January 09, 2011
Good day today,
A lot has gone well in my Poker world today.
This afternoon I finished my 4th Coaching Session with TecmoSuperBowl, who has been taking myself and some other great guys from DC under hi wing and teaching us how to fold and bet properly.
I didn't really know what to expect from coaching, I guess I secretly hoped that we would be tought all these secret lines and tells that make it all snap into place.
Well the secret line turns out to be pretty much what DC has always taught me - study, analyse opponents, put them on a range, bet for value.
It's the study part that group coaching has really opened up for me. I believe I am thinking about hands differently now. Not so much "What could he have" as much as "What hands does he do THIS with".
I'll be posting a more indepth review of Tecmo's coaching in the Coaching forum, but if you are a microstakes grinder and you need a more personal guide through the micros - Tecmo is really going to show you how to think about the game, and you should book him now while he's still available.
The other thing that Deuces Cracked has helped me with today is a cash in the Bronze Iron Man freeroll tonight.
I managed to grind up a nice little stack to get me through the bubble, and I mentioned it in our Skype group chat, that I had no idea what I was doing.
DC Member Its A Trap was a hero and quickly jumped in on a skype call to give me a crash course in ICM and late stage tournement strategy.
He quickly explained to me how to identify good spots to pick up chips from other short stacks, whilst avoiding tricky confrontations with the Big stacks.
I'm really pleased that I managed to finish in the top 45. Sure it's not life changing money but the really exiting thing was that I felt like I had a chance to maybe do this again next time.
I'm a cash game player at heart, I prefer the deeper stack postflop decisions I don't really appreciate the late stages of tournament poker. But I can't help feel a little envious of the accolades given to some of these players who make the prestigious final table s.
When I joined DC I promised myself I would complete my ring game holdem apprenticeship and then start to think about building up a tournament history. Maybe these iron man tournaments are a good starting point for this.
Once again thanks to ItsATrap for the support, and aumorgan who was also railing me