Karl0zzz

    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Hello everyone!

      My name is Karl and i'm from Estonia. I have played poker time to time for almost 4 years, I'm a slightly loosing player ;( . I have played NL2-NL10 cash games, NL SnG's & MTT's without any great success. But i'm going to improve my game and turn into a winning player :s_cool: .
      I have problems managing tilt and sticking to the BRM ?( . I think that thes are the two most common mistakes preventing any beginner to become a winning player. So i'll try to avoid thes mistakes that make me go BUST all the time over and over again! And I love the idea of :heart: NL Beginners Course :heart: .
  • 16 replies
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      The main reason I play poker is because I love the game, it fun to play! Some day I wanna became a professional player. I like the idea of being my own boss. I'm not the person who likes to work form 8-5... But atm I'd like to earn some extra cash... :s_cool:

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      Like I said in the introducing my main weaknesses are Tilt control and BRM.
      But going futher, I think I over play TPTK kind of hands, cbet on wet flops and continue to do so on turn. I like to push opponents out from the hand with big bluffs :f_cry: . And i assume that this is a mistake too, to play too many tables to prevent getting bored. Past few weeks I have played ~30k hands on 16 tables average ... =)


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

      Playing tight means that you play strong starting hands only .You play mostly in position what gives you huge advantage in post-flop play. With aggression you may take down the pot right away, or force you opponents to make mistakes by calling with a weaker hand. And you make profit only when your opponents make mistakes. :s_cool:

      Hope I did fine...
    • Bierbaer
      Bierbaer
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.05.2005 Posts: 7,989
      Hi Karl!

      Welcome to the poker school.
      I just merged the threads as you requested.

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

      Good to have fellow Estonian mate here, I hope you enjoy around PokerStrategy and their offers.

      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.

      Bankroll-management is a common leak for a lot of players. 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 going to follow strictly to the BRM and never try to play besides it. It will be hard to make you a good poker player if you don't follow BRM. Try to find a way, just force yourself to follow the rule even if it's hard at the beginning.

      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 wouldn't put that much effort on playing so many tables but rather I would try to improve and maybe even playing less tables which usually will work out a lot better. Even if you get bored don't open anything besides the tables, just try to concentrate and with time you will get used to it.

      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.
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      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?)

      I tend to riase with low PP in EP&MP when folded to me. ( I usualy table select full stack opp). For a set value or just to get blinds in tighter table.
      But mostly it depends on opponents. When they play tight i loosen up and vice versa.

      But i have a question. What about very fishy tables, where at least 5 ot of 9 ppl limp every time PF? They don't respect PFR . They call down overbets with their 2nd or 3rd pair on the flop till river... (+TPWK, gutshots and so on...) How to adjust? If i play tightly i think ill loose some EV? Cuz when i hit, i expect to get called down very lightly by worser hands... Little bit confusing but i hope you understand my question...

      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.)

      Hand for evaluation

      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
      MP2    46.32%  37.92%   8.41% { AKo }
      MP3    53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Playing PPs can be in long run be very profitable, we could even say that you earn the most money with them. You can always try out either you play them profitable or not by check the programs either you are doing great on early position with PPs or not and base according to that.

      How to adjust? If i play tightly i think ill loose some EV? Cuz when i hit, i expect to get called down very lightly by worser hands... Little bit confusing but i hope you understand my question...

      Well, mainly raise those hands which chart tells you to do. :) And if you do hit then bet big time for value, we are happy to play against those loose opponents. Very often we might even Check/Fold if we don't hit for example. Try posting some of the hands and we can go through.

      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 Course so far.
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      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.)

      Preflop

             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    48.76%  48.37%   0.39% { KQs, KQo }
      MP3    51.24%  50.86%   0.39% { 33 }

      Postflop

      Board: J:club: 3:diamond: 5:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2     3.72%   3.72%   0.00% { KQs, KQo }
      MP3    96.28%  96.28%   0.00% { 33 }


      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...?

      Fold.No way I'm going to call with 2 overcards and a gutshot against possible straights, sets and overpairs. We cant beat even AQ+ bluff...

      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.)

      Hand evaluation 1

      Hand evaluation 2

      Karl0zzz
    • 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!
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Originally posted by veriz

      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!

      I copied the hand to forum and evaluated it then. In forum it doesn't show suits.. :) Thats why I missed the FD...

      But on what range you put villian?
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative
      postflop.

      I have the initiative

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      My evaluation

      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?

      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    41.40%  41.40%   0.00% { KsQd }
      MP3    58.60%  58.60%   0.00% { 7h7c }
    • 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.
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Originally posted by veriz
      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.
      Do you mean like this: I have (10 outs [KKK,QQQ,TTTT]*4)-(10-8)=38%...?( Hope I did it correctly.)
      Equilab shows 41.4? This means that i have 1 more out, but what is it?

      I know that BDFD&BDSD is +~1 out, but thats not the case... May it be when the board pairs up like J9889?( this seems very slim chance... Where does my one extra out come from?
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Yep, but as you may understand the manually calculated one wont show the exact number. :) If we would want to calculate exactly the same 41,4% then we had to calculate it a bit differently and a lot more calculations. :P
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents.

      Hand evaluation based on stats.

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      My hand evaluation submitted by oher member.

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      Hero($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 , 7
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3 , 3 , T (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) J (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would raise/fold the turn for protection against 1 card flush draws, but i'd fold to 3-bet especially form SB, he seems like solid player and may have TT/JJ in he's range and tried to induce a cbet on flop and now betting turn for value or has made a higher flush. Against 4-bet i'm way ahead or way behind and i think that i'm mostly behind in this example...BB has a lot of drawing hands in he's range but my 6high flush seems to be good even against he's range.
      But maybe calling line is better, cost is about the same(when you expect sb to bet the river), and you don't scare away any shity hands...
      (I need to work on hands like this, sometimes i have noclue what to do.. :facepalm: )

      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J , J
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6 , 9 , T (2 players)
      Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I'd check/raise, because he is a very aggressive player and he is most likely to bet the flop after my check. And if he calls my c/r i'd rather try keep the pot small...
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #5 Done!

      About Task #3
      It's a very close decision: does protection or pot control weigh heavier here? Do you want to protect against hands like 3x or A:dx and K:dx? Or do you want to control the pot size and try to induce a bluff on the river in case there is no T, no J and no additional ?

      Raise/fold is out of question - with the given pot size and the good made hand you have, it can't even be considered.

      In case you decide to go broke, you can't really be blamed either. It's not a sign of weakness that the rather tight small blind decides to bet into two people here, though. I would say a call is to be slightly favored, while the many outs against you are annoying. The big blind who calls rather loosely speaks in favor of a raise/broke again. Both options are finally considered equal, which shows - all things considered - how close and full of variance these spots really are.

      About Task #4
      You've called pre-flop and then hit a good board. You basically have two choices now: either you assume that your opponent will go broke loosely or puts you on a bluff often and you thus check/raise - or you play check/call in the spirit of way ahead / way behind. The problem with the latter is that there are a lot of cards you don't want to see in the later course of the hand. All in all, it depends on your balancing as both lines make sense under certain circumstances.

      A check/fold would be really pointless, of course. It's hard to say whether you should donk-bet here; donk/fold can be discarded as that would turn your hand into a pure bluff and your opponent would interpret this as weakness and start raising you out of flops with hands like AK/AQ/air. So, if you want to donk-bet, it has to be a donk/3-bet.

      Good luck on tables and with the Course.
    • Karl0zzz
      Karl0zzz
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2010 Posts: 111
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have either a) freeplay, b) slowplay, or c) multi-way pot situation.

      Slowplayed in multiway pot.

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      Hand evaluation submitted by other member.

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:
      $25 NL Hold'em (10 handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($25)
      UTG+1 ($25) rock
      UTG+2 ($25)
      MP1 ($25)
      MP2 ($25) LAG
      MP3 ($25) maniac
      CO ($25)
      Hero BU ($25)
      SB ($25)
      BB ($25) calling station

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q , J
      5 folds, MP3 raises $1.00, CO calls $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 1 fold, BB calls $1.00

      Flop: ($4.10) 3 , J , A (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.10) Q (4 players)
      BB bets $2.05, 2 folds, Hero...?

      What action would you take, and why?

      I'd just call, because he is a calling station and he must have a very good hand to bet and my middle tow pair are good enough...
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #6 Done!

      About Question #3:
      Two lines can quickly be discarded here: fold and raise/fold; your hand is simply too strong for those alternatives.

      It's hard to assess whether you should put in a raise here. When a rather passive player decides to bet into three players while being out of position, it does look strong. It's more likely an indication of a made hand than that of a draw.

      A raise naturally protects, but you run the risk of isolating yourself against very strong range. Which weaker hands could your opponent possibly continue playing here?

      The deciding factor finally comes in the size of the pot. This tiny pot simply isn't worth putting yourself into a tough spot where you could potentially end up risking your entire stack. A raise would be overplayed here and pot control takes the precedent over protection.

      Best of Luck on the tables and with the Course.