gormless

    • gormless
      gormless
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      Joined: 12.01.2010 Posts: 164
      Hi,

      I'm Martin, thirty something from the UK, married with 2.

      I have played poker online on and off for a number of years before finding this community. I had some understanding of the game, but had massive tilt tendencies.

      I joined this community a couple of years ago.

      I started on SSS, but did not find the game enjoyable so switched to BSS Full ring NL2
      Progressed up to NL25 and seemed to be a winning player (although with minimal volume as I generally only get 1 to 2 hours to play a day if I'm lucky).

      Switched to 6-Max, and although I enjoy the format more than Full ring due to increased action, I am a losing player at the moment.

      I am completely uneasy at almost all aspects of my game, and mindset (making really spewy calls I know are wrong as soon as I hit the button).

      Part of my problem has been not getting involved on here enough, and playing way, way way more than learning.

      I hope that following this course will help me get my mindset and game back.
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    • SvenBe
      SvenBe
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      Joined: 19.04.2006 Posts: 13,108
      he Martin,

      we'll try to give you the focus on all aspects of the game, enabling you to beat the lower stakes. Of course following our homework tasks will help you to achieve this goal.

      Btw, never heared that marriage with 2 wifes is allowed in the UK?
    • XandreW36
      XandreW36
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      Joined: 05.09.2010 Posts: 197
      Originally posted by SvenBe

      Btw, never heared that marriage with 2 wifes is allowed in the UK?
      :facepalm:

      He thought 2 kids, i guess... :D
    • ShadowCasino
      ShadowCasino
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      Joined: 16.09.2010 Posts: 519
      Originally posted by SvenBe

      Btw, never heared that marriage with 2 wifes is allowed in the UK?
      Funny :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin:
    • IngridN
      IngridN
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      Originally posted by ShadowCasino
      Originally posted by SvenBe

      Btw, never heared that marriage with 2 wifes is allowed in the UK?
      Funny :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin: :f_biggrin:
      :D :D
    • gormless
      gormless
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      :D :D

      lol. Yep meant 2 kids obviously.

      2 women = heaven
      2 wives = hell
    • IngridN
      IngridN
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      lmao :D :D
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I love the game, and find it helps me switch off from real life at the end of the day.
      I would love to turn this hobby into a second income.


      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      I still find I am a victim to tilt during bad runs of cards or variance. I find myself calling in the wrong spots and also getting pushed out of pots.
      Even though I know its wrong I still play too long when down trying to win the money back.
      Do not pay enough attention to different players.
      Do not spend enough time studying, or analysing sessions.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight-aggressive?

      Playing tight aggressive is about playing less hands pre-flop, and playing hands aggressively to try and keep the initiative and be in position as much as possible.
    • michellecip
      michellecip
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      Joined: 29.05.2011 Posts: 2,420
      Originally posted by gormless
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I love the game, and find it helps me switch off from the real wife at the end of the day.
      I would love to turn this hobby into a second wife.
      That sounds better ! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:
    • purplefizz
      purplefizz
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      haha! this thread is so epic. sorry to deter from the learning.
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Originally posted by michellecip
      Originally posted by gormless
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I love the game, and find it helps me switch off from the real wife at the end of the day.
      I would love to turn this hobby into a second wife.
      That sounds better ! :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin: :s_biggrin:
      :D :D lmao

      Originally posted by purplefizz
      haha! this thread is so epic. sorry to deter from the learning.
      No worries.
      I wanted to make learning poker fun again :D :D
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello gormless,

      Easiest wait to fight against tilt is to set up stop-loss technique. Which means if you for example have lost more than 3BIs for a session then you just stop the session for some time. The BI amount is set up from your own wanting. Some may put it higher, some lower. And after the stop you can easily just spend some time with evaluating your play.

      Also it already seems that you at least started to do some learning/analyzing path. Poker Course is definitely a very good motivation project for that. :) I am pretty sure you will get better now as long you have a plan to follow.

      Welcome to the Course and Good luck! First points earned.
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Thanks a lot for the encouragement Veriz.

      I do have a stop loss. I set it at 4BI.

      The main problem with tilt for me lately is due to what feels like a pretty prolonged downswing (although I know I am to blame for many lost buyins).
      Since March I have been on a downward slope, running way below EV last 30K hands, but in any case spewing money somewhere.
      I just do not feel like I have the confidence in my play I had before. Maybe that confidence was misguided.

      I think on balance that I am far too result oriented, and attached to hands. Also far too often I find myself calling knowing I'm behind. In short I have lost all rationality at the tables.

      Anyway hopefully I can turn this around with some motivation from this course.

      Here is my horrible graph since March this year :f_cry: :f_cry: :f_cry: :


      By gormlessm at 2011-08-26
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Hehe, those kind of downswings will continue happening. You have to get used to them. There is no way you can flee from them. Sometimes you might even get few months of them, depending on how many hands you have played. I have had over 50k swings which were running like you got the graph.

      Or for example look my run on PokerStarts:


      What do you think of that? :) Practically the red line is at "$0" and green line is ... :)
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than how it is in the BSS Starting Hands Chart, and why?

      The purpose of the starting hands chart is to provide the beginner with a range of hands for any given position or previous betting preflop, that ensure that the player is less likely to get into situations post flop where they need to make marginal calls.
      It may provide greater expected value to deviate from the chart once we have a read on the players and table in general. For example if the blinds are really tight you should raise with a far wider range, perhaps even any two cards.
      If the blinds are maniacs or calling stations our range should be tighter.

      Question 2: Post a hand for evaluation where you have a question regarding your pre-flop play.

      Aq Bb Nl10 Sh

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means: 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo? ( You can either calculate this yourself or use an equity calculator such as the PokerStrategy.com Equilab)

      46%
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Originally posted by veriz
      Hehe, those kind of downswings will continue happening. You have to get used to them. There is no way you can flee from them. Sometimes you might even get few months of them, depending on how many hands you have played. I have had over 50k swings which were running like you got the graph.

      Or for example look my run on PokerStarts:


      What do you think of that? :) Practically the red line is at "$0" and green line is ... :)
      Ouch!
    • dogma18
      dogma18
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      Joined: 08.12.2009 Posts: 340
      This made me laugh so much...please keep updating :)
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Totally agree with you about the stealing ranges. They can be very easily be balanced with even wider range. Depending on the opponent you can as well put a wider stealing range. Against some shorties you can even steal with smaller raise. But don't overdo the stealing situations. Sometimes you might just put yourself into too many difficult spots if opening with marginal hands.

      Hopefully you enjoy the School so far. Some more points earned.
    • gormless
      gormless
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      Cheers for Feedback Veriz. Not made a lot of time for study lately. Will try and pick it back up next week.

      Here is the homework for lesson 3

      Question 1:

      We have 50% equity preflop
      26% equity on the flop

      Question 2:

      Fold.
      Need about 20% equity to call.
      Judging by the play of opponent put him on a range of small pairs, 22-66 giving him either a set or a straight.
      This means that we have just under 20% equity making a call a losing play long term.

      Question 3:

      NL10 AJs 3-way pot IP
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      About Question #1:
      Preflop Equity:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    50.78%  50.40%   0.38% { KsQs }
      UTG+1  49.22%  48.84%   0.38% { 3d3c }


      Postflop Equity:

      Board: J:spade: 5:diamond: 3:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    26.46%  26.46%   0.00% { KsQs }
      UTG+1  73.54%  73.54%   0.00% { 3d3c }


      About Question #3:
      There are few situations on turn:
      a) If we take just odds for the FD and we take into account that all our odds are clean. There which means:
      Total Pot = $0,91 ; We have to Call = $0,22 -> According to that it means we are getting ~4,16:1 odds. For flushdraw we would need 4:1. Which tells us that we are getting perfect odds.
      b) If we consider the opponent having sets here:
      Which means we have to discount outs, for example 6 and also 3. Which means we have 7 clean outs. Which means that we need 6:1 odds. That tells us that we need ~$0,41 on river to make it profitable. If we expect the opponent being loose enough and being able to pay us no-matter what then we can do the Call here properly.
      c) We might even have overcards as outs or even 4 as a out:
      Although this kind of situation ain't that likely. I'd rather discount that one and either pick a) or b). Most likely towards Call.

      You are doing great progress! Some more points earned.