wattzson

    • wattzson
      wattzson
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.02.2012 Posts: 7
      Hello PokerStrategy,

      First off, thank you for your awesome website.

      I am 23 and live in Florida. I started playing poker a few months ago and right away I fell in love. My beginners luck recently ran out and I almost lost my initial deposit of $50. Once my BR got low I began reading more articles, watching more videos and researching the life of being a professional poker player. I have decided this is a dream I will achieve.

      I have already completed Lesson 1 so I will go ahead and post my homework here.

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      To become a professional.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      My biggest weakness is not playing the way I should. By this I mean I will do things that I know are -EV but I might feel like I have already dedicated too much money to my hand or I might feel like my opp is bluffing or I might just feel lucky.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      [B] I think it means you play a small range of hands and you raise instead of limp. You would do this because you benefit from your opponents mistakes and at micro stakes the most common mistake is players playing too many hands and just calling along.[/b]
  • 3 replies
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      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.
    • wattzson
      wattzson
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.02.2012 Posts: 7
      Thanks Coach, I will take your advice and frequently post hands in the hand evaluation forum. I use a stop-loss at only 2 BI right now because I tilt very easy but that is something I am working on.

      Here is my second homework assignment:

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?
      I am starting to widen my range when blind stealing, playing hands such as suited 1-gappers, offsuited connectors, A-offsuited and K-suited. I also play these types of hands when isolating.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.
      I mostly follow the SHC with the exceptions above. My questions are mostly about my post-flop play but I do worry that by playing too tight preflop, I miss out on the chance to win a lot more. Here is my first hand evaluation post: Nl4 Bss Aa

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo.
      Is it 46.32%?
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Totally agree with you about the stealing ranges. Against specific opponents we adjust, either wider range or tighter range. Against some shorties you can even steal with smaller raise, for example 3xBB. But don't overdo the stealing situations. Sometimes you might just put yourself into too many difficult spots if opening with marginal hands. As for example stealing too many hands from SB and being out of position.

      Isolating can be very profitable actually since people on lower stakes take the fast and easy line by just Fit/Folding too much. With that you will earn in long run a lot profit. Which means you can isolate with even wider range, sometimes even with the all range which you planned to limp.

      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 }


      Hopefully you enjoy the Course so far.