Thursday April 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Jaime Staples, the newest partypoker Team Online member, released two videos with German pro BENCB who helped him review his $5,000 Big Game. Staples was hoping to raise his edge with BENCB, and he has been helping him take his training to the next level.

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Sometimes you need a little training. Who better to help you get your act together by playing tournaments, then one of the top players in the game. BENCB is one of those German pros that cracked the game.

In last decade, the Germans figured out the perfect way to play optimal tournament strategy. Just look at the sick rise of Fedor Holz. How many people bank $20-plus million by the time you're 23?

Why the Germans? They were the ones who could put a human slant on overall strategy, AI analysis, and problem solving software.

BENCB decided to share his knowledge with others with his Raising the Edge training. Jaime Staples, a well-known streamer, has been moving up in stakes the last few years. He wanted to become the best player that he could be, which is why he sought out BENCB's help.

"I didn't have the best approach," said BENCB about moving up in stakes. "That is very natural."

BENCB was uncomfortable, which is a good thing when you move up in stakes, but he also made a couple crucial errors. Mostly about trying to prove your worth.

"You try to prove yourself, and then try to outprove the high stakes regulars. I was over-thinking and over-complicating a lot. I see that a lot with my students moving up to high-stakes."

Staples sat down and cranked out a three-vid series with BENCB. They were going over his play in the $5,000 Big Game on partypoker. They analyzed a bunch of hands and you got to get inside Staples head. You also get to understand how BENCB approaches each decision in a clear and analytical manner.

While going over Staples' starting hands, BENCB said that it's actually good to play tighter when moving up in stakes instead of being super loose. He advised to avoid those marginal situations at first.

"You have to be open to something knew," said BENCB. "It's all about the most profitable play."

AI, in both poker and GO, has been beating the humans by using different strategies. The AI was doing things that seemed irrational and totally wrong to humans. Some of the AI moves went against all of the strategy we learned over the years, but they consistently beat humans. However, humans were unable to make that massive intellectual leap. It's hard to believe in something that you've always seen as wrong.

That's why an open mind was vital for BENCB and the Germans when figuring out optimal strategy.

If you don't know, in the last couple of months, partypoker has aggressively trying to expand their squad of online pros and streamers. They snatched up a couple of disgruntled streamers from PokerStars including Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross. You knew Jaime was headed to partypoker when his brother Matt was added to Team Online.

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