• kant900
      Joined: 16.03.2011 Posts: 112
      Hi everybody!

      I already have some experience with FL Holdem but now it is time to start some structured training in NL. I didn't use Pokerstrategy much till now though.

      All the best.
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    • kant900
      Joined: 16.03.2011 Posts: 112
      Homework 1

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I like all the logical patterns that are behind the game. I don’t have plans to become poker pro, I just want to learn the game well. I don’t have too much time that I can devote to poker so I have no expectations as to how fast I will progress through limits. I just want to play and see what happens ;)
      The perspective of earning money also motivates me a little bit. Online winnings would be a good start for a live games bankroll – it’s what I’d like to play in few years perspective. That’s why I now play mostly for experience and knowledge.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I call a bit too much when I face nits. That’s where I think I lose most money. I may play a bit looser than starting hand charts propose but not like raising J9s from UTG. I also CBet nearly all flops – I think I should give up from time to time.
      When it comes to mindset, it’s really hard to assess oneself. I don’t have the sessions that I throw away half of my bankroll on the higher stakes but I do make stupid mistakes in single hands which are affected by emotions evoked by the previous hands.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      It means that we enter the pot only with very good hands and we play them aggressively, so we build up the pot if we think we are ahead. As opposed to loose passive style, we want to have initiative during the hand. It doesn’t mean that we can never call though – I think we can still call if we think that’s justified and still play tight aggressive style.
    • 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.

      As it seems you don't have problems with mindset but though I'd still ask about your tilting case, do you adjust somehow 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.