• Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      Hello, I'm Kenta from Japan.
      I started online poker in 2011 with MSS and tried many format and now
      am playing 4NL or 6NL with BSS.
      I want to train to make right decisions and become a good player with
      this school.
  • 13 replies
    • Huckebein
      Joined: 02.09.2007 Posts: 1,136
      Hi Gonchan,

      welcome to the beginners course and GL :)

    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello Gonchan,

      Even if you don't like BSS which most likely wont happen you can always witch back. It's always good to play any kind of format and try out and see how the opponents are thinking. For me it was good that I started with SSS and after switch to BSS I did understand how they do play. Most likely the same with MSS -> BSS.

      Best regards.
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      Thanks for all replies.

      I tried MSS and seems fine.
      Its in relation to my weakness, though, I sometimes lose huge bankroll
      with cheap or tilted mistakes.
      So MSS is also good for my mentality :f_grin:

      However,Its also good to learn the strategy and mind in common between
      BBS and MSS so Ill do my best!
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I have mainly 3 reason to play poker.

      1. I am university student and thinking about study abroad.
      So with learning poker which is played many student abroad, I may communicate with another country student pleasantly.

      2. It's very interesting game. I understood rule with a few hours but the more
      I play it and know what is right decision, the deeper I am absorbed now.

      3. It goes without saying, I want to make money!

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I haven't learn chosen aggression enough yet.

      For example,
      I sometimes make cheap mistakes and lose huge money.
      I have a huge desire to make me win when I should give hand off objectively.

      On the contrary, I sometimes slowplay which is not recommended.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight-aggressive?
      Tight means playing strong hand in probability.
      It enables player to take easy decision.

      Aggressive means bet more than call and check.
      It has 2 good aspect.

      1. I can use fold equity so I don't have to go showdown and win actually.
      2. I can make opponent decide in difficult situation.
      If I bet with good hand and marginal hand, he has difficulty to know my hand
      range so he will mistake more times.
    • BigOVERBET
      Joined: 23.11.2010 Posts: 433
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello Gonchan,

      Most of the other weakness you wrote can easily be fixed with you posting hands. We will start writing feedback to your play. And usually negative feedback will put you into thinking phase and trying to fix all those leaks. It's almost the same as you loose money, you will remember it more than winning part.

      But what about tilt? How do you get along with it? Do you have any system against it?

      Welcome to the Course and Best of luck! First points earned.
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      i had pc trouble when i made backup.
      so i cant play poker till pc is fixed.

      when i get money i often wait for utg and i left table.
      in this spot, i often be loose and sometimes tilt.
      shouldnt i wait and left table once got some money?
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      I have to wait until my PC is fixed and suffer from poker symptoms..
      However, I should have my homework ready by dead line so I post it.

      Here is homework this week.

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than how it is in the BSS Starting Hands Chart, and why?
      I can raise against loose passive MP2 with KJs instead of limp because I often win a pot without flop and even if called, I often be ahead.

      I can do it because SHC ignores villains stats.

      Moreover, I can complete with 46s if many limpers because if hit, I can win a big pot which is called implied odds.

      I can do it because SHC ignores multi limped situation.

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

      My poker soft and HM have gone to void so I can't do this until about Sep.9
      so I will post it later.

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means: 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo?

    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      If you don't feel comfortable then why not to leave the table right after you double-up? It's not a must to stay till the blinds.

      Isolating can be very profitable actually since people on lower stakes take the fast and easy line by just Fit/Folding too much. With that you will earn in long run a lot profit. Which means you can isolate with even wider range, sometimes even with the all range which you could limp.

      Although about hands like 46s I wouldn't recommend playing. Since the hand just doesn't have that good playability. Even if you hit your FD you can easily be against better flush. If you hit your pair, you will never know where you stand. That's why I'd rather advice to avoid playing with such gappers, unless you have any kind of proofs that you are able to play them profitable.

      Hopefully you enjoy the School so far. Some more points earned.
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      I returned from training camp at 16sep and I had made my room prepare for

      So now I can do home work.

      Here is lesson 3

      Question 0: Download and install the Equilab.

      No Limit hold'em $2 (9-handed)
      Players and stacks:
      UTG: $2.00
      UTG+1: $2.08
      MP1: $1.92
      MP2: $1.00
      MP3: $3.06
      CO: (Hero) $2.08
      BU: $2.00
      SB: $2.00
      BB: $1.24
      Preflop: Hero is CO with AJ
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BU calls $0.08, SB folds, BB calls $0.06.
      Flop: ($0.25) 263 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.
      Turn: ($0.25) 5 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.22, BU raises to $0.44, BB folds, Hero...?

      I have FD plus Gutshot and 2 over.
      I have 4 : 1odds and I can call because I have monster draw.
      And if villain has 4x, he cant trash hand even 3th clover come so
      implied odds is also good.
      However, my hand is not strong enough to reraise so I'll choose to only
      And if I call, what should I do on river if I can't hit?

      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.

      NL6 bss fr KK A high board

      Anyway, I was busy because of move to apartment but I become free
      gradually so I can restart poker school.

      Nice to meet you again!
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      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.

      And of course nice to have you back. Although what about the equity calculations? :)

      You are doing great progress! Some more points earned.
    • Gonchan
      Joined: 14.06.2011 Posts: 2,867
      Oh,I forgot to answer question 1.

      Firstly,I have 50.78% odds.
      On flop it decrease, 26.46%

      about Question #3
      It's interesting to think about 2 pattern.
      I had only a)plan and I didn't care discount odds..
      I'll manage to learn it!

      And today I will post homework 4

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have the initiative post-flop.
      6NL AKo TPTK check raised on turn

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.
      NL2 BSS AKo wrong bluff

      Question 3: You are on the flop with KQ. The board cards are J, 9, 8, and your opponent holds 77. What is your equity in this spot?

      I have 41.41%.
      Its sounds interesting because firstly I thought I had good odds.
      However, with rethink I found villains already made pair so they have
      good odds.
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #4 Done!

      This weeks homework was a bit easier. But the idea of that is to help you go through last weeks stuff if you didn't go through everything. Or either way maybe even read some more articles, watch some videos and of course attend in the coaching. What will also help for your game is the evaluation part of other members hands and of course posting your own hands.

      If you have interests you could try calculating the equity with a formula which you can use even on tables(either playing online or live poker):
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity

      About Question #3:

      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
      UTG+1  58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }

      Hopefully this wasn't too easy homework for you. Some more points earned.