jules97

    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Hi,

      My name is Julian, I'm a 31 year old trader. I'm pretty much a rank beginner at poker. I've played with friends occasionally for years, but I really have no idea about the game. Hoping to learn as much as possible as fast as possible!
  • 23 replies
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Homework 1

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker? (Be as vague or specific as you want with this one, but try to think of all the reasons and elaborate on them.)

      -To be able to use poker to earn a full time income to put food on the table and pay the bills.
      -Top be a very good player who is 'known' and people feel uncomfortable sitting down with.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      My knowledge is very, very basic. I am not super familiar with basics. I don't know the odds of strong or weak hands, when to play them, how to play them, etc. I don't know how to change play with differing numbers of people at a table. I am unfamiliar with any software.

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

      To fold a lot of bad hands and bet on strong hands.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      ...
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      About poker math, we going to have enough of it and you going to learn even some programs which are for free on PokerStrategy. Feel free also to ask about anything if you have any questions, I will be around here for you.

      Do you also plan to take starting capital from PokerStrategy cause I see you are Basic right now, could get the $50 for free. :)

      How long have you been a trader, guess you making living from it?

      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.

      About other stuff which you wrote we going to work on this course and go through some Basics. :) Can sometimes join the Beginners Course coaching and see what we doing there.

      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.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Take part in forums on poker strategy(which part of forums maximize my advancement?! hand evaluation?!)

      Very good idea, that's at least one of the things which was a success for me while I let people analyze a lot of my hands and tried to discuss as well them.

      - To become familiar with some software. Pokertracker 4 first (perhaps others?!).

      You can always try them both, PokerTracker/Holdem Mananger, both have trial period for test. :) And before going to buy you can come back here and ask me, I could give you some tips.

      Also the bankroll management part seems to be pretty good, although the higher you go from some limits I'd start to use a bit more tighter BRM for example 30-40 buy-ins.

      Table selection part try to also select more looser tables according Players per flop & higher average $$$ per pot. Plus of course don't pick those tables where there are too many shorties while there isn't much to win for us if we playing BSS.

      3 x his raise + 1 x each person that called.

      Depends also what kind of raise we face, if we face min-raise then I'd still do bigger and even sometimes vs 3xBB raise if we are OOP. :) Especially if we are deeper then we could also even raise bigger.

      Best of Luck!
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Lesson 2

      What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?

      - Could use the Call 20 rule with bigger bets against players who are more likely to pay you off. i.e. tight nit/tags from EP

      - Could open up range a bit more in LP

      - Could play more stronger hands in a range and less weaker hands (i.e. AQs is stronger than AQos and 43s is pretty bad)

      - Could use a wider range against looser opponents.

      - Could raise looser against people who will fold to it.

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

      nl2 playing a set oop

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo.

      47%
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      - Could use the Call 20 rule with bigger bets against players who are more likely to pay you off. i.e. tight nit/tags from EP

      What do you mean use Call20 rule vs bigger bets? You mean by that a smaller rule as Call15? Cause Call20 rule means 20:1 odds.

      - Could open up range a bit more in LP

      Totally agree, we could easily steal a lot more hands whenever we have tight opponents, and even vs loose opponents who are willing to pay in long run a lot money. The position usually pays you off a lot. We could even say the most profitable positions are late positions.

      - Could play more stronger hands in a range and less weaker hands (i.e. AQs is stronger than AQos and 43s is pretty bad)

      Makes sense and that's also what the chart tells you to do. :)

      - Could use a wider range against looser opponents.

      Depends a lot as well on the skill of yours, if you are postflop good and have even position then we can play with very wide range. If you are rather new to poker then might want to avoid difficult decisions.

      - Could raise looser against people who will fold to it.

      That's mainly the case as earlier about stealing, totally agree. That can be very powerful, we should abuse those guys who fold a lot to blind steal.

      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.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Lesson 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?

      50.78%

      Changes to
      26.4

      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!)



      I would raise. We have the nuts. BU probably has 44 and a straight so I'd make the raise to something I think he would find hard to make a decision whether to fold or call. Probably about half pot depending on the player.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #3 Done!

      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!
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Originally posted by veriz
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      - Could use the Call 20 rule with bigger bets against players who are more likely to pay you off. i.e. tight nit/tags from EP

      What do you mean use Call20 rule vs bigger bets? You mean by that a smaller rule as Call15? Cause Call20 rule means 20:1 odds.
      Hi veriz, that was fast!

      I mean if the opponent give higher implied odds, then yeah I could go down to a maybe Call15. Is this a bad idea?

      I understand Call20 rules means 20:1, but if we hit a set a little over 1 in 8 times and different opponents and different positions give different implied odds then there is a little leeway.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by jules97
      Originally posted by veriz
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      - Could use the Call 20 rule with bigger bets against players who are more likely to pay you off. i.e. tight nit/tags from EP

      What do you mean use Call20 rule vs bigger bets? You mean by that a smaller rule as Call15? Cause Call20 rule means 20:1 odds.
      Hi veriz, that was fast!

      I mean if the opponent give higher implied odds, then yeah I could go down to a maybe Call15. Is this a bad idea?

      I understand Call20 rules means 20:1, but if we hit a set a little over 1 in 8 times and different opponents and different positions give different implied odds then there is a little leeway.
      Too much down is bad, unless the guy has really tight range and opens from UTG. There are different factors to take into account.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      LESSON 4

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop

      Nl 2 Aj

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

      nl5 zoom QQ

      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?

      41.4%
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      LESSON 5

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

      Nl 2 Aj

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


      JJ in CO 3bet vs utg raiise

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      Raise to protect from nut flushdraws from the calling station BB. Cry if the SB TAG has quads or a better flush.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #4 Done!

      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.

      If you have interests you could try calculating the equity with a formula which you can use even on tables(either playing online or live poker):
      (Amount of outs x 4) – (Amount of outs – 8) = Your Equity

      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.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      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.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Lesson 6

      1.

      NL4 slowplay monster

      2.

      AKs :(

      3.

      I would reraise BB's bet on the turn to pot to protect from the flushdraw and for value with 2 pair. If he shoves and represents a straight I'd fold.

      If he calls and especially if the river brought a scary card, I'm not sure what I'd do, probably check/fold it down to any decent sized bet.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      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.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Homework 7

      1.

      nl4 KJ 6max

      2.

      NL 2 semi-bluff bet sizing?

      3.

      Flush draw + OESD draw

      Put CO on a set.

      15 outs 55% equity v his range

      Put BU on a better set!! If he has a better flushdraw then he shouldnt call.

      I definitely shove allin.

      4.

      I put button on
      22-JJ, 54s-KQs, 86s-AQs, A2-AQs

      The flop is very hard for him to hit in this range. But we're either way ahead or way behind. So I check/call every street unless he does something crazy.
      If he checks on the turn, I check behind.
    • jules97
      jules97
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.06.2012 Posts: 1,449
      Homework 8

      3)

      I want to keep barrelling away! I've hit my flushdraw and yippee!

      But, I guess he would more than likely only call with better. I think we still need to protect from him getting a better flush, so I would cbet the turn.

      He has 7 outs if he has a flushdraw. 15%. So to make the bet unprofitable for this I would bet 1/4 to 1/2 pot.
      Then the hand would get hard...
      If he raised my bet, I don't know? I suppose his flush range beats the crap out of mine, so I'd have to fold.
      If he called then I can assume he has a mid to low level flush that I probably beat and could value bet the river, iwth a size of something that he would probably call... maybe 1/4 pot.

      4)

      I think I am getting familiar with these types of hands :(

      Flop a full house yay!
      His range is pretty tight, I suppose JJ+, AK, maybe AQ
      CUT would probably fold the AQ+ stuff on the flop. He definately wouldnt bet the river like that. The only hands he would are QQ and KK. So I think folding and crying in the corner is a good idea. :f_cry: :f_cry:
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      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.
    • 1
    • 2