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  • 3 replies
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck alphabeat,

      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.
    • alphabeat
      Joined: 30.04.2010 Posts: 728
      Hi veriz!

      Began studying the Big stack strategy and its time to complete my homework!

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I was trained to be a scientist, and developed a fair head for math. My primary motivation for poker, is as an intelligent hobby. My long term goal for the game would be as a supplementary income source. Would be mighty fine to be able to cash about $200-300 a month from an enjoyable activity! I prefer SnG poker at the moment, due to the risk/reward ratios. But I do wish to learn the cash format too.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      I work full time, so the only time i get to play, is usually at night and when mighty tired.
      My patience isn't too low, but i will need a lot more to be a grinder.
      I tend to lose it against people who sucked out on me, and start playing less than optimally, with predictable results

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      While playing live games, i usually play with a tipsy crowd. All it takes to beat them is to fold most of the crap cards. And value bet the good ones aggressively. So that was what led me to approach a form of the TAG frame of mind. (Though when i played online, i figured i was more of a break-even to lossy LAG)
    • veriz
      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 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.

      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.