Poker Out Loud was created by Solve For Why, an advanced stud poker training company. Solve For Why’s founder and lead instructor is Matt Berkey, a long-time high-stakes poker game professional located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Poker Out Loud is a unique approach to poker training and entertainment. Top poker professionals play a cash poker game format, while all wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Before their actions in each round of betting, each player speaks their thoughts out loud, revealing to the audience their thought process and reasoning behind each poker hand decision.
The draw poker game being played is $5/$10 No-Limit Hold em. The poker game generally plays pretty deep, with most stacks starting above 200 big blinds. They’re playing for real money, and every player has his own action in the game.
The Poker Game Continues - and Heats Up Fast!
Episode 2 gets off to a fast start, with a spicy limp / 3-Bet from Christian Soto in a blind vs blind scenario.
Early on, we also see an interesting multi-way pot develop, as four players see the flop in a single-raised pot. Jack Laskey flops top set with his pocket 5’s on a flop of 5-4-3 with two diamonds.
Both Nick Howard and Jordan Young end up making disciplined folds in this hand; Nick exits the hand on the flop, folding for just one bet with his middle-pair top kicker and straight draw, while Jordan ultimately folds his pocket 2’s open-ender to Jack’s turn bet.
We also then get some quick background info in this episode on former Solve For Why coach, Jack Laskey.
The First All-In Arrives
This episode sees our first all-in of the season, as Christian Soto and Nick Howard get stacks in preflop. Christian opened from the hijack and was flatted by Berkey on the button. Nick was then fortunate enough to wake up in the big blind with pocket Aces.
Nick’s aggressive image early on really paid off for him here, as he put in the obvious 3-Bet squeeze here with AA. Since he already made this same play once before in this short session, along with several other splashy plays, Christian read Nick as being way too wide in this spot, and decided to 4-Bet shove with his King-Queen offsuit. Nick’s Aces hold up, and win him a huge pot in this cash game.
The preflop aggression really amps up, as Nick and Christian clash again soon after. Berkey opens his 8-8 from the hijack, and Nick 3-Bets his A-J suited from the button. Christian continues his aggressive approach against Nick, with a cold four-bet from the big blind with his 6-7 suited. To both Nick and Christian’s dismay, Berkey then shoves all-in with his pocket Eights, ending the poker hand there.
Everyone’s stacks are clearly at risk in every poker hand at this table.
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