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Comment | ralphcig789 commented on New Guy

i have a/some questions:

  1. what is your chosen/preferred poker variant/game structure?

Feb. 25, 2023 | 10:43 p.m.

Post | ralphcig789 posted in Chatter: Making videos for RIO

hey team, i want to discuss with someone there about making training videos for the site. who do i liaise with?

Feb. 22, 2023 | 10:27 p.m.

If I am honest the app is sub-standard.
(What happened to the original 1?)
4 things tilt me: i) it can only be used in landscape (afaik.)
ii) it doesn’t have a 15 second forward or back option like most players
iii) the time scroll feature is completely unfit for purpose eg you are trying to get to minute 35 of the video and you’re lucky to get within 15 mins sometimes
iv) when downloading vids you have to have the app open. (I don’t remember seeing that anywhere else and it’s not a positive feature.)
And that’s just off the top of my head :)

Feb. 9, 2022 | 9:10 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on Subtract


Feb. 9, 2022 | 2:23 p.m.

Hi Shaun.
New video thread new question :) (I promise last 1 when I get clear.)
You know ev calculations (I can post a couple of links and time stamps for runitonce videos) how crucial are they for being a winner?
The follow up q is more subjective: how big/deep do you think is the optimal size of the ev calculation? Eg I am sure you can do multi-street calculations. But do you think putting them (multi street 1’s) together, calculating the answer then
doing the same for a number of different lines to work out what is the most +ev play is possible/a good use of time/the best way of doing the maths?

Feb. 8, 2022 | 12:24 p.m.

Thank you for the answer Shaun. Thank you for the help.
I may ask another random question in your next videos comments as well :)

Feb. 7, 2022 | 7:39 p.m.

I appreciate that it’s easier to get familiar with opponents @ regular tables.
What i’m trying to get at: is your (6max) strategy/thought process @ a zoom table EXACTLY the same as a regular table? Eg is your CO opening range the same as this in both formats.
I am thinking they are unique 6max formats inspite of them being structured the same (-number of seats -blind amounts etc) but like I said I have always found zoom confusing.
Is there a straightforward way to think about how to approach zoom? (To an extent I understand reg tables because of the static/fixed positions/line up of the players involved.)

Feb. 7, 2022 | 9:12 a.m.

Thanks Shaun.
There isn’t a follow up q on this 1 but: when you sit down @ a zoom table vs a regular table, is there any difference in your thought process? Eg @ a reg table the BB is v tight so on the button I will open looser against them vs when @ a zoom table i always play the same strategy (from the button) whoever is in the BB.

My issue is: the fluctuating nature of where the players are seated in a zoom pool/session (compared to the regular table fixed seating line up) has always confused me/stopped me from wanting to learn/play in this format. Do you have any idea where I am going wrong?

Feb. 6, 2022 | 3:27 p.m.

Hi Shaun
i asked a couple of related q's to your maximizing ev video in the comments, can i do the same here?
(they are a couple of general poker q's i havent totally understood and am not sure where else to get a good response.)

Feb. 5, 2022 | 10:01 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on $25/$50 5 Card PLO

There may not be.

What happened to your Black Friday sale on your books?

Nov. 11, 2021 | 3:26 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on $25/$50 5 Card PLO

I didn’t explain it well.
What i’m Trying to get at is:
For NLHE, you can either use 0, 1 or 2 of your holecards @ showdown in relation to making the best hand. Whereas in PLO you HAVE to use 2(/you can only use 2).
Is there any maths or thought process or something that relates to this specific structure within PLO?

Nov. 11, 2021 | 3:26 p.m.

Comment | ralphcig789 commented on $25/$50 5 Card PLO

hey cory, a couple of q's this week :)
i) if 4 card plo has 270k holecard combo's, how many does 5 card have?
ii) i cant explain this q v well but it's something im trying to get my head around.
i appreciate there's 270k starting combo's in plo, of which there are 6 (or is it 12?) permutations of different 2 card combinations that have to be used @ showdown.
what is (is there any?) the related maths? (im trying to work out a good way of thinking about the structure of this variant which involves the necessity of only being able to use 1 2 card combo @ the river.)
sorry couldn't be clearer but am hoping you can give me some useful info.

Nov. 10, 2021 | 8:07 p.m.

Great video Chris

I think you may have to make the opposite video now:

Releasing the potential! or Getting out the way on the up tick!

Oct. 20, 2021 | 7:19 p.m.

Oct. 19, 2021 | 7:50 p.m.

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.

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