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  • 3 replies
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck Digger1916,

      Hopefully you will enjoy around here. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, we will be around for you. Meanwhile good luck on tables, we will be waiting for your homework.

      You can start with your 1st Lesson:
      Lesson #1

      The whole course plan:
      Overview of Beginners Course

      Best Regards.
    • Digger1916
      Joined: 12.02.2011 Posts: 3
      Thanks for the welcome Veriz.

      I am about to start the course and consider my self to not be a beginner but not yet intermediate.

      Here is the first bit of home work:

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      It started as a way for me and my brother to socialise online, as we live a fair distance apart. He was the one who introduced me to the game about 5 years ago and to be honest I was a bit sceptical about the game. I thought it was all a big gamble and online poker was rigged.

      The more I played (FT) the more hooked I became and started watching a bit more on TV and on the net. I quickly bought the staple “first poker book”, Harrington (closely followed by volume 2+3) and got into the strategy.

      What started as a bit of fun a couple of times a month has become a almost nightly visit.

      I play now to both enjoy the game (relax is probably the wrong word :D ) and my desire to build a bank roll to go and give it a real go.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      Sometimes I let my ego get in the way and think I’m being bullied out of a pot, when in actual fact I look a bit silly calling my middle pair and rag to his / her AA.

      I have come a long way from my initial shouting at the screen and having to buy a new mouse stage. They funny thing is trying to explain to my wife what Tilt is, would almost certainly put me on Tilt!! Now if and when I make bad decisions I still get annoyed with myself, but become less annoyed if my AA is cracked by 22 (oh the stories we tell) as I understand (sometimes) why someone would call my raise from the button hoping (wrongly, I think) to catch trips.

      Even though I know I shouldn’t I still sometimes have the internet on while playing watching sport or poker tube, etc. I find I can easily become bored from the lack of action (and have started playing ZOOM) but when I open more than one table, disaster.

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

      To me playing tight is waiting for cards and only playing in position. So not playing 22 or A3 UTG.

      Aggressive is when I have cards (or if I have a tight image) and using my position making others pay to play me.

      It is the style that I think suits me best on the micro table. But, and it’s a big but, sometimes I would love to play like Benny Spindler. I saw him play on TV at an EPT and he was amazing. Aggressive, definetly, tight, now way.

      I feel I need to take a step back from what I think I know and develop a solid winning game. Although I do win at my sessions I also lose. So my bank roll rarely rises above the $50 mark. Look forward to your comments.
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      Distraction is another problem for you, especially if you have problems with tilt then I am pretty sure that you also get tilted before the those distractions sometimes. Therefore rather try to avoid them and concentrate on your game. Try to focus as much as you can and always remind yourself what you are doing on the tables. We are trying to learn the game and someday even maybe earn some extra money. How else we going to do it if not concentrating more on it. Also what helps against tilt for example few tips below:

      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.

      Ego problems are very important to fix cause you more often going to lose a lot money in long run rather than win. The problem comes from you trying to win too many pots and showing everything who is the boss on the table, so called "sheriff syndrome". But is it always about winning the pots? It could easily be even to be capable of folding and trying to understand that we are behind even if we get really good odds. Try to force down the sheriff in you, try to remind yourself what you are doing on the table. I am pretty sure that you are also planning to win money in the long run so try to give your best. Could even write on a piece of paper not to do fancy moves and put it near your desktop.

      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.