I'm a Learner, not a Grinder

    • gnawhalak
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      hey..

      This should be around my third time starting the first lines of my blog in which I never posted before since I'm lost of things to write, since I thought before that I just never need a blog and never really appreciated it to be able to help my game..

      After ftp when down so did my initial bankroll. Had to start over again at party poker with the free $50... was playing a bit well and brought it up to me playing nl10 using 20BI BR management.. playing NL BSS SH

      Now, i'm in a big downswing again and I'm finding ways to be able to finally improve and carry my game to the next level.

      Then I was able to review Tri Nguyen's book on beating the microstakes and realized that I'm doing it all wrong again.. And I need to totally change my mindset of being a grinder to becoming a student of the game..

      -- thus my title.. :)


      currently, here is my ugly graph





      i'm slowly trying to build myself up again..

      wish me all the best guys! :s_cool:
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    • fruktpuff
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      Hello gnawhalak!

      Welcome to our blogging section!

      I, too, felt for a long time that keeping a blog "wasn't going to help me much" and wouldn't be much use, but found it's actually a rather good way of keeping track of your progress and your changes to your way of thinking. (not to mention to motivate you through re-reading that you CAN do well, when doing poorly.).
      The added benefit of just scribbling down what you're thinking and analyzing it later for great insight doesn't hurt either!

      I'm pleased to see you've realized that endless grinding, if you have no time to study and improve, isn't going to help you develop, it's a great starting point for the betterment of the self.

      best of luck, with both the blog and the self-improvement!

      Regards,
      Richard
    • summermonkey
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      Your title got me in here. Good luck with the learning!
    • gnawhalak
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      thanks guys!

      first things' first..


      Lesson #1

      Learn how to post photos in a bigger resolution.. ;)


      I'm currently using photobucket and it keeps resizing my photos.. :s_confused:
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #1

      Learn how to post photos in a bigger resolution..



      Ahh.. finally got it to work with photobucket.. :tongue:


      Set your default upload size:

      Log into your account.
      Click the Upload now button in the main navigation bar. The Uploader page displays.
      Click the Customize your upload options link near the bottom of the page.
      Select a larger web display size for your photos.







      are these to big now mods? .. =)
    • fruktpuff
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      Sure aren't! Great size and easy to read!
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #2

      Learn how to post the link of my blog to my signature..



      hmm.. seeing that its not allowed to post links in signatures




      Originally posted by fruktpuff
      Hold a sec, and I'll give you a brief way rundown of how to do it.

      Too lazy to write it pretty, so gonna copy from a post I made yesterday, 1 minute!

      Edit adding it:

      First go to the top of the page, click on Your profile.
      Go into Edit Signature.
      Below the input box where you would write the message, click on the Options button.
      In the pop-up box you get, uncheck the box called Deactivate BBCode in this signature.

      Once you've gone through these steps, it should be displaying nice and proper.
    • fruktpuff
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      Hold a sec, and I'll give you a brief way rundown of how to do it.

      Too lazy to write it pretty, so gonna copy from a post I made yesterday, 1 minute!

      Edit adding it:

      First go to the top of the page, click on Your profile.
      Go into Edit Signature.
      Below the input box where you would write the message, click on the Options button.
      In the pop-up box you get, uncheck the box called Deactivate BBCode in this signature.

      Once you've gone through these steps, it should be displaying nice and proper.
    • gnawhalak
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      got it~! .. thanks for helping me with that homework.. :-)
    • fruktpuff
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      Glad to be of assistance.
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #3

      Learn from posting recent played hands to evaluation forum



      * I'm posting my personal notes after evaluation by the hand judge (to reinforce my learning for the hand) and try to point out my leaks

      Playing AQo OOP

      *better to have played check-fold on the river
      *try to place villain better on a hand range

      A3s from UTG

      *be aware of shortstacks when raising with weak hands at early position.
      *increase betsize to 2/3 - 3/4 pot to increase fold equity

      Playing set against a boat

      *be able to let go of set
      *play pot control better
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #4

      Relearn Preflop Fundamentals


      *This post would contain my notes for preflop play


      PREFLOP PLAY

      BLINDS

      *Unless there is any history, if your c-bet gets raised, you should fold one pair in this spot. (Reason is you have a very strong range, and villains would only fight back with a much stronger range)


      3Betting on the Blinds

      *Against UTG - just call with majority of holdings, 3bet with nuts (KK+) if villain is not observant

      *Against MP -
       
      • loose opp. - 3bet JJ+, AK
      • tight opp. - call JJ, AK
      • 3bet QQ+ to maximize profit
      • don't 3bet w/ weak Axs, non-broadway suited connector
      • play wider range against opp with high call 3bet and high fold to cbet
       
      *Against CO/Button - 3bet w/ polarized range
      • 3bet JJ+/AQ+ and speculative hands middle suited connectors
      • call w/ marginal broadway (AJ,QJ, KJ) and pocket pairs
       



      SQUEEZE

      *Good Squeeze Spots
      - Hero on the button, villain isolates limpers often from CO
      - Hero on the blinds, loose villain opens from MP/CO and BU calls

      *Dont squeeze - nits, shortstacks, fishes (w/ low SC's)
      *c-bet after squeeze only on villains with high Fcbet, or if your ready to play for stacks on the turn.


      PLAYING FROM UTG

      *with Fish on the blind, widen opening range PF (include A5s,K7s, Q8s, J9s) if players behind are not aggro to increase chance to play with fish in position.


      PLAYING FROM MP

      *one can limp behind hands with high equity multi-way (22-55, AXs, low SCs)

         
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #5

      Hand Review




      KK fold or shove on a paired flop?

      *overpair even KK is not good enough and consider folding at first signs of aggresion, especially on multi-way pots
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #6
      River Value Bets


      PS River Value bets column series

      *notes*

      1. Take the most time in making your decision on the rive with all the information available.
      2. always ask yourself what worse hand could call you.

      Practice use of 3 hands rule
      before making a decision.. think of
      3 worse hands that could call
      3 better hands that would call

      if there are a lot of worse hands you can think of, definitely go for value bet
    • ClimaxingWalrus
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      Looked at a few of ur hands and I think learning when and who to bet-fold against will help u a lot. Against loose passives (the 34/8 guys with a AF<1.5) just bet until they raise you and then fold, they generally want to see more cards so if there are flush+straight draws they will just call even with combo draws >95% of the time. When you have top pair and cbet the flop+turn and get minraised just fold they are not turning their 2nd or 3rd pair into a semi-bluff thats just not how they play, they are value-raising you with 2pair+. And ur never getting raised on the river as a bluff esp. on a board like the one in that A7o hand u posted.
    • gnawhalak
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      hello climax

      Against loose passives (the 34/8 guys with a AF<1.5) just bet until they raise you and then fold, they generally want to see more cards so if there are flush+straight draws they will just call even with combo draws >95% of the time


      against 34/8 villain hand

      you were referring to that hand.. the very small raise on the turn (0.7 on a $3 pot) is very very fishy.. and i have a lot of odds to call that..

      are you advocating,,,,

      - fold to the donk bet (though how small)
      - call turn and play check/fold on the river



      thanks.. it's definitely a leak in my game.. trying to plug it out thus i'm reading a bit about river value bets..
    • ClimaxingWalrus
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      That was definitely a really weird hand. I would probably ck/call the turn and river because when a player like this raises me alarm bells go off and I'll proceed very cautiously. The flop and turn were ok but if u lead the river, u should be folding to a raise IMO.

      I like folding this pre If he's not folding a lot to cbets and he bets when checked to.
    • gnawhalak
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      thanks again..

      hmm..

      why do fishes lead so small when they get the nuts..?

      are they inducing a raise?
      are they afraid to bet since they want to keep you in the hand?
    • gnawhalak
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      Lesson #7

      Hand Evaluation



      AA no good?

      taking into account the previous hands that i have to be capable of letting go coz' it was hurting me on the river..

      I had to let this one go too.. but, still wondering really if my hand was good at that time..
    • summermonkey
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      For the AA hand.

      He was always gonna bet the river if u call the turn. Therefore, the decision should be made on the turn whether you want to carry on with this hand.
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