Boum98

    • boum98
      boum98
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.11.2011 Posts: 56
      Hi,
      I am from Montreal, Canada. I joined last december, received my bonus $50 and managed to keep most of it and Silver status while playing NL2 cash games. I look forward to improving my game and move up in limits.
  • 4 replies
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck boum98,

      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.
    • boum98
      boum98
      Bronze
      Joined: 07.11.2011 Posts: 56
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      My main motivation in playing poker is for entertainement. I want to learn the basics so as not to lose my shirt in local casino cash games and the occasional benefit tournaments. PokerStrategy offers the ideal platform to acheive this.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      I have been playing for only a few months and managed to read all the articles and quiz up to silver level. There is so much to remember and so little time to take a descision while playing.

      I have difficulty selecting a range of hands for my opponents. I would like to master Equilab a bit better. I have a hard time interpreting the results and select between call or raise.

      Also, I tend to limp in with A & K rag instead of folding.

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

      TAG style of play means playing quality hands in an agressing way by raising and taking the initiative. The whole training in PokerStrategy is focused on training TAGs but I seem to fall back on playing too loosely.
    • Tomaloc
      Tomaloc
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.01.2011 Posts: 6,858
      Originally posted by boum98
      Also, I tend to limp in with A & K rag instead of folding.
      huge leak :f_frown:
      when you get real action postflop your top pair will nearly always be dominated and you'll lose tons of money longterm. stick to good kickers.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      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.

      Limping is the biggest mistake of your game, if you ever want to play hands profitable you have to start raising. Only hands which might be allowed to limp on very low limits are pocket pairs cause of they get paid while people don't adjust.

      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.