Postfop Poker Podcast - Episode 92 - Hand Reading ft Alec Torelli

Alec Torelli of Conscious Poker joins us for an episode devoted to the tricky subject of hand reading. He also tells us some stories from Macau where some of the highest stakes cash games in the world take place, including the famous Big Game. We ask Alec for some tips on hand reading and information about the Hand Reading System he uses. The stratchat hand comes from one of Alec's high stakes cash games and features some advanced hand reading.

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Hand: Live Highroller Cash

Blinds 10/20k HK,  1300/2600 US$ 

Whale (villain) aka VIP, limps in UTG +1

Alec raises to 90k in CO with KQss,  

BB calls and VIP calls. 

Pot: 280K 

Flop: AQ9 r  

BB, VIP checks 

Alec bets 125k,  

BB check raises to 350k, VIP calls  

Alec 3-bets to 1.1m

BB folds VIP calls.  

Pot 2.85m  

Turn 4

Check, check  

Pot 2.85 mill 

River 2

VIP bets 2.3M, Alec calls and wins vs JT! 

Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 91 - ICM and Push/Fold

Ben returns from his trip to Western Australia and his meeting with Captain Quayle, but is definitely a bit rusty when asked to explain ICM. Thankfully Merv is on hand to rescue him. Both hosts struggle without their trusty runsheet, which was deleted by Mike "The Eraser". There's a strat-chat hand (38:21) from long-term patron Grant Thomas, who focuses on survival in an ICM intense spot, when he'd have been better off showing more aggression.

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Hand: Live MTT

$100 Buy in at a 2-day event, with about a $10K prizepool 

22 left of 122 top 12 paid   

7000 Sb 14000 Bb no antes 

Average Stack around 227000 or 16 BB’s 


Hero Stack ~165000 or 12 BB’s  

Villains Stack ~225000 or 16 BB’s 

Villain aggressive and been caught bluffing 3 times.

Hero in the BB, holding Kc Js 

Folds to villain in SB who limp/completes, Hero checks

Pot 28000 

Flop: Qc Jd 10d  

Villain checks, Hero checks 

Pot 28000 

Turn: 6c  

Villain bets 16000, Hero calls

Pot 60000 

River 4c   

Villain shoves All-in, Hero calls

Villain shows 8c 2c for a flush
 

Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 89 - Hero Calling & Folding ft Dean Blatt

Keen cat Dean Blatt joins us for a thrilling episode as we debate subjects such as the Nick Marchington staking fiasco. Dean was the guy who made a video of the now infamous shoegate incident at the WSOP Main Event last month. Tune in for some inside information and check out the video here. Our poser today (22:15) is whether to make a hero call in a hand Dean plays where a villain with a wide bluffing range bets big at a river. The strat-chat hand (53:45) from patron Brannen Hough has us squirming on a river, wondering whether a hero fold might indeed be the right way to go. Minor audio quality issues were experienced during the opening 12 minutes only.

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 86 - Effective Stack Size

Merv & Ben are back with a mid WSOP episode and despite Ian from Canberra winning a trifecta of prizes, there are still more to be won. Tune in to find out how. Our poser is concerned with the importance of the effective stack size including how to think about it in multiway pots. The stratchat hand (23:56) features a river bluff that goes wrong, but that doesn't mean it was a bad bluff...

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 85 - Poker World Record

Zach @TimeTraveler524 Gensler joins us to discuss his upcoming world record attempt to play 120 hours straight hours of poker. You can read more about it here, in an interview with Chris Wallace. As the WSOP warms up, we have more giveaways as well as competition results. The poser concerns the differences between cash and tournament play, whilst the strat chat hand (37:12) features a spot from a $1/2 game where just possibly we might lay down a set. 

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 84 - Trap the Kevmath

veryone's favourite poker nerd Kevmath joins us for an episode that tackles the subject of trapping. The stratchat hand (30:26) is from the recent Triton Montenegro High-Roller series 110K Euro Main Event. We have multiple giveaways including a second chance to win the #villaindependent T-shirt and the "phrase that pays". Tune in to find out more. The interval music you may recognize from the youtube series "Stump the Kevmath". Merv also launches a new career as a bingo mindset coach. 

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 83 - Beat the Board

Tune in to find out how you could win a new PPP inspired T-shirt from www.fullrangepoker.com. After a memorable tease from Merv, we answer a poser about when to bluff at boards which look likely to be the strongest hand. The stratchat hand (18:48) features headsup action from the final stages of the EPT in Prague in 2016 as Crazy Dutchman Jasper Meijer pulls off a successful river bluff. 

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 82 - Livin' The Dream ft Scott Davies

WSOP bracelet winner and global poker star Scott Davies joins us from a chilled out retreat in Panama, where he's getting in some study and practice time prior to this year's WSOP. And what better way to test his skills than tackling a PPP poser and strat-chat hand? Scott explains how to handle two contrasting villains at the same time before dissecting one of Merv's hands...literally? Have a hot cross bun Merv...

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 81 - Knockouts

Merv is selling some of his action in an upcoming Sydney tournament and we wanted to see whether anyone was crazy enough to buy a piece of him. Deathly silence...and then the show really started to pull some punches as Ben proudly posed a poser for himself on knockout tournament strategy. These popular and lucrative games require certain adjustments and there's some groundbreaking new strategy advice buried in this episode. More will be revealed in Ben's Red Chip Poker group coaching session on April 30th and also at pokernerve.com later in the year. The stratchat hand (25:27) comes from a PKO tournament and our new strategy advice is put into practice.

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 80 - Gma Billie's Invitational ft Sarah Herring

Award-winning pokernews presenter Sarah (Grant) Herring aka AuntyChardonnay adds some zing to episode 80, as she tells us stories from her global exploits. Merv posed her a couple of provocative posers, which set the imaginations alight and culminated in a pet-friendly couples fairytale charity final table event in Sydney next year. There was of course strat-chat (46:04) from a tournament hand featuring a hero defending from the cutoff with KJo versus a UTG+1 raiser. 

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 79 - Huge Laydowns 2

It's a while since we covered this topic on episode 37, but a recent hand from patron Brannen Hough prompted us to revisit the theme. There's a poser from Your Poker Mastermind Vol 3 and the stratchat hand follows on at 25:53. 

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Hand: Live Cash

Playing $1-$2 Hold'em up at "Manch-vegas" in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Dealt Kc Ks (2 black Kings)

Raised to $15

Called by 4 players - 2 with position inc the Button, & both blinds.

Button is main villain here, both he & Hero are the bigstacks on the table with a 600BB stack of ~$1200

Pot $75
Flop is monotone - 6c Jc 8c
It checks to Hero, he bets $60, got one caller on the Button.

Pot $195
Turn - Kd
Hero bets out $80

The Button takes a while, then slowly calls.

Pot is $355

River - 2c
Hero takes a little bit to think over his options.
Then checks.

Villain on Button bets $200 with no hesitation this time.

Hero folds…huge laydown


Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 78 - Aussie Millions

Merv is back in Sydney after an exciting time with his press pass representing Postfloppoker at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, so this special episode features a few of his stories and interview clips with the stars and finalists. We have multiple answers to our poser of the week and there's also a hand sent in from a player in action at the end of Day 1c of the Main Event (18:18).

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 77 - Satellites ft Dara O'Kearney

Ben is joined by Merv and Dara who are at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Dara talks about his upcoming book release Poker Satellite Strategy which will be available very soon for pre-order at Amazon. We tackle a poser on satellite strategy before delving in to a hand (38:08) from the 6-max Aussie Millions game played a few days ago with Dara as the hero. Find out more about Dara's news at his blog here.

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 76 - Hero Calling

Merv & Ben are recovered from New Year celebrations in Sydney and present an episode about hero calling. They discuss this hand briefly in the preamble, before the traditional poser and strat-chat hand (21:05), which comes from a Belgium listener Kristoff, who wrote: "Hello, G'day and welcome to my email...". After that piece of comedy, we simply had to feature the hand.

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 75 - Fetishizing the 3-bet ft Alex Fitzgerald

In our second episode on AceKing Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald joins us. We are drawn into a variety of fascinating poker discussions including the subject of 3-betting more preflop. Patron Brannen Hough provides the poser regarding the adjustments we need to make when playing really deep-stacked and he also provides us with an interesting AK hand, that sees us contemplating top pair top kicker in a multiway pot. 

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Postflop Poker Podcast - Episode 73 - Running a HUD

The team confirm an historic PPP Party will take place in Sydney this Christmas as Ben travels to meet up with mighty Merv. This episode features a poser about getting the most out of your HUD followed by a cash hand (26:05) from a familiar felon, er, fellow. We're running short on listener hands, so get your hands in and perhaps have them featured on the show!

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