Kiwicoach

    • kiwicoach
      kiwicoach
      Bronze
      Joined: 31.07.2013 Posts: 220
      Hello

      I'm a new PS member and this is my first post! I'm loving the community so far, the articles, videos, and coachings and fantastic and I look forward to contributing to the community. Here are my answers to the first homework assignment:

      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.)

      My motivation for playing poker is to make a little extra money while engaging in an activity that is both intellectually stimulating and fun. I used to play FL 2/4 & 3/6 back in the early 2000s during the poker boom, and played until around 2007 before giving poker away for a more traditional career. I now have the time and motivation to pick it up again recreation-ally, and hopefully as an income stream as I progress through the ranks and rebuild my bankroll. Back in the early 2000s it was easy to make a living on party poker playing Fixed Limit and just playing tight at 2/4 & 3/6 but this time around I'm learning NL and am starting at the micro limits and beginners course to ensure I have a solid foundation to build on.

      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.)

      I know I get bored quite quickly which in the past has led to me playing too many hands out of position, Axs and suited connectors for example - purely because they are fun to play and can hit monster draws. So discipline and following the SHC will be my first challenge. I have also tended to act as the 'sheriff' and make calls while knowing that I'm beaten. I am older and better able to manage myself as a poker player now and really liked the comment in one of the articles about poker players having two jobs: player and coach/manager. I'm more aware of my emotional state now and can identify when tilt is starting and therefore when to walk away.

      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 aggressive to me means picking your spots and being aggressive while doing it, or being selectively aggressive. It often (but not always) means choosing lines like bet/fold instead of check/fold, and not cold calling raises preflop except in rare occasions (Call20 for example). Often the choice of action will be fold or raise with a TAG player, meaning the tag often has the initiative, and will only make calls when odds and outs (and implied odds) dictate that a call is the correct play. TAG play works because TAGs give themselves the chance to win pots even when they don't hit with contibets, blind steals etc and maintain a strong/tight image due to the relatively small number of pots that they enter. TAGs also bet for value when they think they have the best hand, which increases their winnings. TAGS are also not afraid to fold when they detect they are beaten by using bet/fold lines, and finding the correct places to fold saves money in the long run.
  • 6 replies
    • legand73
      legand73
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.06.2010 Posts: 4,135
      Hey kiwicoach

      I'm guessing you're from NZ ? Me too. Welcome to pokerstrategy.com and to the beginner's course. Great post for your first homework. Bogdan (our beginner's course coach) will come by in the coming days to mark your homework. All the best for making your way up the micros.

      Regards,
      Luke
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi kiwicoach,

      Welcome to our course. I am looking forward to helping you move up the limits.

      I am happy to see you put a lot of effort in responding to the first set of questions and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your homeworks.

      Best of luck,

      Bogdan
    • kiwicoach
      kiwicoach
      Bronze
      Joined: 31.07.2013 Posts: 220
      Thanks Luke and Bogdan for your comments & wishes.

      @Luke - yes from Christchurch but London based, although moving back to NZ for a few months very soon. Where are you based?

      Here's my 2nd homework:

      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?)

      Bit of a tricky one for me because after the first few days I shifted to 6max due to the number of tables running. As I looked at the limits above mine across various poker sites it became very obvious that to progress I would need to be able to crush 6max due to the lack of full rings games available. Would it be okay if I answer this question in terms of the 6max ORC instead?

      The ORC doesn't really address blind defense so one of the things I'm grappling with is which hands to 3-bet with vs call or fold from the blinds against a CO or BTN steal. I'm learning very quickly that this is player dependent as well as card dependent. Hands like AJo are suitable for a 3-bet blind defense as a bluff because they contain blockers, as are hands like KQ, QJ and Axs whereas medium and low pairs are really only suitable for a call/set mine. Obv it's not really possible to put all this info into a ORC because it would become unwieldy very quickly and as I learn more about how to use reads, stats etc I expect my play in this area will improve.

      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.)

      I've posted quite a few hands already (70+).. Here are several of the links:

      NL4 6max J9 2pair bet sizing

      NL4 6max A3s weak A + turn flush draw

      NL4 6max ATs vs 3-bet

      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 PokerStrategy.com Equilab.

      AKo: 46.30%
      Top 5%: 53.70%
    • kiwicoach
      kiwicoach
      Bronze
      Joined: 31.07.2013 Posts: 220
      Week 3 Homework

      I know it looks like I'm whizzing through the homeworks quite quickly however I watched many of the vids, articles etc before I found the beginners course..

      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.)

      Preflop:

      KsQs: 50.74%
      3d3c: 49.26

      Postflop: (J :spade: 5 :diamond: 3 :spade:)

      KsQs: 26.45%
      3d3c: 73.55%

      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...?

      I think this is pretty close between call and fold. Pot odds are 4.14:1 which is enough to call for a flush draw (> 4:1) however two of the outs are tainted (6 & 3 of clubs) because they might give villain a full house or quads. It's more likely villain has a straight here than a set however because I believe BU bets his set IP on the flop (unless he's waiting for hero to catch a top pair hand to continue with). So let's discount our outs to 8 instead of 9. This means we require 5:1 to continue, which we don't have, but if villain has a straight then we have enough implied odds to continue as it's hard to see villain folding his made hand vs a river value bet of 40-50% of the pot on the river. Villain may also have an overpair to the board and be overplaying it, in which case we can add 6 outs to our hand (A's and J's)..

      Given this I would call the turn and re-assess on the river. Some stats on villain would give more clarity to the situation.

      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.)

      Here are a few hands I've posted:

      NL4 6max AJo SB squeeze play

      NL4 6max AK OOP

      NL4 6max AK TPTK facing turn chk/raise
    • legand73
      legand73
      Bronze
      Joined: 01.06.2010 Posts: 4,135
      Hey Kiwicoach

      Based in Tauranga. Quite central in North island to casinos having Hamilton and Auckland so close for when I get the roll for it.

      Regards,
      Luke
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi kiwicoach,

      Congrats on finishing homework #2 and #3.

      RE Q2 from Homework #3:

      One key aspect to keep in mind is that your draw is hidden (backdoor flush) and thus your chances of getting paid off (when hitting) are much higher. Thus the implied odds for the hand are better and make this spot more of a call than fold.

      Best of luck with the rest of the homeworks,

      Bogdan