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Old 02-21-2010, 01:47 AM   #91
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Re: Improva's Solving the Poker Puzzle!

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I'm just not stupid enough to post my personal information on a public forum every time a troll asks. Second my coaching status wasn't personally requested for or payed for, I had a number of requests for coaching before I received the title and I was given the coaching status for free because of my contributions to the forums.
Exactly.We still don't have your stats.Please don't make claims on the forum which you are unwilling to corroborate here.Congrats on your free coaching status.


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If this site were more strict, they'd require any one who posts in these threads to have actually read the books before they could comment on them, neither you or Jabbershot have proven you've read the content or given a review of the material. Personally I think any book should be judged on its own merit and not the success of its author, otherwise anything by Phil Helmuth is the best book ever written ... but hey your uNL bankroll can afford that.
I have seen this book now.It's a reasonable work book for a micro stakes level player which is what I thought it would be.I think there's cheaper stuff around of similar or better quality,notably Ed Miller's ebook, which was selling for $65.The fundamentals are available from quite a few training site videos as well.I strongly disagree with coaches keeping their stats to themselves.I think it's very important to know how much credence we can place on their strategy comments.I wouldn't buy this package but if you are a microstakes player with a sketchy knowledge it provides the fundamentals and a structured approach to putting in the necessary work to improve.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:41 AM   #92
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I have seen this book now.
You've been offering the same opinion for so long, why bother to actually look at the book now? I like your psychic reviews better.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:10 PM   #93
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I have posted beneficial stuff;don't buy Let there be range or Baluga volume 1.They are seriously not worth the money.I think it was also beneficial to point out that Ed Miller's ebook is excellent value.In the coaching forum I realise that it's caveat emptor but I think it would be a good idea to require that coaches post at least one active online screen name.
I have read Baluga's book and it is imo the best ebook out there. If I was on a budget and could only have 1 I would go w/ Ed but Baluga's book is great. Why should they post their private screen names on a public forum? If u are too stupid to PM them and not get that info then how the heck do u expect to win in poker. You guys want that info so u can make post like that one jabbershot constantly brings up, guys Im an avg player and someone who one day will be in the market for coaching. Im the avg guy who those posts are attempting to persuade and frankly from my avg perspective I dont give those post any credence. I think they are from player haters." Oh Krantz,Baluga,Ed Miller, Pokey, they all have never made money in poker. Improva is a losing poker player too." No one believes u guys save your breath. Better yet if u want to convince us PM these guys and present your evidence. You wont do it, all u do is parrot PTR stats, like I and everyone else on this site cant look it up ourselves.
U say those that can't play coach, well
those that can't play or coach troll forums
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:33 PM   #94
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I have read Baluga's book and it is imo the best ebook out there.
I think volume one is a serious rip-off.There are twenty-odd pages of six max advice from Baluga priced at $949-odd.It is just fourteen topics dealt with very briefly and in some cases inaccurately.He makes up his own highly confusing definition of 'dead money' and thinks G bucks measures hand v range equity.I actually think ryan fee's free book is better.

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Why should they post their private screen names on a public forum?
If they're selling coaching services they should establish their credentials.It's not just a matter of proving they're not scamming (and I believe someone did that recently on the coaching forum) but it is necessary to decide whether their pricing is realistic.There's also the point of compatibility of playing style.If we could see their vids ot even just rail them then we could decide whether it was type of style that suited our play.At least one active screen name should be given imo.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:46 PM   #95
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You've been offering the same opinion for so long, why bother to actually look at the book now? I like your psychic reviews better.
I judged on the podcast and the 'hole cards covered' video on deuces.If someone comes across as not brilliant then I would expect their book to be not brilliant.Now I can access the book via a poker friend who buys everything is there anything in there you want to discuss?The book is not useless and it will help microstakes players if they do the exercises and the coaching.It just covers the fundamentals and doesn't get very advanced eg Improva advises that suited connectors and suited aces should be played the same OOP and that's all you get.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:47 AM   #96
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Ok now u are presenting a specific arguement, I can respect that and not the random trolling u guys usually do. I saw nothing wrong w/ his presentation of g-bucks. As I understand it's the eq of opp range vs your eq. G-bucks is the eq u have in the range vs that range. Also capitalization of dead money is the 3rd reason we bet. It's basically the money already in the pot when we bet.
Like he said it's not the primary reason for betting it just compliments the first and second reasons val and bluff. Dude read Bobo's bible or his dvd series if u really want to give your brain a workout or be confused. Baluga is a great teacher,not everyones style. Improva is a great teacher also. You gotta remember w/ these ebooks they are not doing like HOC and Ryan Fees.. Ryan Fee's book is great but he tells u what to do like a robot. Improva and Baluga are more like here is how to think.





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I think volume one is a serious rip-off.There are twenty-odd pages of six max advice from Baluga priced at $949-odd.It is just fourteen topics dealt with very briefly and in some cases inaccurately.He makes up his own highly confusing definition of 'dead money' and thinks G bucks measures hand v range equity.I actually think ryan fee's free book is better.



If they're selling coaching services they should establish their credentials.It's not just a matter of proving they're not scamming (and I believe someone did that recently on the coaching forum) but it is necessary to decide whether their pricing is realistic.There's also the point of compatibility of playing style.If we could see their vids ot even just rail them then we could decide whether it was type of style that suited our play.At least one active screen name should be given imo.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:51 AM   #97
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I judged on the podcast and the 'hole cards covered' video on deuces.If someone comes across as not brilliant then I would expect their book to be not brilliant.Now I can access the book via a poker friend who buys everything is there anything in there you want to discuss?The book is not useless and it will help microstakes players if they do the exercises and the coaching.It just covers the fundamentals and doesn't get very advanced eg Improva advises that suited connectors and suited aces should be played the same OOP and that's all you get.
How come everyone has a friend all of a sudden who has every single ebook?
This is like the 5th post I have seen that someone has said that. Im not trying to blow up ur spot but u might as well say Santa Claus gave u the ebooks it would be a little more believeable. Anyway Im not going to go any further than that but the friend angle is played out.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:49 AM   #98
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Ok now u are presenting a specific arguement, I can respect that and not the random trolling u guys usually do. I saw nothing wrong w/ his presentation of g-bucks. As I understand it's the eq of opp range vs your eq. G-bucks is the eq u have in the range vs that range. Also capitalization of dead money is the 3rd reason we bet. It's basically the money already in the pot when we bet.
Like he said it's not the primary reason for betting it just compliments the first and second reasons val and bluff. Dude read Bobo's bible or his dvd series if u really want to give your brain a workout or be confused. Baluga is a great teacher,not everyones style. Improva is a great teacher also. You gotta remember w/ these ebooks they are not doing like HOC and Ryan Fees.. Ryan Fee's book is great but he tells u what to do like a robot. Improva and Baluga are more like here is how to think.

There's a difference between dead money and the 'capitalisation of dead money'.Baluga doesn't understand the distinction.If he does he's used the term 'dead money' wrongly several times.YOU tell Baluga that g bucks is range v range because he doesn't seem to understand that either.At $50 a page this is a complete waste of a chapter.If Baluga is confusing it's because he is being incoherent and inconsistent not brilliant!If I want to go through someone's thought processes I'll pick someone better than Improva and Baluga.That's why I advocate going to the best.Galfond'd vids are good and I actually quite like aejones' vids on leggopoker.There are others but I'm keeping them to myself.I accept Baluga is a good player but I'm not a fan because I prefer the equity based approach and he doesn't do the maths.
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Vol 1 isnt priced at 949$
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:47 AM   #100
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I saw nothing wrong w/ his presentation of g-bucks. As I understand it's the eq of opp range vs your eq. G-bucks is the eq u have in the range vs that range.
You don't understand it either.It's the equity of your range versus villain's range.Galfond wrote an article in Bluff magazine explaining it which I'm probably not allowed to link to here.
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Vol 1 isnt priced at 949$
Sorry my mistake.Not worth it anyway imo.
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Galfond wrote an article in Bluff magazine explaining it which I'm probably not allowed to link to here.
I've linked it before:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker...ine&id=2817110

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There's a difference between dead money and the 'capitalization of dead money'.
Dead money is "the amount of money in the pot other than the equal amounts bet by active remaining players in that pot." (Wikipedia, I know, I know) Baluga says that capitalization of dead money is "making the opponent fold, whether his hand is better or worse, and collecting the money in the pot."

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Old 02-22-2010, 05:03 AM   #103
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Baluga says that capitalization of dead money is "making the opponent fold, whether his hand is better or worse, and collecting the money in the pot."
He gives this example of capitalizing dead money:

Raise in the CO, 4-bet when BTN shows resistance, then shove pre with T9o.

He says "after the button 5-bets, there is a TON of dead money in the pot." Also, the button needs to fold "a relatively small percentage to make the shove correct."
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:42 AM   #104
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OK .. cool, thanks for that example Jabber, nice of you to share the good stuff with us
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:02 PM   #105
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You don't understand it either.It's the equity of your range versus villain's range.Galfond wrote an article in Bluff magazine explaining it which I'm probably not allowed to link to here.
No, he had it right and you've got it wrong.

If you read the article, Galfond describes g-bucks as being your opponent's hand VS. YOUR RANGE.

I recall on the forums a bit of nit-picking that Baluga described g-bucks as the hero's specific hand against the OPPONENTS entire range.

Now obviously, Galfond surely knew that the concept applied both ways, and could have written the article from either perspective. From that standpoint, your definition is just fine too: it works both ways.

So you see, my good friend, you can have a conversation without being reflexively negative, or telling someone they're wrong because they're not using the precise definition you (mistakenly) believe to be correct. It's obvious that Baluga understand G-bucks, even if he chose to illustrate the other side of the equation. So does Joeynumbaz. So do you, for that matter. But you should be careful about telling people that they don't understand something.

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Baluga says that capitalization of dead money is "making the opponent fold, whether his hand is better or worse, and collecting the money in the pot."
I watched the Coaching Tree series. Baluga explains his definitions for things there too. Yeah, he uses 'dead money' to talk about the likelihood that your opponent will fold, or concede his equity share in the pot.

I'm not really interested in this sort of nit-picking. In the videos he makes it very clear what definition he's using. As long as you understand the concepts, I don't care if he prefers to call 'betting for protection' betting for 'thin value.' As long as you understand it.
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