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Texas is the one other place Ive thought could be fun. After watching some of Fireman Scott’s videos it looks like action city. He plays super loose but supposedly a big winner, must be good games. Greg Vail also talks about going there to play Pot Limit Big O. I’ve actually been playing more Big O online than anything else.
I've seen Fireman Scotts videos. I think he won 100k in a bad beat jackpot or something and just plays super aggro.

He does have some big winning sessions, but I think overall he is a losing player. The thought processes he has shared in many videos and the hands he goes to war with, in my opinion, are critically flawed.

That doesn't mean in the short-term he can't hit some really big wins, but his claim to be the GOAT of PLO is laughable from what I've seen.
 

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Texas is the one other place Ive thought could be fun. After watching some of Fireman Scott’s videos it looks like action city. He plays super loose but supposedly a big winner, must be good games. Greg Vail also talks about going there to play Pot Limit Big O. I’ve actually been playing more Big O online than anything else.
Alright, at the 9:20 mark in this video, Scott calls off $1,200 preflop with KJ96


Then in this video at 3:30 he's calling a preflop 4-bet in PLO8 with KQJ7 one suit

At 7:40 he's calling a raise OOP with QQ22 in PLO8






Then in this one at 10:45 he is raising pre in PLO8 with AJ86. Of course he flops gold with J6J so he uses the results to justify his bad hand selection




And here he is at the 10:00 mark calling two raises preflop with QJ62 one suit in high only when everyone is deepstacked. He catches lightning in a bottle to justify to himself how great a player he is



I'd love to see him come play in Tampa, I could get that 4th cat Jenn's been bugging me for!
 

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Wow... Fireman Scott... what an idiot.

"Everybody folds except my buddy Russian David... I knew I might lose $1200, but I also knew I might win every chip on the table"

Now I might be bad at PLO. Really bad. But even I know that you do not calculate the chip stacks of the players that folded into your pot odds. :banghead:
 

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Wow... Fireman Scott... what an idiot.
Suffers from delusions of granduer, but also has a bunch of people in the comments that stroke his ego

Not EVERY hand he shows is misplayed, but there's enough of them to know he's a long-term loser in PLO
 

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Alright, at the 9:20 mark in this video, Scott calls off $1,200 preflop with KJ96


Then in this video at 3:30 he's calling a preflop 4-bet in PLO8 with KQJ7 one suit

At 7:40 he's calling a raise OOP with QQ22 in PLO8






Then in this one at 10:45 he is raising pre in PLO8 with AJ86. Of course he flops gold with J6J so he uses the results to justify his bad hand selection




And here he is at the 10:00 mark calling two raises preflop with QJ62 one suit in high only when everyone is deepstacked. He catches lightning in a bottle to justify to himself how great a player he is



I'd love to see him come play in Tampa, I could get that 4th cat Jenn's been bugging me for!
I’ve seen enough of those video already lol. I had the same thoughts regarding his hand selection and whether he actually makes money or not.
 

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I want a death match between @Anthony Martino & @Rhodeman77 for rollz yo! The Nit VS The NutCracker!
We have played a few hands together on WC but Tony seems to look for bigger fish to fry at the casino.

In reality it would probably be a pretty boring match. We play similar styles for the most part. I like to play small ball with lots of small pots and bets to until I catch someone with a monster when they take a stand or a catch a hidden monster.

I think Tony would be able to fold in those spots where others don’t.
 

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Love these updates, Anthony. I had wondered how the entire COVID-19 situation was affecting your game now that games are allowed again. Agreed on the point of if you do something for a living, you really enjoy it less or maybe in a different way.

I'll be following for future updates. I don't know that I could take the stress of playing for a living due to the swings but definitely intrigued in the process.
 

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I don't know that I could take the stress of playing for a living due to the swings
February was definetly eye-opening for me, and it caused me to adjust my daily loss-limit down to handle the swings mentally

I am working my daily loss limit back up now, so we'll see.

But really it's all about 1 or 2 key pots each session most of the time. What's nice about pot-limit is usually you can see a flop and determine to continue based on equities
 

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PLO looks fun and we try to integrate it into our home games with dealer's choice on NLHE or PLO. Would you say the variance in PLO is higher than NLHE or is it just a byproduct of me not knowing my stats yet with PLO hands, draws and redraws?
 

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PLO looks fun and we try to integrate it into our home games with dealer's choice on NLHE or PLO. Would you say the variance in PLO is higher than NLHE or is it just a byproduct of me not knowing my stats yet with PLO hands, draws and redraws?
I think the nlhe games have become tougher and more solved, although there are still shitty players you can make a living off of.

But PLO attracts more gamblers, they make bigger hands more often, so it's exciting. They just carry the hold em hand strengths into PLO and lose. They overvalue two pair, bottom set, non-nut flushes, idiot ends of the straight and underfulls
 
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What PLO book or online resource would you recommend? I keep telling myself I want to take a deep dive into PLO, but then I remember I still have a bunch of NLHE books I haven't read yet.
 

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What PLO book or online resource would you recommend? I keep telling myself I want to take a deep dive into PLO, but then I remember I still have a bunch of NLHE books I haven't read yet.
Jeff Hwang and Rolf Slotboom are what I read and then jumped in and I've done well.

I've heard a lot of people speak well of Jnandez's material, but trying to watch his videos for me is a snoozefest, he just doesn't capture my attention.
 

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Guy playing without a mask, guy with mask over the chin, guy eating a fucking gooey cheese sandwich, and COVID id on the rise in Texas? I wonder why?

I guess I can't blame them though. I think the only thing worse than Fireman Scott's pressing a 3rd nut flush, was the nitty play of a flopped top straight with a boat redraw. Again, I'm not good at Omaha, but was that even remotely a good move to keep calling and never raising?
 

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Guy playing without a mask, guy with mask over the chin, guy eating a fucking gooey cheese sandwich, and COVID id on the rise in Texas? I wonder why?

I guess I can't blame them though. I think the only thing worse than Fireman Scott's pressing a 3rd nut flush, was the nitty play of a flopped top straight with a boat redraw. Again, I'm not good at Omaha, but was that even remotely a good move to keep calling and never raising?
agreed. Guy flops a st8 and 2 p And flats after a clean turn. Then tanks when he boats up. Super nit. Ridiculous. I would kick that guy out of my house.
 

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I think you can give him some small credit for a blocker bet that obviously won’t work in that specific hand. The guy with the flopped straight isn’t too nitty at all if Fireman is an aggromaniac that’ll bet anything and there’s a 3rd player calling along. Let him hang himself. Would Fireman Scott call off a check raise on the turn? River kinda sucks for him going from the nuts to almost the worst full house. Scott or the other player could have had a set already?
 

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I like scott - he bet his qq blockers, with a club draw back up. He took a shot. I like the guy who tried to bluff the river with nothing. Both get invites to my house. While I understand flopping a st8 is a tough hand to hold up, come on. This guy hit a clean turn and had 2p back up. How does that guy get a seat on tv??
 

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I like scott - he bet his qq blockers, with a club draw back up. He took a shot. I like the guy who tried to bluff the river with nothing. Both get invites to my house. While I understand flopping a st8 is a tough hand to hold up, come on. This guy hit a clean turn and had 2p back up. How does that guy get a seat on tv??
It's not really a prestigious show. TCH is Texas Card House, a local to me poker room. They do live streams often on weekends on YouTube. You just have to buy in to make it on the show :)
 

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Forgot to say, I'm not sure if this is the Austin or Houston location but based off the announcer's voice I think its Austin. From what most YouTube poker players have said, the games are action packed in Texas. I grew up here so it's normal to me lol

Wes Cutshall is someone I liked watching. He primarily plays at TCH Houston.
 
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