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1183 points

Also, dont feel like you need to perfect. Deviating few % in most spots is just whatever. No one knows for sure how much EVs are certain openings/defences/3bets having anyway due to rake structure/population adjustments.

Oct. 10, 2020 | 4:17 p.m.

Comment | screamdustry commented on 25z Triple Barrel

Surely betting river is bad here? AsXs from villain would likely of
been raised at some point prior, so the As is kind of irrelevant as a
blocker anyway? Would we much rather have something like 7s7c that
doesn't block his blank AsX type hands that would be calling and fold
river? Any thoughts on sizings?

Wow, I simmed the spot and you're totally right, solver is not bluffing these, becasue Villain is supposed to raise all Ahigh flushes on either flop/turn. Which kinda makes sense actually. Nice.

Still, I think that if you 3barrel here, there is no way that population is comfortable here facing another large bet in a spot where you naturally are way more nutted than they're. So I guess the sim changed my mind from thinking its definetely slam dunk to thinking now that its propably ok. :)

Oct. 10, 2020 | 4:12 p.m.

Agree with Jeff_ that river we just want to put all money in, whatever the way.

If it comes to flop size, it is 140bb deep, so we either make flop bigger, bet turn solid and jam river for around pot, or we go small flop, bet big turn, but now we have to overbet river?

And I dont think its difficult to make argument, that overbetting river for value is also not perfect and will likely make Villain fold statistically more.

So yeah, maybe we fold more of their junk OTF with bigger sizing, but if alternative is overbetting river, I dont mind.

Oct. 10, 2020 | 3:58 p.m.

Yeah, this spot is definetely difficult for regulars to bluff enough when they're checked to OTT/OTR, becasue they need to turn pocketpairs into bluffs, as texture is not providing enough other hands that they could bluff with.

So im likely just cbetting flop range and then check/folding these pocketpairs, trying to see showdown.

I dont mind your play and sizing OTT, it feels viable, but im not interested in adding complexity by splitting my sizings here.

Oct. 10, 2020 | 3:49 p.m.

I thought betting out 22% pot was a great way to get value out of
those hands since a T isn't really a scare card for Villain unlike an
A which I could've been floating withe

Yeah, because its not scare card I would just go like 3/4 for value. If he has a pocketpair that he thought is strong enough to raise flop and bet turn, he's just not going to have easy time saying good bye to it on a relatively blank river to any sizing, really.

I agree with rest of your analysis in general.

About flop/turn decision between call and raise -> I think I would always prefer to call against 100bb, becasue at this stack depth you dont have too much troubles in putting all your money into the pot anyway.

I feel like deepstacks are giving you more natural incentive to reraise with nut portion of your range tho, so I would propably just try to squeeze max value from his whatever worse 2x or overpair by reraising.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:24 p.m.

There is also a fact that the implied odds are going to be better in multiway than in heads up on average, so in a case of having a pair I would still propably defend here. Fold more weaker pairs than in heads up tho.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:13 p.m.

[Let me know your thoughts on how I can improve]

I additionaly think that you can just upgrade your thinking process by simplyfing it a lot. Im not sure how it looks in-game for ya, but I usually try to ask simplest question

1) Is Villain bluffing here?
- No, given that SB just put most of his money, its extremaly unlikely that he's bluffing here.

2) Is Villain jamming here worse for value?
- Likely not. He might fold AQ on the flop, and we're also blocking these. Then, he also just might call it OTR instead of jamming it.

And here, thats end of decision tree. Villain is neither bluffing or is likely to have worse for value. In this case with additional important datapoint, that in 3way you actually need to also be even higher in range, becasue another player is going to also have better hands.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:11 p.m.

Comment | screamdustry commented on HU nl200

I would have same dilemma. It is pretty nice combo to bluff, but I totally agree that the Villain's defence is not looking challenging at all. I usually tend to give up in these scenarios. But Im also a puss. :)

That being said, I definetely like flop/turn play. Good to know about overbetting turn.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 8:53 p.m.

I agree with Kalupso here. Simplifying, I don't think that our job at these stakes should be to try to make fish fold top pairs on dry boards.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 8:46 p.m.

If we have to overbet jam river to get ppl at our stake to fold a weak
Ax here then it just means they are not folding enough,

Calling most Ax in Villain's range is optimal strategy in theory against triple barrel here.

Oct. 2, 2020 | 8:44 p.m.

No no, I misread the preflop action. And I totally blame that horrendous replayer, not my cognitive skills or anything ;)

Then I guess the 2nd most likely hand for value is like nut flush that he decided to 'slowplay' IP. So flushes are gonna be no question bluffcatchers over Kx.

Sept. 8, 2020 | 5:15 p.m.

The only combo that actually makes sense to check turn and raise river is KK. It kinda makes good sense for him to play like that, but its obviously super narrow to range on one combo.

I dont know. I thought to myself - I would propably like to overfold here, but not to a degree of crazy.

But then, are Kx better here to bluffcatch with than flushes, given that it reduces that one combo that makes most sense for him to have? If he's not having for sure KK, does that mean that his range is now more volatile? I dont know either.

I guess that its just one of these spots where I would give up futile process of assumption-making, given how little idea we have, and just be satisfied with anything that does look like EV+ calldown in theory.

Sept. 8, 2020 | 12:52 p.m.

@1:00 58
Any particular reason you dont attack any of these streets with 85high?

@9:23 T9
You mention that you would normally raise this texture in 100% frequency. I know that in theory, we are going to lean towards more calls without bdfd, and more raising with bdfd. So I wonder if you have any exploitive reasons to think that its just better to attack wider in this spot against general population?

@22:32 QJ
I would like your turn analysis very much if you would've played stricly against regular, but looking at your pool, there seems to around 50% chance that this new player is either really big fish or some other weak-passive type. So for that reason, I think I would always prefer to bet with your exact handstrenght.

@26:39 Q8 analysis
I would think that ch/folding any AX in this spot on the river is going to be really very suboptimal. I think you're making really very haphazard assumptions here based on such a limited information as Villain's PFR, assuming that its going to automatically translate into his postflop passivness.

Im going to agree, that in general, 50/5 is going to be more passive by average than 50/20, but these are still going to be two profiles without any clue, making bunch of erratic and volatile plays. Thus, I feel like folding anything as strong as Ax will get us into trouble here.

Also, after watching this analysis, I went to my HoldemManager to see average AFq of players that are playing high VPIP/small PFR. My criteria for a search was VPIP>30 and PFR<6 on a sample of more than 80 hands, and the average AFq of first ten players that I could find was 33%. Which, given higher VPIP than average regular, is making them still quite agressive.

BTW, even tho I dont agree with everything I see, I really like your videos and you're easily my favorite essential videomaker right now.

I really loved the closing part of the video. If I could have any requests, I would love to see similar work, but with raises against cbet flop in 3bet pots from IP player. These are not really plays that are very optimal in theory, but I see them all the time at tables, and Im kinda confused on how I should approach it.

Sept. 1, 2020 | 5:37 p.m.

@4:50 AK
Dude, thats such an obvious x1,8 bet on the flop. At least 0,015 higher EV than your lazy sizing.

Aug. 26, 2020 | 2:36 p.m.

EV difference based on what?
How he's supposed to get his stack if he's not raising the size OTT?

May 15, 2020 | 2:06 a.m.

I think the mere fact that any of us are "grinding out RIO points" is
pathetic. And I don't care how many feathers I ruffle, nobody else
seems to.

Imagine someone playing NL5 or NL10. Maybe that person also lives in non-western country, so 100$ is actually a lot of money to him. Either 20 or 10 BI at his stakes. The only way he can reasonably get it, is by consitently creating quality content via his posts, that are helpful and valuable for other members. So he goes for it, and is putting deliberate and consistent effort through the whole month.

This is that pathetic to you?

May 4, 2020 | 7:25 p.m.

I absolutely understand your concerns Eldora and my opinion is that these things should absolutely be resolved under closed doors, so to not damage any reputations. I am not sure if lIlCitanul and forCarlotta tried that way first, but I hope they did.

And yes, I agree that I was making claims with quite a lot of confidence that might look unjustified, but I guess it was mostly coming from the fact, that I've been in this very race we're talking about several times (was top5 around 6times in recent years) and during this time I naturally spend some time observing how it works. Because of that, I dont agree with this statement:

Similarly, Flight_Risks occurence was sometimes described as a magical
'1-day-climb' whereas in reality he posted regularly all the way back
from becoming a member in March and also posted in the beginning of
April already. Then he started to up his frequency around April 20th
without changing his posting quality though. Just an observation of
when he appeared in the Top 10 doesn't do this justice.

From someone to climb from less than 42points, to 97 in one day, this is enormous anomaly. I think its possible to happen only if someone posts extremaly popular post, in hot/popular thread, that is liked by bunch of RIO staff. Otherwise, it is just not realistic that over 50% of someone's 92points distribution has a place during one day.

Furthermore, adding the facts that:
- a lot of likes from almost unused accounts [Badabing (1point) and ishflop (0point)]
- and there is clear motive to cheat the imperfect system (100$ subscription at line)

I'm not going to change my opinion that the confidence in which I made my claims were unjustified.

We decided to add an additional sixth place leaderboard winner for the
month of April to make sure that noone will be set at a disadvantage
based on this decision.

This is good decision. The same situation as above happend to me few years back, and I presented my proofs to Mikey Stotz via priv, and he agreed with me and also granted 6th membership. Mentioning it, because its almost certain that it will happen again. Maybe its not a huge problem, given that the community is not that big, so there is room for micromanagment, but the current system is absolutely abusable, and I would feel really bad for forCarlotta if he did become a victim of it.

All that being said, I really feel bad for you being put in this difficult situation Eldora, I understand that as a site, its almost like being a judge, you cant really make binding decisions with a free hand even if the confidence interval that someone is guilty, is really high, without giving the benefit of a doubt.

I think its also another argument why the system should be somehow reworked.

May 4, 2020 | 3:05 p.m.

So let it be clear, you are now allowing account's point boosting by other accounts, as long as they're not from the same IP and you're not going to punish this behaviour in the future? Because this is clearly what happend here in this situation.

I think you're also missing a point here - I think the evaluation of the one's contribution to the forum here is really besides the point, and no one was questioning it.

It is more about the point/RIO Elite giveaway system being fair and rewarding the most helpful and quality posters. If you allow situation where the account gains most of its points in the last few days of competition, clearly boosted by two accounts that are not even active at the forums, your message is that you don't really care about any of that.

And I hope that you can see clearly see how potentially harmful to the forum it can become. If you're not going to react to LAZY attempts like this one (and it was lazy as heck, he could as least get himself boosted regularly during whole month by these two accounts), the whole rank-giveaway system can easily turn to just boosting-shitshow.

May 2, 2020 | 3:07 p.m.

You overbet river claiming he doesn’t have a 9 while you do have. Can
you elaborate a bit further because I can’t figure out what 9x would
you have

T9s/98s are propably being called with some frequency prelfop, just as any other broadways.

Although I agree with the second part of your post, that Peter shouldnt be really here with a lot of sets.

So, really props for this regular for recognizing that:
1) Hero range is incredibly narrow
2) If he has any suited broadways in his range with same frequency like T9/98s, he has like 2,5:1 ratio of potential bluffs to valuehands for his overbet.

Jan. 10, 2020 | 3:01 p.m.


Whats the weakest hand you would continue here?

Dec. 13, 2019 | 2:23 p.m.

Was very excited about making an 'E for production' joke as you messed up first hand prelfop action, but then you made it himself later on ;(

@Last hand - QJ

Do you think its relatively better or worse to bluffcatch in this spot against regular?

Dec. 9, 2019 | 8:04 p.m.

Yes, very profitable. To give you better perspective, I would guess that they're profitable to the extent, that we still call all pocketpairs against x3,5 and I would guess also x4 and slightly larger than that too (at least 55-44).

Its always uncomfortable to play a baby pocketpair OOP, but the reality is that we're just always going to have a pair against 25%-55% range, and thats really something. On top of hitting sets, obviously.

And, also - while defending from BB, you only need to lose more than -100bb/100 to make a relative profit. So if you feel like you're not winning with these, its propably because you dont, but relatively its still better than folding.

Dec. 3, 2019 | 1:47 p.m.

Freaking 87s living more interesting life than I do.

Dec. 1, 2019 | 2:55 p.m.

1/3 in this spot makes a lot of sense, given how many better combos at this moment Villain has, and how he overall improves on K (I think people are still calling KQo in this preflop formation in 2019 btw). But AQ is just not good enough.

I put this into solver and it likes this blockbet with hands like AA or AK, but AQ is just not having enough equity. We need quite more than 50% vs range to valuebet with a blockbet, because Villain will deny our equity with some bluffs. AA/AK/KJss are in 70%+ region and it is enough tho.

And as for a counter jam, it is obviously going to be called with some frequency in theory, but exploitively I like folding here.

The heuretics I am using here is usually this - If the opponent needs to start turning here pairs into bluffs OTR, in order to find enough bluff combos to jam, I am not too interested in defending against such range. And here he almost does, depending on how many baby AXss he's playing I guess.

Dec. 1, 2019 | 2:01 p.m.

I noticed in myself, that I am most prone to feel guilty and be hard on myself for making mistakes,when I know that I would most likely not put any effort to correct them in future. Once I am positive that I will put up the work, its way easier to treat any errors just as potential 'learning opportunities'.

And also realization that everyone is commiting mistakes, and its just natural part of human performance. You watch top regulars in 500z or higher and they will sometimes make mistake that 100NL grinder who's playing his A-game would not commit. You watch games of Lebron James or Leo Messi and you see them being at times selfish or having off-days. Its all natural, we are not machines.

Dec. 1, 2019 | 1:32 p.m.

Yeah, I think having 77 is kinda standard here. Its not fantastic call, but with the severe chance of MP cold calling, it propably is alright. I would play 77/66 myself and propably start folding from lower pocketpairs (as i think it matters a bit in set vs set wars that we will fight against MP).

Dec. 1, 2019 | 1:24 p.m.

Yes, this spot is occuring super rarely, and Hero is propably not going to meet a spot with similar circumstances anytime soon, but since when handhistory review is about absolute spot memorizing? Its also, or most of all, about practicing hand reading and datapoint analysis. I can see at least 3 diffrent things (that you also mentioned!) that Hero can learn from this hand that he can use in some other, high frequency spots.

So I would say ginzaboom, post whatever you feel like and if people are still voluntarly replying to your hands, the chance that you're doing anything wrong is almost non-existant.

Nov. 29, 2019 | 8:37 p.m.

When Villain can have worse hands for value in his range, its insanely uncommon in NLH that we can think about folding (almost never happens). And here, yeah, both KK and JJ are likely.

Nov. 29, 2019 | 8:24 p.m.

Comment | screamdustry commented on NL200 weird ....

I also agree with guys here.

I agree with HugO , I also dont think we can make assumption that fish is not raising 5x ever here. Some guys might treat it as a nuts AFAIK.

And yeah, I am taking similar approach to Bingo 123, propably waiting to see some punts on showdown after I start calling here.

Although it feels pretty damn close. From your description and stats, its already very likely that he actually is a a profile to spew here enough. But then, I dont really know if this is really spot that fish likes to attack, 4-str8 when you show strenght by bet turn/bet river line.

Tough hand.

Nov. 29, 2019 | 8:09 p.m.

I think its a fold on Td, given how its completing some of his potential draws.

But would be extremaly tough decision on other cards. What you guys think about what hero should do on blanks?

Nov. 29, 2019 | 8:02 p.m.

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