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    • dkdemon
      Joined: 03.03.2011 Posts: 2

      I'm a danish player, fascinated of the math behind the game and the fact that you can turn the game to your advantage.

      I've been playing poker for some time, but haven't used to much time studying, but now I will do my best to improve my game.
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    • dkdemon
      Joined: 03.03.2011 Posts: 2
      So, I've completed the first lesson, and I'm posting 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.)

      First of all, as I've mentioned earlier, I'm fascinated about the math behind the game, and the fact that you can turn the game to your advantage.
      Also, I'm very interested in the money potential in poker too.
      I also like the whole poker environment, the casinos, the clothings and the attitude of players. I love watching poker, and my goal is to take my poker to real life, instead of just online poker.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? (What are the mistakes you know you are making during your games? Are you playing while you're tired? Are you tilting easily? Want to see the showdown too much? Write down as many as you think are affecting you.)

      I'd say my weakness is that I know what I should not do, but I'm still doing it.

      For example, at the early stages of my poker game I tilted a lot. If I had a lot of bad runs, I moved up the stakes. This is getting much better now, and for the last few months I haven't really tilted.

      Another big mistake I've made is playing when I'm tired, or playing when my friends watch me play. When I play in one of these situations my game is different. If I want to show my friends my game, I play a lot more lose, and also when I'm tired.

      The last big mistake I'm making is that I'm getting impatient. I like to play 4 tables atleast, so that I don't have to wait too much, and even then, I sometimes go in on some tricky hands, just because I want to play a hand.

      These are all mistakes that I'm working on, and I hope to clear those mistakes up.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive? (Describe in your own words what playing tight aggressive is and why does it work.)

      A person playing tight aggressive is not playing many hands, but when he does, he plays them aggressive, meaning that he raise high and is not afraid of putting in some money on a good hand.

      This is a good tactic because you don't put yourself in too many hard positions and you can still make a lot of money when people goes in on your good hands.
    • veriz
      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.

      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.

      Impatience is actually a huge leak for a lot of poker players. You have to find yourself a way how you gonna ignore it or make it disappear. Try every time remind yourself! Forcing into your life to be more patient in any activity you do, not only poker. Force! Force! Force! Always remind what you came to do and the patience will just help you to improve more and maybe at some day even nice income. The more you practice, the more you will get used to it and even at some point realize that you even ignoring it.

      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.