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Thoughts on re-entry and multi-entry tournaments
This really isn't a matter of opinion. Re entries overall are bad for the game. The degree to which they negatively impact the game depends upon which platform they are executed. Since I think most of the discussion has centered around Merge/WPN, let's focus on that. Let's just look at the facts. Re entry mtts have eviscerated the fish. The very worst players went bust very quickly. Not good for the game. It used to be said that anyone who caught some cards/got lucky/ran well for a couple hours could win an mtt. That is FAR less true now. Re entry has also discouraged/deterred ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Mar 14th, 2014
Micro MTTer wanting to get better!
If your end goal is to play hsmtts, then I don't think turbo sngs is exactly what you are looking for at this point, unless you are good at them and just want to use them as bankroll builders. As others have said, I would focus on the 180s (reg speed) and micro/small stakes mtts. If you wanna be able to compete with the best in the game then (IMO) there are no shortcuts. You need to learn how to beat the bad (low stakes) players first. To do this you just need to play a very straightforward, not very creative style. Just keep it simple and be ready to pounce on and profit from your ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Feb 26th, 2014
Bovada Black Diamond Poker Open (BDPO) - $3Million GTD!!!
C'mon man leave us donks alone on Bovada! With no synched breaks, you'll HATE it. Just stick to merge, winning, etc. K thanks! But seriously, I'm convinced that the non synching of breaks is 100% intentional and part of their business plan. They wanted to take steps to make Bovada the home of all recreational players. Or more to the point, they wanted to keep the sharks at bay for as long as possible to allow us fish to thrive as much as possible, enjoy the experience, and not get eaten alive. The steps they followed to keep sharks away: no synched breaks, anon tables, no re entry, less ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Feb 11th, 2014
[FT 12k guaranteed] Could this spot be avoided?
You make some good points and I didn't realize that the bu opener was so short too, so you are right about him having a monster or trash as if he had anything middlingish he'd probably just open pile it in. My problem with the shove is 1) there always is a chance the bu does have a monster and 2) we've identified the sb as tight (and I think the range you assigned to him is pretty spot on) which is my main problem with shoving. He's probably calling us with his entire flatting range which we are in a straight up flip with. So yeah, 56% equity to take a straight up flip is ok i guess, but ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 28th, 2014
Big $109 hand - advice please
meh. I don't see them 5b shoving 88/99 but they might call. And if he was just moved to the table and they have no info/reads, I don't expect a villain to be 5b shoving as a bluff. only diff might be that MAAAYBE they 5b shove AQ, as opposed to folding it to a cold 4b shove. And actually them folding AQ is a fine result. We should be more concerned about what gets 88-TT to call most often and I think shoving accomplishes that.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 28th, 2014
Big $109 hand - advice please
Great explanations by Tyson and Clutch. We can't ever fold here. Shoving is absolutely the right play here and you just got unlucky that you ran into a monster and didn't improve.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 28th, 2014
[FT 12k guaranteed] Could this spot be avoided?
Yeah you have 10bbs and there are two people already in the pot. 77 is snap calling every time. I don't ever shove here to be honest. When you 3bet with a hand like 66 you want to be assured that you have some fold equity and at least some chance of winning with out showdown by forcing people to fold some hands you are flipping with. With 10bb you are simply looking to be first in. what your holding is far less important than the action or non action that's occurred already, your position at the table and who's left to act. You definitely shouldn't be looking to get involved in ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 28th, 2014
I am being Bullied and need advice
Very good advice given here all around. But honestly you sound like you are some what new to the game. If this is the case I think you'd be best served by first mastering a tight aggro style and then branching out and experiment with a looser style. Also keep in mind if a table is playing super fast it's best to kinda hang back and pick ppl off. Mixing it up with a bunch of maniacs isn't the best option esp for someone new to the game. Finally be careful about three balling from the blinds too much, esp early. You'd rather not play bloated pots versus aggro players when oop. Why not ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 27th, 2014
wierd spot with KK early in 1k on ACR
These are spots you look for to get all your chips in. With deep stacks like we have here you will see lots of ppl 3 betting a wide range pre so he has lots of Jx and Tx hands in his range here. To think that we are only up against a set or 8T or a slow played AA is kinda the wrong thought process to have in this spot. In fact, due to him piling that many chips I'd be surprised if he had one of those holdings as I'd expect him to play it a lot slower. And in general in re entry mtts I'm willing to get this many chips in with far far less because ppl are extra willing to gamble so you ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 27th, 2014
Beating Micro
Basically what ZenEnso said. To be successful at poker you need to learn how to beat bad players first. And to do this just follow the guide he gave you. One thing to keep in mind, most players at the micro/low stakes are going to be making a lot of basic/fundamental mistakes. Allow them to do that and be ready to capitalize. As was the basic premise in Harrington on hold em: your profitability can be calculated by the sum of your opponent's mistakes minus your own. What this means in real time at the tables is don't get too fancy with your play. Your opponents will make plenty of ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 24th, 2014
Article: DOJ Approves $82 Million in US Full Tilt Repayments
this. another needless step in the process.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 23rd, 2014
Tough spot w QQ vs flatter who 4bet ships it
Problem is that even getting folds 50% of the time is waaaay optimistic the way the action played out. You have a utg opener and a player making a really strong looking raise vs three opponents. Without some kind of sick history involved, the raiser is like never ever doing this light imo. And surely they aren't doing it light 50% of the time.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 22nd, 2014
Article: Letter Circulating to State Attorney Generals to Ban Internet Gambling in US
He's 80 years old. Why doesn't this fat prick just go live out what ever years he has left in peace. I mean how much more money does he need to live the few measly years he has left' The day he takes a dirt nap will be a day for much celebration.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 22nd, 2014
Thoughts on hand in the Beau Rivage $500k almost on bubble
I'm snap calling. If he has the JT, oh well. You'll still have 10 outs on the river. There are a decent number of hands in his range that you absolutely crush, and probably a few more if he's steaming like you described. That's truly a dream turn for you and how you do anything but wager all your chips is mind boggling. Just curious as to why you'd ever think about folding here'
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 16th, 2014
US online mtt poker schedule
It's not an excuse. It's a reason. And in light of all the belly aching about it and the reluctance of mtt pros/regs to switch over, I'd say it's been effective! They want to attempt to head off and avoid the problems that the other networks have had with liquidity issues, large backing operations and processing cash outs. So far their model has been effective in those regards. Don't expect it to change.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 14th, 2014
Matt Savage- Ask Me Anything?
What's your professional opinion on re entry tournaments' Good or bad for the long term health of tournament poker' Will this continue to be the trend since casinos/tournament sponsors/operators can generate much more rake'
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 13th, 2014
US online mtt poker schedule
Because Bovada wants to be the home of the recreational player. They don't want scores of professional players coming in and fleecing their fish.
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 13th, 2014
Article: Bodog Alleges Former Employee Behind Asia Raid, Presents Documents
Man, I can't follow this story. So Gustafson was CEO of BoDog Asia and didn't realize the nature of the business or in what jurisdictions it was operating' Or this is simply the lame ass defense he is offering up'
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TheVillageGrinder
Jan 9th, 2014
Final table bubble in 12.5k. Advice Please!
Yeah I never meant that b/c isn't the proper line. Just meant that b/f is kinda awful. b/c>c/c>c/f>b/f
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TheVillageGrinder
Dec 28th, 2013
Final table bubble in 12.5k. Advice Please!
Isn't check calling the river always going to be better than bet folding here' I mean esp since we checked the turn it gives him a chance to allow him to think he's value barreling his Ax or continue his bluff on the river.
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TheVillageGrinder
Dec 27th, 2013
Article: 18 States Could Legalize Internet Gambling by 2018
Everytime i read an article about this Illinois is always listed as a state that could be next. What motivates those statements' I live in IL and I have heard ZERO about any type of online gambling law lately. There was some scuttlebutt about in the spring but the Governor basically laughed it off as just "too new" and said he'd never sign it. On top of this IL is a complete embarrassment. They've been talking about trying to pass pension reform for years and can't get it done. The politicians here are really less than useless. I don't see them able to get it done as there likely won't be ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 27th, 2013
Bodog raided? - Calvin Ayre wanted for Arrest?
see last paragraph
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 26th, 2013
Toking dealers a question of profit versus tradition
I don't play live cash much at all because I find it very boring and depressing, so my anecdotal experience may not be very relevant. But from what I've observed I think live players tip way too much. And from what I've seen they all tip when they win a big pot, which in reality, doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I think it relates to weird superstitions some live players have that the dealer somehow influences the run of cards, so they choose to reward that dealer for giving them a big hand. When I go out for a meal or a night drinking, I probably over tip when I get good service. I do ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 26th, 2013
Bodog raided? - Calvin Ayre wanted for Arrest?
Yeah this doesn't sound good. Sounds like the local police now are going to be collaborating with FBI and Homeland security.
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 26th, 2013
Petition - U.S. Players leave Carbon Poker
I agree alot with what BonerAlert said esp. That said Merge will collapse under its own weight because it offers a shitty product. There's like a handful of decent mtts on there worth playing. And now as people depart for so called greener pastures those games will become even less profitable as you'll be involved in high variance pissing contests against the remaining regs who choose to play them. And as the play fields dwindle, so will the guarantees, and the interest of the regs playing in these games will wain. A couple months backs I was given the opportunity to make several ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 17th, 2013
Carbon OPS not living up to the guaranteed $1.5 Million
Yep, this. It's not worth their time. They like high profile cases.
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 14th, 2013
Why do US players still play on Merge instead of moving to Winning
Yep. Welcome to online poker in the USA. 3hr re entry has significantly extended the run time of these events, while also reducing winrates and increasing variance. And on top of this, some networks/skins have decided to ban players that earn too much. It's not a pretty picture. merge is even more of a joke, esp for small stakes. They have some mtts with less than a 1k guars that have 3hr+ re entry. You can ship an mtt and make like 15bux an hour.
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 14th, 2013
WSOP ME 2013! Jay Farber bitter...
He's come off as a tool the whole way through. Hard not to expect a tool to act like that. And wasn't he the one that coolered two people holding AA vs KK' (I believe he was the guy who eliminated Noah Schwartz in an AA vs KK aipf confrontation) In enormous spots. And he held both times for gigantic pots. I'd call that running pretty good myself. Guess he doesn't see it that way. Yeah obv Riess picked up a lot of big hands but he also outplayed him too. If Farber thinks he is actually the best player and just got unlucky, then he has even more to learn about poker than I thought he ...
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 12th, 2013
acr 100k gtd this sunday?
Just beware. The Winning network crashes or gets hacked several times a week. Their payouts are good but just an fyi. If you play on there enough you will be affected by these very frequent shutdowns.
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 8th, 2013
Am i missing something?
Arent they starting up in Montreal now'
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TheVillageGrinder
Nov 5th, 2013