PZ 82: Split Decision with Mathew “Clayvision” Ossi

Welcome back to the Poker Zoo, now a little long in the tooth but looking to finish strong. We never really left, of course, but I did need a personal break to focus on writing; Dean, my co-host and producer, was suffering a significant personal tragedy concurrently. So, a pause in the action.

We persist now, and I am hoping to do about twenty more poker zoos before moving onto something different – consider this season two. Or maybe it’s season three… why do podcasts have seasons?

To restart, I’m pleased to get back to our roots and talk to members of our poker community, always the primary and original purpose of the Zoo podcast. Mathew Ossi, aka Clayvision or Clayfish, has made big contributions in the OOP Discord for the past year.

We’ll soon be talking to many of the original podcast guests and seeing how they are doing.

With Mathew, I discussed the eternal question of learning poker, focusing on how mixed games can be a great help. Matt is strong mixed player but apparently aware of his weaknesses, mentioning to me after recording that “the real idea behind why O8 is one of my weaker games is because I feel I am misapplying concepts and missing details postflop.”

With split pot games on the mind, we bring up the esteemed Greg Vail, including his surprising essay against bomb pots for no-limit games in the once-ambitious Stacked Magazine. We relate this and other ideas to an interesting bomb pot hand poker legend and troll extraordinaire Abe Limon played.

In the second half we review two hands Mathew played, then close with some related thoughts on limping.

Hand 1

150bb deep 8 players, 3 relevant in hand 1/2nl 6d6h BTN

PREFLOP ACTION: limps to me I limp behind and it’s a literal family pot seems like a pretty standard loose passive 1/2 game at this point

FLOP: 3s 5s 2c Action: SB bets 12, utg calls and I raise to 42, 2 calls

TURN: 8c Action: I bet 65 and get 2 calls

RIVER: 9d Action: checks around

Hand 2

150bb deep 8 players, 3 relevant in hand 1/2nl 6d6h BTN

PREFLOP ACTION: limps to me I limp behind and it’s a literal family pot seems like a pretty standard loose passive 1/2 game at this point

FLOP: 3s 5s 2c Action: SB bets 12, utg calls and I raise to 42, 2 calls

TURN: 8c Action: I bet 65 and get 2 calls

RIVER: 9d Action: checks around

To get in touch with Mathew, find him in the OOP discord group.

Xavier “Vintage” Robles put together the ‘Vision’ photo art to celebrate Matt’s Las Vegas trip.

2 thoughts on “PZ 82: Split Decision with Mathew “Clayvision” Ossi

  1. Welcome back! Enjoyed listening today – best of luck to Matt on his (continued) poker journey. Condolences to Dean and may you know no further sorrow.

  2. Hey thanks for listening man, was so much fun to do it in the first place, hope I hit on a lot of points that you found helpful ☺️

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