Introduction: Analysis of OTB RedBaron Poker HUD
The first two videos in this series are all about Educa-p0ker giving viewers an in-depth breakdown of Baron’s HUD, i.e., going through various numbers for different important factors, such as PFR, VPIP, 3bet, Fold to 3bet, Squeeze, Fold to Squeeze, etc.
A word of warning, the screen can look very intimidating at first, because you’ll see a huge HUD filled with numbers, and it may seem like something that you couldn’t understand, especially if you’re not that experienced with Poker Tracker 4 or Hold’em Manager.
However, Andreas did a very good job taking viewers slowly through each one of these numbers throughout two videos.
One thing that does need to be mentioned is the fact English is not Artinano’s first language. So while he explains things clearly and methodically, his accent can be a bit tough to understand at times, so it’s probably a good idea to be focused while listening to him talking not to miss out on anything important.
In these two videos, we’re introduced to many of OTB Red Baron’s strategy tendencies and educa-p0ker also tries to explain what poker stats are really important to focus on and which ones could be misleading.
He explains how things like VPIP and PFR can be hugely influenced by the fact that a player has been playing a lot in short-handed games, for example, so a certain degree of filtering and separation is needed to get useful numbers.
One good takeaway from these videos, apart from the poker knowledge, is learning a bit about how various filters work and how you can narrow down the information to get exactly what you need.
Of course, this is something a majority of higher stakes players are already familiar with, but there are probably some out there who could use help in this particular area as well.
We won’t go too much into the contents of the video themselves here, but some topics that are discussed at length include OTB_RedBaron’s showdown winnings, his play against c-bet when in position, approach to raises when firing a delayed continuation bet on the turn, etc.
Some of these topics are covered in detail in other parts of the series, but this is an introduction to what comes later on.
Crush The Baron Review: 3Bet Pots Out of Position
The first video in the series after the introductory part deals with 3bet pots when out of position. However, one thing to note is that in this particular course, the order of the videos isn’t that important, unless they make a two-video segment on the same topic.
Each topic is analyzed individually, although there are some touching points with other videos here and there. This means that you don’t necessarily have to watch this particular video immediately after the intro part if you feel you’re more interested in other videos inside Crush The Baron course.
As the name suggests, this part of the course filters out some interesting 3bet pots where OTB_RedBaron is the one making the 3bet, the 3bet is called, and he has to proceed with the hand but playing out of the position.
It is generally one of the toughest situations to be in because you’re playing in a bloated pot and are first to act on all streets, so it is interesting and very educational to see one of the game’s best cash game players in action.
In this video, educa-p0ker also gives some advice on how to filter out the relevant information when exploring your Hold’em Manager database, which is definitely helpful in terms of working on your own game and learning how to isolate spots you’re interested in looking more into.
As for the contents of the video, there are quite a few interesting hands looked into in an attempt to create a strategic plan for playing in 3bet pots OOP based on OTB Red Baron’s poker strategy tendencies.
What hands he’ll rather check instead of c-betting, despite having a fairly high c-bet percentage in these spots in general. How does he balance his betting and checking ranges in these spots?
There is really a lot of good learning material in this video and it should definitely help anyone having problems with 3bet pots. Seeing how OTB_RedBaron approaches these spots with weaker draws and vulnerable hands are probably the most interesting part.
OTB Red Baron Poker Strategy: Big Pots’ Analysis
Two videos in the course deal with analyzing some of the biggest pots played by OTB_RedBaron and this is probably the most entertaining part of the Crush the Baron course series, although entertainment isn’t the goal here.
In these two videos, Andreas goes through a number of big pots listed on the High Stakes Database site and tries to analyze them in detail. Inside the videos, you’ll get to see hands played against some of the game’s best-known players, including none other than Phil Ivey.
In general, it is believed that big pots aren’t where the player’s focus should be because these are often created in spots that could hardly be avoided and don’t matter as much.
However, educa-p0ker still takes on several interesting hands where huge pots have developed and explain that things aren’t always as black and white as they may seem.
There are different spots worth looking into covered in these videos, such as big pots with an overpair played against a draw or a top pair types of hands. There is also one very interesting hand played against Ivey, where, despite having a bottom set, Ivey doesn’t necessarily need to go broke against OTB_RedBaron if he assesses his range correctly.
Entertainment value aside, this part of the Crush The Baron course offers some deep insights into how to construct ranges when involved in a big pot and how to lose less in hands that could be interpreted as coolers by most.
Once again, it is impossible to read the entire OTB Red Baron’s strategy from this limited sample of hands, but these videos do provide very good insight and a basis required to create a solid general plan founded on a deep understanding of the game and opponents’ tendencies.
Being able to utilize the general tendency to over-call in certain spots, for example, OTB_RedBaron is able to maximize his profit in big pots where some other players would opt for a more conservative line.
Crush The Baron Course: Probe and vs. Delayed Cbet
In this particular video, Andreas explains how this is an important segment for understanding The OTB Red Baron’s general game plan and how he divides his game into different segments.
There are various spots in 6-max Texas Hold’em, and it is important to focus on those parts that will help you grow as a player.
After a short introduction, the video continues to look into different spots where the initial raiser decides to check back on the flop.
When this happens, there is clearly an opportunity to put pressure on your opponent. However, there is caution required, and you need to know what to expect if you do decide to bet. How likely is your opponent to raise? What should you be doing on the river when called?
Andreas tries to break down Red Baron’s range of hands for this particular segment of play into several categories:
- hands strong enough to check-raise on the turn
- hands he will lead out on the bigger side
- what kind of hands he tends to bet smaller, etc.
Apart from looking into hands themselves, educa-p0ker also analyses how OTB_RedBaron approaches different board structures and utilizes some general tendencies to his advantage with a help of poker software.
For example, if people tend to over-fold on small boards, this is a good spot to lead out on the turn after a missed continuation bet.
The video also deals with delayed c-bets, i.e. the situation where the opponent skips the bet on the flop but proceeds to fire a bet on the turn.
Looking into various hands from the OTB RedBaron poker strategy, we get a sense of how he plays some general situations with some good examples of really strong hands as well as some medium and weak holdings.