schmoeJoe : Humble Beginnings

    • schmoeJoe
      schmoeJoe
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.01.2012 Posts: 124
      Lesson 1 Homework:
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I plan on earning through poker, both live and online as a sideline. And I plan to spend it on my hobbies. Also, I want to be able to help out in paying our household utilities and maybe even paying for my younger sister's education.
      I play poker because i have enjoy it. I enjoy games that make me think. And i believe that enganging poker as a sport will help me discipline myself better. My mind weirdly becomes peaceful whenever i play poker.


      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I play when I'm tired or sleepy or haven't had enough sleep. I tilt easily when sucked out on. I get bored when I wait too long for a hand to play. I wanna get to the showdown so much in order to confirm my assumption on villain's hand. I play hands off position when i get bored. I don't use an HUD (still saving up for one). i multitask sometimes while playing. i haven't set a stop loss


      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      To play tight aggressive means to minimize your losses while carefully maximizing your winnings. You minimize your losses by pre-selecting the hands you would actually play and go forward with while avoiding hands that will put you in troublesome positions. Carefully maximizing your winnings is attained through taking actions that result to +EV such as well placed and well-sized bets/raises/re-raises, necessary folds even with a strong starting hand, and tactically placed checks and pushes. It works because you minimize the possibility of putting yourself in trickier positions such as where you hold a mediocre hand compared to your opponent's and increases your chances of winning with well-thought of actions depending on how the board turns out
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    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck schmoeJoe,

      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.
    • schmoeJoe
      schmoeJoe
      Bronze
      Joined: 02.01.2012 Posts: 124
      Thanks veriz. Already did my homework for lesson 1 :f_biggrin:
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      Playing tired can cause a lot problems. Usually you are moody when tired and get easily angry. Which means you get easily tilty that brings towards you playing less your A-game. Also lets not forget that you ain't concentrating enough and watching the game which is the worst part. You have to find a way to adjust to tilt. For example against 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.

      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 not get distracted, just try always remind yourself. I have to close the browser(or whatever you have as distraction)! I am trying to win money here and make something for living not watching something on youtube(etc). This might work for some. Also train that on every session and at some spot you will get used to that. For yourself you might even have to find other way. But the best thing is to always remind what you came to do on table.

      As so far you haven't set stop-loss I would strongly even recommend setting it and trying it out, it really helps. :) Oh and next time just tell me when you edit your homework into early thread so I will be able to see myself as well. :D

      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.