[Get your bubble hands analysed here!!!] Coaching: Bubble Basics with akrammon

    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Hey guys!

      Here's the discussion and feedback thread for the new coaching course starting this week. I'm open to all feedback, and you can post relevant questions and/or hands here for discussion.

      Each coaching will consist of a 20-30 min seminar and then roughly one hour of live play. Hopefully this will balance between the value of knowledge that you can receive at my coaching and the interesting/exciting aspect of live play.

      Time Slot and Level: Sunday, 19:00 CET, Silver (4 weeks)

      Value Proposition: ICM is the essential basis of all SnG play. Knowledge of how much our stack is worth and how we can use it to our advantage will determine whether you are a winning or a losing player in the lowstakes, and will be absolutely essential in the higher stakes as well. Everything else is secondary. Many SnG players know this, and have relatively good knowledge of ICM, but few master the concepts really well.

      In this short course we will quickly go through the basics and then we will look at a couple of spots from a more advanced point of view. Emphasis will be put to the understanding of the "hows" and "whys" and the mechanics of ICM instead of memorizing countless Nash tables.

      Week 1: Know your basics! What is EV, what is ICM? What's the difference between chip-EV and $EV? Seemingly simple questions that are hard to thoroughly answer. Introducing the concept of the "Outcome tree" and the "Result of the Outcome".

      Week 2: Playing as the bigstack. What's our advantage and why, how can we use our stack to abuse others? What are the common mistakes that we make as a bigstack on the bubble? What do we have to be careful about?

      Week 3: Playing as the midstack on the bubble. How to approach this situation, when can we take over as a bully, when do we have to hide and just wait to drift into the money? What are the common mistakes and how to avoid them?

      Week 4: Playing as the shortstack. When should we start becoming really desperate? Surprisingly, our stack has some advantages - what are these, and how can we use them? What are the common mistakes and how to avoid them?

      Thank you very much, make sure you post any questions here ;)

      See you in the coaching,
      akrammon
  • 19 replies
    • akrammon
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      Hey guys, don't forget tonight, I've got some cool stuff ready for you! ;)

      Seeya at 19:00!
    • lila28
      lila28
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      Joined: 31.05.2013 Posts: 95
      Hello,

      I joined couching 30 min after start for 45-60min to just check how it goes. I feel pretty confident in my bubble understanding and just wanted check what going on.
      I felt you needed use some more visual examples like your hh in replayer for simpler explaining and simpler understandably. GL.
    • mylove190207
      mylove190207
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      Hi. It was realy great. Open my view of some situations. And don`t worry because of issues. It hapens ordinary lately so I hope people who are responsable for that in PokerStrategy fix that as quickly as they can.

      I`m looking forward for your coaching next Sunday :f_p: :f_p:
    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Originally posted by mylove190207
      Hi. It was realy great. Open my view of some situations. And don`t worry because of issues. It hapens ordinary lately so I hope people who are responsable for that in PokerStrategy fix that as quickly as they can.

      I`m looking forward for your coaching next Sunday :f_p: :f_p:
      Thanks for the positive words, however, atm we don't know that it wasn't on my end. In any case, we'll find a solution until the next coaching, or at least I'll try everything to do so ;)
    • mylove190207
      mylove190207
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      Hi. In my latest session I always have in mind what you say about bubble play and that happen:


      It is no sample (only 20 tournaments) but still nice to see.

      Looking forward for next coaching video from you. :f_cool: :f_cool:
    • akrammon
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      @ mylove190207: I'm glad you are feeling better about your game ;)

      @ lila28: Thanks for the idea!
    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Hey guys!

      I ran a test broadcast yesterday, and everything was fine. I had a lot of programs running on my pc, everything I use during a coaching and a couple of more as well, to see if performance was an issue. It wasn't. Everything was nice and smooth, I really hope it will be the same on Sunday as well ;)
    • mylove190207
      mylove190207
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      I ran a test broadcast yesterday, and everything was fine. I had a lot of programs running on my pc, everything I use during a coaching and a couple of more as well, to see if performance was an issue. It wasn't. Everything was nice and smooth, I really hope it will be the same on Sunday as well

      I told you tat is not your fold ;)

      Maybe it became problem with more and more attenders. So it colaps. Try somehow that or we will see on Sunday. :f_confused:
    • bookai
      bookai
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      Hey akrammon! Last week's training is still gonna be available or were you unable to make it? I eagerly wait for yesterday's!
    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Originally posted by bookai
      Hey akrammon! Last week's training is still gonna be available or were you unable to make it? I eagerly wait for yesterday's!
      I'm not gonna be able to do the first Bubble Basics because (due to the lot of interruptions) my local recordings is a mess. :( :( Sorry about that!

      I'm working on making the second one available as a podcast ;)
    • bookai
      bookai
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      Originally posted by akrammon
      I'm not gonna be able to do the first Bubble Basics because (due to the lot of interruptions) my local recordings is a mess. :( :( Sorry about that!

      I'm working on making the second one available as a podcast ;)
      Is it possible to make a (new) video or article with the general concepts of that first session? I'm sure many people would appreciate this as we weren't around to watch it live. I actually only knew there would be such coaching when I logged on PS and it was nearly over ;(

      I couldn't follow the second one live aswell, but from now on I will, so be ready for noob questions :P
    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Originally posted by bookai
      Originally posted by akrammon
      I'm not gonna be able to do the first Bubble Basics because (due to the lot of interruptions) my local recordings is a mess. :( :( Sorry about that!

      I'm working on making the second one available as a podcast ;)
      Is it possible to make a (new) video or article with the general concepts of that first session? I'm sure many people would appreciate this as we weren't around to watch it live. I actually only knew there would be such coaching when I logged on PS and it was nearly over ;(

      I couldn't follow the second one live aswell, but from now on I will, so be ready for noob questions :P
      I'll definitely look into that ;) Thanks!
    • akrammon
      akrammon
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      Hey guys!

      As I've said in the last coaching, you can post bubble hands from any STT here! I'll start the next coaching with the analysis of these hands! If there are too many - I don't think there will be - I'll select the most interesting ones :)

      Cheers!
      akrammon
    • rmslobato
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      HAND 1

      SB
      16/15/ 3bet 3.9 / #hands 202
      steal tot 27% (51)
      -CO 17% (23)
      -BU 19% (16)
      -SB 58%(12)

      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      4 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com
      $1.32+$0.18

      Stacks:
      CO (2,327) 6bb - 17/12 /fold_BB_steal 80 / #144 hands
      BTN (2,706) 7bb - 17/17 /fold_BB_steal 100 / #74 hands
      SB (2,607) 7bb
      HERO (BB) (5,860) 15bb

      Blinds: 200/400 Ante 25

      Pre-Flop: (700, 4 players) HERO is BB K:spade: 10:heart:
      2 folds, SB goes all-in 2,582, HERO folds


      HAND 2 - First hand on the bubble

      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      4 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com
      $1.32+$0.18

      Stacks:
      HERO (CO) (7,877) 13bb
      BTN (1,356) 2bb - #87hands 10/9/3ebt 2.9 / fold_BB_steal 100
      SB (1,768) 3bb - #243hands 27/15/3ebt 6 / fold_BB_steal 67
      BB (2,499) 4bb - #350hands 12/10/3ebt 1.8 / fold_BB_steal 85

      Blinds: 300/600 Ante 50

      Pre-Flop: (1,100, 4 players) HERO is CO 4:spade: 7:spade:
      HERO folds, 1 fold, SB goes all-in 1,718, 1 fold


      HAND 3

      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      4 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com
      $1.32+$0.18

      Stacks:
      CO (3,160) 11bb
      BTN (3,325) 11bb
      HERO (SB) (4,470) 15bb
      BB (2,545) 8bb - #202hands 16/15/3ebt 3.9 / fold_BB_steal 85

      Blinds: 150/300 Ante 25

      Pre-Flop: (550, 4 players) HERO is SB 2:spade: 6:spade:
      2 folds, HERO goes all-in 4,445, 1 fold


      HAND 4 - I'm not sure about push or minirasing here (because we are covered by SB)

      No Limit Holdem Tournament
      PokerStars
      4 Players
      Hand Conversion Powered by weaktight.com
      $1.32+$0.18

      Stacks:
      CO (4,370) 15bb
      HERO (BTN) (3,255) 11bb
      SB (3,990) 13bb - #hands151 17/12/3bet 7 / vs_steal_fold ( SB 100% (4) | BB 71% (7)
      BB (1,885) 6bb - #hands271 11/19/3bet 6.7 / vs_steal_fold ( SB 89% (9) | BB 92% (13)

      Blinds: 150/300 Ante 25

      Pre-Flop: (550, 4 players) HERO is BTN A:spade: 6:heart:
      1 fold, HERO raises to 600, 2 folds
    • bookai
      bookai
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      Thank you for your effort of putting that video from the first coaching, I'm sure I'm not the only one who really appreciates it! I'm having some trouble with my HM2 since yesterday's update, but I'll definitely post some hands as soon as I can :D
    • bookai
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      17/12 player on a tablet mini-raising 1st position with 7BBs stack:

      Poker Stars, $1.29 Buy-in (100/200 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 2,879 (14.4 bb)
      Hero (BB): 2,730 (13.7 bb)
      CO: 1,390 (7 bb)
      BTN: 6,501 (32.5 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with A Q
      CO raises to 400, 2 folds, Hero ???

      ---------------

      'Mini' 3bet from 13/8 player with 10BBs stack and call from 39/27 small blind.

      Poker Stars, $1.29 Buy-in (100/200 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      SB: 4,290 (21.5 bb)
      BB: 2,423 (12.1 bb)
      Hero (CO): 4,840 (24.2 bb)
      BTN: 1,947 (9.7 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J J
      Hero raises to 400, BTN raises to 800, SB calls 700, BB folds, Hero ???

      ---------------

      54/21 on the CO shoves, 26/16 BU calls (?)

      Poker Stars, $1.29 Buy-in (75/150 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 4,531 (30.2 bb)
      BB: 5,361 (35.7 bb)
      CO: 1,673 (11.2 bb)
      BTN: 1,935 (12.9 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 9 9
      CO raises to 1,673 and is all-in, BTN calls 1,673, Hero???
    • bookai
      bookai
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      32/24 BB with the bigstack:

      Poker Stars, $1.29 Buy-in (100/200 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 2,105 (10.5 bb)
      BB: 7,460 (37.3 bb)
      CO: 1,930 (9.7 bb)
      BTN: 2,005 (10 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with K T
      2 folds, Hero???

      ---------------

      Poker Stars, $1.29 Buy-in (100/200 blinds) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 4 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      Hero (SB): 2,250 (11.3 bb)
      BB: 2,545 (12.7 bb)
      CO: 2,670 (13.4 bb)
      BTN: 6,035 (30.2 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with 7 J
      2 folds, Hero???

      ---------------

      See you later, akrammon!
    • akrammon
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    • bookai
      bookai
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      Hey akrammon, just came by to thank you again for analyzing my hands and the helpful coaching!

      You won't be coaching this sunday, but will you be back after?