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Article: iMsoLucky0, imahustla1 Win WSOP Bracelets
I agree Chrisp, I do have some qualms with everything regarding Will, but Ive also heard that he has repaid what he stole, so while he messed up pretty badly and will be hard for the community to trust him in the future, let's hope he's done everything possible to right those wrongs and can move past it.Having said that, let's not take away from Jordan Morgan, one of the oldest P5ers ever, shipping a bracelet. He was the first guy who ever backed me and taught me a lot about the game, what a beast, happy for you bud!
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the_dean22
Jun 25th, 2014
I need help with my attidute and positivity
Great idea, one of my students also takes lessons with Jared as well, and the difference of mental approach to the game is night and day. Would highly recommend checking out his book or enlisting in lessons with him.
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the_dean22
Jun 24th, 2014
I need help with my attidute and positivity
Oh, excuse me, it totally isn't, I think you're right! However, my whole post still applies, I do recognize kevmode as a long time poster though, and anyone who has been around p5s for a long time is someone I respect and would always reach out to. Gl with your stuff bud, like I said, can turn around at any minute!
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Bit of help needed to refrsh basics
and this is why Gags' videos are some of the best out there (check them out on this site), an uncanny knack for being able to convey difficult concepts to everyone simply. Well said, especially the last paragraph for off the cuff odds in-game.
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
I need help with my attidute and positivity
Kevin, I think it's really cool (and a big step towards where you're trying to get) that you'd post this in the first place. I think EVERY poker player, myself included, goes through this mental struggle at some point in their careers. I've often told students that having a level head/positive outlook can even be more important at times than raw skill or ability (especially online). I think online poker, most notably MTTs, unfortunately is inherently a negative endeavor. I love poker and have been extremely fortunate, but still, the nature of MTTs has us losing well over 80% of sessions, ...
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Hand from WSOP 3k 6max event
Tip and Donkiman, I totally agree, felt QQQ was going to be the brunt of his range, but I also became victim of taking an unorthodox line on my own end that should have me fairly underrepped. Bigblacktruc, in regards to the flop check back, I briefly stated this to Gags above, but I just felt that neither bet/calling or bet/folding was a great option on the flop, and added in the backdoor FD, i felt those things led me towards checking. I'm often a HUGE advocate of betting sticky flops, and often tell my students that it's impossible to gauge where ur at later in a hand if we don't bet ...
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Hand from WSOP 3k 6max event
Exterminate, I agree with you on 5b shoving being probably better than 5b/inducing and calling off against a 6bet. It's just one of those delicate spots where we can agree AKc is ahead of his 4b range (which includes some bluffs certainly), but NOT in good shape against his 6b shoving range early on in a 3k WSOP event. Shoving was something I considered pre flop, and I think being suited and in position might've been the deciding factor for me in flatting. Also good argument in favor of shoving, AKc plays better over 5 cards and keeps me from getting in the awkward post flop spots that ...
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Hand from WSOP 3k 6max event
Mike, I chose to check flop back for two reasons, first, I didn't really like bet/calling (a check/shove) or bet/folding to one either. I felt if we were check shoved by the over caller, an abnormally high % of his range would include KQs, but I was really more worried about Dato. I felt his c/shoving range against me on this flop would be AA/AK/QQQ/JTs (if that's even in his 4b range pre) So since I wasn't wild about bet/calling, coupled with the fact i had backdoor flush draw, I thought I could check back. If it were AKo, I'd probably resign myself to just bet/getting in, but really ...
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Hand from WSOP 3k 6max event
Hey guys, Just got home from a 3 week stint in Vegas, and I wanted to share one of the toughest spots I ran into this summer with you all and get everyones thoughts. Blinds 50/100 (2nd level) Hero- 8,500 Villain 1 - 10,000 Villain 2- 15,000 V1 (Andrea Dato, total beast) makes it 225, I raise to 600 on button with AKcc. V2 cold flats in BB, Dato 4b's to 1,700. This was the first debatable spot, I've heard multiple thoughts on different lines here, but I opted to call for a couple reasons. (BB also overcalls) Flop K-Q-2 (two spades, one club) (pot~5,200) Both ...
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the_dean22
Jun 23rd, 2014
Article: Eric Blair (blizair): En Fuego Entering 2014 WSOP
Great player and an even better guy, congrats bro!
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the_dean22
May 15th, 2014
Preflop spot vs Wu_wizard at FT
I think Gags said it all. It seems like one of those difficult spots where we have to choose the lesser of several evils, because every single option seems pretty bad to say the least. I do think if the BB had 30bb or less, I'd go ahead and shove, but the way stacks are, I think I prefer folding barely. In game though I imagine I would just sigh and shove it in. My hierarchy would likely be: Fold > Jam > 3b/fold > flat > 3b/call Can't blame anyone for doing any of the options, although I do think flatting and 3b/calling are the two worst and would go with one of the prior 3. My student ...
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the_dean22
May 2nd, 2014
Preflop spot vs Wu_wizard at FT
Hey guys, I just finished a HH review lesson today with my student Matt (jambomatty on stars) and we came across a very interesting pre flop spot against MTT stud Kevin MacPhee (Imalucksac/Wuwizard). Thought I'd post here and get some different opinions. This is the final table of the Triceratops on FTP with six people left. Matt (lordloverocket) has around 45bbs in the SB with 55, Kevin opens cutoff off around 27bbs. The BB has about 36 bb... Full Tilt Poker Game #34155612306: Triceratops (266423987), Table 16 - NL Hold'em - 8000/16000 Ante 2000 - 02:26:17 WET - 2014/04/22 ...
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the_dean22
Apr 30th, 2014
Is passing up thin +cEV options OK in tournaments?
Ya, this is a great thread topic, I really liked what Drew, Adam, double_kyan said at the beginning, I've often struggled with this subject, and find it difficult to argue against the math (similar to a thread we had weeks ago involving Nash shoves being too loose) and then I read Ape's post which makes an excellent counter argument. Something Jon said about that really resonated was the willingness to pass up on the spots without fold equity (i.e. calling off in spots that are showing a very slight +cEV), yet not passing up on any marginal shove spots that show a profit, where we still have ...
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the_dean22
Apr 17th, 2014
pokerstars mtt vs 888 mtt
everything MD said is spot on, I've actually had a fair amount of experience with Stars v 888 vicariously through my students in the past two years. I've noticed the swings/variance on stars is infinitely more difficult to overcome, while 888 seems to be far more stable (worse players and more beatable/reasonable fields). I think it's good to learn to balance the two, I told most of my students to try and play a majority of your tables on 888/euro sites to decrease variance, and then pepper in a few mine field/high variance tournaments on stars, to still give yourself a shot at getting a ...
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the_dean22
Apr 17th, 2014
Live Hand: WSOPc Cherokee $365 Event - River overbet
I feel ya, and I bet there's a lot to be said for live reads, but I still think we get into the tough spot where we fall victim to our own deceptive line, making it so we have to call merely cause of our turn check. I think betting the turn will make things much more obvious to us on the river, and while we may sometimes lose more (the times we're beat) I still think we're going to have a much clearer idea of where the villain stands if we bet the turn.
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the_dean22
Apr 16th, 2014
Poker Coaching and Training Sites Feedback Thread
I think a big advantage to p5s training is that people like myself, Gags, Assasinato, Apestyles are still active in the community, and I for one know that if anyone watched one of my videos and had a question about it, I'd be happy to answer a PM regarding any of the videos. I don't think you'll be able to have as much access to pros from some of the other sites. Having said that, I think RunitOnce has some of the best instructors out there, although is much pricier. If you go there, I highly recommend Gray31 and Jakoon's videos. P5s is the only other site I've watched videos, and my ...
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the_dean22
Apr 16th, 2014
Pros : If you had one day to teach MTTs to someone...
Gags hit the nail on the head, if I had one day for a crash course on MTTs with a student, I'd spend a majority of that day going over sub 20bb play, as well as 20-30bb play, cause like Mike said, a majority of MTT play consists of 15-35bb stacks. Aside from fine tuning shoving/calling ranges, I'd focus on the mental/logical aspect of the game, and not just the difficulty of remaining levelheaded and logical in such a volatile game, but also the reasoning behind plays/actions. I have often found many players falling into an unfavorable habit of clicking buttons "just because" and not ...
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the_dean22
Apr 16th, 2014
Live Hand: WSOPc Cherokee $365 Event - River overbet
I'm not sure why we are checking the turn here, seems like an auto bet. Further, if we do check the turn (for deception/pot control like DiamondDixie said), how could we ever dream of folding river' We've taken an incredibly strange/passive line for having near the top of our range, and although his river over bet is quite strange and will often end up being very strong hands, with the line we've taken, there is zero chance the villain ever puts you on a flush, which now widens his value betting and bluffing ranges in this spot. I'm with ya, and hate seeing an over bet here (and often find ...
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the_dean22
Apr 16th, 2014
whats your play
I don't necessarily think 77 is much better than ATs here, in fact 77 would be the bottom of my shoving range in this particular spot (and ATs is the top of my folding range), so they're both clearly close, I'm just arguing that ATs is a fold here and A5s/A8s/a9s are DEFINITELY folds. I'll send Tyson a PM and see if he can come in and shed a little light on things for the mathematically challenged like myself :)
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the_dean22
Mar 12th, 2014
whats your play
I think people make a mistake at taking Nash ranges as the end all, be all. We've already established that ATs is very close (and can clearly go either way), but I think anyone with a lot of MTT experience knows that shoving A5s/A8s UTG w 14bbs at a full ring table is just awful, yet Nash condones it for some reason. I wish we could get Gags/Tyson (who are much better at the math than I) to come in and comment as well. In regards to 22 v ATs, I'd rather shove the 22 because I do think in a vacuum, the hands we get looked up by most in this exact situation will be AQ/AK (at least ...
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the_dean22
Mar 12th, 2014
whats your play
what calling hands are we hoping of eliminating' I have to imagine that the calling range against us here is AJs+ AQ+ 88+ (AJs and 77 seem close but i'll include just one of them), and we just don't fair very well against that range with ATs, not to mention we're shoving into literally the entire table, and have to hope none of the 8 people behind us wake up with one of those aforementioned hands. I also think risk to reward is important to consider here, best case scenario, everyone just folds and we pick up blinds and antes and net around +3bbs, is that worth it to risk getting called ...
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the_dean22
Mar 12th, 2014
Is Villain Shoving Everything Here?
ah, he got you with the old stop-n-go :) Yes, I'd go ahead and call here, and no, I don't think he's doing this with any two cards or his entire range. I'd imagine he has something along the lines of QT/JT/QJ (I'd think w/ an ace he'd be comfortable enough to check to you with intentions of c/raising allin) So he's probably weighted towards more of middle pair + backdoor draw type hands. Unfortunately we're obviously behind any hand he can have, but we did pick up a FD, and due to the $$$ in the pot, it's just a spot where we need to call and gamble. We will hit our flush about 30% of ...
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the_dean22
Mar 10th, 2014
whats your play
Eric, I agree what u said about 22 being same as 77 with my logic regarding 33-66 folding, however that was my argument for preferring shoving 22 in this spot than ATs, but I don't really like shoving either tbh. Also I think rungoodmuch answered the question for me, "77 plays better than suited broadway in this spot. There are more combinations of strong aces here than pairs that would call. I would be shoving any pair here tbh." Although I still think the small pairs are folds here still for almost the same reason rungood also mentioned, how sometimes a play that can show a slight ...
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the_dean22
Mar 8th, 2014
whats your play
I'm just seeing this now and completely surprised that not one person said they'd fold here. I think 14bb is a fold UTG 9 handed with ATs. I would shove AJs+ 77+ in this spot, and think getting in AT (or even Axs like I saw many people mention) seems pretty bad with 8 people behind us. There has to be some considerations made in regards to the fact that the most common hands to call us in this spot are AQ/AK, which we play terribly against. I'd almost rather shove 22 in this spot than ATs, knowing full well that most of the table will fold 33-66 here, but AJs/AQ/AK are of course always ...
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the_dean22
Mar 6th, 2014
$5000 WPT Fallsview Main Event
You should never 6b/fold with KK here. Either 6b/snap off his shove, or flat the 5b prior. I'd usually just flat his 5b to 6k, keeping in any bluff hands he might have, while also keeping your hand under repped.
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the_dean22
Feb 26th, 2014
Strategy for Playing w/ No Image
Hey john, Tough to answer a general question with such specifics, but I think the best answer would be to play aggressively in position, but also still stick with your ABC poker. I've always been a firm believer that playing strong fundamental poker, especially in lower stakes, is the key to winning. Strong fundamentals being…utilizing positional advantages, isolating weak limpers, not getting out of line with hand selection, assigning ranges to your opponents and inversely assigning the range they likely put you on…and so forth. Having said all of that, I do also think in cash games ...
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the_dean22
Feb 23rd, 2014
Talk about a sick read.. Some thoughts on the way I played the hand?
what both of them said is correct, but if you are to limp with this stack, you picked a decent hand to do so with, it should flop fairly well and u can easily chk/fold if you miss. As played, definitely shove the turn, you have the best hand 99% of the time, and need to go ahead and protect your hand/get value for it. Also not sure why you checked the river as last person to act, it would be OK if u were the first person to act (w two ppl behind you) to check on the river, solely to induce bets from your opponents with bluffs or lesser hands, but when they both check to you, you almost ...
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the_dean22
Feb 23rd, 2014
Another Bubble Final Table Spot
I agree w Rbunce, this is a snap call. 5 handed I'd imagine ppl to be restealing fairly wide, and this is definitely one of the hands we're going to want to get in. Not only that, but if we do lose we still have 11 bbs to work the short stack with. Of course it's not entirely cut and dry because it is the pure FT bubble of a big field tournament, however, AQs is just too good to lay down. I think in this spot I'd have a more narrow calling range than in other 20bb reshove spots (because of ICM/FT bubble etc), it also becomes incredibly read dependent, like if the player had been very ...
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the_dean22
Feb 23rd, 2014
AJ getting flatted and squeezed on mid stages.
Just wanted to agree w what Tyson said about balance, I think it's incredibly overrated when it comes to low/mid stakes and massive field tournaments. It is of course very important in HSMTTs such as the 100r or Super Tues where you play same ppl over and over again, but fairly unimportant in spots like this. Also agree w Tyson that you can trap by just flatting here, one of the biggest mistakes I see my students making are viewing the opponent's perception through our own lens, when it's just not the correct case. Very seldom will opponents or villains in random tourneys be viewing hands ...
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the_dean22
Feb 21st, 2014
A9o from the SB vs loose villain
I agree with ur coaches sentiment, in general it's better to size the OOP 3b's a tad bigger than the in position ones, especially with a hand like Ax that doesn't play great post, I totally agree. Post flop, I'm with you, I like the bigger than usual sizing. I probably would be closer to 30% when i'm folding or whiffed the flop, but when you hit TPTK and you're not planning on folding, there's several bad turn cards for us (T,J,Q,K), so I think we need to protect our hand, as well as bet enough that will give us a good understanding of where we're at later in the hand vs villain
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the_dean22
Feb 6th, 2014