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Old 01-22-2016, 12:29 AM   #201
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just to clutter up yur thread with a post hey there buddy
nice selection of liquor there
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:00 AM   #202
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Ever delve down the bourbon road? Van Winkle's pretty good if you can stomach the price.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:02 PM   #203
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This is what run-great looks like

Snow day here in Boulder, thought Iíd avail myself of the opportunity to catch up a bit on the blog. I played this past Saturday and had my biggest winning session ever, $4200 (70 big bets). This was a session in which I won nearly every pot I entered, or else got away cheap. After a little ride on my bike trainer (a bit cold for a run), I got to the Ameristar early, around 2 PM. They just started the 4th table of 30/60, a must-move to the now 3 main games and I get seated right away.

Second orbit, Hero has J2 in BB. UTG limps, UTG+1 raises, 4 callers before it gets to me, not sure I should ever fold getting 13:1, I call ($720). Flop is 322, and SB bets out. Heís fairly bad, could have a 3 or a draw or overpair. I call, no need to force out overcards, all call then button raises. And SB 3-bets! Button likely has a draw, SB an overpair, seems like a good time to cap it ($1290). UTG and button both call as does SB. Turn is an offsuit 9, I bet and get called in all places ($1530). River is an offsuit 7 and only SB calls, MHIG-told me he had 8s, put me on a draw??

I was up lots quickly, $1200 in 30 minutes, $1800 in about an hour and a quarter. Then this happens:

Late 20s guy wearing mirrored sunglasses (need I say anything more-last orbit he was staring me down while he was in the SB, flop comes and heís still staring at me, I point out that itís his action later I ask him if he found my tell) limps UTG, folds to me in SB and I call 32, BB checks. Flop is K22, ck/ck/b; c/r/c. Now seems like a good time to 3-bet. BB is usually a 5-100 player and is scared money but a decent player, he folds, sunglasses stares at me and calls. He calls turn and river as well, claims AA, well-played.

A few hands later its my kill, decent gal opens, I decide to just call with AQ, and weíre heads up to a flop of Jxx, all diamonds. I ask if she wants to do a diamond check even though I know what I have, she laughs and bets, I call, and I call a blank turn. River is 9, she bets one more time and I just call, she has A9 no diamond, didnít think she had that in her. Another hand with her I open KQ from early position on her BB, she crz a 543r flop and bets a K on the turn, which I just call. She ck/calls my river bet, too. No defense against getting there!

Later on, Iím at one of the main games, perhaps the worst calling station in this game posts his missed blind behind the button, I open 76 from button-3, station calls. Weíre heads up to a J95 flop, I cbet and he calls, turn is 8, blank river and he pays off both big streets. Later, one limper, I raise AQ from cutoff, he 3-bets from button, 3 of us see a T77 flop, I ck/call, heads up to a turn thatís another T, he checks this time. River is a 2 and I bet, hoping beyond hope heíll fold an A, but he calls and I roll over my handÖand he mucks! K high?

Finally, itís late and Iím planning to rack up at my BB. Folded to me in the cutoff, I open QQ, SB (decent TAG) 3!, BB calls and I cap ($360). Flop is AKxQ, bet/call/raise; 3b/call/call ($630). Turn is a blank, bet/call/raise/call/call ($990). River is a blank, ck/ck/bet/call/fold, presumably he had AK. I ended up playing another orbit since I was still stacking my chips

The only notable hand I lost at showdown all night was at the first table, I open black AA from middle position, get called by the 5-100 guy and sunglasses, the three of us see a flop of QT6, I bet and get called in both places, turn is a blank, same action. River is another blank, I contemplate ck/calling but decide to bet and get paid by KQ, but 5-100 guy raises, sunglasses folds. Iím getting 11:1 and I want to fold but canít at that price, KJ.

Pretty crazy night, still got home in time to get 7 hours of sleep before running through the snow/slush/mud on the trails on Sunday, soccer game cancelled due to snow on the pitch. The pinched nerve in my back is not yet 100% but it doesnít feel worse when I run so Iím back this season.

Been a somewhat odd year so far at 30/60-I only have 9 winning sessions of 16 since January 1st but 2 of those were huge so my per session win rate remains virtually unchanged.

Gonna go shovel the foot of wet concrete on my sidewalk now, perhaps more later.
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:38 PM   #204
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Hey quantph... you heading out for the series again this year?
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:10 AM   #205
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Hey quantph... you heading out for the series again this year?
Yes, but not until June 10. I'll be there through the 16th. I have a work trip at the beginning of that week, but I planned to avoid the Colossus cluster**** this year in any event. I will play the Millionaire Maker again, hoping for my 3rd consecutive cash. But aside from that I have no agenda this year. Two years ago was my first WSOP when I played mid-stakes limit, and a deepish run in the MM and lots of other 2+2ers made for a great trip. Last year I was on a bit of a mission to play bigger stakes as I was crushing my local game, and I played as big as 100/200 LHE and 75/150 O8. This year might just be 50/100 stud/8 at WSOP or perhaps just a bunch of Rio Deep Stacks, just so I can play something that I can't get at home.

I don't plan on doing a TR this year but perhaps I'll try to throw in some chip/food/greyhound porn in this thread. A bunch of the home game guys will be there so there should be some good eating opportunities. Will you be there BruhKGB? You can identify me at the tables this year easily as I will be wearing this hat:




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Ever delve down the bourbon road? Van Winkle's pretty good if you can stomach the price.
Indeed I do go down that road:



In fact, I drink more bourbon that Scotch now. I've never had the Van Winkle, the price is just stupid. The Bulleit was my favorite for a long time, then somebody gave me a bottle of the Woodford Reserve and I haven't looked back. I'm a big fan of the Templeton rye as well, not so much the Bulleit rye.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:45 PM   #206
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Six days sounds like enough to get your fill. Always fun to be able to place a bet for more than $100, for sure. Remember your playing the O8 game from your previous TR's. I'd imagine you'd still be +EV in that one, especially during the series. Haha... can definitely understand your itch to play something other than the 2 games that run @ Ameristar. No series for me. Changed jobs about a year ago and I'm now on call (basically) every weekend. Sadly, I can count the # of trips I've made up to Ameristar in the past year on one hand. It's brutal! Thinking that should ease up some in the fall and I can make it up more.

Kinda lucked into a bottle of the 20yr reserve Winkle about 4 years ago before the prices went ape ***** on it. Definitely can't afford that now. I've also tried the Templeton and agree it's pretty good.

Hope you catch some run-good and get a deep cash. Maybe you'll even go back in July for one of those DSW main event runs.
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:36 PM   #207
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Hey quantph, have you played the LO8 20/40 w a HK at the Bellagio? How were the mid stakes LO8 games at the series?
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:14 PM   #208
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Hey quantph, have you played the LO8 20/40 w a HK at the Bellagio? How were the mid stakes LO8 games at the series?
No, never played O8 at the Bellagio. But I've been told that many of the 15/30 (was 30/60) players from the Venetian play that game. I guess O8 players bailed on V at some point last year, I saw several of them playing 8/16 O8 (and waiting for some fish to sign up for 15/30) at the Orleans last December. Kinda sad the state of mid-stakes O8 in Vegas now, essentially one table above 8/16 most of the time.

As for WSOP, I think the 20/40 O8 games are always beatable. I have this vague recollection that this was a time game last year, but I mostly played 75/150 last year. 40/80 ran about twice last year while I was there, after running very consistently 2 years ago. I think that's the sweet spot in term of absolute win rate-time was reasonable (even if half the dealers didn't know how to split a pot) and the play wasn't too tough. At the 75 game there's a lot of pros (of mixed skill, there are definitely a couple who are terrible). Judging by the 22 person list for 75/150 on Friday night, it appears WSOP once again do not have enough tables available in the high limit section
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Having never played above 10/20, it kinda makes me nervous, but I guess they're just chips right? Hopefully I run like a saint. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it!
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Tonight's 75/150 O8 game features KK26 one suit limp/3b from UTG. Poker is not dead!

Games have been generally good this year. I busted MM just before the end of level 8, pretty uneventful, twice list big pots with AK can QQ.

Almost forgot: David Sklansky at my table

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Tonight's 75/150 O8 game features KK26 one suit limp/3b from UTG. Poker is not dead!

Games have been generally good this year. I busted MM just before the end of level 8, pretty uneventful, twice list big pots with AK can QQ.

Almost forgot: David Sklansky at my table

80 game at the Bellagio has been so-so.
Some comical play in the 20/40 O8.
Surprisingly aggressive for the average age.
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80 game at the Bellagio has been so-so.
Some comical play in the 20/40 O8.
Surprisingly aggressive for the average age.
I played 40/80 at Bellagio and am about to head over again, say hello if you're around. Re 20/40 O8: the game at the B? That lineup was full of former Venetian regs when I saw it on Monday early afternoon. The 75 game at Rio has been surprisingly soft in comparison to last year, there are a number of weaker players in addition to several very strong ones.
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Yeah, at the B.
Always enjoy the 75 at rio. Saw it was 1/2 last night, this morning.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:01 PM   #215
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Did everyone mass exodus from V when the hiked their rake?
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Old 09-02-2016, 02:25 PM   #216
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I feel extremely let down that Quant has stopped updating this thread! Let's start a petition to get this going again. I mean, it's not like he's busy with a full time job or something like that?!
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Old 01-25-2017, 04:12 PM   #217
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+1... signing DSW's petition for a new update.

Keep stumbling on random jabroni's posting massive chip stack pics on IG from the 2/5 game... hoping you're getting some of that action up in 30/60.
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Damn, I can never manage to complete a post here now, I have one from a few weeks ago almost completed, now another long weekend of poker has passed and Iím gonna try again.

Itís Monday of Presidentís Day weekend, and I really wish I didnít have time to write this post-Iíd rather be playing the final table of the HPT at Ameristar. The HPT is in town, which is always a great thing from my perspective. The main reason is that a bunch of tournament and NLHE donks show up, many of them have heard about the 30/60 game and want to play because 2/5-100 spread limit is weird, most of them suck at LHE. The secondary reason is that the main event ($1650 buy in) here always has a huge prize pool, > $1M and between $200K-250K up top. I try to play when I can, and this time I decided to take a 4 day weekend and play on Friday. I went up on Thursday night to play a satellite, got there an hour after it started and was 50th on the alternate list, decided to go play 30/60 instead. I was up close to my tourney buy in, then couldnít complete a draw while all of my opponents made theirs, I gave it back plus another $1500. Left too early in the morning.

I still managed to get in a run on Friday morning before heading up to Golden Gates to play the tournament. I had a good starting table, only knew one person there from the 30/60 game, heís very good. But half the table was atrocious, I couldnít believe some of the hands that were turned over. I stayed up most of the time, and knocked out 2 players with this hand: guy on my right limps (this is a guy who twice open-limped the button!) and I raise TT. Donkey caller calls from BB, we see a flop of 876 two-tone, BB chks, limper shoves for ~ twice pot, I call, BB now reshoves a bit more which I call. BB has Q9o, limper has A9o, I fade everything and now have chips. No other notable hands, but I did get moved directly to the left of Dan OíBrien for the last 30 minutes of the night. He had a big stack and is now at the FT. I racked up about 125K, just under chip average (30K starting stack, about 20% make it through to day 2).

Day 2 is quick write up: There were 160 people starting day 2, 81 get paid. Despite being very close to median in the chip counts, I was second in chips at my starting table. I knocked out a short stack early, he shoved from the button with 63s, I called from SB with A8o. 3 in the door, followed by A and 8, 8 on the turn finished him off. Half an hour into the level (2000/4000/500) I have about what I started with when this happens: chip leader at our table opens to 8000 UTG, I look down at AKs in middle position and make it 25K, he shoves. I didnít think too hard about calling, figuring Iím flipping. If I fold I have M~9, might be able to ride that out for a cash. If I win the flip Iím in great shape, big chip leader at my table and have a chance to pick off the short stacks and maybe make a deep run. He has QQ, I donít improve and head over to the Ameristar. No real regrets over this decision, I want to go deep in this tournament where the real money is, while a min cash is better than not cashing, I can make min cash money in a good night at 30/60 (and Iíve had a bunch of those lately, more on that later).

Thatís the tournament write up, now to this weekendís cash games. Weíve had a high pressure system here keeping the weather unseasonably warm for the last week or so, up in the 60s. Saturday morning I went for a run in shorts and short sleeves, donít get to do that in February in Colorado very often. I wanted to get to Astar at a reasonable time because the lists were crazy on Friday (~20 on both 30/60 and 50/100, all tables filled by 7 PM) while I was in the tournaments, didnít want to get shut out. I arrived at 430, there was a fairly long list for 30/60 (3 tables running) but open seating for 50/100. The 50 game didnít look great, they were playing 5 handed with 2 very strong players, 2 so-so players and one guy Iíd never seen before, I sat directly to his left. My first hand Iím in the BB with 55, button-2 opens, strong player #1 calls (?!), I donít think Iíve ever seen him do that before, not quite sure what to make of it. Fortunately my decision is pretty easy, the flop comes A55, I chk, opener chks, next bets and I call, opener folds. Turn T, chk/chk?! I bet the river 9, he calls and shows me AQ. He must 3b that 95% in a 6 handed game, and how does he chk back the turn??

Next hand I have A6 in the SB, button opens, I 3b, BB and button both call. Flop is KJ9, k/k/b, I call, BB raises, button folds, I call? Seems okay to peel one here getting 13:1, villain is one of the so-so players, I donít have much experience with him so not a very strong read. Turn is J, I ck/call with nut flush draw. River is an interesting card: K. Now I have nut flush on double paired board against a guy who craised a K-high flop. I think Iím gonna chk-fold here, but he surprises me and chks back, shows me QT for the flopped straight. Clearly running good nowÖ

Very next hand the other strong player opens button-2, I 3b black kings from the button, blinds fold, he calls. Flop is 993, he craises, I donít think he has a 9 but decide to delay raising until the turn because he might fold if I 3b here. Turn is K, I just call, probably should raise in case he has a flush draw. River is a blank and he chk/calls and mucks. Quite a start to a 50 game! One other interesting hand: blind vs blind, Iím the BB against the unknown, he raises and I just call A5s. Flop is A high, he bets, I raise he calls. Turn is a blank, he k/c. River is another overcard to my kicker, so I decide to just check back, he shows K2o (no pair)?! One of us doesnít know how to play heads-up, and itís entirely possible itís meÖ

Played for a little more than an hour, game got even shorter and wasnít that good anymore, so I took my 30/60 seat when it came up, +$2K. The 30 game was short-handed and included Dan OíBrien again. There were a bunch of people moved, and all of a sudden we were down to 3 people. We decided to wait for more people (there were a bunch of call-ins) so I got to chat with Dan a bit, seems like a nice guy. Soon the floor told us he couldnít have a dead table, he was gonna open another 2/5 game if we didnít play and let them rake $1/hand. Only lasted a few minutes before people started showing up, but seems like a terrible idea. There were no empty tables at that time, theyíre really just gonna run 2 30s and 1 50 on a Saturday night?! Iíd guess a 30 table rakes ~$160/hr (32x$5) versus ~$110/hr (22x5, this seems optimistic since not all hands at 2/5 rake $5), seems like they can wait half an hour.

Only interesting hand at 30/60 was this: I open KK UTG, guy directly on my left calls. He was at my starting tourney table and seemed okay, he folded AQ after I 3b him, said Iíd played pretty tight so far. Button 3b, blinds call and I cap, 2 calls, 5 to the flop. Flop is T57, I bet, only BB folds. Turn is 6, guy on my left and button both call. River 2, guy to my left calls, shows 52 . I took a little break after that handÖ Came back and called a raise with 52s in my BB 3-way to the flop, AK5r flop, I k/c, turn 5 I cr, he calls, river Q, same action, he shows me AK. The 52s giveth and taketh awayÖ

I rack up +1200 additional profit at 11 PM so I can get a good nightís sleep before day 2 of the HPT. BruhKGB, you asked for chip porn, this is all profit:


After busting the HPT on Sunday I headed across the street to Astar to play some cash. There were no seats at 30/60 (second table had just opened) but 2/5-100 O8 had a couple of seats so I took one. You may recall that once upon a time this was my main game, at least for a few months. And the game was awesome, forgotten how terrible people play this game, they way overvalue big pairs and sets. Here was my big hand: I open A25Q to 20, 2 calls behind me and BB calls as well, 80 in the pot. Flop is Q43, huge for me. Iím happy to try to take this down right here, I bet 60, first caller folds, next guy makes it 160, BB folds. Only my second orbit so I have no history with this guy but he has another 1K behind, I decide to just call and see a turn. Turn is 8, interesting because I have naked A. I chk, he bets 100, and I decide to take the safe route and simply call. River is A, gives me the wheel. Now Iím not worried about getting quartered, and I bet out, he calls and mucks. Canít imagine what he flopped that didnít include a redraw, maybe a set and a low? He turned out to be pretty terrible, if I had played with him longer I wouldíve played this hand way more aggressively. After an hour my 30/60 seat opened, and I racked up +$400.

I sit down at 30/60 and only recognize half the table, the rest are wearing hoodies and baseball caps, I know itís gonna be good. I post behind the button, it folds to me and I raise T4o, because if it folds to you when you post youíre supposed to raise 100% of the time. New guy on my left just calls, SMH. Blinds fold, we see a flop of Q63 2-tone, and it goes k/k. Turn is a 5, I bet my straight draw, he calls. River 2, he calls, and gives me this incredulous look when I roll my hand over. This is why the HPT is so great, he has no clue about where he is in a hand, because itís limit. Needless to say he busted out 20 minutes later, didnít seem too happy about it, probably told his pals about the donkey who raised T4o and sucked out on him, if only he could get me at NL

All kinds of run good during this session, bunch of my big hands held up:

1-I 3b 99 from the button, flop top set on 2-tone board and bet, BB calls initial raiser folds, I turn quads and chk, he bet/folds river.

2-I 3b KK from the button, crazy LAG calls BB, opener calls. Flop T87, I bet, LAG craises, opener calls, I donít care much for the board texture and just call. Turn is 3, b/c/c. River is K, b/c, now Iím way ahead of 2 pair and raise, LAG tank-folds, opener knows heís beat but only a little more than 1 bet left in front of him so he calls, MHIG.

3-This is my favorite simply because of the villain, heís superLAG, terrible player but thinks heís a boss. When heís on tilt he can showdown with ATC. Always asks the dealer to wash the deck when he loses a hand, which is frequently. Seems like a nice guy though, pretty friendly at the table. SuperLAG opens middle position, I 3b QTs from the button, BB calls, LAG calls. Flop is 689 2-tone, I have backdoor flush draw, BB chks, LAG bets, I call. Turn 7, they both k/c. River 5, same action. Later on LAG moves directly across from me at the table, and he and the BB start talking about that hand and criticizing my preflop raise, as though I canít hear them.

In the other nearly completed post that I hope to complete later I mention that part of the reason I want to resume posting these is because it forces me to analyze my play more carefully-Iím trying to avoid mistakes that are costing me money at the table. I think I played this session very well, the one notable exception is this hand. Kill pot, killer is in the cutoff, folds to me in the BB and I raise AQs, he calls. Flop 875 none of my suit, I k/c. Turn is an Ace, I bet and he raises. Heís a regular, I think heís pretty strong and heís telling me he can beat an Ace. But I call anyway? River is a blank, I k/c, he shows me 96o for a flopped straight. I didnít improve to 2 pair or trips on the river, I think I shouldíve folded, he does not have a whole lotta bluffs there.

Nonetheless, I had an awesome session, made a lot of hands and got paid in all of them. This includes my O8 winnings, in for $1500:



Finally, the elusive orange $1000 chips are here! For as long as Iíve been playing, purple $500 were the biggest available at the cage, but one guy who has been playing for a long time had a bunch of orange chips that he would occasionally show off. Now, apparently 30/60 players have taken so many purples out of circulation theyíre giving out orange chips if you ask now:



Thatís all for now, gonna try to get out in the nice weather. I hope to get back to making these posts on a somewhat more regular basis!
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Nice post. Glad to hear things are going well. If the 50 and 30 games are this good, no idea why you'd bother with a donkament.

It is like one of my online buddies who sits the 75/150 (to whatever they kick it up to) S/8 game at the Rio. It seems like his hourly is insane in that game. Wandering over to play some 1500 or 3K donkament seems like a total waste of time/money.
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Nice post. Glad to hear things are going well. If the 50 and 30 games are this good, no idea why you'd bother with a donkament.

It is like one of my online buddies who sits the 75/150 (to whatever they kick it up to) S/8 game at the Rio. It seems like his hourly is insane in that game. Wandering over to play some 1500 or 3K donkament seems like a total waste of time/money.
Thanks! And I have thought about the tourney vs cash a bit, the reason to play tourneys is to take a run at the big money-$250K for winning this event for a $1650 buy-in. While $250K is not FU money or even just life-changing money, it's still a LOT of money, it'd take a few years of full-time play at 30/60 to win that much. Even 9th place money ($21K) is like 6 GREAT sessions at 30/60. So a few days of tournament play seems worth it. And to a certain extent, I think this "go deep" mentality played a bit into my decision to call what had to be a big hand with my AKs-I think if I win that flip it gives me a top 20 or so stack in the tournament, while it was still early enough that I wasn't even guaranteed to cash, I think that I was at least positioning myself to have a shot at the bigger money.

Also: which mod moved my thread from House of Blogs to PGC? It's been in HoB for 3.5 yrs, if you think it shouldn't be here couldn't you at least ask me if I want it moved (no, I don't, this is where people know to find it now)? Or do you think it will get more exposure in PGC? I have no goals or challenges in poker, except to win ALL the $$$
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