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    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Hi

      I started the beginners course from pokerstrategy and by opening my post i got advised to write a blog. I think this is a good idea becaue on this way i report about what I am doing and that makes me more responsible. Why do I need this? Read the following!

      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 the beginners course. I watched the video of the first coaching week yesterday, read some articles, also some articles wich are listed for next week, made some summarys. And signed up!!
  • 16 replies
    • Alan883
      Alan883
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Hello Taxdriver,

      good luck on your journey. You have quite a lot of experiences. I quit poker myself few times but returned every time. I think there is something you didn't mention in your blog but i know you feel the same. After all we like poker as a game and we enjoy playing it don't we?

      Also i think it is very good idea that you start again from basics. You will be surprised how many things you will learn in no time.

      I will follow your progress and i hope you won't have any reason to quit poker again :D . Good luck and see you around.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      At the moment my bankroll exists out:

      888 poker: $ 48,-
      Partypoker: $ 69,-

      At partypoker I deposited money to make a new start and try it all over without having a clear plan, I just want to play and see if I had more luck. I played DON cause I thought this was wat is going to make me money this time. Normally i play cash games and thats what I like to play the most. I deposited 2,5 months ago. Pokerstrategy stopped supporting Partypoker so the plan was to switch to pokerstars when I would arrive in Australië since it is not possible to play with an european account in Australië on stars.

      After figuring out that DON was not going to be it I decided to study a little bit by practicing. Nowadays we have the smartphone so I installed the Pokerstrategy starting hands app on my mobile and poker multigym. Just to practice in times where you normally waste your time on facebook or with wordfeud.

      I found the pokerprofessor website by googling to Math articles and I found the pokerprofessor the challenge. it promises you to make $ 1000,- out of $ 25,- by following there course. I decided to start this challenge and for that I had to deposit money on 888 poker and play there. My fear of losing my money and failing this challenge by playing this High risk Bankroll management style without a lot of information about how to play brought me back to pokerstrategy. And now I signed up for the beginnerscourse here because it had more value for me.

      Near my Installed apps on the phone I found a program called wilson poker. It lets you practice situations, gives you advice and all kinds of information. I downloaded a demo version. I am going to try it and maybe buy it.

      My general plans:
      - Following the pokerstrategy beginners course and practice all the learned skills on 2NL at partypoker.
      - In Australia withdraw my Partypoker money and continue at Pokerstars.
      - Buy pokertracker 4 or HEM 2, not sure yet
      - Keep practicing with the apps on my phone
      - Consider to buy wilson poker but also practice on wilson poker

      The beginners course will off course conclude studying, playing and reviewing hands.
      This week I will come up with my table plan. What are my leaks? what do I need to work on and what skills do I want to practice.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Thank you Alan.

      This time I am going to do it!
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      It is not going to be Wilson poker! I dont like the demo. I think it is better to play and post my hand evalution on the forum and discuss them.

      I am going to focus myself on the postflop. I read the article of the 8 types of players and it hurts for me to say but I feel like a NIT. I know what to do preflop but postflop is a complete drama. I want to be the alpha male, the boss or the sherrif. It was a good article and I found some leaks with it. I figured out that my attention to the table and players is low, so I need to work on that. I am also going to work on the balance between pot control - protection - value. The other postflop thing that I will focus on is odds and outs. I will do this all on the 2NL. Just for practice, not for mony. On this way I will cover the leak that I allways want to see money result in short term.

      I read the crushNL50 part 1 preflop article and I want to practice those things as well. Blindsteal, isolation and domination. Adapt preflop because of maximizing EV.

      So my focus on the table will be

      Leaks

      - I am too bossy, alpha male, the sherrif, I let my ego dedict my play and don't want to lay down my hand.
      - I dont pay enough attention to the table
      - I am too focussed on the moneyresults, I want to close every session with profit and that decides my mood of the day and that is my way to measure myself if I am good in poker or not.
      - I am playing as a NIT, wich is not good. Preflop play is good, but postflop is based on nothing.
      - I never analyse my hands after my session

      Mindset adaption
      - You dont make a profit in poker by having the best hand but playing your hands better then your opponent. Having the best hand will happen to all of us!
      - It is about making the right descisions in Poker, not to be the alpha male at the table.
      - Dont think that if your opponent is playing loose, you can play loose to beat him. You have to do the opposite.
      - Your goals is to win money by maximize the EV by every descision. Thats why you make actions and not because it is written in the Starting hands table.

      In general practice
      - I am going to practice to read the players and catogerie them in the 8 types of players. Then I will adapt my game against the individual player.
      - Put my opponents on a range en see if I am right if it comes to a showdown.
      - Put my opponents on a range and think if I want to fold, call or raise and what their response will be.
      - Take my time to review my session after playing

      Preflop practise
      - Recognize situations where I can adapt my preflopgame on the situation and not follow the starting Hand Chart.
      - Practice blindsteal, enlarge the openraise depending on the type of player, stack and history.
      - Practice Isolation, find the situations and try it.

      Postflop practice
      - Training the Odds en outs. Everytime I have to consider when it is necessary what the odds and outs are.
      - Training with the wapens and plays as cbet, probebet,protection, slowplay, pot control, value, bluffing, playing against bluffers, playing made hands, playing draws. Recognize the situations to use this weapons and apply them.

      Next week I am going to
      - finnish lesson 2 of the beginnerscourse
      - start practicing above things on Partypoker 2NL
      - search for the possibility to open an account on pokerstars and convert my bankroll from party to stars
      - Keep practicing with the apps on my phone
      - Post hand evaluations
      - Keep you updated with the progress and new plans
    • Lazza61
      Lazza61
      Headadmin
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      Joined: 23.03.2011 Posts: 9,232
      Hey Taxdriver,

      Wow. Brilliant post.

      You've obviously spent some time analysing not only your game but also your mindset.

      You also seem very aware of the challenges in front of you and the improvements you need to make.

      Best of luck mate and I'll be following for sure.

      Laz
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Thank you Alan

      I played yesterday evening, i did good bacause i still dont know how much I lost. But I lost but didn't count and had auto rebuy. So I found a way to cover this leak of my moneyresults based playing.

      yes I lost, I was too agressive and bluffed too much. I will post my hands in a next post.

      When I was finished I analyzed my hands directly. Another leak covered.

      Well, it is funny. Because you see things and realize thing that you didnot see in the game. The game is going so fast. You see a hand and you think that you already know what to do and what your plan is. But by analyzing, you figure out that you made wrong descicions. So my poker thinking is not developed enough yet probably. I want to bluf too much and I am too agressive with nothing. But I did a lot better then before. I check and fold more. But my main leak is that I want to pick up pots with blufs too much.

      I have to learn when to bluf and when not. By going more into the poker beginners course I hope I will cover that. There are articles coming about playing after the flop and I am planning to read this soon.
      I have to remind history with players and think better about their ranges where they would play with and fold, call or raise with.
      And during the play I have to think the same as I think during analyzing so that I know where my analyses are based on. No too fast and think that I must do this action without overthinking.

      Points to do and consider
      - Learn about bluffing and try to do it not too much
      - Remind history with players and think about there ranges
      - Thinking longer and more and analyse more before I make an action. So think twice to slow myself down a little bit.

      - It would be a good idea to buy pokertracker. It wouldhelp me to analyse my players and to review my sessions.
      - I have to read the articles about what to do after the flop
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Hand History for Game 13352422867 *****
      $0.01/$0.02 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Thursday, October 17, 08:06:37 EDT 2013
      Table Calderdale (Real Money)
      Seat 3 is the button
      Total number of players : 9/9
      Seat 3: Manekki ( $3.41 USD )
      Seat 5: Taxdriver ( $2 USD )
      Seat 9: Tomiiu1 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 1: carinioo ( $4.09 USD )
      Seat 2: derekeverett ( $2 USD )
      Seat 8: l0ven0te ( $2.05 USD )
      Seat 4: makk1981 ( $2.06 USD )
      Seat 7: proxima5 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 6: radix2903 ( $2.14 USD )
      makk1981 posts small blind [$0.01 USD].
      Taxdriver posts big blind [$0.02 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Taxdriver [ Kh 6h ]
      radix2903 folds
      proxima5 folds
      l0ven0te folds
      derekeverett folds
      Manekki folds
      makk1981 calls [$0.01 USD]
      Taxdriver checks
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 3c, Qh, Jd ]
      makk1981 checks
      Taxdriver bets [$0.02 USD]
      makk1981 calls [$0.02 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 9h ]
      makk1981 checks
      Taxdriver checks
      ** Dealing River ** [ Th ]
      makk1981 checks
      Taxdriver bets [$0.04 USD]
      makk1981 calls [$0.04 USD]
      Taxdriver shows [ Kh, 6h ]a flush, King high.
      makk1981 doesn't show [ Jh, 8d ]a straight, Eight to Queen.
      Taxdriver wins $0.16 USD from the main pot with a flush, King high.
      l0ven0te has left the table.

      My first battle with my neighbour but I didnt pay a much attention to it. We bot were on the blinds and at the flop I tried to steal. I was not a preflop raiser so he probably knew I was trying. I should read the article about playing after the flop fort his. The turn gave me a flushdraw So I enjoyed my free card and realised that I could not bluf him away. The river gave me a nice flush and this time I betted for value half pot.

      If you look the hand back you see that he had a straight. He just slowplayed with a hit on the flop and called. Thats how he trapped me later. 
      ***** Hand History for Game 13352425440 *****
      $0.01/$0.02 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Thursday, October 17, 08:08:24 EDT 2013
      Table Calderdale (Real Money)
      Seat 5 is the button
      Total number of players : 8/9
      Seat 3: Manekki ( $3.50 USD )
      Seat 5: Taxdriver ( $2.07 USD )
      Seat 9: Tomiiu1 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 1: carinioo ( $4.09 USD )
      Seat 2: derekeverett ( $2 USD )
      Seat 4: makk1981 ( $1.98 USD )
      Seat 7: proxima5 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 6: radix2903 ( $2.12 USD )
      radix2903 posts small blind [$0.01 USD].
      proxima5 posts big blind [$0.02 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Taxdriver [ Ac 7c ]
      derekeverett folds
      Manekki folds
      makk1981 calls [$0.02 USD]
      Taxdriver raises [$0.12 USD]
      radix2903 folds
      proxima5 folds
      makk1981 calls [$0.10 USD]
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 8d, Th, Jc ]
      makk1981 checks
      Taxdriver bets [$0.13 USD]
      makk1981 calls [$0.13 USD]
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 7h ]
      makk1981 checks
      Taxdriver bets [$0.51 USD]
      makk1981 is all-In [$1.73 USD]
      Taxdriver folds
      makk1981 does not show cards.
      makk1981 wins $2.70 USD
      proxima5 has left the table.

      With this hand I wanted to try out isolation. 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.
      ***** Hand History for Game 13352430835 *****
      $0.01/$0.02 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Thursday, October 17, 08:11:51 EDT 2013
      Table Calderdale (Real Money)
      Seat 4 is the button
      Total number of players : 7/9
      Seat 3: Manekki ( $3.45 USD )
      Seat 5: Taxdriver ( $2 USD )
      Seat 9: Tomiiu1 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 1: carinioo ( $4.09 USD )
      Seat 2: derekeverett ( $2 USD )
      Seat 4: makk1981 ( $2.92 USD )
      Seat 6: radix2903 ( $1.98 USD )
      Taxdriver posts small blind [$0.01 USD].
      radix2903 posts big blind [$0.02 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Taxdriver [ Jh 7h ]
      derekeverett folds
      Manekki folds
      makk1981 calls [$0.02 USD]
      Your time bank will be activated in 6 secs. If you do not want it to be used, please act now.
      Taxdriver calls [$0.01 USD]
      radix2903 checks
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ Ac, Js, 6c ]
      Taxdriver checks
      radix2903 checks
      makk1981 checks
      ** Dealing Turn ** [ 4h ]
      Taxdriver checks
      radix2903 checks
      makk1981 checks
      ** Dealing River ** [ Ts ]
      Mupochka has joined the table.
      Taxdriver checks
      radix2903 checks
      makk1981 bets [$0.06 USD]
      Taxdriver calls [$0.06 USD]
      radix2903 folds
      makk1981 shows [ Ks, 9s ]high card Ace.
      Taxdriver shows [ Jh, 7h ]a pair of Jacks.
      Taxdriver wins $0.18 USD from the main pot with a pair of Jacks.
      Manekki has left the table.

      Hand against the same player, I could watch for very cheap. I hitted but OOP. Drawheavy flop so I decided that it was no time for tricks. I checked and got two checks behind. Off course at the turn I was tempted to bet, it helped noone but still knew that I was not going to win. Then the River a check again. The river completed a straightdraw and off course the button bets. My guy from last battle. This tome I didnt believe him cause with KQ from that position I expected hi mto be more agressive preflop, and I had showdownvalue and I was not bottered to pay for information about this guy and his range. So thats why the call

      ***** Hand History for Game 13352463157 *****
      $0.01/$0.02 USD NL Texas Hold'em - Thursday, October 17, 08:31:20 EDT 2013
      Table Calderdale (Real Money)
      Seat 8 is the button
      Total number of players : 8/9
      Seat 7: Coleonaz ( $0.84 USD )
      Seat 5: Taxdriver ( $2.02 USD )
      Seat 9: Tomiiu1 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 2: derekeverett ( $2.95 USD )
      Seat 8: erps112 ( $3.53 USD )
      Seat 4: opi57 ( $2.08 USD )
      Seat 1: proxima5 ( $2 USD )
      Seat 6: seiv1 ( $0 USD )
      Tomiiu1 posts small blind [$0.01 USD].
      proxima5 posts big blind [$0.02 USD].
      ** Dealing down cards **
      Dealt to Taxdriver [ Kd Jd ]
      derekeverett raises [$0.06 USD]
      opi57 folds
      Taxdriver calls [$0.06 USD]
      Coleonaz folds
      erps112 calls [$0.06 USD]
      Tomiiu1 folds
      proxima5 folds
      ** Dealing Flop ** [ 4d, 2h, 6h ]
      derekeverett checks
      Taxdriver bets [$0.08 USD]
      erps112 folds
      derekeverett folds
      Taxdriver does not show cards.
      Taxdriver wins $0.28 USD

      I won but my preflop call was kind of stupid.
      At the flop I kind of knew that they did not hit. Cause their raising range couldnt hit the flop. Thats why I tried to steal the pot and it worked, but I think it was bad again.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      I finished week 2 of te beginnerscourse, Bogdan need to check my homework off course but I hope it is ok. I will continue with week 3 of the course now.

      I played one this week. I am on a slow speed because I want to take my time to learn and not only play anymore.

      This time I won money. I had a good view on who was loose and tight and made use of it in my descicions. I also folded a hand where I was tempted to raise because I knew he was cbetting on nothing. Problem is that I had no made hand to beat his cbet bluf so I folded.

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      MP2 (Hero):
      $4.09
      MP3:
      $9.47
      CO:
      $2.00
      BU:
      $0.23
      SB:
      $3.34
      BB:
      $4.27
      UTG2:
      $2.10
      MP1:
      $3.26


      Preflop: Hero is MP2 with A, J.
      2 folds, raises to $0.08, Hero calls $0.08, 2 folds, BU calls $0.08, SB calls $0.07, BB folds.

      Flop: ($0.34) 9, 7, J (4 players)
      SB checks, checks, Hero bets $0.24, BU folds, SB folds, raises to $0.58, Hero folds, gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.58.

      The player was very tight, looked like a TAG to me. He seemed to know what he was doing. Havent seen him playing any hand. PPreflop he raised and that could be a strong hand like AA, KK, QQ, AKs, AK
      Decided to call with AJs and see what the flop is.

      His flop checkraise looked too strong to me and decided to fold. It is not my favourite choise and doesn’t fit to my old style, but it is a leak of me to play as a sherrif and the alpha male.

      And the next hand

      Hand converted with online PokerStrategy.com hand converter:

      Play hand

      $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold'em (9 handed)

      Known players:
      SB:
      $2.75
      BB (Hero):
      $3.74
      UTG1:
      $9.64
      UTG2:
      $2.08
      MP1:
      $0.23
      MP2:
      $3.09
      MP3:
      $4.36
      CO:
      $2.00
      BU:
      $3.17


      Preflop: Hero is BB with Q, K.
      3 folds, MP2 raises to $0.08, 4 folds, Hero calls $0.06.

      Flop: ($0.17) 3, 9, Q (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $0.08, Hero calls $0.08.

      Turn: ($0.33) 4 (2 players)
      Hero checks, MP2 bets $0.16, Hero raises to $0.32, MP2 calls $0.16.

      River: ($0.97) T (2 players)
      Hero bets $0.46, MP2 folds, Hero gets uncalled bet back.

      Final Pot: $0.97.

      Quicknight is vey loose aggressive maniac. So I decided to let him do the job at the flop and turn. But got impatient and checkraised the turn and betted the river out.

      So I am on the good way! Covering some leaks up. I will continue to week 3 of the course.

      Taxriver
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      I have been inactive on this blog fort wo weeks but that doesnot mean I have not been busy. I read the article for week 3 about patterns in poker and started to reread all the articles until so far and make this if – then table. I printed it out and now I am practicing it in the train on my way to job applications and jobs.

      I also continued with the articles and videos for week 3.

      And I found and watched the movie about Schnitzelfisch. A very good way to grow your way to the top. I read his post on the forum about productivity and I am adapting some things now. So it means I wrote a goals list, mission statement, find a way to practice gym in Australia. And a whole new way to organize my daily and weekly activities. I am glad that there are a lot of things that doesn’t count for me like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, drinking too much soft drink, eating unhealthy food, drinking coffee. And I sported a lot before so it is easy to catch up with this habit. The main thing is organizing my plans and thoughts and future life.

      But…..I am going to play this weekend again. First I want to do a little bit of review to know where I was and what I should focus on.
      So according my last analysaions the main problems on the table were
      - I bluf too much and play too aggressive to let the bluf work. I have to learn about bluffing and try to do it not too much
      - During play I have to remind history with players and think about their ranges
      - Thinking longer and more and analyse more before I make an action. So think twice to slow myself down a little bit

      Out of my hand evaluations I learned
      - If I raise on flop/turn do it 3 times his bet. And on the river bet for value and think about wich range he has and would call with. I have to go more in depth to value on the river to learn this.

      So during this play
      - Focus on the hand ranges
      - Focus on the type of players
      - Focus on the postflop play and consider the weight between pot control, protection and value and the weapons
      - Focus on the rules when to bluf!!
      - Focus on preflop adaption for Isolation and blindsteals

      So for after this play
      - I will evaluate my hand, try some odd calculations and hand range brainstorming and post my hand evaluations
      - I will determine how many hands I played and decide how many I can play in one hour on my netbook with only one table to set a goal for this.
      - I wil start to learn about river valuebets
      - I will ost my homework of week 3
      - I continue to week 4 of the course and start to read the in depth articles about playing after the flop.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      So I played and have some hands posted

      Ifigured out the next things.

      - I have to learn more on blind protection, after this I will study the hand that I played on the 9th of November one more time and maybe post it if I cannot figure out.
      - Still another problem is my too fast thinking during the play, I hit a set and I am sold. I have to consider the hand ranges of the other player.
      - Next time a raise good TT+ op de blinds stronger with a lot of limpers.

      What am I going to do
      - Post my homework of week 3
      - read something bout blind protection
      - read something about river play
      - Play a session
      - Review, post hands
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      10-11-2013
      I am not happy with my play today. It was crazy and weird. Hard decisions to make. I forgot about the call20 and call15 rule. I really should take a closer look about how to play sets.

      In General I can make distinction in players. I see who is loose and I see who is tight. I still have to practise the handranges. It is also not easy because all those loose players are hard to guess. But I am going to that in the analyse.
      I also have problems with this blind steal thing. Normal blindsteal is not working because I play loose table where there is a raiser or limper. So I can isolate or squeeze. I don’t know anything about squeezing yet and isolate by a loose limper with an Axs hand is asking for a failure. So I learned Isolate wil not work with the hands where you usually steal with. But I am going to aks this one to Bogdan in the forum.

      So
      - Focus on isolation and squeeze
      - Learn how to play PP preflop and keep reminding yourself the call20 and call15 rule
      - Keep practicing on handranges
      - Stay away of the show with bad hands as Axs, T2o, 56s or KQo unraised. Or at least don’t call with them preflop!!!!
      - What to do with minbets all the time – Kymupa threats them like checks. Good to remember
      - River think about your bet
      - With bad hands I HAVE TO got to the showdown AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE
      - Keep the sizes preflop. UTG2 is 4BB and not 5BB
      - You can also make riverbets to get value from fish
      And further
      - Blind defence
      - River play
      13-11-2013
      My mind is blowing. I started to read the articles of week 4 of the beginnerscourse. A lot of information. I want to summarize everything in patters according the patters article. If…..then….. So a lot of new information is coming in.
      I found a job. As told in my opening I am in Australia now on a work in Holiday. The goal is working and develop Poker to a level where I can earn enough to have a parttime job back in the Netherlans or live for cheap in East-Europe.
      So less time, tired to play in the evening, but I will continue. Don’t give up was my main plan this time!!

      The playing was good. I had a lot of crazy situations. Made not the right decisions all the time. But I learned from that. So playing is good to learn as long as you analyse, know what you did wrong and learn from it.

      I have a lot of information in my head. My first plan for this week.
      - Read al the articles op course 4 and summarize them
      - Play everyday 30 minutes and evaluate all my hands and keep applying the things that I learnd and need to do to cover my leaks
      - Go 15 minutes a day before playing through a lot of flops and situations at the forum hand evaluations and take them as exercise to see if I can determine what good flops for cbets are.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      I have some multiblogs because I was too lazy to post at those days

      13-11-2013
      My mind is blowing. I started to read the articles of week 4 of the beginnerscourse. A lot of information. I want to summarize everything in patters according the patters article. If…..then….. So a lot of new information is coming in.
      I found a job. As told in my opening I am in Australia now on a work in Holiday. The goal is working and develop Poker to a level where I can earn enough to have a parttime job back in the Netherlands or live for cheap in East-Europe.
      So less time, tired to play in the evening, but I will continue. Don’t give up was my main plan this time!!

      The playing was good. I had a lot of crazy situations. Made not the right decisions all the time. But I learned from that. So playing is good to learn as long as you analyse, know what you did wrong and learn from it.

      I have a lot of information in my head. My first plan for this week.
      - Read al the articles op course 4 and summarize them
      - Play everyday 30 minutes and evaluate all my hands and keep applying the things that I learnd and need to do to cover my leaks
      - Go 15 minutes a day before playing through a lot of flops and situations at the forum hand evaluations and take them as exercise to see if I can determine what good flops for cbets are.
      13-11
      Learned from my homework and NOT TO FORGET
      Your draw is not a draw if you have the bottom end.

      21-11-2013
      I am going to play again today. 2 hours session is the plan. Things to focus on is what I learned in the article of that week is the flop play. It is huge. I summurised it. Today I am going to finish the last aprt and then I am going to play.

      My focus will be
      - Flop play when I raised before the flop

      Other important things from the past
      - Learn how to play PP preflop and keep reminding yourself the call20 and call15 rule
      - Keep practicing on handranges
      - Stay away of the show with bad hands as Axs, T2o, 56s or KQo unraised. Or at least don’t call with them preflop!!!!
      - What to do with minbets all the time – Kymupa threats them like checks. Good to remember
      - River think about your bet
      - With bad hands I HAVE TO got to the showdown AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE
      - Keep the sizes preflop. UTG2 is 4BB and not 5BB
      - You can also make riverbets to get value from fish

      24-11-2013
      Today I realised something during the course. I would bet some hands because my hands look good and great. But I was not thinking about his range. Because if I bet a strong draw because it looks good and he has a good hand already it is useless.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      Today I am going back to the start. I learned so much already that I am lost a little bit. This blog is going to be like one of my first ones. I am going to make a review. What were my plans, wich did I follow, wich did I forgot.

      What are my new plans
      - I am going to finish the beginnerscourse
      - I play poker on party until I finish the beginners course
      - I will coninue with 888 poker to finish to course of pokerprofessor.
      - After I finish the course I will play more, follow the procedure and go up until I can read the silver articles and hopefully my bankroll will be $100,-
      - After $100,- I open an pokerstars account, replace my money, install pokertracker 4 and start to play on 4NL
      - I will focus on silver before playing every time
      - I will start to learn tournament poker if I play well on cash game 4NL

      Leaks and focus
      Old Leaks

      - I am too bossy, alpha male, the sherrif, I let my ego dedict my play and don't want to lay down my hand.
      - I dont pay enough attention to the table
      - I am too focussed on the moneyresults, I want to close every session with profit and that decides my mood of the day and that is my way to measure myself if I am good in poker or not.
      - I am playing as a NIT, wich is not good. Preflop play is good, but postflop is based on nothing.
      - I never analyse my hands after my session

      Fixed leaks
      - I am less bossy, it still hurts to fold sometimes and give up. BBut now I know the advises. I have to keep this leak in mind, but is is going well
      - I pay more attention to the table but I have to remind myself sometimes on it. Maybe it is the environment where I play in. I shoud go to the library to play.
      - I fised the moneyresult leak. Great!
      - I am learning so I am less NIT and I am still learning so it will be better.
      - I always analyse and post hands if necassery now.

      New leaks
      - I am less bossy, but it still hurts to fold. I have to keep in mind to not be the alpha male.
      - I still dont pay enough attention to the table and don’t think it is ok and distract myself. What are the ranges, What kind of players? I have to keep asking myself.
      - I have to make a list before a session and keep in mind the things that I will focuss on during a session.
      - Preflop I am making stuped moves sometimes, don’t make a standard raise or use weird ranges.
      - I bluf sometimes when it is not a good idea according to the rules.

      In general practice
      - I am still going to focus to practice to read the players and catogerize them in the 8 types of players. Then I will adapt my game against the individual player.
      - Put my opponents on a range en see if I am right if it comes to a showdown. Every street I have to focuss on the ranges
      - Put my opponents on a range and think if I want to fold, call or raise and what their response will be.
      - Remind history with players and think about there ranges
      - Thinking longer and more and analyse more before I make an action. So think twice to slow myself down a little bit.
      - Take my time to review my session after playing

      Preflop practise
      - Recognize situations where I can adapt my preflopgame on the situation and not follow the starting Hand Chart.
      - Practice blindsteal, enlarge the openraise depending on the type of player, stack and history.
      - Practice Isolation, find the situations and try it.
      - Keep playing the right style of call20 and use the right raise ranges and bet ranges so that I am not in the pot with A2 at stupid positions or that I raise 3x a bet.

      Postflop practice
      - Training the Odds en outs. Everytime I have to consider when it is necessary what the odds and outs are and recognize situations where I need implied odds.
      - Training with the wapens and plays as cbet, probebet,protection, slowplay, pot control, value, bluffing, playing against bluffers, playing made hands, playing draws. Recognize the situations to use this weapons and apply them.
      - Training and try to remember the rules of the article playing after the flop you had initiative
      - Focuss on when to bluf!! Learn the rules and remind myself on it.

      After play practise
      - Reread all the hands that I played or found difficult. Post them and learn.
      - See if I can determine their handranges
      - See if I can practise odds and outs, Equity, e.d.
    • Alan883
      Alan883
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      Hey again Taxdriver,

      - I am less bossy, it still hurts to fold sometimes and give up. But now I know the advises. I have to keep this leak in mind, but is is going well


      This is very important. It is great that you know yourself so well. I know that fold hurts some times, but it is very important to fold in spot when we are beaten. But still don't forget to review your hardly folded hands. Sometimes it just looks that we are beaten but there are cases where we need to be ahead just lets say 33% of times to be profitable. Well i am sure you already know that :f_cool: .

      With this post i basically just wanted to congratulate you on your hard work. Keep up with it and good luck. Well done Sir.
    • Taxdriver
      Taxdriver
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2011 Posts: 118
      I am not dead. It looks like it because there are no posts anymore. It also looks like that I gave up again. But no. I am busy. Busy with work but studying poker everyday. Repeating the same articles everyday on my way to work in the train. And if I have time on the internet I try to read and study new articles and summarize them. My first goal is finish the pokerbeginnerscourse of pokerstrategy and get that tag in my name.

      Now I am in week 6 but have to make the homework of week 5 still. The homework asks me to use stats and since elephant doesn’t exist anymore I have to install holdem manager. In the meantime I start with the articles of level 6.

      Yesterday I played again. I still make mistakes off course and I know it when I play. Calling when the odds are not right. Opening pf in bad position or stealing when there are loose players.
      But the main problem where I have to work on are the ranges. I am aware of my kind of players. Tight loose. Or passive or aggressive. But have no clue about their holdings. I hope holdemmanager will give me some help with figuring out the type so that I can start guessing and focussing on the ranges.

      Also wil holdemmanager help me to see my handhistory. And let me select the hands where I have or could have questions about. It will give me time for other things on the table. Because now I am spending a lot of time on observing and copy my hand history after a big hand where I won or lost some money.

      I should try to play a tournament with a sticker on my screen. And when I have holdem manager I can put their stat in Equilab to see their ranges and get a view about ranges.

      Another big leak is my goal. I am scared. Scared for bad beats. So my goal is in the most cases protection. I bet so high that it becomes bluffing and scaring people away then that I will have value. I should focus more on value.

      So it are ranges and value instead of bluffing.

      And when the ranges are part of my poker thinking and when I finish the poker beginnerscourse I will focus on advanced play. For example playing the players and not the cards.
    • Alan883
      Alan883
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.12.2008 Posts: 1,941
      It is very nice to have you still with us. Studying is very important and of course it is very important to put all of your knowledge into practice. I think you are focusing on correct topics. Well done. It is also true that it is very difficult to play micro stakes without HM2. Of course this is easy for experienced player but for us who are still at microstakes it is very important to understand why we do some things.And tracking tools like HM2 or PT4 of course can help us a lot with that.

      When you talk about sizing i do agree that it is very important. You have to punish your opponents for mistakes and you can force them to do mistakes mostly with carefully chosen bet sizing.

      So all in all it is great to hear that you put so much effort in studying. I hope you will hit some good hands when you return to the tables.

      Good luck and keep us updated.