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Thanks, Zach. Watched the vid, but haven't had a chance to look at the discussion yet

Nov. 21, 2013 | 4:51 a.m.

Ola, quick follow up on 4FT's question about AK82 hand @ 18:50. 

You say that we are capped to non AAxx hands in this spot. I have a couple of questions regarding that: 

1. Are you never flatting AAxx btn vs bb at least a non 0% of the time? 

2. Is there a stack depth where you would flat btn vs bb? 

3. IF you are flatting AAxx a non 0% of the time to a 3b, is it ever a function of your position (i.e you're more likely to flat AAxx vs a BB 3b when you open from UTG, etc). 

One more additional question if you don't mind -- At 100 bb's, which hands besides AAxx do you include in your 4betting range against a standard taggy opponent with a sane 3b%. 

Thanks in advance. I don't even have the opportunity to play PLO online anymore but your videos are some of the best I've ever seen on the subject and they just make me think about poker as a whole in a different way. 

Nov. 15, 2013 | 5:27 a.m.

Thanks a ton Ola.Your explanation makes perfect sense

Oct. 28, 2013 | 5:10 a.m.

This is a really good video Lucas. I've been playing live a lot recently and the subtle differences in the games compared to online require a bit of an adjustment period, in my opinion. I've also been suffering through the biggest downer of my life while playing in some of the softest games imaginable. Any insights into dealing with a big downswing and the soul crushingness that is live poker (I know you've played live tourneys, just not sure if you ever play live cash all that much)? Thanks

Oct. 24, 2013 | 5:13 a.m.

I know this is a very in depth subject and you discuss it very often in all of your videos, but could you provide a brief synopsis of your mixed bet strategy and perhaps provide an example? I understand you're potting the middle of your range while utilizing a smaller sizing with the bottom/top of your range, but I'm having difficulty understanding your though process when you select the middling portion of your range. Thanks in advance

Oct. 24, 2013 | 5:03 a.m.

I think Chael broke it down rather nicely above. I call and feel really good about it

Aug. 17, 2013 | 7:19 p.m.

Comment | stmarys commented on 2/5 Live ~130 bbs deep

I know people kind of hate this, but I'm actually villain in this spot. I just wanted to see what most people thought of my range on the turn when I bet 1/2 pot and the implications of my turn sizing. In a live setting against people I deem competent I don't have much of a 4betting range IP, especially with these stack sizes, but I should probably just assume that no one is even paying attention to this. My range for betting the turn is insanely tight (which I think should be the case against most people) as I don't think I have very much fold equity with combo draws.  

So, in my spot, what are people doing with the following range (I'm really interested in turn sizing as well if we bet): 

Nuttish hands: AA, AK, sets

Combo draws / Pairs: ATh, AQh, Txh, Qxh, 5xh, etc / KQ, Jx

Draws: 78h (can't really think of any other hh hands that I'd flat a 3b with besides this, which is loose)

I don't think he would check KK, JJ, or even AK in this spot, so I think a turn bet is super profitable in this spot. And like most posters alluded to, with my turn sizing I'm priced in to call basically my entire range so in that regard I like my sizing. But I'm still really interested in any comments on turn sizing. Thanks

Aug. 17, 2013 | 7:16 p.m.

Comment | stmarys commented on 2/5 Live ~130 bbs deep

Another note: what should our range look like when we check the turn against an unknown? TT, QQ, Jx, air and occasionally KK, AK (although highly unlikely)?

Aug. 16, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.

Comment | stmarys commented on 2/5 Live ~130 bbs deep

Don't most villains (even most aggro guys you find at 2/5) check back combo draws, Jx, and even Kx a decent portion of the time in this turn spot? Are we looking at a range of nutted hands and air? Should we put any weight into his turn betsize? I asked if he meant to bet $200 or $205 and he kind of shrugged his shoulders and said it didn't matter. I'm not big into live tells but he looked a bit nervous. 

Aug. 16, 2013 | 4:12 p.m.

GameTheory: In your response to Jim in re: PPT syntax, you note that "![K-J]" is not K through J. Would this discount KcQc from our range? We're obviously not checking that back almost 100% of the time, but what about hands like K5cc? Is that discounted from our range as well based on the ![K-J] syntax. 

Apologies if this is simple, I'm just really bad with PPT. Thanks in advance

Aug. 16, 2013 | 1:51 a.m.

Post | stmarys posted in NLHE: 2/5 Live ~130 bbs deep

Villain: ~$650

Hero: covers

Villain has been playing fairly standard/taggish. We're both probably mid 20's. I've seen him ISO a few fishy players' limps and I have yet to see him limp yet. We've probably played a few orbits together and I don't think I've even seen him showdown a hand. Basically zero history. 

Folds to him in the HJ (shocking I know), he makes it 20, I 3b to 70 in SB with TdTc. He asks how much I have behind and calls after thinking for ~30 seconds. 

FLOP: KhJh5c ($150)

I bet $125, Villain calls after thinking for a minute or two

TURN: KhJh5c9c ($400)

I check, villain thinks for over a minute and bets $205. I jam. Thoughts?

Aug. 16, 2013 | 1:13 a.m.

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