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    • catakliss
      Joined: 06.01.2012 Posts: 4
      Hi my ScreenName is Catakliss,

      I'm 22 years old working in IT.

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      I love the game in general. All type, from NL to razz to PLO to anything poker. I love the mind game ( metagame ) aspect of it. Coming from starcraft, I belive poker is a lot like sc. There is no skill cap, the metagame is always evolving. It's amazing!

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      -Making decisions based on emotions.
      -Being over confident.
      -Leave my ego at the door.
      -Asking myself the right question.
      -Analyzing my opponents.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?

      - It means keeping a tight image at the table. Carefully selecting starting hands, C-betting when needed. Being aggressive on big pots, and being careful not to expand myself too much.
  • 2 replies
    • purplefizz
      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      hi Catakliss,

      a warm welcome to our beginner's course! it's true, a lot of starcraft players seem to be playing poker too :) and i can totally relate - being emotional at the table is really one of the biggest hurdles i think all players tackle.

      i'm sure one of our coaches will be a long soon enough to comment on your homework. in the meantime, just wanted to wish you well and give some encouragement.

    • 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.

      Ego problems are very important to fix cause you more often going to lose a lot money in long run rather than win. The problem comes from you trying to win too many pots and showing everything who is the boss on the table, so called "sheriff syndrome". But is it always about winning the pots? It could easily be even to be capable of folding and trying to understand that we are behind even if we get really good odds. Try to force down the sheriff in you, try to remind yourself what you are doing on the table. I am pretty sure that you are also planning to win money in the long run so try to give your best. Could even write on a piece of paper not to do fancy moves and put it near your desktop.

      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.