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    • zippaddee
      Joined: 03.08.2012 Posts: 3

      My name is Rachel and I started playing poker about a month ago. I can speak German and English, and wasn't really sure which language would be better to post in. I started playing on Freerolls and play NL2 now. I am not sure how many hands I have played; but have picked out many of my weaknesses, which i will further explain in my homework answers.
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    • zippaddee
      Joined: 03.08.2012 Posts: 3
      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker? (Be as vague or specific as you want with this one, but try to think of all the reasons and elaborate on them.)

      I started playing poker because a friend of mine told me that he thought I had a good mindset and very much potential to do well at it. After playing for a bit, I realised that it is actually a very fun game and can be quite lucrative. In addition, learning strategy and how to play will help me develop some skills that do not only apply to poker, zum Beispiel, developing a better work ethic and self-discipline.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? (What are the mistakes you know you are making during your games? Are you playing while you're tired? Are you tilting easily? Want to see the showdown too much? Write down as many as you think are affecting you.)

      The first mistake I have noticed while reviewing my hands is that I always shy away from being aggressive on the River, even when I am 90% sure that i have the best hand. I get scared of aggression from other players and it ends up making me lose a lot of potential winnings.

      Another weakness I have is that I play too loosely pre-flop, in the hopes that I will win something. I also get attached to my hand and am not very good at laying down weak made hands.

      Playing draws is also a difficulty for me.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive? (Describe in your own words what playing tight aggressive is and why does it work.)

      Playing tight and aggressive means that you play a select range of hands, and almost always have the initiative. This method works because when you have a good hand and put your opponents under pressure, you cause them to make mistakes, and therefore profit from their mistakes.
    • 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.

      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 being with us here and will enjoy the course. In any case you have questions about anything then feel free to ask it, I will try to respond as soon I read it.