halfbrit

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    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello halfbrit,

      Welcome to the Course! Hopefully you will enjoy around here.

      If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, we will be around for you. Meanwhile good luck on tables, we will be waiting for your homework.

      Best Regards.
    • halfbrit
      halfbrit
      Bronze
      Joined: 09.03.2009 Posts: 21
      Hi Veriz,

      Thank you for the welcome.

      Just finished the podcast on the coaching, and I have one question:

      In it, you seem to play a larger range than advocated for beginners, is it due to the fact that you usually play at a higher level?

      For now, I'm just focusing on memorizing the SHC, and trying to be patient when I don't see anything for a long time.

      For now I play on one table, is this strategy more suited to multi-tabling?

      Homework time:


      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I like the mechanics of the game, I tend to like those kind of things where you start a bit awkward and get better with time.

      I like the fact that it is never boring for long. Even if you don't see anything, there are always other people getting hands and upping the action.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      When I am in the middle of a dry run, I can be impatient.

      I used to get on tilt because of bad beats. As I didn't take any recently, I don't really know if this is on check.

      My last weakness is that when I have won a fair amount (around 1 buy-in), I tend to play scared-money.

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

      In my opinion, to play tight agressive means to choose to play only the range of hands having a good probability to be the best hand at the end, and bet enough to outbeat the fact that you won't play often, or make your opponent pay enough to outdraw you, that the amount you win overall outweigh the amount you lose.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      In it, you seem to play a larger range than advocated for beginners, is it due to the fact that you usually play at a higher level?

      Well, usually I am trying to stick to the chart but of course at some points I might loosen up my range, especially on late position where we can steal looser. The higher your skill becomes the more you will adjust your game according the table/opponents/actions.

      For now, I'm just focusing on memorizing the SHC, and trying to be patient when I don't see anything for a long time.

      Easiest way is just to print it out and use it during the game. :)

      For now I play on one table, is this strategy more suited to multi-tabling?

      Nah, not really. Just would before you start multitabling try like 2 tables then when used to it then add another table, maybe up to 4 tables.

      Impatience is actually a huge leak for a lot of poker players. You have to find yourself a way how you gonna ignore it or make it disappear. Try every time remind yourself! Forcing into your life to be more patient in any activity you do, not only poker. Force! Force! Force! Always remind what you came to do and the patience will just help you earning more salary not the opposite. The more you practice, the more you will get used to it and even at some point realize that you even ignoring 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.

      Some of the weakness you wrote can easily be fixed by 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.

      Also about playing scared money, with experience you will get used to it and more skilled and of course more comfortable. If you are new to poker then it's very common that you are kinda scared, especially when moving up the stakes.

      Tight style is usually called playing selected 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?"

      Hopefully you will enjoy the Course. Some points earned.
    • halfbrit
      halfbrit
      Bronze
      Joined: 09.03.2009 Posts: 21
      Hi again Veriz, (or everybody else for the matter)

      I'm posting for a hand analysis.

      First question: do I post this in my thread, or in the usual hand analysis forum?

      Well, for now, here is the hand.

      Situation: I'm in BB, villain is at CO. He tends to play a lot and aggressively.

      The Elephant HUD for beginners confirms that. I've seen him put a lot of money on marginal hands.

      Problem:

      He raises in CO; I reraise with QQ on the button.

      He then reraises all-in.

      The pokerstrategy method states that I should fold.

      I think that I'm ahead, so I call.

      Here is the hand:


      Known players:
      Position:
      Stack
      CO:
      $1,65
      Hero:
      $2,39

      0,01/0,02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)
      Hand recorder used for this poker hand: PokerStrategy.com Elephant 0.105 by www.pokerstrategy.com.

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q:diamond: , Q:club:
      5 folds, CO raises to $0,06, Hero raises to $0,20, 2 folds, CO raises to $1,65 (All-In), Hero calls $1,45.

      Flop: ($3,33) A:diamond: , J:club: , 3:diamond:
      Turn: ($3,33) T:heart:
      River: ($3,33) 5:club: (2 players)


      Final Pot: $3,33

      Results follow (highlight to see):
      CO shows a pair of aces (As Ks)
      Hero shows (Qd Qc)

      CO wins with a pair of aces (As Ks)


      My question is: should I have folded no matter what and wait for a better spot?
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      do I post this in my thread, or in the usual hand analysis forum?

      Please keep those all hands into Hand Evaluation forums. You can find it here:
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/forum/board.php?boardid=1387

      In this thread mostly theory and Homeworks and any other chat. :) Thanks!