what up from long beach

    • jtbitt
      jtbitt
      Basic
      Joined: 24.05.2008 Posts: 2
      hey everyone. ive been reading some articles on your site and ive been trying to improve my poker game. ive been playing on pokerstars for the last 3 weeks, and im trying to play on the .02/.05 level right now. today i read some articles on here, bought a new $30 bankroll, got up to $35, and now im at $25. lol. well i just wanted to say im trying to improve my game, and trying to be patient and make myself more disciplined. what would you say is the best way to improve? like what is the number one factor that could help the most? how do you gain rank?

      ill probably be posting some hands on here when i feel like i play a more disciplined game.

      - jtbitt
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    • TerrorBlade
      TerrorBlade
      Black
      Joined: 16.10.2007 Posts: 1,922
      Hey there jtbitt :D

      Good to see you're at least trying to take the content to heart! That's the first step in improving your game. What kind of poker do you play, fixed limit or SSS? The number one factor in my opinion is a combination. At the beginning levels of learning would be:

      1. Read and re-read the content from the strategy section.
      2. Watch the videos to see the strategies put into practice.
      3. Play play play! Get lot's of experience at the tables, get yourself into all the possible situations and then grind out the ones you don't understand by posting them on the sample hands forum to be judged by other players and the hand judges.

      Mainly hand postings I'd say cause they tell you exactly how to play the situations you don't understand :)

      Also to upgrade your rank you have to earn enough strategy points! To get strategy points all you have to do is play poker on PokerStars or another partner site. To become bronze you need to pass the quiz and receive your money. From there you need to earn 100 over 4 weeks to become silver and so on. Upgrading your rank will allow you access to the next level of articles + videos as well as Freeroll tournaments exclusive for those players!

      Check out the Blog forum and maybe start one of your own detailing your progress & goals =)

      Good luck at the tables!
      TerrorBlade
    • jtbitt
      jtbitt
      Basic
      Joined: 24.05.2008 Posts: 2
      Haha thanks for the welcome. I've been playing No-Limit, because I like the intensity and psychology involved in it. I'm really into sports, and enjoy watching poker on television, so I was drawn into No-Limit since it's full of risks. I like the manipulation and deception involved in it, as well as calling people out on their bluffs and taking them out.

      Since I posted last, I fell down to $15. I was busy all weekend, and took a few days off. I purchased the book "Hold'Em Wisdom for all Players" by Daniel Negreanu, and it gave me some good insight on the game. I started playing again today on the .01/.02 and went all the way up to $33 where I currently am now.

      I have been playing better hands, and controlling the table, stealing blinds and raising people into folding on subpar hands, while having them put a lot of money in when I have the cards. I have been watching betting patterns to the point where I usually know when someone is bluffing or not (ex. they always raise a certain amount if they bluff, call-raise if they have good cards). Every time someone has called me all-in, I was able to read their bluff, and eliminate them, or see they had cards, and fold. I have not lost large amounts of money like I was, and I think I'm getting a better feel for the game.

      As I continue to play, I will try to form a blog, if I can progress into higher ranks. I am currently 20 and can not wait to play in the casinos in Vegas when I'm 21. Then I can take people on, in person.
    • TerrorBlade
      TerrorBlade
      Black
      Joined: 16.10.2007 Posts: 1,922
      Good to see you've had some success early on. Normally I'd say go by SSS 100% until you master that before playing bigstack but you seem to be handling that OK so I recommend you read the bronze BSS articles and follow that strategy exactly as they describe it to begin with, and as you get a feel for the game then you can add the bits to it. Have you done the quiz yet? If you pass it you get bronze membership and what pokerroom do you play at? do you have a tracked account (one you registered with the PSVIP code?)