• hex5151
      Joined: 17.08.2012 Posts: 1
      Q1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I have always loved playing poker of some kind. I remember my dad teaching me when I was 6 years old. I remember playing with friends for peanuts or potato chips when I was 9. But it has always just been a hobby that I have given very little time to.
      I have recently began playing more, and taking it more seriously. In doing so, I have found an entirely different way to enjoy the same game.

      Q2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      In the past I have had issues with overvaluing speculative hands, and not folding top pair, etc. I have been working on that, and am doing ok with it. I still struggle a bit with focusing too much on the short run, allowing it to sometimes put me on tilt.

      Q3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing a tight range of premium hands only, and raising/reraising to make sure that you control the action, and are able to get value out of your winning hands.
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    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      Wow, you have had a great childhood! Damn I wish I could have started so early with poker. :f_biggrin:

      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 focusing on short run, I'd advice you to watch this video which talks about variance: link.

      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.

      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.