• DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247

      Well .. here I am

      I was doing some part time jobs during summer, but it is now cold, i dont like cold weather... So my next "job" sholud be something indoor... what is better than poker :)

      I have registered here few years ago. I waste my 50$ bankroll mostly on SnGs and MTTs ... I thinked that one time I will have luck and I will won my million... It never happened.. i win something, i lose more :)

      So, Im satrting again... this time cash game.. Ive been watching high stakes poker as learning tool, Ive been listetning some mindset poker programs... then.. ive found out for begginer cours... and ME LIKE IT!!!!!!

      So ... Im known for laziness and.. Im give-upper (if that word doesnt exist, it should be invented :) ) , I have inspiration for this thing.. I hope I will have motivation ;)

      ///this is little about me, before I start this course :)

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    • DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247
      1. Homework

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      FUN? no, I have more fun playing LOL or Footbal Manager :) I want money... I want to have "job" that can support my living, and I want that job to be in time when I want to do it, and time, how i want to spend on it... Poker seems as it can be it :)

      What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      my weakness... I play one session of 2 hours, then i play one session of half a hour.. Im not consistent.. same as.. Ican read one all day about poekr.. then... I dont like, and I dont touch that for a days :/

      at a/the table, when I lose money, i fiil emotionaly about it.. it have effects on me.. (i was listening in some mondset poker program that u should focus on improving game, not on making money) .. so.. I try not to look at my balance during game... I think, sa time passing by, i will be more detached to money, when im playing poker.

      What does it mean to play tight aggressive?

      Play aggresive when You think that You have the best hand :)

      (my english is not the best.... I hope it was understandible :) )
    • DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247
      I guess I can write here about all my poker play... not only homework :)

      Well ... Today i had 1 hour session playing NL2 on partypoker. My bankrolll is currently 19$, so I can only play NL2 :)

      I played on 3-4 tables. I noticed that I observe style of other players, i make 5,6 notes ... i have question .. Can I find on which tables player is playing on partypoker ??? Because I find 2 loose players, so it would be great if I can play against them, not against random players :)

      few interesting hands from my session...

      just one interesting hand :)

      Nl2 22


      Known Players:
      UTG3: $0.98 - 49 bb
      MP1: $1.51 - 76 bb
      MP2: $2.81 - 141 bb
      MP3: $2.08 - 104 bb
      CO: $0.75 - 38 bb
      BU: $2.02 - 101 bb
      SB: $2.06 - 103 bb
      BB: $1.97 - 99 bb

      0.01/0.02 No Limit Hold'em (8 Handed)
      Hand recorder for this hand: SideKick 1.0.51016.3

      Preflop: Hero is MP1 with 9:heart: , 9:spade:
      SB posts small blind ($0.01), BB posts big blind ($0.02), UTG3 folds, Hero raises for $0.08, MP2 folds, MP3 calls, 4 folds

      Flop: ($0.19 - 9.50 bb) T:spade: , 9:club: , 2:diamond: (2 Players)
      Hero bets $0.09, MP3 calls

      Turn: ($0.37 - 18.50 bb) J:spade: (2 Players)
      Hero bets $0.36, MP3 calls

      River: ($1.09 - 54.50 bb) 4:heart: (2 Players)
      Hero bets $0.98, MP3 calls

      He show QQ, I WON :)


      Known Players:
      UTG2: $4.06 - 203 bb
      UTG3: $2.70 - 135 bb
      MP1: $2.09 - 105 bb
      MP2: $1.67 - 84 bb
      MP3: $1.39 - 70 bb
      CO: $2.14 - 107 bb
      BU: $0.79 - 40 bb
      SB: $1.52 - 76 bb
      BB: $2.23 - 112 bb

      0.01/0.02 No Limit Hold'em (9 Handed)
      Hand recorder for this hand: SideKick 1.0.51016.3

      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A:spade: , 8:spade:
      SB posts small blind ($0.01), BB posts big blind ($0.02), UTG2 calls, UTG3 calls, MP1 calls, Hero calls, MP3 calls, 3 folds, BB checks

      Flop: ($0.13 - 6.50 bb) Q:spade: , 6:diamond: , 3:spade: (6 Players)
      3 checks, MP1 bets $0.14, Hero calls, MP3 calls, 3 folds

      Turn: ($0.55 - 27.50 bb) 5:club: (3 Players)
      MP1 bets $0.06, Hero calls, 2 , Hero bets $1.45, MP1 gets uncalled back ($0.42)

      River: ($4.80 - 240 bb) 2:heart: (3 Players)

      they show 66 and QJo... I lost :(


      Known Players:
      MP1: $2.84 - 142 bb
      MP2: $2.00 - 100 bb
      MP3: $2.01 - 101 bb
      CO: $3.65 - 183 bb
      BU: $2.05 - 103 bb
      SB: $1.30 - 65 bb
      BB: $0.77 - 39 bb

      0.01/0.02 No Limit Hold'em (7 Handed)
      Hand recorder for this hand: SideKick 1.0.51016.3

      Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:heart: , T:spade:
      SB posts small blind ($0.01), BB posts big blind ($0.02), 2 folds, Hero raises for $0.04, 2 folds, SB calls, BB folds

      Flop: ($0.10 - 5 bb) Q:heart: , J:heart: , 9:spade: (2 Players)
      SB bets $0.05, Hero calls

      Turn: ($0.20 - 10 bb) K:spade: (2 Players)
      SB bets $0.19, Hero calls

      River: ($0.58 - 29 bb) 9:heart: (2 Players)
      SB bets $1.02, Hero calls

      He show K9 :(


      those were the biggest hand in my session...

      I played with profit 2.12$.. .I guess that it is irrelevant, becuse mu quest is to learn play profitably, and not to make profit in this one moment.. .
    • 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.

      Seems you having serious problems with mindset, I'd recommend reading the book "Mental game of Poker". This will definitely help you around and you will realize actually that concentrating on all those factors is just making you become even worse. When you rapidly think about how bad you are or how bad you running you will definitely lose even more money with it. Think about that!

      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 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.

      Oh and please would be nice if you posted hands into hand evaluation forums. :)
    • DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247
      thanks a lot for reply.. :) I thought that beginners' course is over so i stopped to do my homework.... :)

      im currently on lesson3, nut, ill do these two homeworks in comming days

      Thanks for advice, If u think about book from Jared Tendler.. I find it.. and started to read... I hope it will fix my mental game (I know that book will not fix anything, I will fix with implementing knowlgde from that book :) )

      I was something loose in my plasing.. I started to play SnG... and lost some money there.. Actualy.... in two days my bankrooll from 50$+ went to 11$ :(
      It was my fault... During one session I was browsing pornography and playing poker :D Behaviour like that is over ... :) Today session was profitably... so.. .I hope Im again on right track ....

      {this looks more like blog than place for doing homeworks :) ))) }
    • DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247
      Homework 2.

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why? (Are there any hands you would play differently? Do you have a problem or question about how a specific hand or hands should be played?)

      Answer 1: Only when blind steal I use wider range :)

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. ( Post your hand in the Hand evaluation forums and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      answer 2: Ill post it ;)

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo. ( You can either calculate this yourself or use an equity calculator such as the Equilab.)

      answer 3:
             Equity     Win     Tie
       46.32%   37.92%    8.41% { AKo }
        53.68%   45.27%    8.41% { 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo }
    • DjolusVicenus
      Joined: 15.11.2009 Posts: 247
      HOMEWORK 3

      Question 1: You are holding KQ. What is your preflop equity against an opponent who has 33? How does the equity change on this flop: J53? (Tip: you can use the Equilab to help you with this task.)

      Answer 1:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2    48.75%  48.36%   0.39% { KQs, KQo }
      MP3    51.25%  50.86%   0.39% { 33 }


      Flop J53

      Board: J:heart: 5:spade: 3:club:
             Equity     Win     Tie
      MP2     3.72%   3.72%   0.00% { KQs, KQo }
      MP3    96.28%  96.28%   0.00% { 33 }

      Question 2: What would you do in the following hand? (Remember that it is important to explain your reasons, simply posting "Fold" or "Call" isn't enough!)
      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...?

      Answer 2: I expect that BU have 44, 55 or slowplay 22,33,66 ... I cant see how Heros hand can improve, so definitely FOLD

      Question 3: Do you have questions about your postflop play? Post your hand for evaluation. (Post your hand in the hand evaluation forum and provide a link to your hand in your private thread in the Locker Room.)

      Answer 3: I already did it, and I have intention to do it again :)
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Good job! Homework #2 Done!

      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.

      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.
    • veriz
      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!