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    • Hugqt
      Joined: 20.04.2011 Posts: 1
      Hello everyone. My name is Hugqt, 20 years old and from the Netherlands. I'm currently studying philosophy, and I have been playing poker for about two months in the past. After a 'short' break (of about half a year) I'm finally playing 2NL on Pokerstars again. Even though I consider myself to be a winning playing on these low stakes, I think it won't hurt if I follow these courses.

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I consider poker to be a game that requires quite a bit of studying. It's (obviously) not a game that's learned in half a hour. Despite the 'intense study requirements' I think there's a lot you get back from it (such as control over your nerves, quick problem solving, etc.). I'm also interested in the psychology behind it. Besides these forms of self-improvement, I'm also not shy for some extra money in the pocket. Hahaha.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I think my greatest weakness is betting top pairs against fish even though it's obvious they could be beating me. I should be more aware of the fact that, unfortunately, not -every- move a fish makes is a bad move.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing tight means that you only play a small, strong, selection of hands (depending on your position at the table). Playing aggressive means to raise/bet strongly during betting rounds. Combining these two means you play your strong hands aggressively pre-flop and continue to do so on later betting rounds if you made a good hand. If this is not the case you generally fold your hand (unless you're bluffing, for example).
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    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      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.

      What about tilt? Do you adjust something against it? For example:
      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.