• wimNP
      Joined: 11.03.2011 Posts: 220
      I'm Wim. I'm 53. I have no job because of my disability: Asperger's syndrome. However: I am quite a normal guy. I have worked for the dutch tax office for almost 30 years, well okay, that is not what people normaly do.
      Because of my disability I have a problem with multi-tabling. 2 is enough. Besides that I enjoy the game so I do not want just pushing buttons.
      Greetings to you all and may the force be with you!
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    • wimNP
      Joined: 11.03.2011 Posts: 220
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I like to play games. Since the kids have left the building, internet poker seems a fine substitute.
      Like Sklansky & Schoonmaker say: Pokerskills are useable in other aspects of life. For instance when I encounter a bad beat or a downswing I have to try not to tilt and not to take it personal.
      So in life. A set back will not have a great influance on my behavior.

      The other day I achieved my greatest poker "price". I did not tilt in a session when I won with pocket kings, queens and jacks as well as 6 times pocket aces only two of those hands.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      1. I play my high pair hands to long.
      2. I sometimes forget that poker is not about winning pots but about winning sessions.
      3. I play tight but not aggressive, no sir, I play tight and maniacal.
      4. I hardly count outs on the table.
      5. I do not adjust my game to the villains.
      6. I bluff way to much.
      7. At the moment I am very confussed about all the poker information. This is why I attend your pokerschool.
      8. I want to plug all my leaks at once.
      9. I hardly review my sessions.
      10. I have difficulty in transforming pokertheory in sound practice.

      NB. I play Limit Hold'em 5/10c and over 5.1K hands I have a winrate of 12. I must do something good though.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Tight is a strategical concept of playing poker: does a player want to play his holecards.
      A tight player enters the pot preflop only with hands that have good winning prospects when taken in consideration the villains who have already entered the pot or who might enter the pot after Hero's action.
      Thus tight means trying to win sessions.
      Aggressive is the tactical concept of playing poker: how does the player plays his given and developing hand.
      An aggressive player tries to seize the initiative. Thus controling the hand. By doing so he is able to put pressure on the villains. Pressure means an opportunity to make mistakes and therefore a chance of winning a greater pot by the aggressor.
      Aggression is a way of winning a pot.
    • ThatGuyMatt
      Joined: 03.12.2010 Posts: 3,748
      Welcome to the Course wimNP,

      Looks like you know alot of your weaknesses, which is perfect for someone who wishes to become a great player! With Veriz and the Beginner Course by your side I'm sure you'll get them plugged in no time!

      Best of luck in the course :f_cool:
    • 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.

      2. I sometimes forget that poker is not about winning pots but about winning sessions.

      Not even winning sessions. ;) But winning in long term. You will face a lot of losing sessions, prepare for that.

      4. I hardly count outs on the table.

      You don't need to, with time you will see that it will come automatically the more hands you post & analyze. :)

      9. I hardly review my sessions.

      That's a huge leak! Especially on those smaller stakes it's a must to overview your sessions and fix them.

      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.