jimmy21492

    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Hey,

      My name is David, i'm 20 years old and a university student living in Brazil. I joined the NL Begginners course hoping to be a better player.
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    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Homework 1

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I really want to be a winning player and in a few years i expect to play at the high limits and in big tournaments.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      Time and some time tilt are my bigger weakness as a poker player.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      TAG means you play strong hands and normally in position, you play as an agressor,you want to be in command of the hand.

      sorry for english mistakes.
    • veriz
      veriz
      Black
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      First of all, don't worry about your English mistakes, you can learn both here. :) Most of English community members ain't speaking English as first language.

      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.

      By time you mean you are busy with work/studying? Yeah, it's usually kinda problematic, to get that better you can always create a schedule for yourself when and how you use the 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.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Thanks for the welcome Veriz

      I am very happy with the course and your commitment to make us better players.

      Yes, in relation to time i'm very busy with studies but as you said with a good schedule i must beat this issue.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      HOMEWORK 2

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?

      I learned specially from the crushing NL 50 article and from the coaching video that you can adapt certain situations to the SHC. Like you should consider open raising in last positions with more hands so you could steal the blinds (specially against tight opponents and less against loose).

      Pocket pairs can be played in other situations to.You can use the call 15 rule agains 3 bets and even play more profitably open raising with them from many positions.

      Other hands such as suited connectors can be played differently from the SHC when a raise has been called from more then 2 opponents.

      In summary you can play very differently from what is sugested at the SHC according to how your opponents are playing and what is your image at the table that's because the SHC doesn't take in consideration the type of opponent and some other situations.

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

      What is your suggestion to play pocket pairs at early positions when nobody has called?open raise,fold or limp?
      NL2-AQ without iniciative

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


             Equity  Vencer  Empatar
      UTG    53.68%  45.27%    8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }
      UTG+1  46.32%  37.91%    8.41% { AKo }
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Hey Veriz where could i find the excel sheet that you used on the coaching from lesson 3? Could not find it on the forum.

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

      Hey Veriz where could i find the excel sheet that you used on the coaching from lesson 3? Could not find it on the forum.

      I have removed it, it used to be with Beginner's Course coaching and there was a link. But I guess I will put it up some day again.

      Totally agree with you about the stealing ranges. Against specific opponents we adjust, either wider range or tighter range. Against some shorties you can even steal with smaller raise, for example 3xBB. But don't overdo the stealing situations. Sometimes you might just put yourself into too many difficult spots if opening with marginal hands. As for example stealing too many hands from SB and being out of position.

      Playing PPs can be in long run be very profitable, we could even say that you earn the most money with them (except of course KK/AA strong hands :D ). You can always try out either you play them profitable or not by check the programs either you are doing great on early position with PPs or not and base according to that. Although the problem with playing them, especially from EP if you playing FR is the case that you wont always play them profitable and very low ones I would even advice to fold as 22-55 and raise it up like 66-77+.

      Suited connectors definitely play well in multiway pots but you also must watch out which ones you play, I wouldn't recommend playing very low ones as 43s/54s which are difficult to play cause they rarely hit much and even if you do for example hit your flush, you wont know where you stand.

      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.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Thanks for the help Veriz
      I would be very appreciated if you could upload the spreadsheets or send it to my email davidjorbell@gmail.com.

      Homework 3

      Question 1: You are holding KQ. What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 33?


             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    50.78%  50.40%   0.38% { KsQs }
      UTG+1  49.22%  48.84%   0.38% { 3d3c }


      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand?

      No Limit hold'em $2 (9-handed)
      Players and stacks:
      UTG: $2.00
      UTG+1: $2.08
      MP1: $1.92
      MP2: $1.00
      MP3: $3.06
      CO: (Hero) $2.08
      BU: $2.00
      SB: $2.00
      BB: $1.24
      Preflop: Hero is CO with AJ
      5 folds, Hero raises to $0.08, BU calls $0.08, SB folds, BB calls $0.06.
      Flop: ($0.25) 263 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero checks, BU checks.
      Turn: ($0.25) 5 (3 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $0.22, BU raises to $0.44, BB folds, Hero...?

      Well the pot is already 0,91 and Hero has to call 0,22 that gives a pot odds of 4.14, the opponent has a left stack of 1,48.You can assume that you've got at least 7 clean outs what gives you a odds of 6 that means that if hero calls the bet he will nead to get another 0,41 to the pot.With a re-raise from the opponent that means he's got a strong hand and on the river should be expected to get at least 0,41 to pot so the call here should be profitable.Fold would be a mistake and all in would not give us the right odds. So the most EV + move here would be a call.

      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.
      Well I'd like your opinion about the good flops for Cbets and when the Cbet on Turn is profitable.(when semi bluffing or bluffing).
      NL2-FH on the river

      Thanks really enjoying the course and working hard on it.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      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!
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Hey Veriz i did a mistake. The last homework was the number 3 and not 4.Was everithing right?
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Originally posted by jimmy21492
      Hey Veriz i did a mistake. The last homework was the number 3 and not 4.Was everithing right?
      Yep, you can compare the HM3 result.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Homework 4

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop.
      NL2- KQ with iniciative

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

      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?


      Board: 8:heart: J:spade: 9:club:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG+2  58.59%  58.59%   0.00% { 7h7c }
      MP2    41.41%  41.41%   0.00% { KsQd }
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Homework 5

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents.
      well actually the stats are not showing up when i review my hands on poker tracker 4 beta.

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.
      Nl2 JJ vs SS


      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      Hero($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6 , 7
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3 , 3 , T (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) J (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      Well somebody could have the FH but even so you have to raise to protect your hand against another card of diamonds. I would raise to about $4 and play for a all in from any of them because they could be going all in with other hands a part from a FH like a AdX, KdX,TJ,or even a AJ
      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with J , J
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6 , 9 , T (2 players)
      Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?
      Well it's a difficult situation against a agressive player on a 3 bet pot he could have QQ+.I think I would rather go bet/fold but you could check/call to and reavaluate your hand on the turn.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Joined: 17.11.2010 Posts: 152
      Hey Veriz
      If you could i'd like suggestions from you for poker books.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #4 Done!

      If you could i'd like suggestions from you for poker books.

      I haven't really read any books, mainly PokerStrategy articles which I'd recommend reading all of them. If you have read them once then try reading some more time those articles which you didn't get. But what books I could recommend is "verneers book about bankroll building" & "mental game of poker". Those are pretty decent and should improve your knowledge about poker + the mindset problem which a lot of players do have.

      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
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      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.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      HOMEWORK 6

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have either a) freeplay, b) slowplay, or c) multi-way pot situation.
      NL2-freeplay K3

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.
      NL2 free play

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:
      $25 NL Hold'em (10 handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($25)
      UTG+1 ($25) rock
      UTG+2 ($25)
      MP1 ($25)
      MP2 ($25) LAG
      MP3 ($25) maniac
      CO ($25)
      Hero BU ($25)
      SB ($25)
      BB ($25) calling station

      Preflop: Hero is BU with Q , J
      5 folds, MP3 raises $1.00, CO calls $1.00, Hero calls $1.00, 1 fold, BB calls $1.00

      Flop: ($4.10) 3 , J , A (4 players)
      BB checks, MP3 checks, CO checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($4.10) Q (4 players)
      BB bets $2.05, 2 folds, Hero...?

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would just call because you can control the pot and have position.A raise would probably isolate very strong hands and against a calling station i think the best play would be just a call.
    • veriz
      veriz
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      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.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Homework 7

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have played on a 6-max table (short-handed)
      Nl4-Sh Ak

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members
      Hand Evaluation Coaching - Homework #46 05.08.12

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB (Hero) ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is BB with 5 , 4
      2 folds, CO raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, Hero calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) 3 , 2 , Q (4 players)
      SB checks, Hero bets $1.20, CO Raises All-in, BU calls All-in, SB folds, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would call here becouse you have a monster draw and will win enough times to make this call very profitable.


      Board: Q:heart: 2:heart: 3:spade:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    29.27%  28.31%   0.96% { QQ+, 33-22, AQs }
      UTG+1  29.27%  28.31%   0.96% { QQ+, 33-22, AQs }
      UTG+2  41.46%  41.46%   0.00% { 5h4h }


      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (6 handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($10)
      CO (Hero) ($10)
      BU($10)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A , K
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU calls $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.60) A , 4 , 4 (4 players)
      SB checks, BB bets $1.20, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?
      I would only call here because the board is dry and with a raise the opponent could fold weaker hands that could pay us more on later streets. For example an opponent with a weaker Ax could fold to a raise but probably would bet or call other bets on the turn or river.
    • jimmy21492
      jimmy21492
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      Veriz I'd like your opinion on the following question from the Aces on multiway pots quiz

      Question 5:
      PartyPoker $10 NL Hold'em (10 handed) HandRecorder v0.9b

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($10)
      UTG+1 ($10)
      UTG+2 ($10)
      MP ($10)
      MP1 ($10)
      MP2 ($10)
      CO ($10) (Type: Calling Station)
      BU ($10) (Type: TAG)
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)
      Preflop: Hero is UTG with A , A
      Hero raises to $0.40, 5 folds, CO calls $0.40, BU calls $0.40, 2 folds

      Flop: ($1.35) 3, 3, 7 (3 players)
      Hero bets $1.00, CO folds, BU calls $1.10

      Turn: ($3.35) J (3 players)
      Hero...

      bet/fold (0 Points)
      bet/push (3 Points)
      check/call (2 Points)
      check/fold (0 Points)
      check/raise (3 Points)

      Your answer bet/fold (0 Points)
      You've opted for the continuation bet and on the turn, you find yourself in another heads-up situation against the presumed TAG.

      Board: Jd 7c 3h 3d
      Dead:
      Equity Win DrawLoss Hand
      Player 1: 61.222% 61.222% 0.000% 38.778% AdAc
      Player 2: 38.778% 38.778% 0.000% 61.222% QQ-KK, 77-88, 33, A7s, 43s, 43o
      You could start thinking about balancing in this spot. If you check here, your opponent could try to steal the pot; you could also show that a check on the turn doesn't automatically mean that you're giving up your hand.

      While check/call would also be possible in the light of a way ahead/way behind situation (you extract most value from weaker hands while minimizing losses against stronger hands), you are out of position and would thus have to count on another induced bluff on the river or have to suddenly donk-bet the last street yourself. All in all, bet/push and check/raise make more sense in this spot.

      Don't you think that a raise in this situation would have us beaten?


      Board: 3:diamond: 3:heart: 7:club:  J:diamond:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG+1  24.24%  24.24%   0.00% { AdAc }
      MP1    75.76%  75.76%   0.00% { JJ, 77, 33, AJs }


      this is the range i would put for an all in from this opponent.And i think AJs is pretty optimistic for him to have.

      What do you think?
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