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10k hand stats and graph would like some advice about books

    • MrMontanaRC
      MrMontanaRC
      Bronze
      Joined: 22.10.2016 Posts: 12
      hi all graph and stats below could you tell me what you think about my play.

      i play 5nl 9max on stars

      also could anybody recommend a good book that explains gambling v skill in poker?





      also am i overplaying my smaller hands, should i be folding more often?
  • 5 replies
    • zetozinho
      zetozinho
      Silver
      Joined: 18.06.2017 Posts: 853
      10k hands is not enough to evaluate positional stats or types of hands. You need hundreds of thousands, or even millions of hands to get correct estimates about positional winrates and etc.
      The only conclusion you can take from that graph is that you're winning small at showdown and winning lots of uncontested pots (by bluffing, making you're opponentes fold or simply not getting called when you have a hand).
      Most graphics you'll see from winning small stakes players are the exact opposite to yours: the blue line going up, red-line going down.
      It is very difficult to have both lines going up, even at the very bottom limits. It is possible, but definitely not worth it (at small stakes).
      So, I believe you're trying to outplay players in too many situations, bluffing in the wrong spots etc.
      Basically, I think you need more ABC and less FPS.

      About the books: if you want something introdutory, the articles available here in PS are more than enough. Watch others playing is also a very good tool.

      Poker is gambling, but you can gamble with "skill", unlike what happens in other casino games, where you are always at a disadvantage to the house because you can not make decisions with positive expected value. Skill is a fancy word for +EV decision making.
      Besides, it is an unsolved game (i.e, you cannot prove what decision is the best at a given situation) and that's why it is such an amazing game.
    • MrMontanaRC
      MrMontanaRC
      Bronze
      Joined: 22.10.2016 Posts: 12
      thanks for the advice.

      ok so i should just work on making +ev calls to improve my game?
    • zetozinho
      zetozinho
      Silver
      Joined: 18.06.2017 Posts: 853
      Originally posted by MrMontanaRC
      thanks for the advice.

      ok so i should just work on making +ev calls to improve my game?
      I don't think it as much about paying when you should not.
      You're probably just trying to outplay your opponents at the wrong spots. Don't forget that the general small stakes player is passive and calls too much, so fold equity is not your best friend. This is, off-course, a general assumption. Every hand is different.
      What I mean is: play the majority of the time for "value".
    • MinnieDelgado
      MinnieDelgado
      Basic
      Joined: 26.03.2019 Posts: 1
      :happy:
    • LaRancion
      LaRancion
      Basic
      Joined: 26.03.2019 Posts: 1
      work work