darrenrudolph

    • MrS212i
      MrS212i
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      My name is Darren Rudolph. Im a South African and am 25years old. I've been playing poker for just over 3years, but most of that time I focused on tournaments. I spent most of my time playing at Piggs Peak casino, because it is the easiest to cashout as they deal in Rands and directly with my Bank.

      Over the last few months I've played about 30k-40k CG hands on Pokerstars. I'l do ok for a while, then ashamed to say this but, loose it back and more sometimes playing when Im drunk at the wrong games/limits. I know I shouldnt be doing this, but have done it 3times already over the last two months. Though, I am working on this and think cash games are a very important aspect in a poker players career. Actually drinking way less nowadays which is really good news for me physically and financially! So the bulk of my hands played at Stars has been at NL5, about 28k hands with a winrate of 3.2 BB / 100 BB. When I played previously, I was playing to make money, and I think this distracted me alot cause you cant really make money at these limits. I've realised it's more of a stepping stone in one's career. So my goal ATM is to make two stacks a day ($10) until my BR has reached $300, before I move to NL10. This should take another two weeks cause Im currently on $155 BR.

      Hope this is a valid introduction and Im looking forward to the course! :s_biggrin:
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    • IngridN
      IngridN
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      Joined: 02.03.2011 Posts: 12,162
      Hey Darren,

      Welcome to our Beginners course! Glad to see you here as well :)

      Wish you best of luck and looking forward to see your homeworks!


      Happy Sunday
      Ingrid
    • MrS212i
      MrS212i
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      Joined: 03.02.2011 Posts: 595
      Lesson1

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      Since I began watchin poker on television, I fell in love with it. I enjoy the adrenaline which is produced, and the mind games that can be played. I enjoy the fact that, over time, you can exploit players weaknesses! But my biggest motivation would probably be, to become a professional poker player! I dont like having to wake up so early to go work and come home late with all the other sheepish humanoids!

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      I think my biggest weakness is playing to much of an ABC game. I sometimes fold too many hands, and I also struggle from time to time with that bastard, TILT!

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

      In my opinion, this style of poker, is to be very selective of the hands that you play. Then you need to play those hands pretty aggressively!
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      Poker is a great hobby and of course if you want to become even a pro poker player then it's definitely worth trying. It has so many different good things with it like traveling, not waking up too early, etc.... :D

      Well, for the beginners I would rather advice to stick to the ABC poker. You can very easily beat the limits with following the chart. It basically teaches you to get the understanding of preflop & postflop play which will be needed in future if you widen up your range and play more looser. But of course if you feel folding too many hands then you can as well try out posting the hands and see what kind of help you will get on them and what should you do other way. Usually that will help. :)

      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.

      Tight style is usually called playing rather few hands. Like following the Starting Hand Chart. Aggressive should be also pretty clear that already the word says how you should be playing. But the problem playing aggressively is that you have to watch that you don't play too aggressive. Find good spots, find good targets. About The tight-aggressive strategy you can read in this article: "What is the Big Stack Strategy?"

      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Some more points earned.
    • MrS212i
      MrS212i
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      Joined: 03.02.2011 Posts: 595
      Just ran so bad! $14 below EV. Loosing with 3 sets in 75min is demotivating> have been running kinda bad today so I decided to go to NL2 but lost with another 2sets there and decided to leave rather :s_cry:

    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Yeah, I feel ya! Those kind of runs really hurt. :( And you can't really do there much than ignore it and continue your a-game. If you will think of them too much you will just start tilting and which will have the affect you loosing even more money.
    • MrS212i
      MrS212i
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      Joined: 03.02.2011 Posts: 595
      can you pls help me with the layout/ content for homework 2
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by darrenrudolph
      can you pls help me with the layout/ content for homework 2
      You mean this link?
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/strategy//1994/1/