December 14, 2010
I made it, I made my year end goal of being able to take shots at 50NL. I started the beginning of the year with barely 12 bi's for 10NL, and my start upon joining DC was $20 in my roll. I have studied hard though and rewarded myself along the way with coaching sessions from some great DC coaches. I was also rewarded with several sessions for my part in MT. Robusto.
Its been a tough climb from .01/.02 to .25/.5. I think the hardest part of my climb was petitioning fulltilt poker for software improvements that included a BIGGER more VISIBLE fold button since my software did not seem to come with one. I can not stress how much learning just to fold, has improved my over all game. Learning things like folding 2 pair on a T938A (3flush) type boards and not thinking or convincing myself that a 5NL player who is very passive might donk out pot on river with worse. Its taken a long time to get this to sink in, but when it finally did thing changed in a hurry. Also learning that its okay to Iso a fish IP with marginal holdings and sometimes even let the flop go X/X, or Iso from the SB and X/F sometimes rather trying to bomb, bomb, bomb vrs players who aren't folding A6 on K36JT, once you learn this and go BOMB BOMB BOMB with AK on K36JT and they flip over A6 or K8s, the poker world looks much brighter.
I think the biggest thing I have learned is everything depends on your opponent. You can bluff in the micros, you can get thin value, you can even bluff catch, but you must make sure each one of these against the right opponent. Do not try to bluff catch vrs an opponent who would never bluff in X spot. Do not go for thin value vrs a NIT, who would never have worse hands preflop. Do not bluff a calling station thinking, "he might fold it this time", he hasn't folded a hand since George senior was President and he isn't gonna start now. Also as many of these great DC video's have taught us "Value bet, Value bet, Value bet".
I would like to post some video series that have helped me get to this spot. To those of you that watch a lot of videos and feel you don't take away much from them. I watched some of these series until I could almost repeat them word for word. Example -The Coaching tree this series took me nearly 3 months to watch and learn everything the coaches were talking about. So take your time go over every second of these videos, and ask questions.
#1 - Babysteps
#2 - From the ground up
#3 - The coaching tree
These were fundamental in my learning and understanding of the game at the micro levels. Another huge piece that has helped me, is a DCer that goes by the screen name of Tonic1223 (thanks man)! Make friends here on DC, do sweat sessions, talk about hands together, learn from each other, and don't shun a fellow player cause they play 10NL and you are light years ahead of them cause you play 25NL!
Thanks Deuces Cracked!