I've been playing for about 8 months now. I play often, usually everyday. I played back in the moneymaker era too but nothing serious. I feel like I'm a decent player but my game has stagnated. I don't really have many 'poker buds' to hang out and talk poker with and I think that's a big problem.
I play mostly tournaments but now and then I'll mix in some cash. I'd say it's about 90/10. I seem to win 1st a fair amount and I cash fairly often so I know I'm not terrible. But I think all that really just comes because of my love for the game. I have some of the basic tools: PT4, Fzilla, HRC, EQ Lab and I'll be getting any others that are necessary very soon. Still trying to figure out what those tools might be--GTO+, CREV?
I'm on the east coast but my schedule is pretty flexible since I work from home. I've been a part of a couple other groups that never seem to amount to much. One or two sessions and then they seem to fizzle out.
If you're in a similar spot hit me up. Even if you're a cash player. I think just talking poker would be a huge benefit.
March 23, 2020 | 6:41 a.m.
Let me preface by saying I'm no pro. I play and study daily but I've still got lots to learn.
Given that UTG is a whale I'd be concerned that he actually won't fold. Although it's just a minraise, I'd still give it some weight. Shoving ATo against a UTG open seems a little more risky than necessary in what I'm assuming is early in the tournament.
Of course it really depends on your reads. How often is he opening? How often from EP? How does he tend to play postflop? How often is he folding in spots like this?
Instead of shoving I think I'd try a big 3bet. I'm not very good at sizing yet but maybe somewhere around 8 - 10 BB.
I don't know, maybe I'm way off. Hopefully someone else will chime in and let us know.
March 18, 2020 | 10:49 p.m.
That's great! I really thought that I messed up somewhere along the way. I was pretty confident in what I'd done but started to wonder if maybe a call would've been better. I definitely agree that my sizing needs work. In fact that's one thing I'm working on now. And the fact the he got there doesn't really bother me. It stings in the moment but I'm fairly used to it now. It happens multiple times a day at this point.
Thanks for all the great feedback! I really appreciate it.
March 15, 2020 | 11:39 p.m.
I've been unable to post hands in the proper format so I'm hoping this is ok.
This hand happened at .10/.25 which I don't normally play. Every now and then I'll take a shot at it. Sometimes it goes well sometimes it does not. I don't really have any reads or anything. This was about 10 hands in and I don't have any hands on the players at this table. However I have watched villain in a few other hands get really aggro.
I've been finding myself in this exact situation more and more lately. I don't know how to handle it. I don't want to simply call and let them draw out on me. If villain wants to chase his draw I want him to pay. Unfortunately it seems I'm the one who always ends up paying. I certainly can't fold what I know is the best hand at the time...right? I'll admit that at these stakes these player are much more advanced than I am. And this situation only seems to come up when I take a shot at higher stakes.So maybe I'm just not ready yet. Maybe I'm not thinking ahead enough.
I can definitely see why he did what he did. A lot of turns will improve him to the nuts. But it's still a draw and getting it all in on a draw just doesn't seem all that advanced to me. He has to know I'm not bluffing here. But maybe I'm very naive to what's really going on here.
Hopefully you all can shed some light on this for me. I'd love some feedback.
March 14, 2020 | 6:06 p.m.
I just joined yesterday and I'm having trouble posting a hand. I've looked around for a sticky or some kind of instructions but didn't see anything.
I'm posting from PT4 (and maybe drivehud later). Every time I try I get "Invalid hand". I've tried the different formats. Can anyone tell me what I'm missing?