Slurpee

    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      hi been crawling around these forums for a little while but it's time to introduce myself. im a 21 year old student living in toronto. ive played poker as a hobby before and it was never really that serious. now im a broke student and besides loving the game it would be great to see some financial success come from it.
      i'm trying really hard to improve my game and become a winning player and hopefully this well help me.
  • 11 replies
    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Hi there Slurpee, welcome and glad you've decided to come out of the shadows! :D

      I see you've already found the NL Beginners Course! I can recommend it as I attended it myself. The coaches are expert, friendly and most importantly in my case, patient! :)

      Hope to hear you're crushing the game soon! :s_cool:

      Any question please do ask.

      Regards,

      Mal.
    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      To be able to do something I really enjoy and make a decent income from it.


      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      My biggest mistake is going on tilt really easy and playing so loose that I'm easily exploited by better players. I need to control my head and not let it get to me. Also I need to practice much better bank roll management and not get ahead of myself.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing tight aggressive means you have a range of cards you will play depending on your position at the table. it also mean that when you have these hands you will play them aggressively, or bet and raise instead of check and calling those hands. this style is profitable in poker because when you're the aggressor in the pot you will cause your opponent to make hard decisions and potentially make a mistake.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      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 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.

      Bankroll-management is a common leak for beginners. They just don't see how important it's actually to follow the BRM. Without following it you could say that you are just gambling with your money. For that reason we really need to find a way how we gonna follow strictly to the BRM and never try to play besides it. Or it will be hard to make you a good poker player. Try to find a way, just force yourself to follow the rule even if it's hard at the beginning.

      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.
    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why? (Are there any hands you would play differently? Do you have a problem or question about how a specific hand or hands should be played?)

      Somtimes against very aggro players i like to play suited face cards when i have position on my opponent. if i flop top pair i proceed cautiously and when i do complete my broadways i check/raise for value


      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. ( Post your hand in the Hand evaluation forums and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      I have been posting many hands in the forum.
      NL5 A5s
      an example here where i have A5 suited in SB in a multiway pot. bad mistake for me on the river, will really evaluate my line in this type of hand where i complete my nut flush on a paired boared.



      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo. ( You can either calculate this yourself or use an equity calculator such as the PokerStrategy.com Equilab.)

             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }
      BU     46.32%  37.91%   8.41% { AKo }
    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      Homework 3

      Question 1: You are holding KQ. What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 33? How does the equity change on this flop: J53? (Tip: you can use the Equilab to help you with this task.)


      Board: 5:diamond: J:spade: 3:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     73.54%  73.54%   0.00% { 3d3c }
      BU     26.46%  26.46%   0.00% { KsQs }



      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand? (Remember that it is important to explain your reasons, simply posting "Fold" or "Call" isn't enough!)

      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...?

      since the pot is $.87 and it will be another $.22 to call i would take those odds and call his raise to see the river card.

      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. (Post your hand in the hand evaluation forum and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      Nl5 K9

      NL5 AQo

      NL5 T9s
    • 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!
    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      thanks veriz, i think its my first step to getting serious in poker and really learning something about the game.

      i've been having some good sessions and some bad, break even at the moment but hopefully that will change as i learn more. on to lesson 4!
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by Slurpee
      thanks veriz, i think its my first step to getting serious in poker and really learning something about the game.

      i've been having some good sessions and some bad, break even at the moment but hopefully that will change as i learn more. on to lesson 4!
      That's good to hear, I see you also use active the Hand Evaluation forums. :) Hopefully enjoy them and have learned something new.
    • Slurpee
      Slurpee
      Bronze
      Joined: 28.10.2010 Posts: 140
      Homework 4

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop. (Post your hand in the Hand evaluation board, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)
      Nl5 Jj
      NL5 AKs 3bet pot

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members. (Choose a hand from the Hand evaluation board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users.)
      nl5 T8s

      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?
      preflop:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     54.14%  53.97%   0.17% { 7h7c }
      BU     45.86%  45.68%   0.17% { KsQd }



      postflop:

      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      CO     58.60%  58.60%   0.00% { 7h7c }
      BU     41.40%  41.40%   0.00% { KsQd }
    • 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.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Somtimes against very aggro players i like to play suited face cards when i have position on my opponent. if i flop top pair i proceed cautiously and when i do complete my broadways i check/raise for value

      Well, against maniacs don't try to play maniac way back to him. :) But rather play passively and take passive approach. Don't try to take revenge. ;)

      Sorry for somehow missing HW #2.

      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.