July 24, 2011

mental game protocol

The aim of this post is to write down and think about a list of both procedural playing mistakes I make as well as a list mental game weaknesses. Then attack them using the 5 step protocol as outlined in my earlier blog post regarding Jared Tendlers video Making Supernova Elite.


To clarify, I do not have any intention of going for supernova elite any time soon. Ultimately I think it is a counter productive goal and at the moment it is definitely beyond my skill set to be able to do it. With that said the video did teach me to think about things in a new light. The main things I got out of his series were that as players we have moments in our game when our emotions kick in and we make mistakes which are ingrained in our proceedural memory. What this basically means is that tilt does not make us 'play badly', but what it does do is remove our logical decision making processes in a hand which makes us play the hand in a fashion which we have habituated. We need to challenge these habits directly and make our own brains realise that the way we have been dealing with these situations while we are in an emotional mindset is wrong, give our minds the reasons why and tell ourselves what the better reaction would be in the future.

The areas where I need to improve my procedural memory are definitely in 3 bet pots, bloated pots, hands where the pot has been raised and I am guessing what to do, playing without the initiative, and also river spots. Almost always I revert to call. I need to address this. As almost always I am wrong and this is massively -EV.

Using the 5 step protocol I learned from Jared in his videos I am going to address these areas one by one.

The five steps to fixing your leaks are:

1. Write out the mistake and be as specific as possible. 

2. Write out the rationale behind your play and why you currently make this play consistently.

3. Write out why the rationale behind #2 is flawed. 

4. Write out a correction that directly challenges step #1.

5. Write out why your correction is correct. Directly challenges step #2.

EXAMPLE -

leak:
reason I think this:
reason this thinking is flawed:
correction:
reason why the correction is the most logical:


3 bet pots


  1. leak: In 3 bet pots I call down v light post flop because I think people are bluffing a lot.

  2. reason I play this way: People 3 bet light a lot in my games and I do not want to get exploited.

  3. highlighting the flawed logic: People 3 bet for value or as a bluff. People tend to give up on hopeless bluffs post flop, so calling down lightly post flop is costing you lots of money. When you are facing a strong range, bluff catching is a -EV play.

  4. correction: I do not call down light in 3bet pots just because people 3bet bluff a lot preflop. I call because it is +Ev and I fold if it is -EV.

  5. reason the correction is logical: Players at small stakes rarely bluff 3 streets in 3 bet pots because attacking strong ranges is a bad idea, balance is not as big of a factor at small stakes and regs are not bluffing as often as you would like to imagine.



  1. leak: I flat pre flop in 3bet hands too much hoping to outplay my opponents or catch a favourable flop

  2. reason I play this way: people 3bet a lot at small stakes as a bluff and I can catch them out by repping boards or hitting a hand if they do have a big hand

  3. highlighting the flawed logic: If people are 3betting a lot they are either for value or as a bluff. flatting to either catch a favourable flop or to outplay your opponents is the same as saying that you do not know what range they are playing and you are guessing.

  4. correction: If they are weak you can 4bet bluff, if they are strong you can get it in with the top of your range, call with implied odds or simply fold. You are only thinking about +EV decisions to make money in poker.

  5. reason the correction is logical: Terms like 'catching a favourable flop' and 'outplaying my opponents' are nonsense if you do not understand the range your opponents are playing. You can outplay them - by attacking weak ranges and trapping strong ones against your stronger range - not by guessing and hopefully getting lucky.


Bloated pots


  1. leak: in bloated pots I do not want to fold big absolute strength hands (two pair, sets, etc)

  2. reason I play this way: because the pot is large in a bloated pot people can be shoving for fold equity or as a bluff, or with worse hands

  3. highlighting the flawed logic: in bloated pots that are not 3bet/4bet situations you are usually playing a multiway flop which hit many people, or are facing a raise on the flop or turn. If your hand is not the nuts but a nut hand is possible then you are more than likely facing a hand with higher equity than you so playing the absolute strength of your hand is irrelevant and you should be thinking more about your relative strength vs opponents possible and likely range.

  4. correction: think about the ranges of hands opponents can possibly have in this situation and then decide what strength your hand is vs that range, not your relative strength

  5. reason the correction is logical: In bloated pots other players are also aware of what the nuts are and will not want to put themselves in a situation where they can be drawing dead or with little equity, so their ranges are stronger should they raise or bet vs more opponents. You cannot beat a strong range with absolute strength alone, only your hand vs their range relative to the action and the flop texture


hands where the pot has been raised and I am guessing what to do, hands without the initiative and river spots


I would say that these fall in the same category as the above example, it simply boils down to playing against a range that I have not properly defined.

leak: playing vs a range I have not properly defined

reason: their range could be wide here so I dont want to fold the best hand

highlighting the flawed logic: you have no idea about what range you are facing so you are simply guessing, you can not make good plays on bad assumptions so you will more often make a mistake

correction: define the range you are facing and then make the decision based upon that range

reason this new reasoning is correct: you have to be able to make +EV plays based upon accurate assumptions. guessing is ok providing you have some parameters to work within, simply saying this guy is 'loose' 'aggro' 'fishy' is a generality which holds no real meaning once you are in a complex situation. You need to define his range first then decide what the most +Ev play is based upon the assumptions you have made about his range and then review it constantly to make sure it is accurate. 



Emotional Triggers which lead to procedural errors:



  1. Losing a big pot

  2. making a bad call

  3. folding the best hand and getting shown a bluff

  4. losing to a bad player

  5. bluffing in a bad spot

  6. playing a pot and guessing what to do, or better put feeling outplayed

  7. A fish sucks out and leaves


Reactions



  1. Heart starts to beat faster

  2. Randomly click the HUD popup and look aimlessly at stats for clues on what to do

  3. checking the HEM graph to see how I am doing in the session

  4. become more aggressive in random spots without reasoning behind it

  5. feel short of breath and hot headed


Solutions



  1. Take a lot of deep breaths

  2. click sit out next big blind

  3. stop playing

  4. identify the triggers as they come up

  5. If I have 2-3 of the triggers and reactions come up in a short period of time stop playing sooner before I reach tilt-play


Playing when you are on mentally tilt and fixing the mental leaks


example 3
1-during a bad run I worry that I will never win again
2-I havent won in a while, I must be playing poorly and cant see it turning around
3- recent results are biasing how I view my game and the future. Its impossible for my skills to disappear that quick.
4-during a bad run, I'll work harder away from the table to maintian a balanced perspective
5-in the long run poker rewards those who can maintain that perspective



Result Orientated Thinking


leak: I just lost the last X sessions so I must win this next one, I am due
reason I think this: I am a winning player and my bad luck cant last forever
reason this thinking is flawed: you can not rely on past results in present hands. The only thing you can control is your current play. If you make correct decisions then you will win in the long run, if you make bad decisions you will lose in the long run. Poker is a game where in the short term luck is king and the long term skill is king. 
correction: all i can focus on is making the correct play in this situation based upon my reads, equity and logic
reason why the correction is the most logical: The only thing you can control in poker is your own decisions. You can only play well and make the correct decisions over and over again and leave the rest up to the cards. There is no concept of 'im due' or 'running bad' or 'im running good' there is only the hand you are playing.



make a snap judgement based on some kind of loose equity


leak: when I am tilted I make fast decisions based upon my perception of my equity
reason I think this: I always have at least some equity and they cant always have it
reason this thinking is flawed: yeah, you always have some equity, but so does 72o preflop vs AA. That is not an excuse to play badly. If you are feeling tilted and making played based upon irrational feelings you will make poorer decisions than if you are thinking clearly.
correction: wait at least 10 seconds and as much time as you need before you make any large call, bet or raise and assess the situation, then decide if it is +Ev or not, then act.
reason why the correction is the most logical: you have given yourself at least time to think clearly by waiting 10 seconds to stop a snap judgement. You can take as much time as you need to work out if the play is +Ev or not, and if you time out at least you made a 0 EV decision rather than a -EV decision.




Posted By Acombfosho at 08:59 PM

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July 24, 2011

Alan Watts - On Nothingness


 

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July 22, 2011

Better Grinding

Jared tendler notes
making supernova elite aka how to grind like a madman (while keeping your sanity)
the overall aim is to play in the zone more frequently and to increase your capacity
these concepts covered are the big stuff, focusing on the highest priority, most bang for your time
goals for the series:
increasing mental endurance
automate poker decisions
increase poker skill easily
reduce mental game weaknesses
resetting your mind
goals and planning
1.mental endurance
adding tables
adding hours
start with what you can do
have a goal, not an expectation
work your way up to x amount of tables, slowly.
Look back what you can do already, over hours a day, month and years and number of tables
so I can reasonably do 4 tables and 4 hours in a day a goal would be 6 tables and 6 tables a day for a 50% overall increase.
Mix it up, light work up slowly
day 1 increase each session by 10min
day 2 increase by 1 table
day 3 increase each session by 10min
day 4 increase by 1 table
day 5 increase by 10min and 1 table
day 6 increase by 10min and 1 tables
all of this relies upon an already pre established routine of tables and session length, dont have one? That is probably a problem. Establish a routine!
Mix it up, heavy workout
day 1 increase each session by 20min
day 2 increase by 2 tables
day 3 increase by 1 hour and 1 table
day 4 DAY OFF
day 5 increase by 20min and 2 tables
day 6 increase by 1 hour and 2 tables
day 7 DAY OFF
bottom line is that you are growing your endurance and also trying to push yourself
the gain is in the last reps.. the end of your run, the end of your workout, no pain no gain..
you can make massive gains, AS LONG AS YOU REST.. if you do not you burn out
proper rest means sleep, vacation time, time away from poker
1 day of mass grinding 14 hours a day max and on the best day – Sunday!
Take scheduled time off. Put it off your mind, put poker down
2.more automatic = more endurance
automatic decisions require very little energy, so get things to become part of your procedural memory by building up tables and sessions slowly and also constantly reviewing hands, this will make things to the state of instinct
the idea is that you get a degree of knowledge that is ingrained so deep that it exists below your emotional level of thinking
remember, more volume = more mistakes, so build up slowly
when you increase your volume without adding more automatic skills, you have more to think about and less time to do it. Always aim to get the procedural memory.
In procedural memory you have stuff that is solid and stuff that sucks. What you need to constantly work on is the stuff that sucks. This is why having your videos reviewed is a good idea, you will do things you don’t even know you are doing (as you do things you think are normal but are not)
analyse your game when you lose the ability to think
the mistakes you make when you go on autopilot represent your greatest weaknesses, as these are ingrained in procedural memory
you don’t completely forget how to play, all the really standard stuff shows up
its easy to work on, you know what the problems are usually!
For me for example it is 3bet pots, hands like AQ, small sizing in 3bet pots,
also, pre-flop wars with one opponent.. need to work on just playing solid and not getting drawn into the meta game
3.so how do we do that?
You identify first, fix them efficiently second, and then thirdly know when they are fixed.
1 – identify, Think about the spots where you constantly have lost the ability to think, as mentioned above, lost a big pot, autopilot, some random crazy play, whatever it is for you, think back over the last couple of months to these situations where you stopped thinking rationally and made a bad play where you knew afterwards it was bad when you were thinking – see my wall of shame. Mark the spew hands and review them after your mind has returned to functional. Identifying is a SKILL
2 -fix your leaks, five step protocol
write out the mistake. Be specific
write out the rationale about why you made these plays-several reasons
write out why the above rationale is flawed
write out the correction, directly challenging step 1
write out the rationale why this is correct – directly challenging step 2 and 3
applying is: warm-up -review steps 4 and 5 before you play, performance: when playing force yourself to think and apply it, warm-down- review how you did
remember to recognize the progress
you may find out more information by reviewing this. Repeat all of this until it is fixed
4.reduce mental game weaknesses
focus on reducing your GREATEST mental weaknesses
this will free up energy to grind more and play better, as well as help you avoid burn out
improve tilt = improved focus
improved confidence = reduced anxiety
1. Identify the problem 2. reduce it efficiently a) manage it til its resolved b) resolve the problem 3. know when the problem is fixed
remember to increase your volume without increasing your skill in managing and resolving the problem, you have more to manage and less time to do it.
Identify ALL your mental game weaknesses, then work on the BIGGEST first and address that, then move on to the next and the next and the next
4 biggest weaknesses
TILT is the biggest one to combat. TILT = anger + bad play. Write down WHY you tilt and what triggers you to TILT
ANXIETY = doubt or uncertainty
MOTIVATION = energy behind your goals
CONFIDENCE = perception + actual skill
some other mental game weaknesses include, Focus, Thinking, Variance
Look at breaking down your overall pattern. Identiy the patterns which get you tilted, anxious, motivated(or lack thereof), confident (or lack thereof)
Think back over your last 150k+ hands, look at the recurring themes of tilt. Anxiety.motivate.confidence. Write it down, look for the things that SET it off and your tendencies that you do to react to that
Remember that you are biased by recent events, so look at these things from a longer term perspective, remember last 150k+ hands
Choose the problems that happen the most frequently, or causes the biggest problem, remember to go after the biggest problem first (Looking at graphs/cashier during play for example)
Fix it Efficiently 5 Step Process
1. Write out the mistake and be very specific
2. write out why it makes sense to react that way
3.why is reason 2 flawed?
4. write out the correction (challenge step number 1)
5. write out why that correction is right
example
1 – I can accept losing, but not when I make an obvious mistake it pisses me off
2 – there are mistakes I should not be making and it makes me question my game
3 – I assumed because they were so obvious that I wouldnt be making them. My expectations must be too high
4- when I make a mistake I mark the hand for review and decide whether or not to continue
5-mistakes are an opportunity to learn. Playing is not the time to learn, we work at this away from the tables
example 2
1-I get piessed off after taking several bad beats in a row
2 – im very competitive and hate losing
3- in the short term I control how well I play, not whether I win or lose
4- im going to work hard at the table to make sure that the variances doesnt affect my play – and work hard off the table so I can play beter and win more
5 – I have to lose and take beats to be profitable in the long term. Bad beats are my friend :)
example 3
1-during a bad run I worry that I will never win again
2-I havent won in a while, I must be playing poorly and cant see it turning around
3- recent results are biasing how I view my game and the future. Its impossible for my skills to disappear that quick.
4-during a bad run, I'll work harder away from the table to maintian a balanced perspective
5-in the long run poker rewards those who can maintain that perspective
example 4
1- during a heater I start thinking how easy the game is, play looser and dont play as much
2- ive always believed that I could be this good and assume that it will come indefinately
3-confidence is exaggerated by the good run of cards and by my wish for poker to be this easy
4-during a heater, I will stay more consistent with my approach to the game
5-its an opportunity to further train mental and poker skill to the level of procedural
Common Themes are, High Expectations, Exaggerated beliefs about your game, view of the future biased by recent events, trying to control events you cannot (opponents and card), responsibility, wishing/hoping, accumulated emotion
Managing Mental Game weaknesses when playing
1-recognize the problem has shown up (look for triggers), what happens in the early stages of this?
2-Take a step back, take a couple of deep breaths
3-inject the logic – use your observing self to see how you are reacting and say 'I am reacting this way, is that behaviour useful?'
4-refocus on playing well
so, 1warmup-review you pattern, 2-performance-use the 4 steps to manage the problems, 3-review how you did. Remember to always recognise progress!
5.Resetting your mind
To have your mind fresh every time you play
you MUST be consistent in applying this when problems are NOT even happening!
Why? Long sessions, tough sessions, high pressure, tilt, variance, running bad, running well, coming back from time off
How? 1-pick poker back up so your back playing well 2-prevent small problems becoming big ones, 3= put poker down so your mind can rest
Fits within the Process Model – Prepare, Perform, Evaluate, Analyse
Evaluation = digestion in Long Term memory. Bloated brain, get it out of your head, take a break, dont grind on poker mentally when you are away from the tables
Preparation= review your goals, force your way through, you need to know why you are playing, what is the motivation, be honest with yourself and adjust your expectations for the day depending upon what you are feeling at the moment
6.Goals and Planning
1-Back up Plan
2-Improving day to day
Back up plan – 1-understand your motives for going for your goals in the first place, why do you want this?, what are you going to get out of it? 2-Anticipate potential problems, what will throw you off? Make a plan based on you personally (tilt, run bad, bad run, life problems etc)
Improving Day to day – 1-break down your goals into chunks, per day, per month, per week. Planning a schedule, when you are playing, choose a nice mix between games being good and you playing your best, plan your days off and how much you will take off in advance. 2- be realistic in your pace and progress, 3-other goals, becoming more professional, getting your skills set, becoming a better grinder, building on your new skills for the future


Step 1- Identify your weaknesses in procedural memory
Step 2- Use the 5 step process to write them down and tackle them
Step 3- Review and constantly keep on top of your procedural and emotional weaknesses

Posted By Acombfosho at 01:55 AM

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July 21, 2011

An honest assessment and time for a break

This is all my play recently

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Ok so I am under EV over 1k. That is fine, variance happens to us all and we cant control it. What can we control? The quality of our play! Lets say for a second I remove the coolers, I will list them here- pointless but yeah i want to

Hero (BTN): $107.45
SB: $224.44
BB: $321.95

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with A of hearts Q of clubs
Hero raises to $3, 1 fold, BB raises to $11, Hero calls $8

Flop: ($22.50) 3 of spades K of spades J of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $14.00, Hero calls $14

Turn: ($50.50) T of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $30.00, Hero raises to $82.45, BB calls $52.45

River: ($215.40) J of hearts(2 players)

Final Pot: $215.40
Hero shows A of hearts Q of clubs
BB shows K of diamonds K of hearts
(Rake: $2.00)

CO: $138.63
Hero (BTN): $103.20
SB: $110.15
BB: $150.96
UTG: $143.28
MP: $100.00

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with T of hearts T of diamonds
3 folds, Hero raises to $2.50, SB calls $2, 1 fold

Flop: ($6.00) A of clubs 7 of diamonds T of spades(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $3.50, SB raises to $14.50, Hero raises to $25.50, SB raises to $107.15, Hero calls $75.20 all in

Turn: ($207.40) A of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($207.40) 6 of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $207.40
Hero mucks T of hearts T of diamonds
SB shows T of clubs A of diamonds
SB wins $197.95
SB wins $6.45
(Rake: $3.00)


BTN: $158.15
SB: $100.00
Hero (BB): $103.00
UTG: $100.00
MP: $112.30
CO: $44.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with A of hearts A of spades
UTG raises to $3.50, 4 folds, Hero raises to $12, UTG calls $8.50

Flop: ($24.50) Q of clubs 7 of clubs 9 of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $24.50, UTG raises to $88, Hero calls $63.50

Turn: ($200.50) 2 of hearts(2 players)

River: ($200.50) 3 of clubs(2 players)

Final Pot: $200.50
UTG shows A of diamonds K of clubs
UTG wins $197.50
(Rake: $3.00)

BB: $93.50
UTG: $98.50
CO: $88.49
Hero (BTN): $92.50
SB: $89.96

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with 4 of clubs 4 of spades
1 fold, CO raises to $2, Hero calls $2, SB calls $1.50, BB calls $1

Flop: ($8.00) Q of hearts 4 of hearts 9 of clubs(4 players)
SB checks, BB checks, CO checks, Hero bets $7.00, SB folds, BB raises to $25, CO folds, Hero raises to $90.50, BB calls $65.50

Turn: ($189.00) 8 of hearts(2 players)

River: ($189.00) J of clubs(2 players)

Final Pot: $189.00
BB shows K of hearts T of hearts
Hero shows 4 of clubs 4 of spades
(Rake: $3.00)




BTN: $99.40
SB: $148.92
BB: $107.00
Hero (UTG): $84.59
CO: $98.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with K of clubs K of spades
Hero raises to $4, CO raises to $12, 3 folds, Hero raises to $28, CO raises to $98.50, Hero calls $56.59 all in

Flop: ($170.68) 8 of hearts 2 of spades Q of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($170.68) 5 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($170.68) J of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $170.68
Hero shows K of clubs K of spades
CO shows Q of spades Q of clubs
CO wins $13.91
(Rake: $3.00)




SB: $249.32
BB: $131.96
UTG: $102.40
CO: $251.95
Hero (BTN): $63.25

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with 6 of diamonds 6 of clubs
UTG raises to $3, 1 fold, Hero calls $3, SB calls $2.50, 1 fold

Flop: ($10.00) 6 of hearts J of hearts J of diamonds(3 players)
SB checks, UTG bets $6.00, Hero raises to $16, SB raises to $26, UTG calls $20, Hero raises to $60.25, SB calls $34.25, UTG raises to $99.40, SB calls $39.15

Turn: ($269.05) 7 of hearts(3 players)

River: ($269.05) Q of diamonds(3 players)

Final Pot: $269.05
SB shows 9 of diamonds J of spades
UTG shows J of clubs Q of hearts
Hero shows 6 of diamonds 6 of clubs
(Rake: $3.00)



UTG: $90.08
MP: $101.50
CO: $48.06
BTN: $142.00
SB: $175.66
Hero (BB): $101.00

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with A of spades A of diamonds
1 fold, MP raises to $2, CO calls $2, BTN calls $2, 1 fold, Hero raises to $13.50, 1 fold, CO calls $11.50, BTN calls $11.50

Flop: ($43.00) Q of spades J of hearts 8 of clubs(3 players)
Hero bets $27.00, CO raises to $34.56, BTN folds, Hero calls $7.56

Turn: ($112.12) 5 of spades(2 players)

River: ($112.12) K of clubs(2 players)

Final Pot: $112.12
CO shows 8 of hearts 5 of hearts
Hero mucks A of spades A of diamonds
CO wins $109.12
(Rake: $3.00)



BB: $314.63
BTN: $47.24
Hero (SB): $97.50

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with 9 of spades A of spades
BTN raises to $2.50, Hero raises to $10, 1 fold, BTN calls $7.50

Flop: ($21.00) A of hearts 4 of diamonds 6 of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $10.00, BTN raises to $37.24, Hero calls $27.24

Turn: ($95.48) 2 of hearts(2 players)

River: ($95.48) 3 of spades(2 players)

Final Pot: $95.48
BTN shows 8 of spades 5 of spades
Hero shows 9 of spades A of spades
(Rake: $2.00)


BB: $46.66
Hero (BTN/SB): $123.20

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN/SB with J of spades K of hearts
Hero raises to $2.50, BB calls $1.50

Flop: ($5.00) 7 of spades 9 of clubs J of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $3.00, BB raises to $14, Hero raises to $120.20, BB calls $30.16 all in

Turn: ($93.32) T of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($93.32) 5 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $93.32
BB shows T of hearts 9 of hearts
Hero mucks J of spades K of hearts
BB wins $90.32
Hero wins $1.00
(Rake: $2.00)


BTN/SB: $35.83
Hero (BB): $105.90

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with 8 of spades 8 of diamonds
BTN/SB raises to $3, Hero raises to $8, BTN/SB calls $5

Flop: ($16.00) 5 of spades 2 of diamonds J of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $96.90, BTN/SB calls $27.83 all in

Turn: ($71.66) J of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($71.66) A of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $71.66
BTN/SB shows 4 of hearts A of hearts
Hero shows 8 of spades 8 of diamonds
BTN/SB wins $69.66
Hero wins $0.50
(Rake: $1.50)


SB: $98.47
BB: $33.73
Hero (CO): $100.00
BTN: $51.79

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is CO with K of spades K of clubs
Hero raises to $3, 2 folds, BB raises to $32.73, Hero calls $29.73

Flop: ($65.96) 4 of hearts Q of hearts 9 of hearts(2 players)

Turn: ($65.96) 5 of hearts(2 players)

River: ($65.96) 7 of hearts(2 players)

Final Pot: $65.96
BB shows T of clubs T of hearts
Hero mucks K of spades K of clubs
BB wins $62.46
(Rake: $3.50)


MP: $30.00
CO: $25.00
BTN: $137.24
SB: $101.65
Hero (BB): $102.50
UTG: $325.88

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with T of hearts K of hearts
2 folds, CO raises to $2.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $1.50

Flop: ($5.50) T of spades 8 of spades 9 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, CO bets $4.00, Hero raises to $99, CO calls $18.50 all in

Turn: ($50.50) J of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($50.50) J of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $50.50
CO shows Q of diamonds T of diamonds
Hero shows T of hearts K of hearts
CO wins $47.48
(Rake: $3.02)


BB: $25.00
Hero (BTN/SB): $74.55

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN/SB with K of diamonds A of hearts
Hero raises to $2, BB raises to $6, Hero raises to $74.55, BB calls $19 all in

Flop: ($50.00) 5 of diamonds J of clubs 9 of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Turn: ($50.00) 3 of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($50.00) Q of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $50.00
BB shows A of spades Q of diamonds
Hero shows K of diamonds A of hearts
BB wins $49.25
(Rake: $0.75)


BTN/SB: $23.76
Hero (BB): $87.12

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BB with K of spades A of spades
BTN/SB raises to $1.25, Hero raises to $4.25, BTN/SB calls $3

Flop: ($8.50) A of hearts 4 of diamonds A of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets $4.25, BTN/SB raises to $19.26, Hero calls $15.01

Turn: ($47.02) T of spades(2 players)

River: ($47.02) 5 of diamonds(2 players)

Final Pot: $47.02
BTN/SB shows Q of diamonds 9 of diamonds
Hero mucks K of spades A of spades
BTN/SB wins $46.02
(Rake: $1.00)

Ahhh.. thats better, I am so unlucky! haha - i know im not, just a bad patch of variance. Anyway back to the point. I cant control these hands, I got it in good and lost, thats poker. What can I do about it? Nothing. What can I do about the other stuff? Even without losing a lot in EV terms, I am down 7 buyins for the month If I dont count the EV terms, So lets look at the hands I could have played differently.

Lets start with the spew - check out my thread about my blowups or play bad.. My Wall of Shame ADD UP THE SPEW/PLAY BAD THAT IS over 750 NEEDLESSLY LOST!

So yeah I am playing just above breakeven IF I count back in all my EV and discount all my spew.. so all in all its not good. I should be crushing these limits.

Sticking points are:

Playing too long, I need short sessions
Playing too LAGGY (addressed this earlier but will come back to this again) - just need to be TAG
Finish reading Hole Card Confessions and Poker Math that Matters finally, then just dont play poker again for a while.

Also adding to my tilt was how I busted fairly deep in the 20k € GTD MTT for a top stack for near chip leader:

Prima Network No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t200.00/t400.00 Blinds - 9 players - View hand 1379672

SB: t18420.00 46.05 BBs
Hero (BB): t15565.00 38.91 BBs
UTG: t17736.50 44.34 BBs
UTG+1: t31812.50 79.53 BBs
UTG+2: t17326.00 43.31 BBs
MP1: t25940.00 64.85 BBs
MP2: t13752.50 34.38 BBs
CO: t18036.00 45.09 BBs
BTN: t39154.00 97.89 BBs

Pre Flop: (t600) Hero is BB with K of diamonds K of clubs
3 folds, MP1 raises to t1100, 4 folds, Hero raises to t3800, MP1 calls t2700

Flop: (t7800) T of clubs 7 of spades J of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets t11685.00, MP1 calls t11685

Turn: (t31170) J of clubs(2 players)

River: (t31170) A of diamonds(2 players)

Final Pot: t31170
Hero shows K of diamonds K of clubs
MP1 shows A of spades T of diamonds
MP1 wins t31530.00

Time to take a break for a few days. I have the York Races to go to tomorrow, watch some horse racing and get drunk.

I guess its tilting me more because at the moment than ever because I am stuck in limbo, after coming back from Thailand and heading to Korea as soon as I can get my degree and criminal record sent to a notary and off to the FCO. I have had a lot of job offers and now I just really want to fast forward a month and be in Korea!

The one I am going for is not actually going to be in Seoul. It pays more and the apartment is better. I want to work at the school and get good at teaching - its a useful skill to have -, learn Korean, learn taekwondoe, ship some korean birds, get healthly (quit smoking, I need to quit again, any advice? I am now habituated into smoking 20 a day, its terrible) and I want to play poker 4 hours every day before I go to work in the mornings when I am fresh and alert and the fish are close to sleeping!

Ah... I will have tomorrow and Saturday off, play the 100k GTD on sunday and win! :D optimismFTW

Posted By Acombfosho at 10:47 PM

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July 21, 2011

hands I think I played well today

CO: $106.63>34/33/15 over 215 hands, usually plays with 50bb buy-in
BTN: $100.00
SB: $115.15 >90/0/0 with WTSD 43% over 27 hands <())))}><
Hero (BB): $138.25
UTG: $100.88
MP: $93.65

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with Q of hearts A of hearts
2 folds, CO raises to $2.50, 1 fold, SB calls $2, Hero calls $1.50

Flop: ($7.50) 6 of clubs Q of spades 9 of spades(3 players)
SB checks, Hero checks, CO bets $4.00, SB calls $4, Hero raises to $20, CO folds, SB raises to $112.15, Hero calls $92.15

Turn: ($235.80) K of hearts(2 players)

River: ($235.80) 3 of hearts(2 players)

Final Pot: $235.80
SB shows J of hearts J of diamonds
Hero shows Q of hearts A of hearts
Hero wins $232.80
(Rake: $3.00)

Here I knew villain in CO would cbet and also fish in SB would call just about any two cards. Given this I am happy to raise to get rid of CO and expect SB to call anything, with draws, worse pairs or just spaz like he did. Yum



Hero (SB): $111.10
BB: $362.12 > huge fish playing 56/10/3 pre but v aggro on turns and rivers and likes to try to rep the nuts a lot
UTG: $162.13
CO: $101.00
BTN: $135.19

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is SB with A of clubs 4 of clubs
3 folds, Hero raises to $2.50, BB calls $1.50

Flop: ($5.00) T of clubs 6 of clubs 2 of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $3.50, BB raises to $7, Hero calls $3.50

Turn: ($19.00) 3 of spades(2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $9.00, Hero calls $9

River: ($37.00) 4 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $18.00, Hero raises to $52, BB raises to $86, Hero raises to $92.10, BB calls $6.10

Final Pot: $221.20
Hero shows A of clubs 4 of clubs
BB mucks A of diamonds 9 of spades
Hero wins $218.20
(Rake: $3.00)

Given my read that he is aggro on turn and river and runs hopeless bluffs I think that the most +EV line here is to just let him keep repping what I have. I do not hate his line in general except when I raise the river he spazzed out hugely! yum yum

Having taken a look at my loose play, and deciding to cut it back to a TAG-ish style I been more aggro C/R flops as well as cbetting more (its much easier to do when you have a tighter range!), Only a short sample but sure beats looking at a swingy graph


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Posted By Acombfosho at 01:57 AM

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July 20, 2011

getting owned / variance

Have not had a great time of it @ poker recently, Just a bit fed up of it to be honest! I do not normally post bad beats or coolers or just variance but I am annoyed and rather than vent in a thread, this is where I can post it!

CO: $138.63
Hero (BTN): $103.20
SB: $110.15
BB: $150.96
UTG: $143.28
MP: $100.00

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN with T of hearts T of diamonds
3 folds, Hero raises to $2.50, SB calls $2, 1 fold

Flop: ($6.00) A of clubs 7 of diamonds T of spades(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $3.50, SB raises to $14.50, Hero raises to $25.50, SB raises to $107.15, Hero calls $75.20 all in

Turn: ($207.40) A of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

River: ($207.40) 6 of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $207.40
Hero mucks T of hearts T of diamonds
SB shows T of clubs A of diamonds
SB wins $197.95
SB wins $6.45
(Rake: $3.00)





BTN: $202.03
SB: $100.50
Hero (BB): $104.83
UTG: $252.93
CO: $89.58 >Villain is a 80/40/20!

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with T of diamonds T of hearts
1 fold, CO raises to $3, 2 folds, Hero raises to $9.50, CO calls $6.50

Flop: ($19.50) 5 of clubs 6 of spades 9 of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $18.00, CO calls $18 - value

Turn: ($55.50) 8 of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, CO checks - gutter gets there, but when he doesnt bet I am happy with my hand

River: ($55.50) 5 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets $52.00, CO raises to $62.08, Hero *sighs* calls $10.08

Final Pot: $179.66
Hero mucks T of diamonds T of hearts
CO shows 5 of spades T of spades
CO wins $176.16
(Rake: $3.50)


UTG: $90.08
MP: $101.50
CO: $48.06
BTN: $142.00
SB: $175.66
Hero (BB): $101.00

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BB with A of spades A of diamonds
1 fold, MP raises to $2, CO calls $2, BTN calls $2, 1 fold, Hero raises to $13.50, 1 fold, CO calls $11.50, BTN calls $11.50

Flop: ($43.00) Q of spades J of hearts 8 of clubs(3 players)
Hero bets $27.00, CO raises to $34.56, BTN folds, Hero calls $7.56

Turn: ($112.12) 5 of spades(2 players)

River: ($112.12) K of clubs(2 players)

Final Pot: $112.12
CO shows 8 of hearts 5 of hearts
Hero mucks A of spades A of diamonds
CO wins $109.12
(Rake: $3.00)


Hero (UTG): $116.57
MP: $409.78
CO: $149.50
BTN: $27.50
SB: $304.76
BB: $60.48

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is UTG with A of spades J of clubs
Hero raises to $3.50, 2 folds, BTN calls $3.50, 2 folds

Flop: ($8.50) A of hearts 6 of hearts J of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $5.50, BTN calls $5.50

Turn: ($19.50) T of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets $18.50, BTN calls $18.50

River: ($56.50) Q of spades(2 players)

Final Pot: $56.50
Hero shows A of spades J of clubs
BTN shows K of hearts 8 of hearts
BTN wins $53.68
(Rake: $2.82)

ARGH!

On the plus side I did play fairly TAG today, 18/15/5.5 which considering the players I've been playing against is pretty good style in my eyes

Posted By Acombfosho at 12:33 AM

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July 16, 2011

Teach me how to TAGGIE

I win more when I play TAG 20/15/5 than I do when I play LAGGY 27/23/8 this is at small stakes 100nl. Ive never played higher than 200nl, [for a big sample 25k+] and its buggin' me. I just need to TAG it up more. Sometimes I get brain flatulence and think playing TAG is being a NIT, its not! Playing TAG is playing TAG, Tight and AGgressive! Playing LAG for me lends to lots of spew, its that simple. I get into too many turn and river spots with marginal hands and am too tempted to run a crazy play to steal the pot.

In my best month in poker, I won 40 buyin playing just over 65 hours of poker. 6 tabling but always leaving bad games and hunting the lobby for the good ones with bad players.

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I was playing solid TAG poker, and thats all I needed to play in order to win at a very nice clip. Then, I thought, ok got the 'basics' down, lets open my game up. That is when the variance monster came out from under the bed. I started listening to players who were playing 5/10+ about opening up my 3betting range, playing more hands and barrelling 3 street, basically things which while nice to learn but which are simply not as effective in the small stakes 100nl games I was playing. They work at 400+ with thinking players who can fold hands that know they should be facing strong ranges when in different spots, the game just was not the same after I opened up. Or maybe, and when looking at it honestly - I am just not good enough to play this loose and still win.

My plan is to TAG it up for the next couple of months and stop with the SPEW pre and postflop. My 3bet has creeped up to 8% and my VPIP and PFR has gone up to about 27/23. I know I should not be aiming just for stats, but I am playing worse when I am playing loose and have to admit that I dont have the skill level or emotional control to reign in the aggression postflop yet. At least with Tag style I can be aggressive/spewy and still have a tight (strong) range!

I know the point isnt to aim for stats overall, however my results recently have been like this:

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I can see no harm in just playin a TAG style once again and trying to reign in the spew factor preflop before it can start postflop! stats in garf looks abit mental but some was 3handed about 2k hands so its a bit skewed

I am frustrated with my mediocre progress in poker especially because the players who I know have moved up to 5/10 while I am still playing 100nl. It is frustrating to me and I have to change something. I think this means just going back to good solid poker. I have ordered a couple of poker books and plan on reading them. I'm going to take a break for a few days and come back to poker. I love this game but its frustrating at the moment so I am going to TAG it up. 

Goals for the next 6 months:
- Play Tight and Aggressive Poker
- No more spew
- Post 1 hand every day I play
- Respond in 2 hand threads every day
- HEM a reg a week

If anyone follows my blog you will probably have picked up that I often write those long strategy posts as a reminder to keep my game simple, to cut the spew, almost immediately after ive had a bad day with big swings. The think I realise now is that I just need to cut out the crap preflop. 

Of course I could just learn to be more patient and try to reign in the spewy tendencies I have on turn and river, but I think for now I should just go back to basics.

To completely butcher a cliché -' Sometimes in order to go two steps forward you have to take a step back.

Posted By Acombfosho at 12:14 AM

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July 14, 2011

Rough Guide to Online Poker

Rough Guide to Online Poker


Over the last 3 years of trying to figure out how to play poker and make money from it I have finally figured it out, this guide is here to help others and also serves as a reminder to me to keep me in check. I constantly go back to this in my mind and I think that these are the most important things to know for 6 max online poker and I have cut out everything else which is filler. While experience is the best teacher, it sure helps to have a smart outline to give you a jump start. Ive put this in one place so I can get it easily and I like writing stuff down because it gets it out of my mind and into reality.


The number one thing to remember: Poker is a people game that is played with cards


Winning is as simple as reading your opponents correctly and managing yourself properly. While that sounds easy, many players find this surprisingly hard to do; as the saying goes 'it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master'.



Tools you need:


Deposit and Withdrawal Methods, Identification, HEM, Large monitor


You need to have moneybookers, neteller and a visa card all attached to your bank account, so that you can deposit and withdraw quickly and safely at all the different poker sites. I suggest you get each account in a different currency so that you can take advantage of different sites while avoiding exchange rate fees over and over again.

You need to have your identification ready so that you can verify who you are on the different sites so make picture files available on your computer to send via email to the poker site support when you register so it is at hand. I suggest when you sign up to a site you email them straight away and verify who you are immediately before you even make a deposit, that way you can be set up and be able to withdraw immediately should you decide you need to.

You need to get hold of a program called Holdem Manager (buy the full version with Leakbuster and Holdem Vision for $199), this program will be the key to improving your own play through reviewing hands you have played and also helping you to determine what kind of players you are facing online by utilizing the HUD. It is also key in your pregame routine and finding fish.

You will need a large monitor that can comfortably fit 4 tables and multiple lobbys. You want to be able to clearly read your HUD and see exactly what you are doing and be able to follow the action properly, so a big monitor is mandatory.

Books to read:


Hole Card Confessions by Owen Gaines
This book is a guide to teach you about how to play real poker. Poker is about ranges and how to manipulate your opponents by making them do what you want them to do. This book is a great introduction on how to think properly about that game, how to adjust to different players tendencies and what to do to exploit them. This book is not about game theory optimal plays, but dont worry about that, poker is played by people, not robots and no one is playing GTO. Exploit the people into making fundamental theory of poker mistakes and win.

Poker Math that Matters by Owen Gaines
This book teach you how to properly assess all of the maths you need in poker in order to win. Pot odds, implied odds, expected value, g-bucks, ranges, hand combos and a bunch of quizzes that help you get these concepts into your head. A nice complement to his other book which teaches exploitable play, this book is all about the mathematical fundamentals that underpin no limit holdem poker. An absolute must.


The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler
Variance in poker is hard for the human brain to understand. We evolved in an environment which did not allow for the 'long term' to come into play. If we ran bad at life, we died, it was just that simple. As a consequence human emotions have a habit of hijacking our logical minds. This book will help you combat and come to terms with our emotions and self imposed limitations at the tables in order for you to make the right plays and play your best poker. 

Treat Your Poker Like a Business by Dusty Schmidt
This is a guide not necessarily on how to play poker, but how to approach the game from a professional point of view. Dusty aka Leatherass is a phenomenal grinder who has maintained a high winrate over millions of hands and tens of thousands of hours at the tables. He helps outline what you should know and do off the tables in order to maximise your winnings on the tables.


Other books:
There are lots of other books our there on poker. Go ahead and read them if you wish. However there is nothing covered in any of the other books which is not addressed in the above four books. I have found the above four books to be the absolute best in terms of clarity in writing, editing, and having all bases covered, as well as being affordable. Anything in the Dragthebar store is a good bet, and other books from publishers such as 2+2, d+b, cardoza and dimat are good aswell, but these are simply covering the same ground in what I consider to be a some what long winded, poorly edited and less fulfilling and efficient way.

Videos to watch:


Math of NL holdem by Aaron Wilt on Deucescracked.com
Aaron 'WiltonTilt' Wilt is one of the hardest working and best poker players playing today. This series is a must for the same reasons as why the Poker Math That Matters book is a must. Good poker is based upon a good understanding of all the mathematical concepts, and this video series helps to solidify these concepts in your mind.

Philosophy by PhilGalfond on Bluefirepoker.com
Phil Galfond aka OMGClayAiken is one of the best poker players in the world. This series will teach you how to properly think about a hand during play, about ranges and what actions by your opponents mean. If you consistently re-watch this series, every time you will see another thing that 'clicks'. I can remember first watching this when I had very little experience and thinking “this makes no sense at all, how can this ever be a good idea?”, now I watch it and think”thats absolutely brilliant, how can I apply more of this to my own game?”


Coaching Kristy by Andrew Seidman on Deucescracked.com

Why are we betting? Get Value, Bluff, Take down the dead money. BalugaWhale teaches you where and when to apply these concepts at the table in the most efficient way possible.


Amature to Pro and Common Spots by Alan Jackson on Bluefirepoker.com

These two series are a must watch before you begin playing. Alan Jackson is a true grinder who has played millions of hands. A great work ethic and very humble player who can help you to understand all of the spots that come up frequently over and over again and make you play an efficient and thinking style of poker.

Other Videos:
There a thousands of videos out there, and again while some are great, they are mostly rehashing the same concepts above. Go ahead and watch as many as you like :)


The game before the game:


Mental Health
Poker playing is full of mental traps, you can begin to feel invincible or feel like anything you do will not work within just a few thousand hands. This variance in poker is what takes its toll the hardest on the human mind and can lead to illusions of both grandure and failure. Remember that poker is just a game and keep things in perspective. Having other hobbies is very good for you, having a wide circle of friends and keeping fit and eating healthy are also very important to playing good poker too. Playing poker in your spare time should be fun, not a source of discomfort in your life or something which stops you from doing other things. It is just a game.

Volume or Winrate

There is a disease that is going on in the online poker world and that is mass multi tabling. You need to focus on increasing your winrate bb per-100 rather than playing 24 tables and millions of hands. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones are simple. Playing millions of hands at 1bb/100 is counter productive. You will submit yourself to mental torture facing the inevitable variance that such a style dictates, you will be playing hours on end and many times have nothing to show for it whatsoever, or worse, negative earnings, you are not able to learn by playing a robotic monotonous style which is easy for your opponents to exploit and you will end up engraining sub-par play into your mind which will be hard to overcome. The key to being a good poker player is to be able to process different types of information which is presented to you and then make the best play. Mass tabling simply doesnt allow you to think like this and ends up costing you big time. Stick to playing 4 tables and thinking about your decisions and focus on improving your play. Once you can crush the limit you decide to play and everything is simply automatic, then it is time to increase the tables. But unless you are a solid 8bb+ winner over 4 tables over a sample of over 100,000 hands, then stick to 4 tables, you are not as good as you think you are. Infact, no one is impressed that you played 300,000 hands in a month at 1bb/100 it is a real waste of time, and you could make that same 30 buyins in a fraction of the time if you learned how to actually play poker properly! When some one tells me they are playing 12+ tables and are making 1bb/100 all I can think of is this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0 :)

Rakeback
The fact of the matter is you are leaving money on the table if you do not have rakeback. Every site takes rake and this is how they make their money, thats why they keep the games safe and have an interest in keeping the games fair. They make their money regardless of whoever wins or loses at the tables in the form of rake, so thank the rake for providing you with the luxury of being able to play from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Having said that rake does add up to a lot of money each month so make sure that you get the best rakeback deal you can get. There are many great affiliates out there and there is no reason you should not have rakeback at every site you play at. Money is money so search around for the best deal and get that locked in. However, as we mentioned above, grinding for rakeback or simply mass grinding in general is bad. Play to win at poker and view rakeback as a nice bonus. Do not focus on playing hands 'just to get the hands in for my rakeback/bonus' instead think about playing hands because the games are good and you have plenty of fish to fry.

Peak Hours
Speaking of fish, this is where the most money comes from! So it only makes sense that you play all of your poker when the fish are out in their numbers. That means weekday evenings and all day on the weekends. Playing in the midweek when all the bad players are at work is a waste of time and is ultimately unproductive. Play when the games are good and get in good games.

Site selection
As mentioned above, having access to a good game with bad players in it is probably the biggest key to making money at poker. Because the fish can be playing anywhere, its essential that you have the option to play anywhere to find them. Thats why having moneybookers and neteller as well as a Visa card is essential so that you can quickly deposit on a site should the games be particularly good on a site you have not yet got money online. Also, spreading out your roll across many sites is a great idea because then you can just jump right in and get the fish before someone else does. Playing at one site 'because thats where I like to play' is just like saying 'I like to make making money harder than it could be'.


Pregame routine

Before you play you need to be in the right mindset to be making analytical decisions. You need to feel fresh and alert. If you have a hangover, or have another thing going on in your life that is consuming your mind at the moment then that means you should not play poker. Before I play I like to shower, have something filling to eat, get a large cup of green tea and get comfortable in my seat. I load up HEM and review my last session of all pots won and lost 40bb+, this gets me thinking analytically about ranges before I play and gets me motivated to improve on my mistakes


Table Selection

Load up the lobbies in all the poker rooms you play on and filter the limits you play, filter out full tables and look at the tables, look for the following : Random stack sizes (these are typically casual one buyin players who are soft), very high players perflop% (lots of flops means lots of loose play), high pot size (lots of money going into the pot means lots of gambling!) and try to find the fish you have identified in your HEM database as big losers, this is where the real money is made. You make money playing with bad players, it is your job to find them.


3 simple rules to apply when playing:


The ten second rule

Every time you are about to put money in the pot, think for ten seconds, then act. If you are about to put money in the pot, whether its calling or raising, think about your best play for 10 seconds. Then act. This will save you loads of money from when you instacall off your stack preflop with jacks against a 5/5/1 player! Or are getting C/R'd on a A72r when you hold A9o. Take this time to think and make the best played based upon your opponents range, his style of play, and table flow.


The mark hand rule
Every time you get in a spot you dont know what to do. Make a mental note of it and immediately after the hand open the HEM last hand popup and tag the marked hand box. Review it later when you have time.

Timing tells rule
Each villain has a rhythm they typically play. Take these notes and copy paste them into the HEM note taking feature. “Insta pot =, Insta check =, instacall =, Insta 1/2pot =, Tankbet =, Tankcheck =, Tankcall =” Whenever you notice someone doing something either very slowly or very quickly make a note of it. Each time you see this confirmed or denied then add a + or – to the tally they have. Once you have say 5 instances of this tell you can be sure that its a pretty reliable read and will prove invaluable in future hands. For example:

“Insta pot = riverbluff+4, Insta check =weak+1, instacall = weakmade hand+7 and draw+2, Insta 1/2pot = set on dry board +3, overpair in 3betpot+2, Tankbet = weak hand+2, Tankcheck = trappy hand+1, Tankcall = marginal hand +5”

Heres the post in PDF format

 

Posted By Acombfosho at 01:33 AM

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July 12, 2011

wild day

Ive been playing a ton recently, i realised now i need to take more breaks, played pretty much solid for 10 hours, A game quickly turns to C game when you play that long. 7948 hands and ended down 2 buyins - wtf

my main problem is that I lose focus and just make plays I KNOW are wrong 'just to see what happens' - its like I become an observer in the hand, as if I am watching it on TV as a spectator, and just want to see what happens by the river. My thought process turns into some kind of remedial 'fuck this guy lets see what you got' attitude, which completely destroys my progress. Its like one blow up every hour or so and it just ruins the good solid work I had done during the previous hour. My mind goes blank, I feel short of breath, i make a snap judgement based on some kind of loose equity (which is usually correct, I rarely get it in without some equity, however I am not taking the time to work out if its +EV or not) its getting me frustrated! I have to set a stop watch on my phone, 55 minute sessions and a break until my mind is clear before I come back. Playing solud poker is not boring, and winning is fun!

Regardless, thats my fault anyway, I need to keep on table selecting. I had some big coolers but I also dont do myself any favours by playing too long and blowing up. 

I wonder if there is a program out there that can alert me when the pot gets over X amount of size, or I get raised on any street, that can disable actions until at least 10 seconds. This would FORCE me to think about the spots more clearly instead of making snap decisions. 

That must be my goal for the couple of months until it becomes habitual: 

Every pot that I get raised at any point or the pot gets over 40bb I have to take at least 10 seconds to act. After the hand I must take a note on villain. If I fail to either of these things I must quit the session immediately.

In other news I got a contract for a job in Seoul today, so it looks like I will be going end of August! brrapbrrap

Posted By Acombfosho at 11:57 PM

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July 11, 2011

assume the position

yumyum

Party Poker $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1368531
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

Hero (CO): $50.00
BTN: $11.00
SB: $61.69
BB: $15.00
UTG: $92.92
MP: $34.15

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with Q of clubs Q of spades
1 fold, MP calls $0.50, Hero raises to $2, 1 fold, SB calls $1.75, 1 fold, MP raises to $3.50, Hero calls $1.50, SB calls $1.50

Flop: ($11.00) Q of diamonds K of clubs 4 of clubs(3 players)
SB checks, MP bets $30.65, Hero raises to $46.50, SB calls $46.50

Turn: ($134.65) 5 of hearts(3 players)

River: ($134.65) 2 of diamonds(3 players)

Final Pot: $134.65
Hero shows Q of clubs Q of spades
SB shows 4 of diamonds 4 of hearts
MP mucks A of clubs K of hearts
Hero wins $31.70
Hero wins $99.95
(Rake: $3.00)

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Below is a good example of pot odds + implied odds + position


Party Poker $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 1368532
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Hero (CO): $50.00
BTN: $7.07
SB: $35.81
BB: $50.00
UTG: $102.50
MP: $29.98

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is CO with 4 of hearts 3 of hearts
2 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, 1 fold, SB calls $1.25, 1 fold

Flop: ($3.50) A of hearts T of hearts 5 of spades(2 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $2.00, SB raises to $6.99, Hero calls $4.99

Turn: ($17.48) 9 of spades(2 players)
SB bets $8.30, Hero calls $8.30

River: ($34.08) J of hearts(2 players)
SB bets $16.19, Hero raises to $32.38, SB calls $2.83 all in

Final Pot: $72.12
Hero shows 4 of hearts 3 of hearts
SB mucks K of hearts A of diamonds
Hero wins $13.36
Hero wins $55.76
(Rake: $3.00)

Turn I have 25% equity and its 24%pot odds, + position _+ stack behind = implied odds


and one HU hand 


Entraction $50.00 No Limit Hold'em - 2 players - View hand 1368535
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BTN/SB: $107.98
Hero (BB): $50.00

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BB with K of hearts K of spades
BTN/SB raises to $1, Hero raises to $3.50, BTN/SB calls $2.50

Flop: ($7.00) J of hearts T of spades Q of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $5.25, BTN/SB calls $5.25

Turn: ($17.50) 7 of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $8.75, BTN/SB raises to $20.50, Hero raises to $41.25, BTN/SB calls $20.75

River: ($100.00) 2 of diamonds(2 players)

Final Pot: $100.00
BTN/SB shows T of hearts J of diamonds
Hero shows K of hearts K of spades
BTN/SB wins $99.25
(Rake: $0.75)

Turn is bad imo, should fold when raised or bet bigger, meh

Posted By Acombfosho at 11:15 PM

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