Numbnutter

    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Hi there. I'm Chris and i'm from a quaint little village in the middle of England. I started playing poker just over a week ago and found this site not long after. I'm really liking the community feel here, especially the lengths some of the more experienced players go to in order to help the newbies [especially you Veriz ;) ]. I'm usually pretty quick to learn new things, so i'm hoping with all of your help I can be playing to a good standard in no time at all :) .
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    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 1:

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      - I'm off travelling next year and am looking for a way to make money to fund it whilst I'm out there. Initially my only motivation was to make loads of cash, but the more I play the more i'm starting to enjoy all the intricacies of the game. I still want to make money obviously but for the moment i'm just enjoying the learning experience :) .

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      - I hate to be bluffed, which gets me involved in lots of pots I shouldn't be. I'm having a hard time at the moment knowing when I should be reraising and when I should just fold.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      - Tight play means carefully selecting hands with a high probability of winning, and playing them only if you are in an acceptable position. Aggressive means betting hard when you do have the hands, no limping in; just solid raises and reraises.

      Peace. x
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      If you even wont earn with first days then don't let yourself motivate by that. In smaller stakes our plan ain't to make much money anyways but rather learn to play poker.

      If you really don't like to be bluffed then it means that you have a huge leak in your play. With such a attitude you will usually loose a lot of money. Make too loose calls and go too often too showdowns when you couldn't. Calling too light 3bet/4bets/all-ins. You should really try to find a way how you can avoid that and what makes you tilt, the triggers for it.

      Easiest way 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 results. Some may put it higher, some lower. Also after the stop you can spend some time with evaluation part to become better.

      Most of the other weakness you wrote can easily be fixed with you posting hands (analyzing your session). We will start writing feedback to your play. Usually negative feedback will put you into thinking phase and trying to fix all those leaks. It's almost the same as you lose money, you will remember it more than winning part. By this situation it's gonna be that negative feedback you gonna remember and try to avoid them next time.

      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Some more points earned.
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 2:

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?

      I absolutely hate open limping as it's really exploitable, so if I hit a small-medium pair I will generally either bet or fold depending on how tight the game is. Also in very tight games I will loosen my play in the late positions and small blind to steal a few blinds.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.

      NL2 FR - Folding AK preflop

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

      _____Equity___Win___Tie_____
      Hero 46.32% 37.92% 8.41% AKo
      Villain 53.68% 45.27% 8.41% 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Playing PPs can be in long run actually be very profitable, we could even say that you earn the most money with them. You can always try out either you play them profitable or not by check the programs either you are doing great on early position with PPs or not and base according to that. And of course, way to forward with the raise, on higher limits it's even a must to raise with them!

      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.

      About Question #3:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    46.32%  37.92%   8.41% { AKo }
      UTG+1  53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }


      Hopefully you enjoy the School so far. Some more points earned.
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 3:

      Question 1: You are holding K:spade: Q:spade: . What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 3:diamond: 3:club: ? How does the equity change on this flop: J:spade: 5:diamond: 3:spade: ?

      Preflop we're running more or less even, KQs has 50.4% equity vs 48.84% for 33, and 0.38% chance to tie.
      Postflop we're in much worse shape, 26.46% chance for KQ to win vs 73.54% for 33, and no chance of a tie.


      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand?

      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 A:club: J:club:
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BU calls $0.08, SB folds, BB calls $0.06.

      Flop: ($0.25) 2:club: 6:diamond: 3:diamond: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.

      Turn: ($0.25) 5:club: (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.22, BU raises to $0.44, BB folds, Hero...?


      It's a little difficult to say here without more information on BU, as the minraise is a little suspect - this could be a poor player with a pair, or a good player with a decent made hand trying to trap/protect/extract value. If we assume the former, then we could have up to 18 outs (aces, jacks, fours and clubs) and odds of roughly 2.5:1. Compare this to pot odds of 4:1 and we definitely should call here.
      If however we assume that BU already has a decent made hand like a set, two pair or the straight, we might have as little as 7 outs, giving odds of 6:1. We don't really have much in the way of implied odds here either as we bet when the club fell, so our opponent could easily put us on the flushdraw. In this situation it probably would not be profitable to call.

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

      NL2 FR - Flopped trip 10s
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      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 #2:
      There are several occasions on turn:
      a) If we take just odds for the FD and we take into account that all our odds are clean. 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 so that means 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, keep going!
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Getting a bit behind with this, some catching up to do this week I think....

      Homework 4:

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop.

      NL2 FR - AK, rivered TPTK

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      [NL2] 99 right play

      Question 3: You are on the flop with K:spade: Q:diamond: . The board cards are J:spade: ,9:club: ,8:heart: , and your opponent holds 7:club: 7:heart: . What is your equity in this spot?


      Board: 8:heart: J:spade: 9:club:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
      MP3    58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      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.
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 5:

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents.

      NL2 FR - Folded AK preflop with 2 raisers

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      Bad or good call?

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:


      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      Hero($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 :diamond: , 7 :diamond:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3 :diamond: , 3 :heart: , T :diamond: (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) J :diamond: (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      Well there's definitely no way we're folding here, which leaves us with either a raise (for protection) or a call (for pot control). I'm leaning towards the raise: there's not many hands that already have us beat here (only TT, JJ, 33, K :diamond: Q :diamond: or 9 :diamond: 8 :diamond:) but there's many that could outdraw us or may pay us off (A :diamond: x, K :diamond: x, Jx, any KQ or 98, TJ, maybe AJ). The BB seems pretty loose too so it's quite likely he would call us with less.
      If our raise gets called and there's no scare cards on the river then we can probably ship. If we get 3bet then we'll probably have to go broke on the turn.

      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J :heart: , J :spade:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6 :heart: , 9 :spade: , T :club: (2 players)
      Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I think this is a check/call in this situation. The flop didn't really hit much of his range but there's also not too much we can represent either, except maybe a gutshot. If we flopped a set here villain would probably expect us to check/call here too so there may be potential for floating on the turn depending on what card comes up, and maybe we can improve to a straight draw or get lucky and hit another J. I don't think there's too much point in a donk here as we'd probably have to go broke if we get 3 bet, and we could already be behind at this point (AA, KK, QQ make up a big part of his 3bet range).
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 6:

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have either a) freeplay, b) slowplay, or c) multi-way pot situation.

      NL2 FR - Full house in freeplay pot

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      nl10 fr 2pair on the flop

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $25 NL Hold'em (10 handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($25)
      UTG+1 ($25) rock
      UTG+2 ($25)
      MP1 ($25)
      MP2 ($25) LAG
      MP3 ($25) maniac
      CO ($25)
      Hero BU ($25)
      SB ($25)
      BB ($25) calling station

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q :heart: , J :heart:
      5 folds, MP3 raises $1.00, CO calls $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 1 fold, BB calls $1.00

      Flop: ($4.10) 3 :heart: , J :club: , A :diamond:( 4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.10) Q (4 players)
      BB bets $2.05, 2 folds, Hero...?

      What action would you take, and why?

      I think I would have to go for the fold here. The bet from a calling station into a 4-way pot probably means he has the straight here, or at worst AQ/AJ/JJ/QQ. If there was much chance for our hand to improve (i.e another heart on the board) I might consider a call here, but I don't think it will be profitable for us to call otherwise, and a raise is most likely throwing money away (our hand isn't really strong enough to play in such a big pot so we would be raising as a bluff here).
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #5 Done!

      About Task #3
      It's a very close decision: does protection or pot control weigh heavier here? Do you want to protect against hands like 3x or A:dx and K:dx? Or do you want to control the pot size and try to induce a bluff on the river in case there is no T, no J and no additional ?

      Raise/fold is out of question - with the given pot size and the good made hand you have, it can't even be considered.

      In case you decide to go broke, you can't really be blamed either. It's not a sign of weakness that the rather tight small blind decides to bet into two people here, though. I would say a call is to be slightly favored, while the many outs against you are annoying. The big blind who calls rather loosely speaks in favor of a raise/broke again. Both options are finally considered equal, which shows - all things considered - how close and full of variance these spots really are.

      About Task #4
      You've called pre-flop and then hit a good board. You basically have two choices now: either you assume that your opponent will go broke loosely or puts you on a bluff often and you thus check/raise - or you play check/call in the spirit of way ahead / way behind. The problem with the latter is that there are a lot of cards you don't want to see in the later course of the hand. All in all, it depends on your balancing as both lines make sense under certain circumstances.

      A check/fold would be really pointless, of course. It's hard to say whether you should donk-bet here; donk/fold can be discarded as that would turn your hand into a pure bluff and your opponent would interpret this as weakness and start raising you out of flops with hands like AK/AQ/air. So, if you want to donk-bet, it has to be a donk/3-bet.

      Good luck on tables and with the School. Some more points earned.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #6 Done!

      About Question #3:
      Two lines can quickly be discarded here: fold and raise/fold; your hand is simply too strong for those alternatives.

      It's hard to assess whether you should put in a raise here. When a rather passive player decides to bet into three players while being out of position, it does look strong. It's more likely an indication of a made hand than that of a draw.

      A raise naturally protects, but you run the risk of isolating yourself against very strong range. Which weaker hands could your opponent possibly continue playing here?

      The deciding factor finally comes in the size of the pot. This tiny pot simply isn't worth putting yourself into a tough spot where you could potentially end up risking your entire stack. A raise would be overplayed here and pot control takes the precedent over protection.

      Best of Luck on the tables and with the Course. Some more points earned.
    • numbnutter
      numbnutter
      Bronze
      Joined: 21.09.2011 Posts: 139
      Homework 7:

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have played on a 6-max table (short-handed).

      NL2 SH - Bottom 2pair in freeplay pot

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members

      NL2 FR A5s from MP2

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB (Hero) ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 5 :heart: , 4 :heart:
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) 3 :spade: , 2 :heart: , Q :heart:( 4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, CO Raises All-in, BU calls All-in, SB folds, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      After both villains ship the pot is at $21.60, and we have $8.40 left to call, giving us odds of roughly 2.5:1

      If we assume the villains shipping ranges to be something like the following:


      Board: Q:heart: 2:heart: 3:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     36.90%  36.86%   0.05% { QQ+, 33-22, AQs, KQs, AhKh, AhJh, AhTh, Ah9h, Ah8h, 9h8h, Ah7h, 8h7h, Ah6h, 7h6h, Ah5h, Ah4h, Ah3h, Ah2h, AQo, KQo }
      BU     37.15%  37.11%   0.05% { 33-22, AhKh, AhQh, KhQh, AhJh, KhJh, AhTh, JhTh, Ah9h, Th9h, Ah8h, 9h8h, Ah7h, 8h7h, Ah6h, 7h6h, Ah5h, Ah4h, Ah3h, Ah2h }
      BB     25.94%  25.94%   0.00% { 5h4h }


      (i.e. Sets, Ax in :heart: , suited connectors in :heart: , and some TPTK hands and overpairs for CO.)

      ...then we aren't quite getting the right odds and should probably fold this one


      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO (Hero) ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A :club: , K :spade:
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) A :spade: , 4 :club: , 4 :diamond: (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $1.20, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would definitely go for a call here. It's pretty unlikely we're beaten -quad 4's are unlikely, there's a couple of 4x hands in his range but not many, and we beat any other Ax here. Also the board is pretty dry so we dont need to protect too much, and we might be able to make him valuetown himself with weaker aces. We can probably call at least the turn here too, but fold the river to any major aggression.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #7 Done!

      About Question #3:
      In this case, you decided to bet out yourself and two players behind you go all-in. You would have to invest $8.40 in order to participate in a $22 pot, which corresponds to an equity of 27.63%.

      Board: Q 3 2
      Dead:

      Equity Win DrawLoss Hand
      Player 1: 38.538% 38.538% 0.000% 61.462% 5h4h
      Player 2: 14.540% 14.540% 0.000% 85.460% QQ+
      Player 3: 46.921% 46.921% 0.000% 53.079% 22-33

      You get the required odds even when you're exclusively up against very strong hands!

      About Question #4:
      Top pair / top kicker has been and will always be a hand that's tough to play, especially in a multi-way pot. In this case, you've hit a nice flop, but you're up against 3 opponents on a dry board which doesn't allow for any dangerous draws.

      A fold on this board is, of course, too weak. You can't really hit much better and there might be worse Ax hands willing to pay you off.

      If you think that your opponent(s) is/are often willing to go broke on the flop with worse hands, raising might not be the worst of choices. But one thing is clear: if you raise, you have to go all-in on the flop! Raise/fold with your top pair is absolutely out of question.

      Even though this might leave a bitter aftertaste in a 4-way pot, you should play this like a way ahead / way behind spot here - by playing it passive, you will extract the maximum from weaker hands and bluffs while avoiding big losses against stronger hands.

      Best of Luck on the Tables. Some more points earned.