I've been crushing for the past 2-3 months. I have been studying for a long time and the vids here hugely accelerated my learning and everything has been "coming together" while I've been living here. I'm better understanding profitable situations by table textures. Hand reading just takes practice. Setting yourself up to win by picking a good seat, being in a good frame of mind, and trusting your reads have been key for me.
Bankroll management is a must if this game is to be taken seriously. I've realized that I like 500BBs. If I drop below 200BB it changes my game.
This is super great - and how it should be...
But 1 thing to remember is that it doesn't take 1 hour to loose 100BB when 2tabling - even when playing your A-game. Nothing can prepare one for the swings (and the tilt that it might bring) - and only time can stop it.
For some reason the swing also tend to hit at the worst time at all - when moving up, and when 50BB suddenly is equal to 100BB at the old limit, it can do very harsh thing to you.
So just an advice - variance is gonna hit no matter how good you are, and you are gonna be destroyed by 50/2/0.4 guys hitting everyhand vs your 2nd best hand, so be prepared - it will save you alot.
And don't ever get overconfident about your skills or your opponents lack of skills...
I won't have a mic until I head back to the States, but that's less than a month away now. This group looks like it has a great time. I would love to be involved.
Isac, thanks for the reminder on variance. I have noticed all the top players saying they've had multiple 500BB swings. I realize this can happen and is why I'm building my roll at a low level and trying to play when I have as big of an edge as possible. One thing I do is mix up very-shorthanded sessions all the way to full ring and LHE tournaments. This keeps me fresh and looking for an edge wherever possible (I am quite good at SNGs and tourneys I've discovered). Basically, I try and find opponents who do not understand proper aggression, and stack ratios in tournaments. This drastically cuts down on variance and increases win rate. When we understand the equities and put ourselves in win/win situations, good things happen. (I used to be a banker. Another story. )
My next goal is to perfect my perception of the opponent's range in +EV bluffing spots. For instance, specific lines on A-high boards against certain opponents, and certain river spots. I haven't yet spent a lot of brainpower on this, learning best how to exploit LP and LAGtard opposition at this $1 level. The higher up we move, the more prevelent aggressive and TAGish play. Most of them are really bad postflop, so it can be very profitable but higher variance (we are calling down if draws miss, that kinda stuff). It also really depends on how they react to my aggression and the other table conditions, like if there is another LAGgy player present. I try to understand where the money is coming from, risk verses reward, and monitor my own tilt level. My wife helps me a lot with reflection on situations (she's a good listener) and controlling frustration when I do get sucked out on, which happens more than we like to admit. However, I'll post sometime about all the little exercises I use to intend success and stay in a positive, abundant mood. I have learned that I am my own worst enemy when it comes to downswings and variance, which are only amplified when we are not in control.
Fishcourt (UTG) lives up to his name in this epic session tonight. He's to my right and is open limping ATC. This is causing the rest of the table to lose their minds. love it.
Full Tilt Poker $0.50/$1 Limit Hold'em - 5 players - View hand 74574
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Pre Flop: (1.5 SB) Hero is CO with K 6
UTG calls, Hero calls, BTN calls, 1 fold, BB checks
Flop: (4.5 SB) 4 7 Q (4 players)
BB checks, UTG bets, Hero calls, BTN raises, BB folds, UTG calls, Hero calls
Turn: (5.25 BB) 3 (3 players)
UTG checks, Hero checks, BTN bets, UTG folds, Hero raises, BTN 3-bets, Hero caps!, BTN calls
River: (13.25 BB) 5 (2 players)
Hero bets, BTN calls
Final Pot: 15.25 BB
Hero shows K 6 (a flush, King high)
BTN mucks J Q
Hero wins 14.75 BB
I basically knew BTN would bet Turn 100%. I felt there would be more value if I could trap UTG in the middle on the Turn. Debateable. I gave BTN an internet high-5 after this one.
pwned + v-bet. k, I'm done.
Pre Flop: (1 SB) Hero is SB with 4 4
1 fold, BTN raises, Hero 3-bets, BTN calls
Flop: (6 SB) T 4 7 (2 players)
Hero bets, BTN calls
Turn: (4 BB) A (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN bets, Hero raises, BTN calls
River: (8 BB) 8 (2 players)
Hero bets, BTN calls
Final Pot: 10 BB
Hero shows 4 4 (three of a kind, Fours)
BTN mucks 2 A
Hero wins 10 BB