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Nearing final table in "The Big 11" with TT
Eh I think that's kind of a narrow range to be putting him on. Plus I would not be assigning him a full six combos each of AA and KK. I mean I guess if you have an idea that the guy could be that tight, it could be a hard decision. But I would think that he wouldn't be folding any pairs at all and shoving like 78s+, more broadway combos and many more suited aces.
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 21st, 2014
Nearing final table in "The Big 11" with TT
Its hard to imagine a scenario wherein I'd be inclined to muck in this spot.
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 21st, 2014
Equity Poker Network Cashout and Deposits Thread
They pull their withdrawal options on the weekends for whatever reason. they'll be back up tomorrow.
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 18th, 2014
Is hero calling here spewy? WWYD?
Really' I mean should we really be varying our open based on hand strength' I do it on Bovada some times cause of the anon you can play in a rather exploitable way and still be profitable. ARe you just suggesting this, in this instance, because the bb is relatively deep'
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 18th, 2014
1 Million gtd on Winning Poker Network - Effect on US Poker?
The UIGEA sets forth that banks are prohibited from making transactions TO an illegal gambling site. It's not illegal for sites to pay money to players so it doesn't matter if the bank issuing checks is in Canada or Zimbabwe. That's not the issue. It's the transactions to the sites that are the problem. And as far as I can tell they are basically processing the deposits in the same way Full Tilt was, making the payments appear as charges made at a hardware store or florist. I'm not taking a side here. Just stating facts. I can't see how they are not in violation of the UIGEA. The ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 17th, 2014
Unusual/weird spot on Bovada
Yeah its about 33 bigs. Does this change anything' And I like keeping my hole cards unknown as i think for the sake of considering the spot in its fullest context that can be a helpful exercise. It also seems to discourage ppl from responding. So let's say, for the purpose of discussion, I have TT.
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 13th, 2014
77 under the gun, would you ever consider folding here ?
You have 6bbs. You should be shoving something like 22+, Ax, Kx, Q2s, Q6o, J5s, J8o, T8o, T6s, 54s+
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 12th, 2014
Unusual/weird spot on Bovada
$11 10k guar SS ~10/40 Hero= ~270k Villian= ~350 Blinds just went up to 4k/8k Info about the villain: He was on my direct right. At the 3500/7000 level he was opening to 21k nearly every hand, or flatting most opens. I'd squeezed a couple times when another aggro opener opened and he flatted, collecting nice pots each time pre flop. I was wanting to 3b him more cause stack sizes were perfect for it, but never had a lot of great chances to do so. While he folded to both my 3bs after being squeezed, he was flatting 3bs from other opponents. The hand in question: Folds to him on ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 11th, 2014
we are deep into a tourney 19 left was this the correct play
This very very standard. You would be shoving with far less here. In fact I'm probably shoving like 2/3s of the deck here. As your stack dips below 12-13bbs you should be far less concerned about picking up hands and simply looking for good opportunities to be first in.
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TheVillageGrinder
Aug 8th, 2014
Micromillions hand with pokerstars pro "mement_mori", did i bottle it again?
IMO your thought process was a little off. I don't say that to try and put you down as I know you are a beginning player. When you are inexperienced and there are other much more experienced players seated at your table, a good strategy would be to play less hands. And esp don't limp marginal hands from ep when you are aware that the best player at the table is in the bb. You're sort of just inviting disaster. And as much as thinking that he always has it is wrong so is trying to "go after him." Sure you might win a pot or two doing this but over the long run this is not going to be ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 28th, 2014
Multi-tabling MTTs on Bovada
Man I tried that and I couldn't get that program to work. How'd you figure it out'
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 28th, 2014
Can't log-in to Bovada
Evidently.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 22nd, 2014
Can't log-in to Bovada
I know. I thought I just forgot my password or something and then I assumed I got jacked or something. But honestly I bet they cancel most of the stuff anyway.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 22nd, 2014
Bovada Million Dollar Poker Series Contest
Site is down. Talked to CS no timeframe for return.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 22nd, 2014
Can't log-in to Bovada
Yep. Called CS and evidently its a system wide outage. No timeframe on the return, though they did offer to call me when its back up and running.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 22nd, 2014
1 Million gtd on Winning Poker Network - Effect on US Poker?
Pretty much this. I dealt with Tops for a long time and it was an absolute pleasure. First class company.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 21st, 2014
JJ facing 3 bet and all in?
Man I don't see how you do any thing but call. You're getting a fantastic price to call at better at better than 3:1. You probably have the best hand and there's a chance that they are sharing outs. These are the spots in mtts where you either collect a giant stack or go broke. And you are being well compensated to gamble. Fold and you are left with less than 20bbs. I"m not making a big lay down here. Call and try and win a ~55bb pot.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 21st, 2014
1 Million gtd on Winning Poker Network - Effect on US Poker?
Don't be a moron Showtime. Your post indicates you have no idea of the point he was making. Fast cashout times is ZERO proof that we are in no danger of being acted upon by authorities. And his point about the $1mm guar is legit. Promoting this mtt in the way they are takes balls. We can only assume that the operators of this site are keenly aware of the landscape in which they operate. Considering this, and in light of their actions faced with this reality, it isn't a stretch to say that something seems odd/peculiar about what they are doing. Play at your own risk. Understand the ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 21st, 2014
Help! I suck at having a decent size stack in mid stages
Some great points raised by Gags and Noanswer. Take that advice to heart. To synthesize what they said a bit: pick your spots a bit more wisely. Just because you have a giant stack doesn't mean you NEED to be a maniac. Have a better understanding of your table. Who can't fold preflop' Who can be run over' Which spots can be exploited post flop (then just call pre in position, keep the pot small and move them off their hand on a subsequent street)' Which spots are handcuffed by 10bb stacks' Which spots would I just rather not get involved with' In the beginning stages of a ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 21st, 2014
Is the lack of amateurs at WSOP ME final tables cyclical?
The author is correct. In order to achieve a rebirth of the Main Event, the organizers need to find a way to rekindle the notion of turning a small investment into a fortune. He's also correct that ESPN coverage needs to focus in more on the amateurs or first time participants who make deep runs. Brief interviews with amateur contestants who make it deep could be an amazing testimonial that may influence those (with the means to plunk down the buyin) to finally take that step and spend a summer in Vegas. However I only see that providing limited growth. The real hurdle is the lack of ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 21st, 2014
1 Million gtd on Winning Poker Network - Effect on US Poker?
Didn't get an email but I did see the announcement on their site. A $1mm guar with $500+rake entry. So they need 2k entrants which really shouldn't be that big of a problem considering they are promoting it 6 mos in advance and running satties now. Obv they are trying to generate new players since they can't run a 12k without overlaying. I'm assuming that they'll be advertising again on espn during the wsop broadcasts. It'll be interesting to see if their messaging changes at all. I'm sure they can't come out and promote a $1mm guar tourney. Question is can they parlay this into ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
WSOP ME Hand
Prolly toward the bottom of his shoving range, but still a shove IMO. Likely figured that he had a lil more fold equity that he normally might in that spot due to the implications and could get a lot of Kx hands to fold.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
Krushurdreams WSOP Rail Thread
Congrats on an amazing summer. Just curious about your flat pre. Were you expecting/trying to induce someone behind to come over the top' Or had you just not been 3betting a lot so you thought that flatting would yield max value'
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
Did I donk this AK shove
First of all the hh is confusing as the blinds at the top say 75/150 anyway... Yeah we folding this hand exactly zero times in this spot. If you don't go with this spot (or even consider not going with this spot every single time) then maybe tournament poker isn't for you. You have ~22bbs or whatever. Dude makes a standard open and super shorty shoves, getting in AK is always the right play here 100% of the time. If there is a way to calculate ICM iwth 30ppl remaining I have no idea how to do it. And if there is a way then the results of that exercise are going to be rather useless ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
Did I donk this AK shove
First of all the dude is 25x opening. This must have been some sort of a misclick as he prolly meant to raise to 375, not 3750. So based on that alone we should be licking out chops. As he could have a tonnnnn of hands we absolutely crush. The fact that we see snake lips reshove ~65bbs tells us that he almost never has AA or KK as he's prolly just gonna call if he does. So he could have lots of hands that we are in great shape against. He could have also figured the opener's bet to be a misclick and just trying to iso him with a widish range to capitalize on that. These considerations ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
MTT Day 1a--1b Question
Perhaps that's true in your area. However I'd tend to think about it the other way. I'd expect to see a weaker field on Saturday for a couple reason. One, less people have to take off work to play, lending itself to a higher concentration of recreational players. Also, if the field on Saturday is double the size, then that bodes well. You'll likely find a higher concentration of bad players in the larger field. Instead of having 3, 4, 5 decent/capable players at your table (as you might on friday) you can expect that number might be 1-3 on Saturday. Obv this is just an example ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
How do we get Bovada to implement synchronized breaks?
This for sure. There really isn't any need to anyway. Depositing on there is still really easy. I have no way of confirming this but Bovada is obviously convinced that non synched breaks would keep serious grinders/the best mtt'ers away, as would anon tables and the inability to use any seriously relevant tracking software. I think they were right for a long time on the non synched breaks, but due to the horrid state of online poker in the US, I think a lot of grinders have begun to say fuck it and gotten on board. If we look at anon play and unsynched breaks, I think there is a ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
Daniel Colman on poker.... Wow
JayBizzle raises a great point and I think gets at the heart of the matter. Nothing of what DC said is wrong, but it isn't exactly relevant either. DC is at the top of the poker world, just as Sheldon Adelston is at the top of the casino world and Donald Trump is at the top of the real estate world, etc. Everyone who is tops of in their industry does it on the backs of the working scrub. Sure they have skill and deserve all they have. But that doesn't take away the fact that there are dark corners/unethical happenings that are inherent to their success. All those who are ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 15th, 2014
Money Bubble QQ Player shoves for 40 BB
Well ya for sure. But then in that spot you have to re eval the shovers range cause it is the WSOP ME bubble and random ppl just don't go crazy with marginal hands in that spot.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 10th, 2014
Phil Ivey Leads WSOP Main Event on Day 3
20:1!'!' On second thought, how much action are you looking for WJ' ;)
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TheVillageGrinder
Jul 10th, 2014