Hlrobles824

    • Hlrobles824
      Hlrobles824
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.11.2012 Posts: 2
      My name is Hector of the state of Connecticut from the United States. I've been playing poker for about the last six months and just started getting more serious about it.

      Homework 1

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?My motivation for playing poker is to become a better player instead of just a regular player who plays for fun. I want to be able to put other players at a range of cards, and want to improve on how to be a player taken seriously from all aspects of the game.

      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker? My weaknesses I believe is that I play for too long and always play good hands with the mentality that my pocket cards are the only good cards. I get tunnel vision and don't read the flop and lose to either draws or straights. I also believe that another leak is that I don't get aggressive enough and get too passive and sometimes feel scared and threatened when 3bet and cbets.

      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive? Tight means we don't play every hand we get. We don't have to see every flop and realize when we are beat and when we are not. We just don't only call but also bet and raise and we take position into consideration of all our hands. This approach appears to work because it makes you think what hands you are going to play and makes you aware where you stand in position to make the hand more profitable.
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    • Hlrobles824
      Hlrobles824
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.11.2012 Posts: 2
      Homework 2



      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why? As I look at the starting hand chart it appears to be very simple, but when I attempt to apply it while I play it seems like I fold a majority of the time. I need clarity on the “Actions before you” section which is hard to understand. For example, if I have 99 and sitting in late position the chart says call if one player called, but with so many players acting before me it is hard to get just one caller. How would I handle numerous callers? If I apply the chart as I interpret it, it seems that I will be folding a lot and only playing a few hands. It’s tough to apply when more than one player checks or raises. For example with pocket AA, the chart indicates that from any position you should raise if all players fold, or one player called, or one player raised. I don’t know how to play it differently because I just started playing poker.

      Question 2: Do you have questions about your preflop play? Post your hand for evaluation.

      Table Qingdao
      Seat 4 is the button
      Total number of players : 8/10
      Seat 10: HecMadd ( 23.80 )- [COLOR=red][B]This is me[/B[/COLOR]]
      Seat 4: Heidi133 ( 104.08 )
      Seat 2: john5275 ( 105 )
      Seat 9: jojo195990 ( 136.59 )
      Seat 8: jonchi3 ( 74.20 )
      Seat 6: pyro200717 ( 21.14 )
      Seat 3: radisson77 ( 0 )
      Seat 5: willemhorn9 ( 150.99 )
      willemhorn9 posts small blind [0.10].
      pyro200717 posts big blind [0.25].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to HecMadd [ Qh Th ]
      jonchi3 calls [0.25]
      jojo195990 folds
      HecMadd calls [0.25]
      Heidi133 folds
      willemhorn9 calls [0.15]
      pyro200717 checks
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ Jd, Ts, 7s ]
      willemhorn9 bets [0.25]
      pyro200717 calls [0.25]
      jonchi3 calls [0.25]
      HecMadd calls [0.25]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ Js ]
      willemhorn9 bets [0.25]
      pyro200717 calls [0.25]
      jonchi3 folds
      HecMadd raises [0.50]
      willemhorn9 calls [0.25]
      pyro200717 calls [0.25]
      ** Dealing River ** [ Ad ]
      willemhorn9 checks
      pyro200717 checks
      HecMadd checks
      willemhorn9 shows [ Qd, 5h ]a pair of Jacks with Queen kicker.
      pyro200717 doesn't show [ 2d, 3s ]a pair of Jacks.
      HecMadd shows [ Qh, Th ]two pairs, Jacks and Tens.
      HecMadd wins 3.33 playchips from the main pot with two pairs, Jacks and Tens.

      With the possibility of a possible flush draw, I slow played it. After the turn I raised seeing the possibility of a draw is lower. With the Ad at the river I took precaution and just checked. I think I should have gone in from the beginning with a bigger bet, I forgot about the four big blinds, sorry, I believe with a bigger raise, other players would have folded. Any other suggestions?

      I think I did better on this hand:

      25 NL Texas Hold'em - Tuesday, December 04, 21:10:04 EST 2012
      Table Qingdao
      Seat 4 is the button
      Total number of players : 8/10
      Seat 10: HecMadd ( 25.63 )
      Seat 4: Heidi133 ( 102.94 )
      Seat 2: john5275 ( 105 )
      Seat 8: jonchi3 ( 140.91 )
      Seat 6: pyro200717 ( 48.52 )
      Seat 3: radisson77 ( 25 )
      Seat 5: willemhorn9 ( 145.74 )
      Seat 7: xANTIBIOTIKx ( 24.75 )
      willemhorn9 posts small blind [0.10].
      pyro200717 posts big blind [0.25].
      john5275 posts big blind + dead [0.35].
      radisson77 posts small blind [0.10].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to HecMadd [ Qc Qs ]
      xANTIBIOTIKx folds
      jonchi3 calls [0.25]
      HecMadd raises [1.50]
      john5275 folds
      radisson77 folds
      Heidi133 calls [1.50]
      willemhorn9 folds
      pyro200717 calls [1.25]
      jonchi3 calls [1.25]
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ Jd, 4d, 2d ]
      pyro200717 checks
      jonchi3 checks
      HecMadd bets [6.23]
      Heidi133 folds
      pyro200717 calls [6.23]
      jonchi3 folds
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ Kc ]
      pyro200717 checks
      HecMadd checks
      ** Dealing River ** [ Ah ]
      pyro200717 checks
      HecMadd checks
      pyro200717 shows [ 3d, 8s ]high card Ace.
      HecMadd shows [ Qc, Qs ]a pair of Queens.
      HecMadd wins 18.06 playchips from the main pot with a pair of Queens.




      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo. AKo vs top 5% is 46.32% vs 53.68% (Equilab).
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Hector,

      Welcome to the beginners' course.

      1) Your motivations are great and should help you along the way (always remember your final goals)

      2) During this course we should be able to help you address all of these weaknesses and help you become a better hand reader, and player in general.

      3) TAG - tight aggressive - player that plays fewer hands preflop but when he plays a hand he plays it aggressively.

      I would like to invite you to attend our weekly beginners coaching that's held every Sunday. More details can be found here: http://www.pokerstrategy.com/coaching/176691/

      Best of luck with the next steps and at the tables.