Good insights m8. I have always prefered playing few tables and think it is one of the biggest reasons I have been a simning player. Having time to think trough decisions and have small realisations while at the tables is hugely underrated. I am sure you will be able to improve your game to the point where you not only beat 10nl but higher stakes also! Keep going!
March 25, 2019 | 6:04 p.m.
First of all id want to know what CO RFI% and Fold to 3b% are (if I have any). I do not play 2nl but starting out with a value heavy 3b range would be my starting point. 55 seems a bit to weak as it rely on a decent amount of foldEq preflop.
March 25, 2019 | 2:24 p.m.
Yes. Playing HU from time to time has helped my game a lot. I am able to hold my own in starting 6max tables and getting to play HU vs weak players before table fills up are adding a lot to my winrate. You are also putting yourself in a ton of spots in a short timespan so you will be able to learn a lot in a short timespan if you do the work. GL!
March 25, 2019 | 1:38 p.m.
I do not think i want to 3bet this hand in sb vs players I do not know. KTs is going to be in a lot of marginal spots where we can make good profit by bluffcatching vs right opp w weak TP like this hand (or profit by having fold equity, which btw do not fit with the limited player profile of opponent) but we can also make huge misstakes if we are left guessing about his bluffing freq.
Based on you read so far I guess id end upp calling some of the time but it might be a dissaster.
March 25, 2019 | 12:44 p.m.
Very good advice!
March 25, 2019 | 10:54 a.m.
I sat down and watched a video where Ben Sulsky played nl50. He were trying to play like he should have done if that were his main stake and he ended up playing something like 20/17 or thereabouts.
For me, that plays in a low rake/low cap environment this looked crazy to me. His main reason for playing very very tight in a lot of spots was that so many hands got unplayable due to high rake. I understand that some players prefer playing very tight and that it can be good in some games and all that, but to be forced to play this tight bc the games are raked so high must be so so bad for the overall state of the poker economy that it probably is the main cause that it is not an attractive game for recreational players.
It must be so boring for a rec to deposit and want to play a fun loose game only to find that everyone at the table are folding all the time and showing down the nuts every time they actually enter the pot. Sure there might be a point to the argument that people do not like money taken away from their stacks before the hand is dealt but honestly I believe that recs would love to play in games that plays loose with a lot more cold calling pre and overall more post flop play than it is today.
The way rake is collected today is more geared towards folding a ton pre but if the hand already were raked before the hand starts every hand would in itself be ”rake free” in the sense that entering the pot does not cost anything in and of itself, you pay the same anyways. This would make (as far as my limited understand of these sort of things) a huge impact on the games and could potentially be a game-changer.
I am very open to be enlightened to flaws in the way I am thinking about this :)
March 23, 2019 | 2:31 p.m.
Sound like you need some direction in your pokerlife. What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish, which stakes do you want to play, how much money do you want to make, what do you want to do with your money? Poker can be a great tool for helping you realize your dreams and improve your life in so many ways, id suggest you sit down and really think about what poker means to you and what you want to do with it!
March 23, 2019 | 5:54 a.m.
Hey! God updates. I like those apps that make it easier to focus on one task at the time, but what I have found is that there are some underlying problem that makes me unfocused, it might be stressing out over something, financial, relationships, procrastination in general or something along those lines. So what I believe is that those apps can be a great tool for helping me to relearn my brain to focus on one thing at the time, but it is so important to deal with whatever it is that is the root cause that l is the original distraction. What do you think about this? :)
March 23, 2019 | 5:49 a.m.
Let me ask you one about your overall approach when you sit down, what it is like? Do you feel relax and comfortable the vast majority of the times when you sit down and play? I have felt quite stressed for a long time financialy and this has had quite a big impact on my winrate and my overall mental game. It took me some time to realize this and once I made sure to have the financial side partly taken care of from other sources than poker things started getting much much better very fast.
March 23, 2019 | 5:43 a.m.
Hey! Yeah physical activity is very important imo. Just walking my dog every day help me out a ton it feels like. Just spending time outside is so important for me to feel good and I try to get out as much as possible even tho the weather is not what I prefer at times :)
March 23, 2019 | 5:40 a.m.
There were some debate a while back on how the rake was collected (ie. from the pot) and that high rake in that system makes the game tighter and more geared towards preflop game (not much calling and way more 3bet/4bet pre).
My question is this, and probably there are some flaw to this system too, and you have probably already thought about it and dismissed for some good reason. But why is the rake not collected before the hand starts? Say we play a game and the average rake is 5bb/100 per player in the normal rake structure where you take money from the middle. Why not instead collect 0.05bb every hand before the hand is dealt?
Would not this be a better way to do it?
March 22, 2019 | 5:54 p.m.
Phil also said (on joe ingram podcast after launch) that Sweden will be the first (maybe one of the first?) countries they will apply licens for.
March 22, 2019 | 5:46 p.m.
This week has been crazy so far. I bought PIO and a new computer, watched a ton of videos here on RIO and it has made such a huge difference. Having a fast, silent and smooth computer is such a relief and makes my motivated to sit down and play more. I also have developed a sort of schedule for how much and when I play and this is very good. This is how it looks like:
7.30, wake up, eat, walk the dog and take care of family.
9.15 Sit down at computer and watch a video/learn PIO
10.00 Play for maximum 2h
11.30-12.00 Walk the dog, eat.
13.00 Play for maximum 2h
14.30-15.00 Short break
15.15 Play for 1.5h
17.00 Family time
20.00 Rest or do some more studying
This is a floating schedule and I dont stick to it 100% but having a routine is very comforting and makes me focus less on results and short term variance. I have started to sleep so much better in the last couple of weeks and it feels so good to be somewhat rested. Games are insanely good and I am crushing even more than before which just makes me even more motivated to learn and play.
The last couple of years have been very hard at times and now I feel like a lot of hard work in different areas of my life is starting to pay off at the same time. I am cleaning my home, throwing/giving away stuff, taking long walks with my dog, spending time with my kids, laughing again (!) and I feel a lot of hope for the future.
I feel so thankfull for this community and the value it is giving me again and again. Thank you!
March 22, 2019 | 8:33 a.m.
I have not read all the responses but I like that you are not giving up until you get a good answer to this.
Your original argument for not 4betting:**- You can use your postflop edge** This is a good point, if you are better than your opponent postflop you should try and play postflop as much as possible. This assumes that your postflop edge is bigger than your preflop edge of course. **- It has less varience**
This goes along with the above point, the biggest factor in variance is your winrate, so if you play a style where you have the most edge, your variance will go down.
- you save yourself from stupid preflop wars, 4bet bluffs and weak 3bet calling ranges and tilting flips you always seem to lose
Yes you save yourself from preflop wars, but if you play against competent oppenents you will get into the same wars postflop (or you will be run over).