MizrblOldSod

    • MizrblOldSod
      MizrblOldSod
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.02.2008 Posts: 110
      Hello, all!

      This is pretty last minute, but I hope it's still Sunday enough.

      I'm playing poker more or less consistently for 4 years and have finally come to the conclusion that it's about time to get to know to what is it I'm investing my time in. 5 years and stuck to micros is close to something I'm a little ashamed to confess but better just face it and play it straightforwardly from the very beginning. I consider this registration to this course a serious and somewhat last ditch attempt to make it in the game. I find the concept of homework and guided learning very promising and expect it to bear an attractive fruit for me as long as I remain self-disciplined and diligent. I hope the social pressure present in this kind of learning will come to my aid whenever I can't do it myself.


      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker? (Be as vague or specific as you want with this one, but try to think of all the reasons and elaborate on them.)

      Firstly, I think poker is a fascinating way to cover your expenses. Secondly, I like to win, be good at something.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? (What are the mistakes you know you are doing during your games? Are you playing while tired? Are you tilting easily? Want to see the showdown too much? Write as many as you think are affecting you.)

      Occasionally I have difficulties with accepting I'm beat, letting go of hands where I know the opponent hit his 3- or 2-outer. Many times this happens when nothing seems to work in a session and I get frustrated. That's when my WTSD goes high. Also, I have difficulties with putting opponents on hand ranges and estimating my pot equity against it. I often find myself saving money and going into checking mode in borderline situations that may not have been borderline at all.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight-aggressive? (Describe in your own words what playing tight aggressive is, and why does it work.)

      Tight means to be picky with the hands you choose to play. Pre-flop you are tighter the earlier your position is. Post-flop your tightness shows in made hands you choose to continue with and take to showdown. Aggression means betting. It is important to bet enough whether it is for value, protection or bluff and keep the opponents guessing what is it you're betting for. The TAG style is successful because you're most likely ahead with your tight hand range and thus you're comfortable at going all in and winning big.
  • 3 replies
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello MizrblOldSod,

      We don't have any more the time limit. Where do read that we have? :O

      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.

      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.

      Welcome to the Course and Best of luck! First points earned.
    • MizrblOldSod
      MizrblOldSod
      Bronze
      Joined: 24.02.2008 Posts: 110
      Thanks for the advice. I'll give the stop-loss a try.

      Originally posted by veriz
      Hello MizrblOldSod,

      We don't have any more the time limit. Where do read that we have? :O
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/video/18747/ at 13:19
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      I did ask hasenbraten actually to remove the time-limit. :/ Don't know why he didn't remove. We don't have any limit anymore. ;)