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How many times to re-enter?
In general, I'd technically say that as long as you're +EV it's fine to reenter. Of course, defining when you are/aren't +EV isn't as straightforward and easy as saying it. With live vs online I think it's a little different. One thing about live is that you've already committed the time/gas/cost of getting to the tournament, so re-entering a second bullet is in a sense "cheaper" (i.e., the cost of getting there was sunk in the first bullet, so the subsequent bullets don't have those costs). Also, should have a higher ROI live on average and most live players push/fold game isn't that ...
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tyson219
Sep 2nd, 2014
FT 500 guar. want some opinions on 3bet and 4 bet
4b/f is the worst option. Either 4b/get it in with QQ or flat the 3b preflop. With no reads, you have to go with what you think the average person is doing in spots like that. I would think it'd be profitable to go with QQ in that spot, but that requires the villain to be 5 betting with JJ and AK. If you don't think he's going to do that, just flat the 3b and play the hand out postflop.
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tyson219
Sep 2nd, 2014
Deep ITM (170ish left) 2 big stacks (top 20) in The Big $3.30
let's be fair...you're generating bigger pots on the flop. that doesn't translate into anything meaningful. making ranges narrow isn't necessarily good either. especially when those continuing ranges are ahead of your range. fold equity also seems irrelevant here - what are you trying to get fold' The hands that beat you like QQ+' the hands you beat and are worse' i don't really see how "making the fold equity more relevant" is sensible in general and definitely not in this specific spot. Anyway, I'm done with this hand. I hate the line you're proposing, but whatever you think works for ...
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
Line check.
Not really in love with the river bet sizing. It looks like a value bet. You don't get worse hands to bluff catch very often and you also don't get thin value from his range enough. I'd rather go polarized on the river -- either bet smaller (maybe 4.5k-5kish) for thin value or bigger to rep the missed draws that you could have. Given your image, I think you're more likely to get heroed by betting larger. I'd go like 10.5-11k if I was going to bet. b/f makes more sense to me than b/c. Don't think there's that much in his range that check backs flop and then piles river like he did with that ...
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
Deep ITM (170ish left) 2 big stacks (top 20) in The Big $3.30
Yeah...seems like flawed logic to me to be honest. You're committing as many chips as you would commit with a c/c flop and c/c turn. On top of that, you're folding preflop and passing up on all that money in the pot fairly often. I don't see the point of aiming for simplicity and ease of play when that line puts us in a lot of awkward spots and actually makes the turn/river more difficult to play. I think the goal of a hand should be to make money and when you have a strong but not nutted hand, to get to showdown and have a chance to win.
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
Playing live tomorrow could use some advice
Congrats! Nice result, especially for first time playing live in a while
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
Deep ITM (170ish left) 2 big stacks (top 20) in The Big $3.30
There are two reasons I don't like a 4b/f 1) You're committing an additional 12.5k to the pot. I'd rather flat pre for 6.5k (total) and call 8.4k on the flop. It commits the same amount of chips to the pot, keeps all villains air/weaker hands in and we get a flop + turn for the same price. I'd rather flat and play a semi-difficult hand vs a button 3b range than 4b/f pre (or 4b/get flatted). 2) You assume a max loss of 15k. That doesn't account for villain flatting pre. Perhaps villain flats wide in this spot, perhaps he traps, perhaps he does a lot of stuff...but the 4b line will get a ...
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
ICM considerations 3 handed
I don't know guys. I really think we should be tighter here. Quick thoughts: 1) I think your ICM calcs the first time might have been off (payouts are 1560 not 1610, so there's an extra 50 and there's no ante in play -- I assumed 5/10/1) 2) If you look at the correct ICM decision for the HH as listed, it won't be the same as the next orbit. When we lose chips and the SB loses chips, our correct shoving range narrows. 3) If we shove the exact range ICMizer says, we're taking super marginal edges -- for example, making
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tyson219
Sep 1st, 2014
Deep ITM (170ish left) 2 big stacks (top 20) in The Big $3.30
I don't really think all those cards are actually bad news. They may slightly complicate the hand, but they aren't all terrible for us. First of all, there's a difference between villains range and what you're giving him. Unless he's a super nit, he has the same value range you assigned but also a good amount of random stuff. Second, there's a difference between our hand and our perceived range. Villain has only seen us flat the 3b out of position when fairly deep stacked. It's a spot where we can easily have suited connectors, draws, pairs, sets, etc. Unless he has the top of his range or ...
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tyson219
Aug 30th, 2014
ICM considerations 3 handed
This is a really interesting ICM spot. The issue is that ICM is off due to SB sitting out coupled with the fact that ICM is a static view of one hand and doesn't take into consideration how future play is affected. Scenarios: 1) Let's assume we fold until SB is out and lose 6bbs. The ICM value of our stack is $507. 2) We play back against villain and get active a) If we bust 3rd, we get a payout of 375. b) If we split the shortstacks chips, we have 18bbs and big stack has 68bbs. Our ICM value is 507 c) We double up vs big stack and go into HU with 33bbs vs big stack of 53bbs. Our ICM value ...
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Playing 6max FPPs Hypers Satellites or Buying Reward Bonus on Pokerstars
I wouldn't play the 235s since that's close to 175 games and you're taking away from playing at your normal ABI -- the money gained from playing making more than the $600 bonus is probably lost from not playing your normal schedule
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Open Shoving Question...
Yeah, position is paramount when it comes to shoving on a short stack. Here's a good push/fold chart that shows you which hands are profitable shoves from each position based on stack size. This is a good starting point. #gid=3 Every hand listed here will be a profitable shove, but as your stack increases it isn't always the optimal play to shove (i.e., r/f or r/c may be better than an open shove). Nonetheless, it's a good start.
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
MTTs and CREV
It really depends on where you are with your game tbh. If you're still weak with push/fold, preflop ranging and things like that, it won't be nearly as helpful as studying other things. If you have the basic MTT skills mastered, then it can be more helpful in furthering certain skills.
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Poker Coaching and Training Sites Feedback Thread
I'm not really sure to be honest. Online is much easier to review/teach since you have saved HHs and can easily make videos. With live play, you can't make videos of your play and don't have saved HHs, so it'd have to be more lecture format vs reviewing hands. That's more difficult to create, so I wouldn't expect there to be much out there. That said, you can probably watch videos about online play and read some articles about live adjustment and do just fine.
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
What's your move?
Good posts. Open less preflop. Flop cbet or c/f is fine. That board misses a lot of peoples range, so I'd prob stab more often than not. Turn: bet for value and to control the action oop River: call now, but play earlier streets differently to avoid this spot
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Deep ITM (170ish left) 2 big stacks (top 20) in The Big $3.30
I really like this post. Before reading it my advice was going to c/c flop + reeval turn. Raising folds out his air. If you raise to 20-24k and he jams, it's kind of gross since he could do it as a semibluff, overpair, combo draw, etc so it's pretty close to a flip...which seems unnecessary with 70bbs behind on the flop. I'd call most turns and then fold most rivers if villain 3bs at this level. Against more competent regs at higher stakes where triple barrel bluffs are more likely, it's close and depends a lot on sizing + board texture. I could see folding some turns as well as calling a ...
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
On a scale of 1 to 10 donkeys, how many do you give?
I don't see villain showing up here with hands like 55-88 very often (more likely to flat pre). His sizing is really huge, so it doesn't seem light. So I'd expect a call and expect to see a lot of TT-QQ + AK, occasionally KK/AA/AQ and rarely other random stuff. Against that range, you're not doing well so fold pre. 9.12
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Trouble With Playing Cash games when i shouldnt
You're definitely not the only one. Many a MTT bankroll has been busted playing cash games and chasing losses. If you can't self ban yourself from cash specifically, it comes down to will power and controlling urges -- same as with any urges/addictions. First step is definitely being aware of it and admitting it. Unfortunately I dont have any concrete advice to help you, but you're not alone and you're on the right path.
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tyson219
Aug 28th, 2014
Avg All In Equity

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tyson219
Aug 26th, 2014
Should we ever be folding here?
Do you ever expect villain to 3b light on the flop' A lot of my decision process + sizing depends on how he's going to play his air.
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
Mistake in shoving?
The big question is does the villain have a 3b/f range or not' I'd expect not...but given the stakes it's quite possible. I'm not exactly sure what to think about it. Most decent players won't have a 3b/f range in this spot -- especially with a full 3x oop that commits over 1/4 of their stack. I'd generally treat this as if villain shoved since I don't expect a fold very often. Obviously, if you expect differently it changes things a lot. Using that approach, you've committed 1600 and it's approx 15k more to win approx 34.5k, which means you need 43.7% equity for it to be 0 cEV. Given ...
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
Daniel N. Challenge
not sure if you're serious. pretty sure any decent reg here can beat .05/.10 with no problems. I'd snap quit poker if I didn't think I could beat it before RB
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
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Foxwoods WSOP Main Event
Assuming it's a rainbow board, I'd flat the raise and get it in on the turn (i.e., call if he shoves or bet if he checks). Definitely seems like a spot where villain can put pressure on you with a small c/r and you don't have very many options if you missed. I'd expect some value hands but more air or draws (like 54s or K4s or stuff like that).
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
Push Fold Question
The ante is 12.5% of the big blind. The range you can profitably shove changes depending on the total pot -- the larger the big blind, the more money in the pot, the wider you can shove. As a result, there are different charts based on varying sizes of the antes. Most are pretty close to one another, but it does create slight differences. That means if you have 1BB from that position, you should literally be going all in with any two cards (aka "any two"/ATC). In general, the % figure corresponds to the percent of hands you should be shoving. So 4% would be something like 99+, AK while ...
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
Push Fold Question
The ante is 12.5% of the big blind. The range you can profitably shove changes depending on the total pot -- the larger the big blind, the more money in the pot, the wider you can shove. As a result, there are different charts based on varying sizes of the antes. Most are pretty close to one another, but it does create slight differences. That means if you have 1BB from that position, you should literally be going all in with any two cards (aka "any two"/ATC). In general, the % figure corresponds to the percent of hands you should be shoving. So 4% would be something like 99+, AK while ...
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tyson219
Aug 24th, 2014
Nearing final table in "The Big 11" with TT
A few things to think about on this: 1) How often do you actually get it folded around to you on the button/SB allowing you to shove' 2) When it does get folded around and you shove, the chips you gain are only enough to stay afloat one more orbit (technically, not even that much since the EV of the shove is less than that since you'll get called and lose at times). Blinds will also go up and your effective stack decreases. In the end, unless you're getting more than 1 spot like this per orbit, it's not really a viable strategy since it's only enough to keep you alive until you get a ...
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tyson219
Aug 23rd, 2014
Push Fold Question
Not all hands on a push/fold chart are created equal. The hands near the top of the range are going to have a very high expectation (measured in terms of cEV/expected BBs) while hands near the bottom are going to be close to 0 cEV. K9s is a profitable shove, but it's not going to be hugely profitable and, when called, you're always going to be behind. There are tools available from (and perhaps other places) that allow you to calculate exactly how profitable each shove is -- which will give you some intuition as to how good/bad certain hands are.
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tyson219
Aug 23rd, 2014
Nearing final table in "The Big 11" with TT
Yeah, can't imagine anyone being tight enough that TT is a fold here. They'd have to be open folding 77/88 for me to fold here -- and I just don't think many people do that. In terms of flipping, yes, I'd take a spot where I have a large gap between my equity and equity required to call off. It's not a 50/50 flip -- it's more of a spot where you need ~45% equity (haven't calculated, just guessing) and have 52%-55% equity. If it was literally a 50/50 spot, I'd fold. I'd even fold with a
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tyson219
Aug 22nd, 2014
AJo on button facing 22bb 3bet shove on final table bubble
With regards to balance and too large of a gap between r/c and r/f, I generally agree with that. Of course, this is only useful against regs so being unbalanced/having a gap is ok against randoms that don't follow the same set of rules.
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tyson219
Aug 22nd, 2014