Kony76

    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Joined: 29.10.2010 Posts: 4,337
      Hi,

      I am form Portugal, 35 years old, anda a regular user of the pokerstrategy in portuguese.
      But I found this course, and it seems great and could be very hellpfull for me, so I will do it and for shore at the end my poker skils will be improoved.

      Since I already read the articles in portugues, I will post my first homework right away :)
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    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      My motivation of playing poker, is of course, win money, and the game. I like playing poker, since it is a very strtegic game, whith all the statistics ans mind games, so if I can have fun playing it and at the same tim earns some extra cash, it's great. For now, I only want to do it as a hobby. So the mais objectiv is to have an extra cash.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      In the pré-flop game I still use the intial hands table, anda I can managed it well.
      My mais problem is the after the flop game. I have some dificulties to calculate the hands rang of the villion, and consequently to have good reeds of him, and of the game.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing TAG, means that we only play with good quality hands, and becouse of that, we play them agressively to be in front with initiatve.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      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.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Well, som month later I restarted the course:)

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?
      I already beated the NL2, so I am playing at NL5. At the NL 2 I folowed de BSS SHC, and it worked well.
      Now at the NL5, I am making some little changes (1 at a time). Right now I started to Open-raise all the pocket pairs from MP, and 7+ from EP. I am doing this for 2 main factors:
      1: The limp from the MP was very obviouse to read from an attentive player. For ex: With the first limp, and then start raising when I reached the Set on the flop, was a very obviouse line of play. So, with the openraise, is not so easy to read what I have. I do not raise pcketpair under 77 from the MP, if the players after me are very aggressive and fish.
      2: With the open raise, we can win the pot on the flop without reaching the set, with the CBET.
      Other change is that I do not go All in everytime with QQ and AK. It depends on the palyer tha has made the 3bet or 4bet.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.

      NL5: KK an 3bet on the flop.

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo.
      My equity is 46,38%.
      I calculated this in the equilab. How do I do it manualy?
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Playing PPs can be in long run be very profitable, we could even say that you earn the most money with them (except of course KK/AA strong hands :D ). You can always try out either you play them profitable or not by check the programs either you are doing great on early position with PPs or not and base according to that. Although the problem with playing them, especially from EP if you playing FR is the case that you wont always play them profitable and very low ones I would even advice to fold as 22-55 and raise it up like 66-77+.

      When you moving up the stakes you have to stop limping, from NL10+ I'd strongly advice not to do that. Cause then people will understand with what you limping with.

      About Question #3:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    46.32%  37.92%   8.41% { AKo }
      UTG+1  53.68%  45.27%   8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }


      Manually it's way too long calculation, you have to put together a lot of different calculations. Just use equilab as it's for free. :)

      Hopefully you enjoy the Course so far.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Originally posted by veriz

      ...

      Manually it's way too long calculation, you have to put together a lot of different calculations. Just use equilab as it's for free. :)

      Hopefully you enjoy the Course so far.
      But how do you make the calculation of your equity during the game?
      i play with 6 tables, and i do not have time to use the equilab.

      Using the example of the homework, how should I know, duringa a session, that my equity was 46,32%?

      is it the expence?
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Homework number 3


      Question 1: You are holding KQ. What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 33? How does the equity change on this flop: J53? (Tip: you can use the Equilab to help you with this task.)

      PréFlop
      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 50,78% 50,40% 0.38% KsQs
      UTG+1 49,22% 48,84% 0.38% 3d3c

      Flop
      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 26,46% 26,46% 0.00% KsQs
      UTG+1 73,54% 73,54% 0.00%3d3c



      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand? (Remember that it is important to explain your reasons, simply posting "Fold" or "Call" isn't enough!)
      No Limit hold'em $2 (9-handed)


      Players and stacks:
      UTG: $2.00
      UTG+1: $2.08
      MP1: $1.92
      MP2: $1.00
      MP3: $3.06
      CO: (Hero) $2.08
      BU: $2.00
      SB: $2.00
      BB: $1.24
      Preflop: Hero is CO with AJ
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BU calls $0.08, SB folds, BB calls $0.06.
      Flop: ($0.25) 263 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.
      Turn: ($0.25) 5 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.22, BU raises to $0.44, BB folds, Hero...?

      Here we have 9 outs for the flush, but maybe we should disccount the 6c and 3c, because shoul give the opponent a quad, so we have 7 outs, wich are 6:1 odds. Our Pot odds are 4.14, wich means that we need implied odds of more 0,35$ in the pot. I think we can reach easily this value on the river, because the opponent should have a strong hand.
      So, my answer is call.


      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. (Post your hand in the hand evaluation forum and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      NL5: QQ Set on flop, and 4BET AI on turn by villian
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      Try using for example this formula for example. But I wouldn't really advice to use much of the formulas during game. Rather try doing that after game in your session review. Which will provide you for the future that you will know about the equity you get.
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity

      About Question #1:
      Preflop Equity:

      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 50.78% 50.40% 0.38% { KsQs }
      UTG+1 49.22% 48.84% 0.38% { 3d3c }


      Postflop Equity:

      Board: J:spade: 5:diamond: 3:spade:
      Equity Win Tie
      UTG 26.46% 26.46% 0.00% { KsQs }
      UTG+1 73.54% 73.54% 0.00% { 3d3c }


      About Question #2:
      There are several occasions on turn:
      a) If we take just odds for the FD and we take into account that all our odds are clean. Which means:
      Total Pot = $0,91 ; We have to Call = $0,22 -> According to that it means we are getting ~4,16:1 odds. For flushdraw we would need 4:1. Which tells us that we are getting perfect odds.
      b) If we consider the opponent having sets here:
      Which means we have to discount outs, for example 6 and also 3. Which means we have 7 clean outs so that means we need 6:1 odds. That tells us that we need ~$0,41 on river to make it profitable. If we expect the opponent being loose enough and being able to pay us no-matter what then we can do the Call here properly.
      c) We might even have overcards as outs or even 4 as a out:
      Although this kind of situation ain't that likely. I'd rather discount that one and either pick a) or b). Most likely towards Call.

      You are doing great progress, keep going!
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Originally posted by veriz
      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      Try using for example this formula for example. But I wouldn't really advice to use much of the formulas during game. Rather try doing that after game in your session review. Which will provide you for the future that you will know about the equity you get.
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity
      s, keep going!
      This formula is only hor when do not have an made hand.
      When we have already a strong hand, is that anyway for us to calculate our equity due the villians range?

      Homework nr. 4

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop. (Post your hand in the Hand evaluation board, and provide a link to your hand in your private thread.)

      NL5: KK Donkbet AI by the villian on the turn

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members. (Choose a hand from the Hand evaluation board and post your own evaluation in the thread. Post a link to the hand you have evaluated in your private thread. You can evaluate as many hands as you want, but try to choose hands not yet evaluated by other users.)

      nl2 - JJ

      Question 3: You are on the flop with KQ. The board cards are J, 9, 8, and your opponent holds 77. What is your equity in this spot?
      Equity Win Draw
      UTG 41.41% 41.41% 0.00% KsQd
      UTG+1 58.59% 58.59% 0.00% 7h7c
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #4 Done!

      Well, why would you need to calculate equity if you have a strong hand? :D You can calculate for the opponent the equity. And then will know the equity you get. :P

      This weeks homework was a bit easier. But the idea of that is to help you go through last weeks stuff if you didn't go through everything. Or either way maybe even read some more articles, watch some videos and of course attend in the coaching. What will also help for your game is the evaluation part of other members hands and of course posting your own hands.

      About Question #3:

      Board: J:spade: 9:club: 8:heart:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
      UTG+1  58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }

      Hopefully this wasn't too easy homework for you.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Originally posted by veriz
      Well, why would you need to calculate equity if you have a strong hand? :D You can calculate for the opponent the equity. And then will know the equity you get. :P

      Well... Another note for my notebook. hehe.

      But I was meaning in the case that we have a made hand, not necessary the nuts, and the opponent bets? He can have a draw but can also have an hand.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by Kony76
      Originally posted by veriz
      Well, why would you need to calculate equity if you have a strong hand? :D You can calculate for the opponent the equity. And then will know the equity you get. :P

      Well... Another note for my notebook. hehe.

      But I was meaning in the case that we have a made hand, not necessary the nuts, and the opponent bets? He can have a draw but can also have an hand.
      So just open equilab and it will tell you. :P That's why we have to practice with it to get better and understand the game. There is no simple way to do that during your game.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Veriz,

      I saw in one of the podcasts of the beginners course coaching session, that you had an excel sheet that calculates thepot odds and equity.

      I found th elink, but it was not working. Is that spreadsheet still available?
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Homework nr. 5

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents.

      NL5: AJ CBET and 3BET by villian - Stats interpretation

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      Aa 073112

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      Hero($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 , 7
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3 , 3 , T (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) J (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      Here I would 3BET something around 4$, or even go all in. We have to protect of another Diamond card, and we are getting value of a not prbable SET, PP, Jx,Tx, and flushdraws.



      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J , J
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6 , 9 , T (2 players)
      Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      He is a loose agressive player, so we are in front of his range.
      His range could be something like: 77+,A9s+,KTs+,QTs+,JTs,ATo+,KJo+, so we have 63% of equity.

      If we check, for sure he will make de CBET, and then we will have to raise, to protect our hand, but probably we only get called by better hands.

      Maybe, in this case a donkbet could be a good option, because we still protect our hand, but cheaper, and we will extract value of straight draws.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Homework nr 6

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have either a) freeplay, b) slowplay, or c) multi-way pot situation.

      NL5: A9o Freeplay, and AI on Flop

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.

      nl2 hero AQo

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:
      $25 NL Hold'em (10 handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($25)
      UTG+1 ($25) rock
      UTG+2 ($25)
      MP1 ($25)
      MP2 ($25) LAG
      MP3 ($25) maniac
      CO ($25)
      Hero BU ($25)
      SB ($25)
      BB ($25) calling station

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q , J
      5 folds, MP3 raises $1.00, CO calls $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 1 fold, BB calls $1.00

      Flop: ($4.10) 3 , J , A (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.10) Q (4 players)
      BB bets $2.05, 2 folds, Hero...?

      What action would you take, and why?

      Here we could call or raise. Never fold, because we have a strong hand.

      As the villian is a calling station, I think that the Q on the turn helped him. If we raise, we will isolate us only with stonger hands. I don't think he would call with worse, and we would be commited to a possible push.

      So, I would call and evaluate the river again. But in this case, I think I would call the river of any bet of him (unless an overbet).
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by Kony76
      Veriz,

      I saw in one of the podcasts of the beginners course coaching session, that you had an excel sheet that calculates thepot odds and equity.

      I found th elink, but it was not working. Is that spreadsheet still available?
      In any case you want me to send it just contact me via e-mail. You can find my e-mail in my private coaching thread. :)
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #5 Done!

      About Task #3
      It's a very close decision: does protection or pot control weigh heavier here? Do you want to protect against hands like 3x or A:dx and K:dx? Or do you want to control the pot size and try to induce a bluff on the river in case there is no T, no J and no additional ?

      Raise/fold is out of question - with the given pot size and the good made hand you have, it can't even be considered.

      In case you decide to go broke, you can't really be blamed either. It's not a sign of weakness that the rather tight small blind decides to bet into two people here, though. I would say a call is to be slightly favored, while the many outs against you are annoying. The big blind who calls rather loosely speaks in favor of a raise/broke again. Both options are finally considered equal, which shows - all things considered - how close and full of variance these spots really are.

      About Task #4
      You've called pre-flop and then hit a good board. You basically have two choices now: either you assume that your opponent will go broke loosely or puts you on a bluff often and you thus check/raise - or you play check/call in the spirit of way ahead / way behind. The problem with the latter is that there are a lot of cards you don't want to see in the later course of the hand. All in all, it depends on your balancing as both lines make sense under certain circumstances.

      A check/fold would be really pointless, of course. It's hard to say whether you should donk-bet here; donk/fold can be discarded as that would turn your hand into a pure bluff and your opponent would interpret this as weakness and start raising you out of flops with hands like AK/AQ/air. So, if you want to donk-bet, it has to be a donk/3-bet.

      Good luck on tables and with the Course.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #6 Done!

      About Question #3:
      Two lines can quickly be discarded here: fold and raise/fold; your hand is simply too strong for those alternatives.

      It's hard to assess whether you should put in a raise here. When a rather passive player decides to bet into three players while being out of position, it does look strong. It's more likely an indication of a made hand than that of a draw.

      A raise naturally protects, but you run the risk of isolating yourself against very strong range. Which weaker hands could your opponent possibly continue playing here?

      The deciding factor finally comes in the size of the pot. This tiny pot simply isn't worth putting yourself into a tough spot where you could potentially end up risking your entire stack. A raise would be overplayed here and pot control takes the precedent over protection.

      Best of Luck on the tables and with the Course.
    • Kony76
      Kony76
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      Homework #7

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have played on a 6-max table (short-handed).

      NL5: Set of K


      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members

      NL2 - A9s [HW #5]

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB (Hero) ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 5 , 4
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) 3 , 2 , Q (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, CO Raises All-in, BU calls All-in, SB folds, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I think That here is an easy call. We have a lot of outs, since we have a flushdraw and an OESD. We might be loosing for a higher flusdraw, but maybe he is not doing that move with flusdraw. Maybe with a SET or a Qx with one heart.



      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO (Hero) ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A , K
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) A , 4 , 4 (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $1.20, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would put the villians in a range of PP and some Ax suited, so in this case we only will be loosing against A4 or 44 (not probable).
      We have nothing to protect, so I would call/fold here, and evaluate again the turn.
      If a blank card comes, I will call again, or bet if he checks.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good Job! Homework #7 Done!

      About Question #3:
      In this case, you decided to bet out yourself and two players behind you go all-in. You would have to invest $8.40 in order to participate in a $22 pot, which corresponds to an equity of 27.63%.

      Board: Q 3 2
      Dead:

      Equity Win DrawLoss Hand
      Player 1: 38.538% 38.538% 0.000% 61.462% 5h4h
      Player 2: 14.540% 14.540% 0.000% 85.460% QQ+
      Player 3: 46.921% 46.921% 0.000% 53.079% 22-33

      You get the required odds even when you're exclusively up against very strong hands!

      About Question #4:
      Top pair / top kicker has been and will always be a hand that's tough to play, especially in a multi-way pot. In this case, you've hit a nice flop, but you're up against 3 opponents on a dry board which doesn't allow for any dangerous draws.

      A fold on this board is, of course, too weak. You can't really hit much better and there might be worse Ax hands willing to pay you off.

      If you think that your opponent(s) is/are often willing to go broke on the flop with worse hands, raising might not be the worst of choices. But one thing is clear: if you raise, you have to go all-in on the flop! Raise/fold with your top pair is absolutely out of question.

      Even though this might leave a bitter aftertaste in a 4-way pot, you should play this like a way ahead / way behind spot here - by playing it passive, you will extract the maximum from weaker hands and bluffs while avoiding big losses against stronger hands.

      Best of Luck on the Tables.