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AskThePRO with Dustin Dorrance-Bowman

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This week's special guest: Dustin DDBeast“ Dorrance-Bowman

My name is Dustin Dorrance-Bowman and I've been playing professionally for 7-8 years. While my most noteworthy performances have been in high stakes MTTs and 6/9man SNGs, I've also excelled in HU SNGs, as well as live HE/PLO cash. I have a WCOOP bracelet, along with many major final tables, including a WSOP event. In addition, I've contributed 60+ videos on BluefirePoker, and have been doing private coaching for some time now.  Currently I play live cash/tournaments and some online play on Bovada.  In non poker time, I've helped start up Hummusphere Foods, and I enjoy soccer, rock climbing, and playing jazz piano.

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Scarmaker: Hey there Dustin, thanks a lot for doing the AskThePRO! :) With a graph as awesome as yours is, one might not really notice the swings and long breakeven stretches even though there sure are plenty. What was your worst one and more importantly, how did you manage to deal with it? Thanks!
April 2, 2014 11:30
I had a pretty bad swing ($40-50k) before Black Friday happened. It kind of felt like a win since I liquidated my Full Tilt roll before it disappeared anyway. But I guess the joke is on me since we actually got paid out. Usually when those swings happen, I take a break from poker, focus on studying/reviewing hands to confirm that I'm not totally crazy and terrible at poker and wait until I'm excited to play again, rather than dreading to grind out another losing session.
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Scarmaker: Also, I do post this question every time and I am very interested to read yor answer - what are the main leaks that other regs have that you think you have made the most money off?
April 2, 2014 11:30
Regarding SNGs, regs are just insanely nitty and predictable (limp/fold the SB too much, never check/call 3 streets, never c/r light, etc). In MTTs, players don't resteal nearly wide enough, push/fold too tight, and lack enough pf aggression in general. I also feel like people are way too concerned about balancing their ranges against rec players that will never know and regs that they will never play more than 1k hands with.
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blender803: hello there!what`s your strategy against the opponents psychological speaking? i mean how do you observe your opponents?it`s easy for you to catch someone who is bluffing?thank you
April 2, 2014 11:38
I am always trying my best to think from their perspective. Often I run into students thinking on a high level, but incorrectly assuming that their opponents are on that level which can lead to really bad results. You have to get inside their head and figure out what their trying to do, and then counter that strategy. This is particularly important in live MTTs when image is so important (ie being ready value bet super light and snap off bluffs when my image is crazy).
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blender803: what do you think about preflop game?how % do you think that preflop play influence your game?
April 2, 2014 11:39
Preflop is extremely important in MTTs when the majority of your time is spent with 20-30bb stacks that are rarely seeing flops. Mastering solid pf strategy (blind stealing, 3Betting pre, resteals, shove/fold) is the most important aspect of tournament play.
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blender803: what do you think that is your "factor x" if i can say in poker?[something that makes you better:P]
April 2, 2014 11:40
Ah yes, the indescribable. There are plenty of solid regs that play well in review, but there is definitely something to be said for those tournament players that make the best decisions in-game/in the and are completely aware timing/image/gameflow/live reads. Yeah I'd say factor-x is that ability to just have that indescribable feeling that your opponent 'has it' and make that big fold.
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SanderSmets: I wanted to ask how you coop with downswing, but it seems in your graph that problem wont occur to you! So... What was your happiest moment in your poker career?
April 2, 2014 12:53
I think I answered Q1 already, as far as happiest poker moment, I think when I won my WCOOP bracelet. I was really playing well (although honestly looking back, I play much better now) and I really enjoyed that series but had lots of 20th-30th finishes, so it was cool to final table one, and then take it down.
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pLAYERsvk: hello, i would probably be interested in coaching for HS 9man sngs, but my questions is whether your knowledge of the game currently is relevant since the last 9man sng you played on stars was in march 2011. Are you still familiar with todays games?
April 2, 2014 15:02
Yes, valid point, particularly as pretty much all SNGs are hyper turbos now. I don't do much HS SNG coaching now for that reason, especially when yes, it will be very opponent-dependent with a small pool of players. I am quite confident that I could make anyone a winner in small-midstakes, but most HS SNG players are grinding out rakeback at this point. Regarding MTTs, I feel very familiar with the current state of games. I do play on Bovada, in addition to live MTTs, and I run through tons of hand histories for videos or working with students
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ozziwar: Hi Dustin! Impressive results graph! What was your biggest "aha-moment" in MTT poker online? What took you to that next level so to speak. Also, do you like Willie Nelson?
April 2, 2014 15:22
Probably a long time ago when I was just a tourney donk, but instead focused on watching cash/HU videos. Then, I learned when to attack weakness (barrelling when people check coordinated boards, raising over weak sizing, etc), developed better hand reading, and 3B more pf. And I would be ashamed to call myself a Texan if I didn't like Willie Nelson.
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sirmagor: Hello, Do you have a girlfriend, and if yea, what she is seying to your tournaments and mostly to online playing? thank you
April 2, 2014 16:46
Yes, I have a long time girlfriend of 2yrs+. I have always been extremely fortunate in that my family/loved ones has always supported my decision. It is not just pure luck, however. I think they support me because they are confident in my decisions and ability to stay in control. If you approach it very professionally, they will be much more likely to trush/support you.
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maded1: Hi Dustin, how are you? My question would be, do you ever had problems with folding good hands like AA on scary flop or 2 bottom pairs and so on. If you had similar problems in the past or now, how you deal with it? Can you give some advice how to deal with such a problem? Best of luck, bye.
April 2, 2014 17:45
I had a really bad case of 'wants to win every pot syndrome.' It's particularly bad in live MTTs since you're one-tabling and bored often. In fact, I FT'd a WSOP event and busted 9th place when I made a pf call all-in that was simply horrendous ICM-wise for this reason. It helps to not think about this big pot that you're missing out on, but rather think of how much money you're saving by not getting involved in that spot. Don't get concerned with being behind the chip average, just make the best decision in every single spot. Just know that you don't have to win every single pot!
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Scarmaker: It looks like you are very skilled in several (very) different formats, could you tell us a little bit on how did you become so good in such a variety of games? :)
April 2, 2014 18:44
I guess it happened out of necessity. I game-selected like no other. I was just looking for the most profitable spots (highest hourly). If there was a Step 7 $2100 about to start full of those who sattied in from step 1, that is not something I want to miss out on, so I learned the ICM dynamics of that structure. If there is good HUSNG action, I want to get in on that as well. Locally, there were insanely juicy HS PLO games, so I learned PLO. These work with each other. Playing Heads up helped me develop hand reading skills. Learning different ICM structures helped me get a good grasp of MTT bubble and FT dynamics.
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MillerSTGT: What did you do before you started playing poker? And what would you probably do today if you havent discovered it?
April 2, 2014 19:13
Let's see, I worked at a dog kennel, delivered phone books for a summer, went to college and got turned on to poker then. That's a good question and I am not sure at all. I would like to think that I would still be doing something creatively self-employed, I just really prefer to work for myself rather than someone else. I do enjoy cooking and playing piano, doing those professionally would be a possibility.
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SanderSmets: Do you remember one of the sickest bad beats you ever had? And how did you react to it?
April 2, 2014 20:14
Hmmm probably the worst was late in APPT Cebu. 20 left or so, I get it in pre with AA vs KK/QQ for so many chips, almost a guaranteed top 3 finish. He flops quad Ks and I'm crippled. What can you do? All you can do is laugh, and say that's poker, and remember this luck factor is the reason these profitable games exist.
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masuronike: Do you play also 6max hypers or just non-hyper sngs?
April 2, 2014 20:19
I did play hyper sats back in the day, but not nearly as much as regular turbos.
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pitr: Hello Dustin. How did you started you great career ? What was the first impuls to start ?
April 2, 2014 20:24
I kind of have the same story often heard. I donked around with friends for $10 games in high school, turned 18 and started playing online. I totally sucked, but I realized the opportunity that was there and began to approach it professionally, read as many books as possible and became active on forums. I started at stud high/low I think, then played the 15/30 limit holdem on party, built a roll and eventually shifted towards tournaments since they seemed to be the most profitable.
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SanderSmets: How much time did you put into studying/improving your game compared with the time you spend actually playing poker?
April 2, 2014 20:51
Probably 90/10 studying/playing, although it should probably be closer to 60/40 if you're starting out or trying to move up the stakes.
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SanderSmets: How do you review your hands the best way in your opinion?
April 2, 2014 21:09
There's pretty much no situation you can't figure out mathematically. ICMizer/SNGwiz is great for pf situations. Post-flop, flopzilla is an incredible tool. Using that and simple excel calcs, you can figure out pretty much anything. Of course it's also good to bounce hands off of other good players (or coaches), but just be sure that these players are solid and not giving you bad advice.
 photo ddbeast April 2, 2014 21:53
catacata20: hello. I want to ask about how do you improve your game? do you use some software? which ones? and about slightly +ev spots? what do you chose to do in a, lets say +0.10% EV or smaller spot? how do you establish when to take this small +EV spots? (based on aggressivity of the players, position, other). And I want to ask you about post-flop play. How do you establish the frequents to x/r or to rise to a donk bet as a bluff on the flop ? what percent represent your bluffing range on the flop? (I would like an example or to if is possible based on the other players stats ). I would like to ask you much more but I am still struggling with those aspects in my game. Thank you very much and I am sorry for my English! I wish you all the best and regards from Romania! Cheers!
April 2, 2014 21:18
Holy Questions! I think first one is answered above. Regarding minimum edge, my default is kind of around that +.1% or +.75bbs. Here are some factors may make me adjust that: Field strength: pass up small edges in weak fields where you're likely to get your money in very good, and the opposite for strong fields. Playing for stacks: ICM is always an issue in tournaments, risking your stack always has some added risk Stack depth: Are we risking a 20bb stack or a 50bb stack that we're 5Bing all in with? We need a significant edge to risk the 50bb stack. ICM dynamics: On the bubble? of course this can be computed if you have the structure, but it is complicated if you're not at the FT Stack utility: This is important. Recently I had a student with a big stack 4handed at the final table. He got jammed on and it was a clear call with his hand, however if he lost that pot, he is no longer the big stack and his opponent now has the reins. He would be missing out on stealing the blinds a HUGE percentage of the time, if he preserves his large stack. A less dramatic version is let's say you have a 40bb stack. You can make a thin call and go up to 65bb or lose and go down to 20bb. Your utility with the 40-65bb change is very neglible but the change from 40bb-20bb is huge. I guess to answer your other question, I would play aggressive and not stop, until your opponent gives you reason to (adjusts). I am usually balancing my aggression by only doing it with some sort of equity or a hand that has some barrelling equity. Ex c-betting QJdd on 932r with a BD flush draw and planning to continue on any diamond, 8/T/K/A. I can then adjust that range to include more or less hands depending on how stubborn I think my opponent will be in that spot.
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Thank you all for the questions!
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Scarmaker: Thank you very much Dustin for doing the AskThePRO and as always, thanks to each an every one who came by and posted at least one question! blender803 takes $20 for the best question this week :)
April 3, 2014 11:19

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