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Thanks Ivan. Makes sense.
What's your competency in plo mtt's? (What's your confidence level like?)

Oct. 18, 2021 | 3:46 p.m.

Thanks Cory by the way.
So along this line of thinking (and I know mtt's aren't your specialty):
in a mtt, the exact same logic applies?
What you have bought in for (in $) translates to BB's in your stack perfectly?
(I appreciate there are different dynamics @ certain stages in mtt's. So specifically for this case, we'll use the early levels of an mtt.)

Oct. 18, 2021 | 9:59 a.m.

Thanks Shaun
I think where I was going wrong was I was thinking about this hand as an individual hand > a strategy.
So losing a bit of ev here doesn't have any consequences if you are just considering 1 trial. However if you're looking at the situation over a more longer term, there is a cost to giving up ev.

Oct. 18, 2021 | 8:45 a.m.

Hi Shaun
(I'm liking the video description.)
I havent watched the video yet but I have recently had a thought and was wondering if you could easily answer it. (It is related to the video topic.)
Why is max +ev the aim? (Rather than just +ev.)
I'm sure the answer is v obvious. But from my perspective, I'm thinking +ev in any circumstances is good whether it's a small amount or large.
Where is the principle derived from?

Oct. 17, 2021 | 9:04 p.m.

I was trying to find a timestamp where you played a v weak hand out of the BB but never saw an example when I scanned through the vid.
I'd like to think I can explain the query as well as the hand situation would have illustrated:
@ these v short stack sizes, can you think of any hand you would fold in a HUSNG to a certain size raise (preflop, in the BB) where you would call the equivalent size raise in a cash game?
(Again, what I'm getting @: surely the structure of a SNG facilitates a slight change in strat from cash game strat? (I dont know. I'm just assuming. And I'm also assuming you know/you have given it a bit of thought. : ) ))

Oct. 17, 2021 | 8:56 p.m.

Oct. 17, 2021 | 3:29 p.m.

Hi Ivan
Can you do me a favour?
I'm speaking with Cory Mikesell in another video thread. (He's playing high stakes HUSNG's.) And the query involves that game structure though he's more of a cash game player.
Can you answer the q/give me some ideas to think about the issue in a better way:
how does the length of time/the number of hands you get per blind level effect your strategy/decisions/play?
(I know it's a straightforward q but I've never quite understood mtt's/sng's fully.)

Oct. 17, 2021 | 3:28 p.m.

Completely separate from the q situation. I know this SNG vid possibly didn't get as much love as your recent high stakes HU cash vids.
I appreciated it.
I'll make the analogy with sauce123 making a video on Fusion (a new poker variant) compared to his standard 500zoom live play sessions. Somewhere down the road when I come back to these vids/learning from the resources on RIO I think I will get more out of the non-standard/more niche video formats and game formats. Which is why I will always encourage them.

Oct. 17, 2021 | 11:05 a.m.

I'm not saying that has totally cleared up how I am viewing the situation but you definitely explained the situation much clearer so I am grateful.
The follow up q relates to both parts (-the structure of the SNG -my current view of the situation/my attempt to understand it correctly):
(how many hands per level do you get?) does the number of hands per blind level effect anything? how/what are the effects?

Oct. 17, 2021 | 10:55 a.m.

hey cory, do us a favour please?
01:43 i need this concept broken down a bit more neater/more straightforward. you're saying that @ the $500 games you get 25 big blinds which technically plays the equivalent of a $15/30 cash game.
i understand this in the sense i believe you when you say it. I'm having a bit of difficulty automatically getting my head round exactly why a husng translates to a cash game structure (even indirectly)/the implications/how I can use this fact for other (poker) situations.
can you elaborate a bit on this.

Oct. 16, 2021 | 6:57 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on Principles

Hi Chris
I am the person who initially requested this video so 1. thank you and 2. it's belated as I am only a member every now and again.
I would like to request another video.
(The request is related to 1 of the themes you have mentioned in your videos. I always watch them when I am a member. :) <3 )
(I am going to start my poker career in the v near future but I think I'm missing 1 concept/piece of info that would have been essential to my progress. Therefore) I would like to see a video (about poker/)that will help me when I am @ a poker table.

Oct. 16, 2021 | 2:41 p.m.

A classy answer as always Brian, good luck in the WSOP!

Now this being the internet, you have to expect some trolling: I feel you’re being overly modest. I do not doubt you have the utmost respect for the RIO coaches. I DO doubt you thinking they’re better (HU) plo players than yourself. (And I include Phil in that.)

My reasoning: hu plo is a v straightforward format, no? And you’ve got almost 15 years experience in it. And with some of those @ the top top level in the game.

(If i’m Way off, I apologise :) )

Oct. 11, 2021 | 9:25 p.m.

For full disclosure: it has always been my plan to be a RIO coach. (Though I don't know if I'm any closer as it pertains to poker skill today as when I 1st joined the site in 2014 :( )
My idea was to agree to the terms of the video-making contract providing I got x # of hours with Phil directly.
You know what, if Phil keeps on making content like this (ie touching upon all the stuff I was originally intending to discuss with him 1 on 1), maybe I may have to adjust my plans :)

Oct. 10, 2021 | 5:49 p.m.

Post | ralphcig789 posted in Chatter: The Phil Galfond youtube channel

Just making the community aware of this.
I loved the Henry Kilbane chat.
Just for Phil's info: I would be more than happy if you released the edited out material from the chat somewhere. Really enjoyed a podcast that was about LOTS of stuff including (in this case) decision-making in business.
If you are looking for more feedback would love to give some (if knew it reached Phil.)

Oct. 10, 2021 | 5:45 p.m.

Hey Brian
(I used to be a cardrunner. Have always been a fan.)
I want to push back on the last poster's comment and your reply.
If you wanted to elaborate a bit on the 'making sense' part of your reply it may make the situation a bit clearer for me.
From my perspective the situation is v straightforward: you are Mr (online) PLO, Mr isildur1 killer. You're NOT Mr NLHE!!!
(Sorry :) )

Oct. 10, 2021 | 2:07 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on Great Minds

I tell you what. I think some of your most memorable (from my pov) ideas are based on diagrams in these formats so if you've got any more videos planned around these topics would love to see as well.

April 28, 2021 | 11:19 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on Great Minds

Just for my records.

I am up to date with Chris' material so keep an eye out for his videos after this 1!

April 28, 2021 | 12:07 p.m.

I havent checked both but thanks :)

April 27, 2021 | 9:46 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on Great Minds

Hey Chris

Unconnected to this video. I would like to see a/some videos on the topics:

-your to do list

I know you have touched upon the 2nd topic in a v early video but I was hoping you may have some further ideas.

April 26, 2021 | 10:33 a.m.

I just want to make 1 more point on this.

When sauce joined RIO in 2014, he was the nlhe guy and the community rejoiced :)

Now it’s 2021 and sauce isn’t the no limit guy anymore, he’s the poker guy.

Come on sauce, you play in all the games every1’s desperate to be in/know about yet the only (live play) videos you release are 500zoom on stars. Share the info lad!

April 25, 2021 | 9:59 a.m.

hi emty
i saw in your recent video you were promoting your coaching. some q's:

i) is the price still the same as above?
ii) i'm not sure if i will have access to a laptop/computer over the next few months, can you do a 1 on 1 over my mobile device (an ipod. so v similar to an iphone but without a telephone number attached)? i am in the uk.
iii) i would like to record the sessions (either audio only or with video/seeing your screen only). is this possible? (is it possible your end and then you send over the files so i can save when i have access to my computer again?)

a general point is i would like 1 on 1 coaching where i just bring a load of q's (not about individual hh's) is that something that can be done? im provisionally thinking about buying your from the ground up course then using the sessions to go deeper into some of the concepts involved.


April 24, 2021 | 8:09 p.m.

Hey Seth

I'm sure you've addressed this previously but I can't see the advantage/motivation behind showing the same tournament at 2 different time stages simultaneously on the video.

What am I missing?

April 23, 2021 | 10:21 a.m.


I posted this query in the last video thread but no response so I'm going to have another go here:

Hey dekkers

I'm having difficulty answering a general q so am asking for some help.

Do you think/feel there's any difference between regular tables and zoom? I'm having issues thinking about the dynamic nature of zoom (where -opponents come and go -seat order changes -things are happening in hands you can't view) and I'm finding it confusing/struggling to really get my head around.

I'm just looking for some advice to think correctly about this format. Am I approaching this wrong?

April 23, 2021 | 10:19 a.m.

Hey eldora

Just to follow up on this:

it also applies to elliot roe's monthly calls with students. I would love to (re-)watch the sessions but I can't watch at 1x speed for time reasons.

Please see what you can find out :)

April 23, 2021 | 10:01 a.m.

I don't doubt there may be something broken with my thought process in some way. Simultaneously I think it is a good thought process :)

(Possibly it's not 1 that is automatically compatible with an efficient progression through poker.)

FYI I've spent a lot of time working on Jared Tendler-type material specifically within poker. If I am honest I have probably committed more (* for emphasis: INFINITELY more *) resources on this content than poker theory/actual playing strategy.

I like to think with the base I have I will make progress soon. I am aware that I'm not going to improve with my poker play without the extra focus on the technical playing skills I have neglected to date.

So thank you for the little bit of extra info.

April 22, 2021 | 9:21 a.m.

And thanks by the way.

April 21, 2021 | 6:17 p.m.

hey cory :)

i did say in the last thread no more basic q's but there is a line to my thinking. (it's based around my opinion on how long it's taken me to learn 'poker'. FYI i'm not going to say a date when i started learning but it was a LONG time ago. and I only feel that it's recently I'm making decent progress/kind of fully getting my head round the game inspite of a high desire to learn/lots of time committed to certain methods of poker improvement throughout the period.)

outside of the rio training vids I have heard you on thinking poker and carroters poker podcasts (there may have been another 1 or 2) and I'm not sure if i fully got your poker history. can you list some key dates of your poker career. (i will leave 'what' to you but it's 'when' i'm interested in currently)

just to go back to my point above. i know you had/have a chess background but how did you make so much progress so fast? (the same question from the other side aimed at me that i am asking myself: why am i taking so long to see any progress/improvement?)

my point being: what do you think the key reasons to your progress/skill development were? it could be -paying for coaching at the start -having a GOOD poker coach from the start -experience in a similar pursuit that helped you cut through the chaff eg.

April 21, 2021 | 6:16 p.m.

Thanks for the reply Andreas.

It definitely has given me something to think aboout.

What's on the comprehensive list of most common spots? (Is general c-betting strat too wide of a definition to be considered a spot? Then how focussed should I get?)

April 20, 2021 | 8:58 p.m.

Thanks Cory.

I will purchase this book over the next few days and see what ideas I get :)

April 17, 2021 | 3:05 a.m.

3 or 4 points :)

  1. to touch upon Thallo's point. Am more than happy to see/hear other guests in videos. I like (from time to time) the extra perspective it gives to the analysis.

2.Thank you for the reply above. Both points you made are useful for me.

  1. I might have lied, I did have another beginner q:

(I am struggling with the maths behind the game. Sometime down the line I may elaborate on what I think my strengths in the game are.) Do you think it's possible to be a winning player and for the maths calculations involved in an individual poker hand, NOT be able to put any of the problems/scenario's into a formal equation structure?
The related q: are we at the stage where it's necessary to have that maths ability for off the table improvement otherwise the player's who have that skill have the fundamentals necessary to be more @ the cutting edge?

April 16, 2021 | 12:08 p.m.

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