Mxyzptlk007

    • Mxyzptlk007
      Mxyzptlk007
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.11.2013 Posts: 4
      Hello to all. Here's my thread for the beginners course and I gotta tell ya', when it comes to poker I put the "begin" in "Beginner". LOL

      A trading coach of mine recommended poker to help me with my trading psychology and I've actually never played a serious hand so I'll be moving through the course at a snails pace but I'm excited for the journey!

      Kind Regards,

      Mxyzptlk007
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    • gadget51
      gadget51
      Bronze
      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Hi Mxyzptlk007 (whew, nice name! :D ) and welcome to the Beginners Course. Our super coach will be along to say hi as well as soon as he can.

      And don't worry, I did the course to and I put the beg into it. ?(

      Have fun and enjoy the journey, I may see you at the coachings!

      Mal.
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hello Mxyzptlk007,

      Welcome to the course.

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

      Whenever you are ready please post your first homework here.

      Best of luck and keep us posted.

      Bogdan
    • Mxyzptlk007
      Mxyzptlk007
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      Joined: 10.11.2013 Posts: 4
      Thanks for the welcome gadget51. Glad to be involved here!
    • Mxyzptlk007
      Mxyzptlk007
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      Joined: 10.11.2013 Posts: 4
      Hello Bogdan, here's my first homework assignment answers...

      Question 1: What is your motivation for playing poker?

      For myself, the initial motivation for playing poker was because
      my trading coach recommended playing poker to sharpen my trading
      psychology, because in poker you must learn to master "tilt" much like
      in trading.

      Secondly, now that I've started learning poker I'm finding that it's a
      very exciting and challenging game that I really would like to become
      very skilled at.

      As for the monetary gain from poker, I'm not really concerned with
      right now. I don't "need" an income from poker, although it would be
      super cool to actually get skilled enough at it to do so.

      Coming from a trading background, my thinking is first and foremost
      learning and developing into a good poker player. If I can do that then
      the monetary side will take care of itself.

      I have one huge disadvantage and that is having the "time" to devote to
      the daily studying of poker that I know it will take to become a good player.
      So being at a time disadvantage, I just have to understand that I'll be moving
      and learning poker at a much slower pace then most.


      Question 2: What are your weaknesses when playing poker?

      This is actually difficult to answer at this stage of my game since I've only just
      started playing, but from the few hands that I've played I'd have to say my
      biggest weakness would be not betting aggressively enough when I have
      a good hand that should be played aggressively.


      Question 3: What does it mean to play tight aggressive?

      Tight - means being very selective with the hands you play and
      not being afraid to fold a poor hand when you know you can't
      win with it.

      Aggressive - playing aggressive means you don't allow the opposing
      players to control the game and put you on the defensive. Instead, you
      want to be the one putting all the pressure on your opponents and forcing
      them to make tough decisions so you may capitalize on their mistakes.

      Hope I answered all the questions thoroughly enough.
      Let me know what ya' think coach and thanks!

      I'm really looking forward to learning the game.


      Mxyzptlk007
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi Mxyzptlk007

      Your homework looks really good and you've put some effort into it.

      How much time do you see yourself dedicating to poker on a weekly basis? And you are definitely right that it takes time, a lot of time, to improve at this game to the point that you can be consistently "good"

      Keep us posted and best of luck at the tables.

      Bogdna
    • Mxyzptlk007
      Mxyzptlk007
      Bronze
      Joined: 10.11.2013 Posts: 4
      Originally posted by BogdanPS

      How much time do you see yourself dedicating to poker on a weekly basis? And you are definitely right that it takes time, a lot of time, to improve at this game to the point that you can be consistently "good"

      Keep us posted and best of luck at the tables.

      Bogdna
      Thanks for the response Bogdna.

      To answer your question regarding time, realistically
      I have about 10-15hrs per week that I can devote to
      studying and improving my poker.

      I know there is no substitute for putting in the time to learn
      the game but my thinking is that once I finish the beginner course
      I can start structured private coaching so that the limited time that
      I do have can be utilized most effectively.

      I'll just have to make the best of the time constraints
      I'm working with. I'm starting Lesson 2 this week and will
      post homework as soon as I complete it.

      Thanks again!

      Mxyzptlk007
    • BogdanPS
      BogdanPS
      Basic
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      10-15 hours a week should be a good start.

      The next step will be to split that up so you have a good balance between learning and playing (practicing). At first I think splitting it 50/50 would not be a terrible idea.

      But the key is that you need to get in hands, get that experience, and get familiarized with the games.