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Apr 21 2021

Finding A FOLD With Top 2 Pair ($1/$3 Live)

Apr 21 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

It can be tough to find a fold with top 2 pair, especially in a live cash game, but this looks like a prime spot to make a big hero fold after your check-raise gets re-raised on the flop. James & Chris analyze this hand from the Red Chip Poker Discord Server and explain the pros and cons of their proposed lines. *JOIN...

Apr 01 2021

Leak ALERT: Betting QUEENS On An AWFUL Turn Card In A 3Bet Pot

Apr 01 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Are you making this classic mistake with QQ in 3bet pots. Most players would bet this turn card trying to "charge draws" and "maximize value," but this leak can seriously diminish your winrate with one of your strongest preflop hands. In this video, James and Chris review with pocket Queens. Playing 25NL 6max, hero 3bets from the blinds against an UTG open and...

Mar 22 2021

Should You ONLY Call With QUADS Here? Folding Bottom Boat.

Mar 22 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Hero turns bottom full house with 99 only to face the worst action on the worst river card, but the more interesting question is "what should you call with on the river?" Is this a spot with you should only give action with quads, and if so, is hero being too tight by folding this river? In this video, James and Chris review...

Mar 10 2021

The PERFECT GTO Range When Facing 3Bets Preflop

Mar 10 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Check out what the GTO solver suggests doing when you face a 3bet preflop. See exactly what a GTO 4bet range and call vs. 3bet range look like, and how we've simplified the solver output into ranges that you can actually memorize. James and Chris show you the exact solver output from Monker and show off the simple versions included in both CORE...

Mar 01 2021

Leak ALERT. Do You Know Your OVERBET Spots?

Mar 01 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

A great #overbet can print money when done correctly, but do you know when to use this large bet size? Let's analyze a common spot with a nut flush draw and see if you can spot the right time to start overbetting! In this video, James and Chris review a hand posted in the RCP Forum. Hero 3bets with A5s and has to...

Feb 17 2021

Leak ALERT. Folding Two Pair Against An "Obvious" Set?

Feb 17 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

There are times to make big folds, but is this the right spot while holding top #two #pair against a TAG at $2/$5? In this video, James and Chris review a hand recently posted in the RCP Discord where hero takes a fast-play line with top two but wonders if they can find a fold against a likely set? 00:00 Good Morning 00:29...

Jan 28 2021

Leak ALERT. Should You Raise Top Pair?

Jan 28 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Is it correct to raise #top #pair second kicker PLUS a second-nut flush draw? In this video, James and Chris review a hand from the Red Chip Poker Forum played at 10NL 6max. Hero flops a massive hand in a BvB battle, but may have to rethink their flop and turn decisions... 00:00 Good Morning 00:24 Preflop KcTc 01:37 Flop Ts3c2c 07:36 Turn...

Jan 25 2021

BIG Pot With A Small Flush At $1/$2

Jan 25 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

You find yourself in a super deep $1/$2 live game with a small #flush. How big of a pot are you getting involved in? Let's break this hand down and see where hero went right, where villain went super wrong, and get into some strategic intricacies. Concepts include missed cbets, comparing GTO and exploitative approaches to this hand, and why the river bet...

Jan 21 2021

Effective Stacks In Poker | Terminology 101

Jan 21 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Not 100% sure what effective #stacks are in poker? This short video explains what this poker term is, how to think about buying in as it relates to stack depth, and the upshot of being deeper against weaker players. 00:00 Intro 00:30 What Are Effective Stacks? 01:14 Buying In Short vs. Deep 03:14 Wrap Up *CORE* *RELATED LINKS* · Buying In Podcast:...

Jan 18 2021

Leak ALERT. Are You Misplaying All Your MULTIWAY Flops?

Jan 18 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

You raise preflop and get 5 callers. Are you making this common #multiway mistake? Most players do one of two things here: checking with the wrong intention or cbetting for the very wrong size. In this video, James and Chris discuss which play is best on this MW KT2 flop with AK. 00:00 Good morning 00:11 Preflop with AK 00:29 Multiway KT2 Flop...

Jan 13 2021

Did Durrrr Spew on High Stakes Poker?!

Jan 13 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Tom Dwan, aka Durrrr, finds himself in an odd spot with JJ on the new season of High Stakes Poker. Dwan puts in almost $71,000 with one pair, but was it spew against a recreational player? James and Chris break this spot down, pull out the GTO solver, and explain what's going on in this hand. Concepts include why Durrrr's hand has awful...

Jan 11 2021

Leak ALERT. Is Folding Second Pair TOO Nitty?

Jan 11 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Second pair is super awkward, especially when facing barrels. But knowing when to hold on and when to let go is a crucial skill to develop. In this video, SplitSuit and Cwar breakdown a forum hand with pocket Tens on a Jack-high flop facing a cbet and turn barrel. Concepts include 3betting vs. calling TT preflop, how the GTO solver would approach this...

Jan 04 2021

Down Bets (Small Flop Cbets & Big Turn Bets) | SplitSuit

Jan 04 2021 Published at The Poker Bank

Small flop continuation bets are all the rage, but is this a fad or a solid strategy? SplitSuit breaks down these "down bets" and explains how the #GTO solvers feel about them, what kind of players they work well against, and how to start protecting yourself against them. *THE MENTIONED WORKBOOK* *RELATED LINKS* · Pot odds: *FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL* ·...

Dec 02 2020

Calculating Poker Board Runouts (Turn + River Cards) | SplitSuit

Dec 02 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

Do you know how often #runouts will be favorable for you? Knowing how often the turn and river card will help your hand requires just a couple of formulas. In this video, you'll get shortcuts for both (so you can eyeball answers with ease) and practice with some examples like catching backdoor flushes, contending with overcards, and pairing the board when you flop...

Nov 25 2020

Do You Know When To Get All-in With Your Draws??

Nov 25 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

You find yourself in a small SPR pot with a nut flush draw...should you check or bet? What about going #all-in even if it's an overbet? This video breaks down a 1.7 SPR pot with a nut flush draw and calculates the EV of jamming the flop for $800. Would you make this play yourself? 0:00 Small SPR Pots 0:51 The Poker Hand...

Nov 17 2020

How Often Is The Flop Ace High In Poker?

Nov 17 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

While it seems like there's an Ace on every flop when you hold KK, there is a powerful tool to see exactly how often Ace-high flops happen. In this video, I use the Flop Breakdown tool within #Flopzilla Pro and show you how to set up the filters to understand how often these flop textures arise. 0:00 The Setup 1:04 The Flop Breakdown...

Sep 29 2020

The Power of Preflop Blockers in Poker

Sep 29 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

I go over how to build #preflop combinations while taking into account #blockers. *MY WORKBOOK ON POKER MATH* 0:00 What Are Blockers? 1:37 Blockers Exercises 13:37 Leveraging Flopzilla *RELATED LINKS* · · *FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL* · Twitter: · Facebook: · Instagram:...

Sep 17 2020

MASTER Postflop Range Analysis with SplitSuit

Sep 17 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

If you’re ready to study my best courses at your own pace, join today and use the code COINFLIP to save $50 off your first month. Just visit: Enter the code COINFLIP at checkout. Question: I’ve heard you and many others talking about players being at the top or bottom of their range when doing hand analysis. I understand what the terminology...

Sep 03 2020

Building Preflop Ranges With Hand Combinations | SplitSuit

Sep 03 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

I go over how to build #preflop #ranges with #combinations so that you can start understanding the underlying math behind preflop play. *MY WORKBOOK ON POKER MATH* Combos are incredibly important when it comes to breaking down preflop ranges at a more technical level. Especially when ranges, either current ranges or ranges your opponent might give action with, get narrow - having...

Aug 26 2020

Are You Calculating Poker Equity WRONG?

Aug 26 2020 Published at The Poker Bank

0:00 Equity Question 0:57 The 4-2 Rule 3:53 Should I Just Fold? 6:25 Work On Your Math Skills With My Workbook Joe asks: Let's say I am holding QJo in position heads up in a 3-bet pot and the flop comes 2h 5c 9s. Opponent bets 1/2 pot, giving me 3:1 odds. With 2 overcards, I have 24% equity to make top pair...

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