dadude77

    • dadude77
      dadude77
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.10.2008 Posts: 1,516
      Hello,

      I've been fairly inactive on pokerstrategy for the last couple years. After building rolls and almost busting everytime, leaving myself several times with less than $10 but never busting completely, A couple weeks ago when roll was up around $800 after running hot in plo, i cashed out and bought a ps3. After that didn't run so good, then tilted away ~$200 playing games i shouldn't have, took a break for a week, then came back a couple days ago to play plo, and had moved to an ipoker skin. Lost a couple 65/35s then tilted and well long story short, my roll is at $120. My ultimate goal is to have a roll to play live cashgames. So i figured NL might be better the plo with the scarce amount of plo live games.

      I'm going to start from the very beginning and relearn the things i have already (or at least think i already have) and work my way up in a serious a responsible manner.

      I'm american originally, became a belgian citizen and am currently in the first year of my bachelors in physical therapy.

      I'm not sure exactly what I'm supposed to be doing in this "course" but going to give it a shot!
  • 5 replies
    • MrMardyBum
      MrMardyBum
      Gold
      Joined: 14.03.2009 Posts: 2,235
      Hey man - Welcome back!!!

      I just returned about a month ago also. Are we going to be seeing a new blog?
    • dadude77
      dadude77
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.10.2008 Posts: 1,516
      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.)
      I played poker from a young age with parents/grandparents, and then with friends. Starting with pokemon cards in 3rd/4th grade, to playing NL he $1 bb and thats all with our money for the weekend on basketball trips (nobody played with more than 15-20 bb and was super tight.) I played on playmoney games on pokerstars for ages never knowing that you could play for real money until I found pokerstrategy. So alot of it is just the game, I'm a competitive person and enjoy that aspect of it. Since then I've realized there is some money to be made in this game. I don't think I would enjoy being a professional poker player, but its something thats had my attention for along time, and I think theres potential to make a little spending money while in school doing something I enjoy.

      That was my motivation for playing poker in general, however my motivation for playing online poker is to have a bankroll I can use to play live. Especially for when i go back to america during the summers and its hard to play.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? (What are the mistakes you know you are making during your games? Are you playing while you're tired? Are you tilting easily? Want to see the showdown too much? Write down as many as you think are affecting you.)
      I have alot, as most people here. I said above I'm quite competitive, sometimes this leads to me wanting to win EVERY pot, so I have problems backing out sometimes even when I know I should.

      I also tend to think the opponent might be bluffing alot, I believe this comes from me being competitive (having an ego) and not wanting anyone to get the best of me.

      I get impatient sometimes grinding the same limit especially in breakeven periods, and sometimes look for ways to (make money fast), hyper turbos, etc. taking shots when i shouldnt. something i really need to work on.

      Also after winning sometimes I become overconfident, feeling like i'm unstoppable, so often i lose, or Win but then get overconfident and lose in the end.....



      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.)

      In my opinion playing tag is making sure you have a reason to play a hand, instead of watching out for reasons not to play it. I think it should be almost to the point where you want to play more hands/bet more than you are, but you stay disciplined.

      If you play tight you will often be dominating your opponent or have better redraws over him when you both hit hands
    • EagleStar88
      EagleStar88
      Bronze
      Joined: 06.10.2008 Posts: 7,359
      Originally posted by MrMardyBum
      Hey man - Welcome back!!!

      +1, good to see you :)

      Good luck buddy,


      Bart
    • dadude77
      dadude77
      Bronze
      Joined: 26.10.2008 Posts: 1,516
      Originally posted by EagleStar88

      +1, good to see you :)

      Good luck buddy,


      Bart
      Originally posted by MrMardyBum
      Hey man - Welcome back!!!

      I just returned about a month ago also. Are we going to be seeing a new blog?
      grr no multiquote option, i've gotten too used to 2+2! been too long!

      nice to see some familiar faces around :) i take alook around the forums and alota new people since 'back in the day'

      I think I will be starting a new blog, just home quick for lunch between library and practical class. Will start one up tonight maybe :)

      edit: blog added, revived the old one

      dadude... where to now??
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      I have alot, as most people here. I said above I'm quite competitive, sometimes this leads to me wanting to win EVERY pot, so I have problems backing out sometimes even when I know I should.

      That's a huge leak for poker players, especially when you trying to take revenge on the opponent who for example won the pot. You way too often get either over aggressive or just start calling too loose. You should definitely try to find a way how to fix it. Try to understand what makes you trigger such things. Poker is about competition but it's also about how to be the one who also makes money from it and not the one who is teh "sheriff" on the table. :D We still are there to make money and not show how good we are.

      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.

      I get impatient sometimes grinding the same limit especially in breakeven periods, and sometimes look for ways to (make money fast), hyper turbos, etc. taking shots when i shouldnt. something i really need to work on.

      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.

      Also it could be that you have trouble with tilt, for example what I could say about tilt:
      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 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.