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    • alexmeske
      Joined: 09.08.2012 Posts: 2
      Q1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      A1: That I get to play poker. I love playing poker. The intellectual engagement, the personal aspect, the competition, the mathematical figuring... it's just a very entertaining game. I play poker because it is fun.

      Q2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      Pre-flop play. I don't always know what to play and when. I tried to use the starting hands chart, but then I took a quiz that graded my answers on a lot of criteria that are most decidedly NOT in the starting hands chart, so it seems that I need to learn a lot more.
      I often play too defensively.
      When I start playing aggressively, I often play too aggressively.
      Once I get my teeth into a hand, I have trouble giving it up.

      Q3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Pressure your opponents and force them to make tough decisions while not handing over money stupidly.
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Welcome to the Course and Best of Luck. Good job! Homework #1 Done!

      There is always something interesting to say like for example if you planning to take the starting capital? :)

      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.

      What about tilt? Do you adjust something against it? For example:
      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.

      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.