and discussing strategy to becoming a better poker player. I hope to grow this content into other formats over the longer term.
Here are some examples of videos
Aug. 30, 2021 | 5:24 p.m.
I think in the second hand the reason 2s,3s arent good while something like a 5 is because you gain a lot of barreling equity with some straight draws that you have which villain will not. A blank is good for your TPs but your overall range gets condensed to more value and less polar since you have such fewer turned draws you can barrel.
May 16, 2021 | 5:13 p.m.
~26min QTss multiway on the turned nut STR AJxK river blank you donk overbet, overbet ai riv. You must have two river sizes, possibly even three? And couldnt developing a X range make sense as well or are you never doing that after donking turn.
It just seemed super greedy, low probability chance of getting called and would be hard to balance anything with that shove or the other parts of your range.
I love your videos because they show me a lot of considerations outside of my strategies and this particular one was way out there.
May 14, 2021 | 12:18 p.m.
Haha I feel like I have sessions that go like this all the time and I know it's part of poker and yet that whiny feeling still exists! We get so entitled to think that runbad shouldnt happen to us!
The JT thin value shove on river vs KQs was awesome. I think I can correctly range people to 1pr there a lot but I dont attack it hardly enough and I can see it's costing me huge additional river calls.
Had to laugh at the decision based on the player being from Ukraine so his ranges were bad.
The one hand (I believe 64hh) that was opened from EP and 3bet from SB where you defined until river on A87QhhQ. You mentioned it but these seems like they should never be opened even if attacking a questionable player in the BB. You were so diligent about folding all those 87s UTG and then this one seems like immediately punished for deviating.
I have been thinking about how frustrating hands like the AQ on AQxKdJ vs Bricks TTd are. It is not solver approved but I think that putting in raises OOP on turn can be really beneficial when river can get so dicey and our hand doesnt function well as a bluff catcher against a villain who may not even bluff enough in that spot. It makes some sense to me to take some nonnut reraises there just to go and punish his range that should have a lot of hands that we are ahead of and want to deny equity against or punish for overextending.
April 12, 2021 | 1:28 p.m.
I appreciate this area even more after moving back from California to raise my family. Not even close to where I imagined I'd end up but happy regardless.
Music and video production levels are at complete novice levels. So that I may get satisfaction for creating worthwhile content part of it is to find others interested in collaborating using their talents. Eventually finding the right person(s) for all sorts of a/v, production, designing, engineering, artistic, etc needs. What kind of minimums do you think I would need to offer to incentivize anyone to come and get a video done? I was thinking about making this process all open through my channels and even incentivizing something like a rakeback to viewers for helping with contributions to different projects. Part of my goals for the future are more appearances and at higher stakes at Parx, and I believe within that world Ill be able to find talented people to do this with as well.
April 11, 2021 | 10:54 p.m.
Solid video, thanks for something from these stakes. One thing that threw me off was the 50% standard cbet on Tx, by chance that something you have discussed theory of in previous videos or is that just GTO knowledge? Other than that my thoughts were similar to yours so that was encouraging so perhaps Ill see you in the pool (;
April 11, 2021 | 3:58 p.m.
Very cool Matt! When I first heard of you last year I was looking around the internet for more info about you and I believe you are from Bucks County? About 5 minutes from where I live now is why it was interesting to me and I fanboyed an email to you. Ever come back to this area?
How hard is it to make a decent music video with a small team and budget? I want to make several as part of a multi-year poker plan that involves some poker music (:
April 9, 2021 | 11:59 p.m.
Luke Johnson I got more out of the first two because it was so new to me. I would learn more from a live play and discuss like this if I understood the theory you were operating from already (which I wouldnt if you didnt do your first two). Im very happy with both and dont have a preference other than enjoying the 3 videos general format progression from Teach -> Show Implementation
April 9, 2021 | 3:44 p.m.
Nice to watch you play live putting the last two concept videos into action. Study videos will be interesting to see as well. Definitely some interesting spots to review. Impressive how quickly you figure out how the suits interact as blockers and unblockers.
April 3, 2021 | 3:03 p.m.
Timestamp is 26:00 for J9hh on 982ddd
March 31, 2021 | 3:58 p.m.
Also any thought to why c/r bluffing river these two hands may be bad? J9hh on 982ddd8Q when opponent takes B X B line in 3b pot?
66 on 543AT when opponent 75% bets riv IP. I think these are definitely thinish valuebets or obvious bluffs as you identify. Could our specific hand not fare better as a c/r bluff in these spots as we have premium blockers and could very easily be slowplaying the flop and runout.
March 31, 2021 | 1:13 p.m.
You know Teuness vids are legit when LJ is always checking them out!
March 31, 2021 | 12:52 p.m.
Was the change to 3.5bb open in SB a recent change? I dont recall previous vids at that larger size.
Seems like you open different sizes preflop with different ranges, like sometimes 2x sometimes 2.25x UTG and in LP. Generally more premium hands getting larger raise size.
The AJcc float on KQ4 IP on 3b pot seems way to thin/bad to me, or at least it's a play I'm not making. A and J outs heavily discounted, even if T peels could be chop or dead to a flush. Seems like hand is very hard to play even when PFR X turn as they likely don't have many giveups seeing you block JJ and a hand like A5 which youre ahead of anyway. I think I'd rather be depolarized here looking to deny equity and showdown instead of Ahi looking to float and get folds/hit.
March 31, 2021 | 12:51 p.m.
I've never heard of someone suggesting to take notes on their own mental state while playing and it seems so obviously beneficial now! My observer can only be strengthened by the actual practice of writing it out instead of just doing the occasional mental check.
Family balance has been really hard for me with a wife that works and two young kids and covid. Sometimes all the days responsibilities fall to me and by the evening I just have no desire to play. Being adaptable has been really helpful for my family but terrible for my poker career. Slowly building in the systems over the last year so that I can treat poker and my work properly again.
March 19, 2021 | 12:25 a.m.
Ben Ive tried to understand how you use the random# through your videos but I'm still not fully sure. I have seen you use one number for all 3 options which I cannot figure out how... I'd appreciate it if you would you be able to succinctly explain to me.
Also FWIW the GTO+ play against the solution is quite similar to this product and all runs off sims you create. Basically PIO + Trainer at cheaper price.
Oct. 31, 2020 | 2:52 a.m.
Nice video thanks for the BB gain Peter! I think #3 will be implemented least as most people know this yet don't c/r defend nearly enough. 5 seems like the area for the greatest gains in ev. #1 likely most profitable since implemented most often scenario.