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Sticking to it!!

    • STR82ACE
      Joined: 01.10.2008 Posts: 389
      Came upon an epitome tonight.

      For the last few sessions, I've been struggling a bit, and really couldn't figure out why. After losing a couple of buyins tonight, I figured I would stop playing and just look at the hands I was playing, so I shut everything down except Elephant and reviewed my play for the last few sessions.

      Truth be told, I haven't been referring to the SHC for the past couple of weeks, figuring I had it memorized by now, so its been sitting in my desk drawer. While reviewing some hands, I took it out again, and to my surprise, saw that a number of the hands I played aren't ON the SHC at all, and I just sat back and tried to ask myself what happened.

      Without the SHC, I was allowing leaks back into my game. I figured I had it all but under control, but truth is, I was starting to play speculative hands oop, hands not on the chart at all, and over valuing hands I shouldn't have, all because I lost focus on the basic strategy. I noticed that hands I once saw as worthy of seeing a flop BEFORE I started to use the BSS were creeping back into my playing range again. I noticed that raising OOP with speculative hands was actually detrimental to my game again. All the things I THOUGHT I had a handle on are once again coming back to haunt me. light of my newly re acquired insight, I'm making a few of my own COMMANDMENTS. Feel free to add your own

      I Thou shalt not play w/o referring to SHC regularly
      II Thou shalt not allow old patterns re emerge and become self destructive
      III Thou shall learn the game by applying ODDS and IMPLIED ODDS moreso
      IV Thou shall study a new article every day and fully immerse thine self to it
      V Thou shall spend MORE time study thine own performances BEFORE playing a session
      VI Thou shall post hands on appropriate forums for discussion and evaluation by experts
      VII Thou shall come to know how to compress self made videos to be sent to others for review
      VIII Thou shall ACCEPT all criticisms of thine actions without question, for thou art still a pupil in this school and need to open thine mind
      IX Thou will participate more in forum hand discussions and never stop learning
      X Thou will become a true player of the game, realizing that thou will never 'know it all', and accept the fact that it is the true nature of the game to continuously evolve

      So help me GOD, I'm going to learn this game better!!
  • 3 replies
    • Jaissica
      Joined: 10.02.2009 Posts: 1,385

      Yes, it can be hard for home game players used to playing every other hand to adjust to the reality - that such play is fishy and needs to be beaten out of them :)

      I am slowly beating a suited connectors leak out of myself. I find my stats improve remarkably if I can stop raising 67s in MP1.

      XI Thou shalt not ignore BRM
      XII Thou shalt never log in inebriated
      XIII Thou shalt not play angry, upset or depressed

      Just seems appropriate to have 13 commandments for a game of skill where luck can lose you so much money... :D
    • Dragar
      Joined: 09.09.2008 Posts: 2,214
      You guys are trying to raise less hands, I am trying to get the balls to raise more hands haha :)
    • STR82ACE
      Joined: 01.10.2008 Posts: 389
      Originally posted by Dragar
      You guys are trying to raise less hands, I am trying to get the balls to raise more hands haha :)
      Oh I get it...first you learn NOT to play weak hands, THEN you learn how to play them...kind of makes sense in a strange way

      @Jassica, number XI is solid, missed it completely, should be a lot higher

      Thou shall learn to fold more post flop