I've been getting asked about the OOP Flop Play series a bit and I'm happy to announce the first theory video is done. These videos are going to be pretty hard to make, and I will not be releasing them one after another as I'll explain in a moment. Either way I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and while it's a bit slower than I'd like (had to make sure we get off to the right start and are careful) I think people will like it a lot.
In other news, as I mentioned before I'm planning on almost all of my videos are now going to be connected. This may change if people need a specific video, but I'm not planning on making a video that doesn't fit in with my overall plan. In other words I'm now going to be like a professor who has every single day of class planned rather than just some guy who makes whatever series or video he feels like (I think I've been somewhere in between in the past). If I am able to make 50 more videos, here is what I'd like to release. I have no idea if I'll be making all of them, working with someone else, or if anything will change, but here is my general idea for now.
-4 videos on preflop play: 2 on theory and 2 using HEM replayers
(one focusing on 3-betting preflop and the other on cold calling
-6 videos on positional flop play in raised pots: 2 on theory, 2
using HEM, and 2 using flopzilla to randomly generate flops and
quickly balance them
- 10 videos on OOP flop play in raised pots: This is going to be a
nightmare series that I eventually want to do and my goal is to make
this the best series for any poker site ever. 4-5 videos on poker
theory, 2-3 videos on "solving hands" with flopzilla, and 3-4 videos
using HEM with the filter "Saw flop = true" and "Last to act on flop =
- 3 videos on OOP turn play in raised pots: 1 theory, 1 flopzilla, 1 HEM
- 3 vidoes on IP turn play in raised pots: 1 theory, 1 flopzilla, 1 HEM
- 3 videos on OPP river play in raised pots: 1 theory, 1 flopzilla, 1 HEM
- 3 videos on IP river play in raised pots: 1 theory, 1 flopzilla, 1 HEM
- 6 videos on 3-bet pots: 2 theory, 2 flopzilla, 2 HEM
- 5 videos on bet-sizing: 3 theory, 2 HEM
- 3 videos on deep play. This is not my area of expertise but I could
do the theory for this pretty easily and I'm sure me and Balbomb could
make this happen.
- 4 videos on random concepts not mentioned above that I wasn't able
to think of right now.
That's the master plan. I have to remake a lot of videos, since whenever a video comes out I get asked "What old videos of your should I watch" and there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in the preflop, 3-bet pot, and betsizing series.
I like the idea of a giant series and theory videos in general for a few specific reasons. The first is I think there are already too many live play videos (across all training sites in general, I don't specifically mean here), and I don't think they age well. I'm a film minor (huge brag I know) and one fact I always thought was cool is when cartoons first came out they lose a lot of money. Cartoons made money because they age so well, and you can basically show a Looney Toons Cartoon now despite the fact that it is very old. I think theory videos get a similar type of return. Yes, theory gets better and players get better, but it doesn't go away. The whole reason I have to update my old videos is people still watch them (I get PMs pretty often) which I don't think almost every happens for old live play videos. No one really wants to watch games from 2009. I think theory videos don't have this problem and retain there value pretty well. In addition, there are literally thousands of live play videos out there right now. If live play videos from several years ago are still relevant, how many more do we need? And if they're not relevant, I don't want my main emphasis to be on videos which people aren't going to find useful 18 months from now. I'd rather focus on the theory/HEM/flopzilla stuff which will age better and give people a better roadmap for learning poker.