madzmadz25

    • madzmadz25
      madzmadz25
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.11.2011 Posts: 48
      Hi Guys!

      I've been thinking about entering the NL Beginner's Course for a while now. I'm just considering some factors like if I will have enough time and so on. I really want to improve my game further, not just by seeing my bankroll rise and going up the limits, but by improving my overall strategy and learn other things that I don't know yet, and further improve on things that haven't been able to use effectively until now.

      I initially started playing poker a few years ago, but it was only for recreational gaming. Recently, I managed to stumble upon a site which eventually lead me to PS. Now, I'm ready to take poker seriously though I might now have my full time dedicated to it just like some other players, but I know I can still manage to do good in my own way by giving my best.

      After managing to passed the quiz and obtain my $50 starting capital, I played around with it but immediately noticed that there's a big leak in my game since my initial capital is slowly nearing its end. I started reading the strategy articles here, reading a book or two to further improve my chances on micro, and since then, things has been slowly going uphill.

      I'm expecting that after undergoing this course, this will further help me to improve and prepared me in going up the limits. Now, let's get things started... :f_biggrin:
  • 3 replies
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck madzmadz25,

      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.

      You can now start with your 1st Lesson:
      Lesson #1

      The whole course plan:
      Overview of Beginners Course

      Best Regards.
    • madzmadz25
      madzmadz25
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.11.2011 Posts: 48
      Sorry it took me a while to do even the first lesson. But anyway it's here. Better late than never :)

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I'm from a third world country wherein most people of the are all striving in order to feed their family and to provide good future for their kids. I've just been recently married and is only on the first step of my married life. I'm currently working as an IT professional outside of my own country though I'm earning enough, I've dream of having to really enjoy my life with my family and not just spend most of my years working in order to give them what they need. I'm seeing poker as a way for me to earn additional income "in the future" since I'm just starting right now and currently in micro. I want to really improve my game, though slowly but steady and build my bankroll up to a level that it will really be able to provide a significant financial help. Though I may not have that much time compared to other persons on the level as I am, but whenever I can, I make the most of it. Quality over quantity :)

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I'm a bit prone to tilt, but I've been working on it for the past few weeks and I know that I have been able to improve on that part already. I also experienced in a session where I'm doing good for a couple of hands but when I'm nearing the end of my session, I will do something stupid which will negate all the good plays that I've done from the previous hands. Not sure but it may seems that I'm trying to make the most of my remaining time which affecting my game and doing the optimal decision.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing TAG means being patient. Then when a good chance comes, you play that hand with the highest possible +EV. For me, as it is seen in real life, TAG simple means " Making the most of the opportunity that is given to you". TAG is also effective because you are only investing in hands, that you know will have a potential to grow into a monster, with the help of proper decision and optimal strategy.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      You shouldn't be sorry about this. :) Do the homework whenever you are able to.

      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.

      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.