holnrew

    • holnrew
      holnrew
      Bronze
      Joined: 05.07.2010 Posts: 130
      Homework for lesson 1:

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I want to be good at something, I need to feel a sense of achievement in life, and poker gives me that. It also can have the opposite effect! But that's for the next question. I can't deny that money is also a factor, it would be nice to have a little something extra (indeed it is on the occasions I've done well). Money is perhaps an important part of my desire to play poker because it's a universal barometer of success.

      I suppose if I were to distil it into a single reason, it would be that I want to prove that I'm good at something.


      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      I don't really play enough right now, nor do I study. In the past poker became too consuming and it affected my day to day life and relationship. I find it hard to strike that balance.

      My biggest difficulty is finding the motivation to study.

      I become too emotionally involved, I need to detach myself more. I don't really tilt because of bad beats, but mostly because I make mistakes.

      I don't play tight enough in the late position and blinds.

      Sometimes I know an action I make is -EV but do it anyway because it worked out once before. In the same vein, rarely, I gamble rather than play well.

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

      You play only premium hands, according to position. This works out that you should actually play very few hands. You raise and bet high with those hands, and avoid checking and calling.
  • 4 replies
    • ThatGuyMatt
      ThatGuyMatt
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      Joined: 03.12.2010 Posts: 3,758
      Perhaps a little introduction to yourself & get them Lesson 1 answers in :P
    • holnrew
      holnrew
      Bronze
      Joined: 05.07.2010 Posts: 130
      Ok, here's an introduction to me...

      I'm a 26 year old chap living in Newcastle with my bitch. I don't really do a lot. I'm studying for a BEng part time, have 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a hamster.

      I like all sorts of music, I like playing guitar but haven't been able to for a while because of a trapped ulnar nerve which makes two of my fingers numb, so I need to have a small operation for that.

      I've played poker for a few years now, but I was rubbish for most of that, til I found this site in 2010. I got up to silver level and then life got bollocksed and I had to move here from Somerset. I've played a little since then, with some success playing it live.

      I play cash games, I started off on tournaments and still like the idea of them live, but they just take too long and I tend to have mood swings playing poker so I need to stop sometimes or I'll tilt the bankroll away.

      I got an offer for a second $50 bonus on here a few months ago, so I'm giving it a good go this time, without the distractions I had before.

      So, that's me.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      I don't really play enough right now, nor do I study. In the past poker became too consuming and it affected my day to day life and relationship. I find it hard to strike that balance.

      Well, why should you rush? Studies are more important. :) You might try to set a plan for yourself? When you play poker and when you study, etc.

      My biggest difficulty is finding the motivation to study.

      That's common for a lot of players. At least you already started with the course and lets hope from now one you will be more active. You just must understand that actually how much watching videos, reading articles and etc can help you to earn even more money.

      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.

      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.
    • holnrew
      holnrew
      Bronze
      Joined: 05.07.2010 Posts: 130
      Thanks :)