• Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Hi I am Raymond from the Netherlands

      I want to sign up for the course.

      I have been playing since 2008 but I played on and off. I played for fun in the beginning and later I decided to become better to make money with it. I learned preflop game wich was quite easy. But on average I was not winning and not losing money and i decided to stop because it took me too much time and it didn't bring me anything.

      In the end of 2010 I decided to get serious. I installed HEM trial and wanted to focuss on my stats with full tilt rush poker. I played on my small netbook (thats why rush poker) and I just started a travel for one year through South east Asia. In this trip I wanted to develop my poker skills.
      It went great and I was winnig, but after two weeks I lost all my winnigs bcause of a bad day wich was caused by a bad beat followed by a lot of bad emotions without a stop loss.
      I figured out that travelling was sorrowless and poker brought me sorrows so I decided to not play anymore and took my money back after it was frozen for a month in 2011 because of the full tilt drama in that year.

      At the end of my travel i was adviced to sign op on pokerstratey by a German who I met in Bangkok. He learned a lot from it and made good money with ICM he told me. I was returning home, had no job yet, enough time and making money with poker and find a parttime job sounds good. I still live poker and I still have this dream. So i decided to sign up on pokerstrategy and start again.

      I read a lot of articles and played a lot. Made some money and lost some but still no big profit. Maybe I wanted to become a pro too soon and make money very quick. Maybe I thought the time investment wasn't worth it. Again I had my emotions. But again I gave up after a couple of months. So I stopped again.

      I played sometimes in a local bar and was winnig some money, That was fu and oke. I like to play live. The casino limits unfortunately doesn't fit not in my Bankroll management.

      NOW!! in 2013 I started a new travel to Australia. I will be in Australia for one year. And again I decided to bring my pokerskills to a new level. Cause when I come back in my home country, I want to be good enough to add some monthly money to my salary from a part time job that I am going to find there. And this time I am not going to fail and give up or decide in the end that I want this. I am really serious and going to make a difference now. So I surfed around for articles on pokerstrategy to learn some basics again and found this course. I watched the video of the first coaching week today, read some articles, also some articles wich are listed for next week, made some summarys. And here is my sign up!!

      1. What is your motivation for playing poker?
      I covered this in my intro. But I want to ad some money on a monthly basis to my salary. The ultimate goal is to play poker and travel. To live where I want with poker as an income source. I also love to play poker. Especially live when you can interact with people.

      2. What are your weaknesses when playing poker?
      I give up all the time
      I see the money results as to important instead of developing my skills.
      I get tillt sometimes wich results in losings and the descision to give up.
      I want to win and see results to quickly

      On table
      Preflop play is good but postflop play and later is ego based. As veriz calls it, I want to be the sherrif. I hate to give up a hand when I think that the opponont might be bluffing and that makes me too agressive.
      I am not really
      I am not always putting attention to the table and not putting other players on a hand or range.
      Losing money makes me tillt

      3. What does it mean to play tight aggressive?
      Playing not too many hands preflop but play them agressive when you play hands. So that involves openraising a lot of the times when you enter preflop.
  • 15 replies
    • legand73
      Joined: 01.06.2010 Posts: 4,135
      Hey taxdriver

      Homework looks good and nice intro. Ever thought about writing a blog? . Bogdan our beginner's course coach will be by in the coming days to mark your homework.

    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Thanks Luke,

      I have a travel blog, but an poker blog is maybe a good idea. It is a way to blog my journey to the top. How does it work? Are there specific rules or ideas?

      Thanks for the advice.
    • legand73
      Joined: 01.06.2010 Posts: 4,135
      As you will be able to see here there are many different types of blogs that people have written. They range from being dominated by theory and hand evaluations, to others talking about personal things and events. That is the great thing: it is completely up to you provded it stays within our forum principles of being respectable and such but that goes without saying, i'm sure.
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hello taxdriver,

      Welcome to the course.

      For more information on each lesson please visit this link: Welcome to the No Limit Beginners Course Forums

      Great job with the first homework and introduction. It's always nice to read a detailed and information post such as yours.

      Best of luck at the tables and keep us up to date !!!

    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Thanks BogdanPS

      I have played yesterday and would like to post one hand for my homework.

      There were 8 players sitting but the handconverter made it 6. There was 1 sitting out. SO 1 is missing It is UTG who folded.

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2 = ($2.00)
      MP3 = ($3.50)
      CO = ($1.98)
      BU (Hero) = ($2.07)
      SB = ($2.12)
      BB = ($2.00)

      Preflop: Hero is BU with A, 7.
      2 folds, CO calls $0.02, Hero raises to $0.12, 2 folds, CO calls $0.10.

      Flop: ($0.27) 8, T, J (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.13, CO calls $0.13.

      Turn: ($0.53) 7 (2 players)
      CO checks, Hero bets $0.51, CO raises to $1.73(All-In), Hero folds, CO gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $1.04.

      I have history with this villian, but I forgot that during my play. By my evaluation I figuredout that villian was not good in laying hands down, and If I had reviewed my history I would know that he also slowplays his hitted hands on the flop.

      With this hand I wanted to try out isolation preflop. The blinds were tight and I was pretty sure they were going to fold. But I misunderstood the limper. He was kind of tight too. Hadn’t seen too much action from him. But off course he limped wich said my hands are something. My plan was to get the hand on the flop or preflop. So thats why I betted on the flop. Cbet half pot. I wanted to win there. He called and the turn gave me a 7 but also completed a straight. His call on the flop could mean that he hitted something on the flop but was not sure about how strong it was. It could also be chaising a draw. I think my bet was stupid, for value on not a hand? Protection for not a hand? It was a bluff, was the bluff ok? Against one opponent? I dont know if he could fold, hadn’t seen it a lot and in my last hand he dindnt lay down either.The flop was also dangerous and i couldnot really win anymore. I was behind in a lot of hands and only one Ace could save me. But maybe he called me with an ace. The flop bet was stupid!!
      I tried it again, second barrel on the turn. Just to win and I had hitted now. Not really with a plan. The plan had tob e to get a free showdown or something. At least I got smart with the checkraise and folded. He probably tried to slowplay me. But check behind for pot control with a hand that was probably not going to win and give up at the river was better.
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Taxdriver,

      Do you remember the suites of the cards? They are very important when discussing the hand (or any hand)

      For example if we had a nut flush redraw on the turn things would be better than if we didn't.

      As played I think that this flop is a good spot to check back, wait for him to check turn and bet (delayed cbet) - unless villain is fit/fold.

      As played I agree that the turn bet is not necessary at all. It has no purpose and it is too big.
    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Hi Bogdan,

      Thanks for the advice. Also about the suites.

      Dealt to Taxdriver [ Ac 7c ]
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 8d, Th, Jc ]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 7h ]

    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Homework week 2

      Question 1: What do you think you could play differently than suggested in the BSS Starting Hands Chart and why?

      When you are in the CO or BTN you can openraise more hands to steal. It depends on the players in the blinds if you can do this. What type of players are this? How big is their stack and what is your history with them? You can also play different to isolate players, but now you have also to take care of the number of players, the position of the limpers actions of other players to your play.

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

      TTT op SB NL2 Full ring
      The question was if I did right preflop here and I got my answer. Thanks to Plamen.

      Question 3: What is the equity of AKo against the top 5% range? 5% means 88+, AJs+, KQs, AKo.

      Ako = 46,32%
      88+, AJs, KQs, Ako = 53,68%

      My progress and thinking is blogged.

    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      The suites wouldn't change much in that hand (from what I have already said).

      Good work with the homework.

      For question 2 I agree with what Plamen has said. You want to raise there and a bigger size vs many fish is better.
    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      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.)

      KsQs 3d3c
      50,78% 49,22% Preflop
      26,46% 73,54% Postflop

      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...?

      This is a call because of the implied odds. You have odds of 4,14:1 vs outs of 4,22:1. You need 1,8 cents more and you are probably going to get it. If you count the gutshot straight draw as an out you will have 2,92:1 and then you dont even need implied odds.

      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.)

      NL2 FR 88 set hit op flop
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Good work with the homework.

      And yes, the implied odds are the key of Q2. The backdoor flush is key there as it is a hidden draw that can get us a lot of value on the river. And the gutshot is not important because the 4 would put a better straight on the board than our Axxxx.
    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Here is my homework for week 4

      Problem is that I am not allowed to post in the hand evaluation forum anymore. I have to post in the open hand forum discussion since they made it only available for silver status in the old hand evaluation forum to post. So now not al my hands are answered and I guess they could also answered by players who have less knowledge about poker wich results in bad advice.

      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation in which you have the initiative postflop.
      I posted 3 hands, for two hands I had no reply or advice yet.
      AQ having strong draw on flop
      AK hitting Top pair
      Hand KK vs Maniac

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members
      I did this hand. I would also like to know if I said somthing that makes sense?

      Question 3: You are on the flop with K Q. The board cards are J, 9, 8, and your opponent holds 7 7. What is your equity in this spot?

      Your equity is 41,41%
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi TaxDriver,

      You can also post hands here and later on you can work on getting silver level (playing affiliated or purchasing the level).

      For example in the AQ hand I feel your flop cbet is way too low and should bet at least 10c or so.

      And on the turn you can definitely bet bigger for value.

      I also can't open the AK hand and in the KK hand I agree with the call vs the maniac.

      Best of luck,

    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Finally my homework of week 5!

      Thanks for the feedback last time Bogdan.

      It has been a while ago since I posted my homework of week 4 but that doesnt mean I am inactive. Theory is getting thougher and more interesting and I want to study everything very clearly before going on.
      Also the stats were not easy to prepare since I had to install HM2 instead of free elephant. My first idea was to buy HM2 when I am a little bit further in my game but now I installed the trial and I am so in love with it that I want to buy it.
      By the way I am living in Sydney and playing live freerols here to practice my live experience. They are all over the city everyday. It is amazing. Last week i won my third freeroll since 2 months so that gave me another 150 dollar. Won 450 in total now so enough money to buy HM2 and buy a silver abonnement on pokerstrategy for a year.

      But my homework
      Question 1: Post a hand for evaluation where you have based your decisions on the stats of your opponents.
      TT call All in preflop based on loose stats
      Isolation spot based on stats
      Steal spot from MP based on stats
      Steal spot with weak hand from SB based on stats

      Question 2: Evaluate one of the hands submitted by other members.
      I did this hand luckely before you (Bogdan) did it.

      Question 3: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (7-handed)

      Stacks & Stats:
      UTG ($10)
      MP ($8)
      MP2 ($9)
      CO ($10)
      SB ($10) (17/13/2.6/24/1212) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      BB ($10) (27/9/2.0/29/333) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]

      Preflop: Hero is BU with 6Diamond , 7Diamond
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, SB calls $0.40, BB calls $0.40

      Flop: ($1.20) 3Diamond , 3Heart , TDiamond (3 players)
      SB checks, BB checks, Hero checks

      Turn: ($1.20) JDiamond (3 players)
      SB bets $1.00, BB calls $1.00, Hero...

      What action would you take, and why?

      SB is a tight player who called pf and goes to showdown only with good hands. He has probably a higher flush since he called pf instead of raising. With this stats I would call suited aces or kings from SB and PP. But any hitted PP or overpair would bet on the flop. So higher suits Diamond is more likely.
      BB has a slightly wider range then average were he likes to play passive with. But also he goes to showdown with good average hands. He could have a flushdraw for a higher suit Diamond or hit A J and wants to call.
      I would fold here. Hero actually screwed it up by not cbetting this draw in position. He makes it very hard since he has no information. Turn completes his flus but also higher flushes and full houses. According the action it is better to fold.

      Question 4: Consider the following situation:

      $10 NL Hold'em (8-handed)

      Stacks & Stats
      UTG ($8)
      MP ($10)
      MP2 ($9)
      MP3 ($6)
      Hero ($10)
      BU ($10) (25/21/3.8/26/1250) [VPIP/PFR/AF/WTS/Hands]
      SB ($10)
      BB ($10)

      Preflop: Hero is CO with JHeart , JSpade
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.40, BU 3-bets to $1.30, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.30

      Flop: ($2.75) 6Heart , 9Spade , TClub (2 players)

      What action would you take, and why?

      I would bet and fold after a raise. He is probably going to cbet if you check and a checkraise would blow up the hand since his 3bet means that he has quite a strong hand that could be a higher pair then yours. He is quite agressive but with quite good hands.
      If he calls I would continue barreling on the turn and check river.
    • Taxdriver
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118

      Can you tell me if my homework is good or could be better?