I think most fun players usually prefer FR to 6 max. Of course, this is all us just speculating based on people we've talked to, etc. But I think it's a mix of how often you have to play the blinds and the shorter the table the more you feel like you're being exploited by certain players.
Feb. 9, 2020 | 5:11 p.m.
Tried to tune in today (first day not at work). The lack of hole cards really does influence the entertainment aspect of it. Couldn't watch just for fun, maybe I'll tune in later again if I want to try to watch seriously and think about ranges, etc. but the format isn't particularly conducive to tuning in for entertainment.
Feb. 1, 2020 | 6:19 p.m.
I've certainly had an inauspicious start to "keeping up with the blog." That said, I finally will make another post here.
What have I been doing? A little bit of everything. Keeping up my full-time job, spending time with my family (and cats!), playing some poker, and studying some poker. In terms of playing, I've actually been playing a bit online (which is very strange for me). I haven't been able to put in too much volume because of all those other things I described, but for those of you who like graphs, I can provide one.
All the volume there is 200NL at ignition (mostly zone, some regular tables) since a little before Christmas.
Of course, that graph presents me in a pretty positive light. I can tell you that I have been losing some money at other non-NL games in the past few weeks (bleh).
That said, I think "losing" at other games has actually been helping me a lot. I haven't put a lot of time into memorizing pio sims and become a gto-bot, which I think has been for the better. Instead, I've been thinking, and I mean actually thinking! It's something it's very easy to get away with not doing when you're watching videos on rio (sorry rio!) or covering your ears and blindly memorizing pio sims.
There is a (somewhat) famous quote from Bruce Lee that goes something like this:
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Now, I think there is some truth to that and Bruce Lee is right, but I'd much rather fight the man that has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times than the man that has practiced 10 kicks 1,000 times each or the man that has practiced 5 kicks 2,000 times each.
Variation is good for our brains and we learn to understand a lot more when we study and practice similar things to what we want to master. So, I've been taking that approach.
I've been doing two things in my poker studies recently
- this is insanely valuable (thanks Elliot Roe!). Instead of just constantly trying to acquire new knowledge, I'm practicing with what I have. I'm practicing putting myself in situations and combo counting. I'm practicing counting about how many value bets I have so how many bluffs do I need, then approximating where in my range I should be bluffing. I'm practicing determining how many bluffs my opponent needs to make my call good (and usually learning they don't have that many, but sometimes learning they have way more...).
- study and practice different games!
- I've been studying and practicing a bunch of different poker variants. Not just nl and plo but lots of wacky games. It's given me substantially more practice ranging opponents, and also just taught me to really think about what I am accomplishing at all times at the poker table. What am I trying to accomplish with a raise, or a call, or a fold. Is that good for my range? My hand?
Well, to anyone out there who actually read this, thanks for sticking out through a serious lull in posts to get started. I'll try to post more frequently going forward (my girlfriend bought me a mechanical keyboard and it's a hoot to type on it!). My next post will probably be less wordy. Maybe it'll have an actual hand in it or something. Only time will tell.
Jan. 28, 2020 | 5:32 a.m.
Thought the format was good. I like the replayer vids. If anything I would like to see more non-heads up hands though. But same format with more players would be nice. I also really liked your scoop replay type stuff from back in the day.
Jan. 19, 2020 | 12:09 a.m.
Haven't watched the video yet although I do plan to. Just wanted to say I recently finished your book and thought it was excellent! Strongly recommend it to everyone out there -- should be a must have for a poker player's library.
Jan. 18, 2020 | 11:50 p.m.
Great video Phil. I'd be happy to see more of this footage. In this video you definitely did a good job expressing your thoughts very intuitively, which I appreciated.
Jan. 7, 2020 | 5:44 a.m.
Looks like R or python (I use python to make very similar ones). They're called stacked bar graphs (if I'm remembering the video correctly). You can generate csv files from you PIO sims then read those in with R or python.
As far as I'm aware you'll have to write some functions to determine hand class (at least I did -- I know PIO must have the functions written already internally but the csv files don't seem to include anything like that).
Jan. 6, 2020 | 12:50 a.m.
In spots like this I think it’s basically meaningless to real life play and some arcane relic of how PIO bluffs. Maybe one combo will be much more valuable than the other but it really depends what your opponent will do. If he always/never bluffs certain combos etc.
Jan. 4, 2020 | 10:30 p.m.
While watching I was surprised the QK raise didn’t have any mention of your Qx. He now basically beats any Qx that you decided to x/r and you are much more heavily weighted toward those and flush draws. So he can get value from Qx and deny equity to flush draws.
Seems like you were much more concerned with 5x but I would have guessed given the 5 your range is pretty Qx heavy for value. But maybe you don’t x/r those often or perhaps you check Qx super often on this turn? (If so it’s easy to be very heavily weighted toward bluffs because we won’t have many 5x so again I see merit in the raise exploitatively).
Jan. 1, 2020 | 3:23 p.m.
Interesting. I'm going to leave a comment as a pure observer since I don't know anything about the pokerstars scene (since I am in the US) and I can't really have any idea who plays in the 500z games regularly (nor who is winning at them).
I definitely agree that transparency is pretty important, and I would like to see the results at zoom if we're going to be parading our results as a means for listening to our coaching.
I'm regarded as "essential" when I play 500z games everyday and yet
we have "Elite" coaches that only play those games to make videos.
I'm not really sure "playing those games everyday" is really what matters in determining "elite" or "essential" content in my mind. In my mind, "essential" content is the stuff that's aimed at a slightly more beginner type audience. Take Carroters for example -- I have no idea what stake he plays, but it's clear his content is aimed more at people just trying to take their game seriously and his content should definitely be "essential" because it's most beneficial to those viewers. While, on the opposite end of the spectrum I feel someone like KRab or Uri Peleg seem to be targeting people who have already thought pretty deeply about the game before and hence their stuff is more useful to "elite" members.
Of course, this is not necessarily a defense of how RIO chooses who are elite and essential video makers. To be frank, I definitely don't think they're always right and there are some "essential" video makes that I watch all videos from and plenty of "elite" video makes that I just completely disregard when their videos come out.
\I also want to point out that I think people tend to conflate "quality" of the video maker with whether it should be "elite" or "essential." I don't really agree with that (again, I think Carroters makes fantastic videos as an example). It should be more of "who is your material useful for."
Finally, just to make sure I'm nice and diplomatic, both psek1 and saulo have been making pretty decent videos to watch recently. I won't comment here publicly and further than that.
Dec. 19, 2019 | 5:01 a.m.
super late comment since I'm just watching this one, but you mentioned a predraw video.
I think it would be nice to see a video on predraw hands in some different games. Generally badugi doesn't screw me up, but some predraw in badacey and badeucy would be pretty useful to me. Perhaps you can also include single draw games where the predraw is half the game.
If you're not interesting in just a pure predraw video something with badeucy and badacey theory would be helpful to me. I struggle with these two way lowball games.
Also excellent video.
Dec. 4, 2019 | 4:57 a.m.
I only play for peanuts on the site (so take what I say with a grain of salt), but I haven't noticed any issues. I do run a little bad on the site overall so far, but not out of the realm of possibility.
Dec. 2, 2019 | 3:22 p.m.
Seems like a well played hand from young gun overall. Seems like a pretty strong player. I probably would prefer to float K high than A high on the flop because the ev of spiking a king should be better than an ace, and we don’t have to defend that much to put villain indifferent when 3 way. But of course if villain is playing too weak tight on turns and rivers I think floating this hand looks pretty good too.
Nov. 27, 2019 | 8 p.m.
Elías Gutierrez Glad to hear you're buying a home in Japan. I liked it a lot when I visited as well. You'll be missed on RIO -- your videos were certainly of the more entertaining variety than most. If you're ever in San Diego, hit me up and I'll buy you a beer.
Nov. 26, 2019 | 5:26 a.m.
Just going to add on since apparently RIO thinks I want to get notified about this conversation.
I do think that I would prefer to employ a big bet in this spot. I think someone mentioned above, but the J does make our range a lot more polarized than most club turns.
That said, I also think Gary did a good describing his thought process, which can help you in other spots. Most of the time, the thought process of why things are going on is a lot more important than the exact implementation.