CoverJ

    • CoverJ
      CoverJ
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.08.2008 Posts: 41
      Hi,

      firstly I'll introduce myself. I'm John I am a 23 year old IT student in Canberra, Australia.
      I've played poker on and off for about 3 years and besides poker I enjoy a lot of sports and am pumped to be watching EURO 2012 at the moment =)

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I enjoy playing poker, I am also a very competitive person and the idea of being able to work at something until being "good" (profitable) is very appealing to me.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      being too competitive is a weakness, it can lead me to tilt although I have never gone full retard spew tilt I have made some bad choices out of pure "i cant let you win" competitiveness and also on the other hand I think i can be too pessimistic and not get full value from good hands.

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

      To me it means playing premium hands for what they are, without getting too fancy. Betting to get value as well as to have the momentum of the hand in your favor.
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    • CoverJ
      CoverJ
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.08.2008 Posts: 41
      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why? (Are there any hands you would play differently? Do you have a problem or question about how a specific hand or hands should be played?)

      Possibly AQ from EP, on easy tables possible raise/limp all PP but over all I am comfortable with the starting hand chart.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play?

      Preflop i feel confident, especially with referencing the chart. I have posted a hand that i had questions about post flop here and here

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

      according to my calculations (with the equilab) AKo would have 46.32% equity vs a top% range.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      EURO12 is really great to watch, also watching it, although I am really disappointed in the last FRA-SWE game, how could they lose. :f_cry:

      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.

      Another option against tilt is to set yourself shorter sessions which might avoid you from tilting. If you playing longer sessions then it's more likely that during that session you can get upset. So work on your game and try to find out what makes you tilt and try to fight against 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.

      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
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      Limping is pretty marginal, it's possible to limp profitable on lower limits as NL2/5/6 or whatsoever but not from NL10. Why? Because regular players will easily understand what kind of range you limp and it's very easy to read you. So you have to prepare your game for it. Although that's true that it's still possible to limp profitable enough PPs.

      About AQ type of hand from EP it's definitely possible to play with it and I don't even mind. Especially if you understand the game postflop and might even have really bad players on table. You might even get called from worse Qx/Ax hands.

      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.