# [New Starting Time: Sat 18:00] NL BSS Beginner's Course with Bierbaer - Content & Feedback

• Bronze
Joined: 27.05.2005
Hi and welcome to the coaching thread for the NL BSS Beginner's Course with Bierbaer!

this is the new feedback thread for the NL BSS Beginner's Course.
The content will be updated after each lesson so you can look up the topics covered in the coaching.

Coaching Info:
• Name: NL BSS Beginner's Course
• Coach: Bierbaer
• Time: Saturdays 18:00-19:30 Berlin Time
• Status: Basic

What will you learn in this coaching?
Bierbaer covers a wide variety of topics throughout the eight lessons.

Lesson 1
• Introduction to No Limit Hold'em
• Introduction to PokerStrategy.com
• Proper Poker Mindset - Part 1

Lesson 2
• Preflop basics
• General tips and knowledge for playing online poker
• Introduction to the mathematics of poker - Part 1 (maths basics, odds and outs)

Lesson 3
• Postflop basics
• Introduction to the mathematics of poker - Part 2 (implied pot odds)
• Introduction to hands evaluation - Part 1
• Equilab

Lesson 4
• Playing with initiative
• Multi-tabling
• Holdem Manager & HUDs - Part 1
• Tilt and tilt prevention
• Introduction to hand evaluation - Part 2

Lesson 5
• Playing without initiative
• Holdem Manager & HUDs - Part 2
• Playing with stats

Lesson 6
• Playing when nobody has the initiative
• Multi-way pots, freeplays
• Slowplay

Lesson 7
• Introduction to short-handed BSS
• Self-management skills

Lesson 8
• Introduction to the MSS and SSS
• Overview, summary
• Preparation for the final exam

We'd like to know how you like the coaching and how we can improve it. Please share your feedback in this thread!

For information about Bierbaer visit his profile or see his feedbackthread for the NL BSS Basic coaching.

*************************** Content ***************************

Lesson #1

Overview
1.) Introduction to No Limit Hold'em
2.) Introduction to PokerStrategy.com
3.) Proper Poker Mindset - Part 1
4.) 9 Tips on how to become a successful NL Player

1.) Introduction
I will post a short version of my notes after each lesson.
They are not meant to replace the coaching - they're just a structured list of cues meant to function as a reminder of the topics we discussed during the coaching.
Since during the coaching questions come, the structure of the notes might different than the one in the coaching.
Also I purposely keep them short (see tip #1 ), but if you have any questions I'm here to answer ofc!

2. PokerStrategy.com - an overview
1. Starting out - the strategy section
2. The first tool - Pokerstrategy.com Equilab
3. Watching the pros - the video section
4. Boosting your skills - the strategy forums

3.) An introduction to a proper Poker mindset
a) See Poker as work!
b) Good Mindset <=> Professional Mindset
c) BRM
d) Set a schedule!
- poker : study balance
- volume is important
e) Study!
f) If you really don't feel like playing - don't!
g) RB and bonuses are important
h) EV vs fame
- don't be afraid to make mistakes and don't care what people say!
i) "How much can I win?"

4.) 9 Tips on how to become a successful NL Player
#1 Think for yourself!
- critical thinking
- don't copy
- apply knowledge
- have an opinion
#2 Never stop working on your game!
#3 Post hands!
- provide details
- discuss
#4 Talk to people!
- study groups
- poker friends
#5 Experiment!
- reasoning is important
#6 Make mistakes!
- only once
- analyse them
#7 Only play under good conditions!
- quitting is key
#8 Good plays aren't always good!
- understand all the factors
#9 You're not as good as you think!

Lesson #2

Overview:
i) Preflop basics
ii) General tips and knowledge for playing online poker
iii) Introduction to the mathematics of poker - Part 1 (maths basics, odds and outs)

i) Preflop basics
See article.

ii) 10 tips for playing Online-Poker
1) The SHC is just a rough guide!
3) Only play when you can play winning Poker!
4) Stats aren't always right!
5) Sweatsessions are great!
6) Taking breaks is important!
7) There will always be fish!
8) Learn to quit!
9) Good players aren't always right!
10) Tight is right!

iii) Basic math
See article.

Math Examples
Odds = (Total cards - outs) : outs

What does that mean?

For example: Hero has Td9d
Board Kd 6d 4c

9 diamonds in the deck
47 unknown cards in the deck

Odds = (47 - 9) : 9 <=> odds = 38 : 9
<=> odds = 38/9 : 9/9
<=> odds = 4.2 : 1

Scenario:
The pot is \$10
The opponent bets \$6

For example: Hero has Td9d
Board Kd 6d 4c

Should we call?

Pot odds = pot : (Amount to call)

Here:
Pot odds = \$10+\$6 : \$6 <=> pot odds = 16 : 6 = 2.7 : 1

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Needed equity:
Equity = (amount to call) / (total pot AFTER we call)
Actual_equity > Equity_needed

Here:
\$6 / (\$10 + \$6 + \$6) = 6 / 22 = 0.273 = 27.3%

Rule of 4 and 2:
Flop: Outs * 4 + 2 = Equity
Turn: Outs * 2 + 2 = Equity

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Conversion Odds -> Equity

38 + 9 = all possible outcomes

We have 3:1 odds. That means 1 time we win, 3 times we lose
=> there's a total of 4 times
If we want the percentage of how often we win - it's 1:4 = 25%

1 / (1 + odds)
Here: 1 / (1+4.2) = 1:5.2 = 19.2%

9 : 38 means: 9+38 = 47 cases. We win 9, we lose 38.
Percentage: (Favorable cases) / (total cases)
<=> (favorable cases) / (favorable cases + unfavorable cases)

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Equity -> Odds

General: equity : (100% - equity)

We have 20% Equity.

=> We win 20 out of 100 times
=> 20 favorable cases, (100 - 20) = 80 unfavorable cases

=> Odds = 80 : 20 = 4 : 1

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Odds: Relation (good outcomes) : (BAD outcomes)
Equity: Relation (good outcomes) : (ALL outcomes)

Lesson #3

Overview:
1. Postflop play
2. Hand analysis and the Pokerstrategy.com Equilab
3. Poker math (implied pot odds)

1. An introduction to postflop play - general guidelines
1) Keep in mind the reasons for betting!
2) Tight-Aggressive > all
3) Aggression wins!
4) Tightness is hard to exploit.
5) Fold to aggression!
6) "I want to bet!"

2. Hand analysis and the Pokerstrategy.com Equilab
Handconverter.
[URL=http://www.pokerstrategy.com/video/8244/]How to post hands [video].[/URL]
NL Strategy forums.
NL BSS Basic HE forum.

3. An introduction to implied pot odds
General factors:
- opponent's range
- opponent's looseness
- stacksizes
- hero's relative position
- current street
- hero's range vs hero's hand

Example:
We have a FD on the flop and bet 5BB into a pot of 7BB, the opponent raises to 15BB => we have to call 10BB.

(amount to call) / (total pot after the call) = equity
<=> 10/ 37

(amount to call) : (amount in the pot) = pot odds
10 : 7+5+15
<=> 10 : 27
<=> 1 : 2.7

9 cards out of 47 cards help us, or in other words
9 help us => 47-9 are not helping
=> 38:9 odds
<=> 4.2 : 1

Therefore we need 4.2 : 1 pot odds but we only get 2.7 : 1

If we called, the pot would be: 7bb + 5bb + 15bb + 10bb = 37bb
If we hit we'll bet 20bb. Assuming the opponent calls always
=> on the flop we have 10 : 20 implied odds
<=> 2:1 implied odds

Pot odds + implied odds = 2.7 + 2
=> including implied odds we have 4.7 :1 odds

Lesson #4

Overview:
1. Introduction to hand evaluation - Part 2
2. Playing with initiative
3. Multi-tabling
4. Holdem Manager & HUDs - Part 1
5. Tilt and tilt prevention

1. Introduction to hand evaluation - Part 2
How to post hands.
Link to the NL Strategy forums.
Link to the NL BSS Basic HE forum.

2. Playing with initiative
Standard-lines:
IP
- bet/bet/bet
- bet/bet/check > bet/check/bet
- check/x/x > bet/???/???
OOP
- bet/bet/bet
- bet/checkraise/shove
- bet[fold]/bet[fold]/x
- check[fold]/x/x
- always consider checking the flop as an alternative

3. Multi-tabling
General tips:
- use a simple layout
- use 4-coloured card decks
- disable animations
- preferred seating
- disable chat

Dangers of multi-tabling:
- autopiloting
- losing the edge
- playing too much ABC

4. An introduction to HUDs
The most important stats:
VPIP
PFR
Steal%
WTSD
Cbet%

The most dangerous stat:
AF

5. Dealing with tilt
- Tilt = any non A-game performance
- be honest to yourself
- set a stop-loss
- "Am I still playing A-game?"
- "Should I quit?"

Lesson #5

Overview:
1. Playing without initiative
2. Holdem Manager & HUDs - Part 2
3. Playing with stats

1. Playing without initiative

1.1. We called a raise IP
Strong hands / Max-value:
- raise flop
- call flop, raise turn
- call flop, call turn, call or raise river

Medium hands:
- usually call flop, reevaluate turn

Weak hands / Bluffs:
- fold!
- bluffraise
- float and fold or raise turn

1.2. We called a raise in the BB
Strong hands / Max-value:
- checkraise > all

Medium hands:
- made hands: check/call or check/fold
- draws: check/raise or check/fold

Weak hands / bluffs:
- check/fold > all

1.3. We called a 3bet IP:
- Very situational-dependant with strong and medium hands
- weak hands and air: fold to aggression

2. Holdem Manager & HUDs - Part 2

- Limp%
- 3bet%
- foldto3b%
- foldSBtosteal & foldBBtosteal
- foldtocbet
- W\$WSF
- donkbet
- bet vs missed cbet (IP and OOP)
- positional stats

3. Playing with stats

General tips:
- decisions for stacks based on stats are usually non-optimal
- making close decisions based on stats is non-optimal
- know what the stats tell you

Lesson #6

Overview:
1. Playing when nobody has the initiative
2. Multi-way pots, freeplays
3. Slowplay

Playing when nobody has the initiative

Hero completes the SB
Types of opponents:
- Openlimper
- Overlimper
- BB

2. Multiway pots and freeplays

Multiway pots
- ranges are stronger
- fold to aggression
- bluff less

Freeplays
- be aggressive in HU pots, exception: Ahigh boards & drawy boards
- be careful in multiway pots

3. Slowplays

- General rule: Valueplay > slowplay

1. Stats
2. Personal impression
4. Think thoroughly

Lesson #7

Overview:
1. Introduction to short-handed BSS
2. Self-management skills

1. Introduction to short-handed BSS

a) ORC vs dynamic ranges

b) 3betting
- value vs bluff
- tight image vs loose image
- does the opponent fold a lot vs 3bets?
- polarized vs depolarized range
- IP vs OOP

2. Self-management skills

The 2 big topics:
- downswings
- tilt

The virtues of a poker player:
1. Patience
2. Discipline
3. Composure
4. Diligence
5. Objectivity (self-critical)
6. Healthy optimism, courage
7. Sportsmanship
8. Economic sense
9. Concentration
10. Nerves
11. Modesty

Lesson #8

Overview:
0. Self-management skills
1. Introduction to the MSS and SSS
3. Overview, summary
4. Preparation for the final exam

0. Self-management skills
The virtues of a poker player:
1. Patience
2. Discipline
3. Composure
4. Diligence
5. Objectivity (self-critical)
6. Healthy optimism, courage
7. Sportsmanship
8. Economic sense
9. Concentration
10. Nerves
11. Modesty

1. Introduction to the MSS and SSS
a) MSS bs BSS
c) Tableselection
d) Preflop play: see article
e) Postflop play:
see chart

3. Overview, summary
See 4.

4. Preparation for the final exam
Summary of the material of lesson #1-#8.
• 31 replies
• Bronze
Joined: 19.02.2011
Hello, I really liked the class even though I was only the last 30 minutes. Today was the first class? I hope to be in the next one..
• Bronze
Joined: 08.07.2012
Originally posted by saxcephas
Hello, I really liked the class even though I was only the last 30 minutes. Today was the first class? I hope to be in the next one..
Today was the second lesson, but they are recorded, you can find the recordings here:

• Bronze
Joined: 27.05.2005
*update*
• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
Very good coaching and well-structured theory. Nevertheless, it would be interesting also to see some live plays from students, database review or hand evaluation, in order to also put some emphasis on practice, not only theory during this course.
• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
I would like to also be discussed a lot of strategy topics such as stealing, 3-betting, cold calling that all have their own particularities and are also important for the game.

First of all, I would like to post some opening ranges preflop to be debated. The edge you may have preflop over your opponents is not very high, but I guess we have to play very well preflop so that we can have a good play postflop. I will just post the opening ranges from CO, MP and UTG for 6max because I believe that the ranges from BTN or SB are more dynamic and they may be included in the category stealing, where you make your decisions exclusively based on the hud and on the information about your opponents. For instance, if anybody folded until you and you are in the SB and have 43s you can still open raise if the opponent has a fold to steal in BB higher than 70% or around that value. But it is very important if he calls not to spew money postflop. If he calls and the flop is K92 rainbow we can still fire once looking on the hud and observing what percentage of fold to c-bet does the villain have. And that's all, we don't have to spew money or anything else! Of course, the bet sizing is debatable, whether we bet smaller, 1/2 pot to make the steal cheaper or 2/3 pot to increase fold equity, knowing that we fire just one street. Anyway, the thinking process is very important and it has to be repeated over and over again because all the decisions have to be taken fast, especially when multitabling.
• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
Standard opening range from UTG.

I guess we can also open other stuff from UTG, such as KTs, QTs or even ATo.

MP opening range by default

This range may be completed with some card combinations such as: QJo, JTo, KJo, maybe even J9s and 108s.
• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
Opening range from CO by default.

• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
First of all, let's discuss about these ranges, let's introduce limpers into our equation, let's see how we can widen our standard range when he have fishes in the blinds or tighten it if we have agressive players behind us.

Secondly, I will give an example of how players can spew money not knowing how they can adapt to the table dynamics.

For instance, we open raise from BTN with 33. SB 3-bets very light, he has a 11.9 3-bet range overall and 25 in position. 33 is a standard easy fold to a 3-bet preflop. But we think, ohh, he's abusing us, we'll call for set mining and get all his money (This is very wrong because if the villain is 3-betting light, he's not capable of 3-barreling as a bluff, we will win at most 1 c-bet and lose a lot when we won't hit the set), the flop comes 257. Oh, we have to call again, he's bluffing, he has a wide range, I'm sure he doesn't have anything. The turn is a 4. He's barreling again. Yeah, we didn't hit our set, but I'am almost sure that he has some overcards, maybe an AJ, AQ or Ak. The river comes a 9 and the villain goes all in. We use our timebank, we think for 30 seconds and we make our life very hard by calling the river because we don't believe that the opponent has pretty much of a hand. He is showing QQ. This is a perfect example how he can spew money by not knowing to adapt. First of all, the call with 33 IP is wrong because we don't know to play that hand when we miss the set. This is a perfect example of how we lose money when the opponent plays agressive.

Let's give another example of how to spew money: We are in the blinds and we have AJ. The opponent open raises from CO. We 3-bet him (has a high percentage of open raise from CO and a 70% fold to 3-bet). He calls. The flop comes 335. What are we thinking? Oh, he has something, but we have to make him fold his middle pair. We bet 2/3 pot. The opponent calls. What the hell does this jerk have? The turn is a blank 7 card. We barrell again 1/2 pot, the villain calls. The river is a K. We decide to shove based on our informations about fold equity and what we learned previously. The opponent calls with JJ and we lose again one stack. This is a perfect example of how we can spew money when we are playing agressive.

On the other side, while we choose to bluff with huge betsizings, we make very small value bets. Let's say that we open raise QQ from CO. SB calls and the flop comes T33. We just bet 1/2 pot, the villain calls. The turn is 9. We now bet 2/3 pot and the villain raises. We don't believe him, we put him on 9T and decide to go all in. The opponent calls and shows us a wonderful made hand on the turn 99 that gives him a full house. We get tilted and lose another 5 stacks by speaking loudly, how can they always have the nuts? The reality is that when we value bet too small, we lose a lot of value and also give the opponent the chance to have pot odds of calling profitable.
• Global
Joined: 04.05.2011
I would like to make a hand review for today. The hand can be found here:

It seems like a standard bet/fold for me.

Either you are already crushed, either you are slightly ahead, way behind. I mean except the times when you do have some reads on the player and you know that he also has bluffs in his range. For instance, a raise flop statistics would maybe be useful in this particular case. But nevertheless, people are not bluffing like crazy, anyway, on this board I see at most a semi-bluff possible.

What I don't like at this hand is the betsizing on the flop from at least 2 reasons:

1. You don't have any argument for value betting so small, you still want to get maximal value and also protect your hand on the same time because you don't have the nuts and there are such unfriendly draws on that board that might transform your hand even into a worse one on the later streets(if you bet big you not only that get more value from villain's range but you also protect your hand better and don't give your opponent pot odds to call you with crap)

2. Second of all, by value betting so small, you show your opponent that you are scared and you may even induce a bluff. Why? Because there are plenty of players that might think like: Ooo, what's happening with this small bet? And they raise you wishing to throw away your hand easily. While when you have an agressive play, you won't be raised as a bluff too often.

So, all these being said, I think that it is definitely a mistake to bet so small on the flop. What would be the betsizing I would make on the flop? Well, I will make it actually huge, somewhere around 4.2 or even more. Nevertheless, it's a standard bet/fold, you don't have pretty much to do after you get raised by the villain.

Anyway, don't play scared money, I mean the opponent might make some fancy plays when he sees such a small bet on the flop and, as I said, you might even induce a bluff by such a play.

P.S: Would you play it different? I mean, anybody! If you have any opinion or argument about this hand, I kindly recommend you to post your review here.
• Bronze
Joined: 27.05.2005
*push for content*
• Bronze
Joined: 08.12.2012
Very nice coaching with so many complicated things I wasn't taking into consideration, always learning new things by participating at it.
• Bronze
Joined: 17.01.2012
I wasn't able to be on coaching.
There is a recording somewhere?
On twitch i get only: This channel had been closed

//edit 20:08 Ok seems to be global problem. So i hope that ps will figure out this.
• Bronze
Joined: 01.04.2011
Very nice coaching. Unfortunately I only jumped in for Lesson/ 5.
Are there previous Lessons recorded and stored somewhere?
Will the new Beginners course started soon?
I'm looking forward to next week.

TY
• Bronze
Joined: 11.03.2011
Originally posted by ferko5
Very nice coaching. Unfortunately I only jumped in for Lesson/ 5.
Are there previous Lessons recorded and stored somewhere?
Will the new Beginners course started soon?
I'm looking forward to next week.

TY
You could check here: http://www.justin.tv/pokerstrategy_english/videos?page=1. This is where the videos from coachings are stored. I believe that the video from today's coaching will also be uploaded there.
• Bronze
Joined: 27.05.2005
Hi,

thank you for your feedback .

Unfortunately there are no older lessons available than the ones from the last two weeks. But from now on coachings will be recorded again. You should be able to find the two previous lessons under the link acetbfish posted.

Best regards,
Phil
• Bronze
Joined: 23.07.2011
realy nice coaching!!!
• Bronze
Joined: 22.01.2010
Very good coaching!
• Bronze
Joined: 12.11.2009
I've already said it in the coaching: Thank you very much for the interesting and inspiring coaching you just hold and for giving me lots of things to read / think about during the next days
• Bronze
Joined: 01.10.2013
good coaching!