Read Jared Tendler's the Mental Game of Poker and learn to control your emotions and "inject logic" at all times of mental duress.
Sept. 24, 2018 | 10 p.m.
Check raise the river with one pair? I disagree.
Sept. 18, 2018 | 6:03 p.m.
I dont think Michaels play is good at all. Why risk 18k to win 10k? Andy probably just went with a read. Sometimes you cant break poker down to something coherent. I dont think Andy is overplaying the AJ- I think he put Michael on a flush draw and went with his read.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 4:24 p.m.
Should have got his whole stack. If he is calling a raise post flop he will call a turn bet and it will set you up for a river shove. He had 7s or 2s underneath correct?
Sept. 12, 2018 | 4:03 p.m.
If I was heads up I might bet flop- I probably check this one back and feel the table out. I may bet turn depending what comes out and how it feels. Jacks are just a tough hand to play no matter what.
I have been conditioned to check back these types of hands/situations more as time has gone by.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 3:25 p.m.
What are the chances villain is calling a raise with suited connectors would be my first question. After that is this person capable bluffing? I mean this is a pretty standard spot. I jam it in and if they have a set I say nice hand. If they have a flush draw their odds ( even implied) do not dictate a call there. Even if they are holding top pair ( j10cc) with the flush draw you are head (55%) You are also ahead if they they have the nut flush draw (57%)
You are also ahead even if they have AJcc or the nut flush draw with top pr, top kicker and an overcard. Board could pair even if he has 56.
I jam. Come get me.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 3:02 p.m.
I never understood this- why at any point bluff all of your chips? Would Chip Reese encourage this? I understand 4 bet bluffs but why ever bluff off all of your chips against a previous bet that most of the time contains a big holding?
Sept. 12, 2018 | 2:31 p.m.
I often run into the same spot, holding an overpair out of position in a multi-way pot (usually never more than 3 way in these spots)
I will give an example of a hand:
$8000 effective in my stack- I am UTG with Queens.
SB- $6500 effective- LAG amateur pretty solid albeit with some holes
Button $7500 effect- LAG pro- very solid, very aggressive ( Anyone read that in a Teddy KGB voice?)
Blinds 25/25 but at this point was a 25/50 with the occasional 100 dollar straddles ( late in game, some guys very stuck already)
I open for $325 SB calls and Button re-raises to $800 Button is a very aggressive pro who's 3 bet ratio is highest at table and from the button even higher. Tough to put him on a hand in the spot because of his frequency, especially from that spot.
SB calls and I decide to call and see what the flop brings and how I can play post flop - 3 to flop.
Flop 10d 2d 4h
What would you all do here?
Check call? Probing 1/4-1/3 C Bet? Pot sized bet?
Sept. 12, 2018 | 2:28 p.m.
I have been working on the mental piece of my game almost exclusively the last several months. I practice valuable poker skills like discipline with my daily food intake ( or lack thereof) Patience as I drive to work and walk my dog among other things that normally could test my patience.
Its amazing how people think they can be non-disciplined in their daily lives, let their anger run rampant and have no patience and expect to show up to the table and have all of these traits magically appear for the 8-12 hours sitting at the table. Especially dealing with all the emotions poker unearths.
I believe in refining the mental game off the table for preparation on it.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 1:43 p.m.
Sept. 12, 2018 | 12:58 p.m.
I play live only.
My pre game process involves a studying the night or few nights before.
I make sure I get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated throughout the day
I dont eat a lot as I find the brain thrives when you are hungry- I want to "stay hungry"
I will eat a healthy meal several hours before
I ALWAYS work out the morning before
If I am playing an evening game I will take an afternoon nap
I always bring a sweatshirt with me in case I am cold. I always want to be comfortable at table.
I set an alarm on my phone for every hour I am playing. The alarm names will be something like Patience Position Privilege Poker. Meaning its a privilege to play poker for money, if you need to just sit there for an hour without playing a hand its better than being in a cubicle. The others are self explanatory. ( some will say BREATH)
I try and get a 15 minute meditation session in about an hour before to prepare my mind.
My final prep is a one-page handwritten note. It has my goals for the session and how I am going to achieve them.
Finally, on the way to the casino/game I listen to classical piano music in the car and breath deeply.
I ALWAYS think about staying mindful and anytime I wash my hands during a session I get transported back to my goal sheet and mentally go over what my objectives are and how I will achieve them.
During the game I am trying to stay relaxed, patient, calm and mindful.
Sept. 11, 2018 | 8:46 p.m.
Sorry ur right. Was annoyed about something else. For most part JackPozzi has it
Sept. 3, 2018 | 1:12 p.m.
So much bad info on this thread. Its amazing how many people are still clueless on how to eat with all the online access these days.
Aug. 31, 2018 | 7:55 p.m.
Aug. 31, 2018 | 7:54 p.m.
I have come to realize that poker is just a reflection of life. When you sit at the table agitated and impatient you will reap what you sow.
I am convinced that if I work on myself spiritually in the sense where I look inward for peace and tranquility in my life, my poker game will blossom.
I have started to focus on being patient on my drives to work and back. Not lose my temper when someone cuts me off, mistake or intentional. This way when I get a massive bad beat put on me, I do not feel angered or upset and don't tilt.
I am focusing on prayer and meditation to bring myself peace in my personal life and control my mind. This way when I am card dead for 2 hours I don't start overplaying marginal hands out of boredom. I am at peace just sitting and being the patient calm observer.
I am not giving in to those afternoon snacks that I know I shouldn't. That bag of chips or candy bar. This way I don't “give in” to playing Ace Jack offsuit when I am 3/4 bet.
I am exercising my body and mind each day so that when I call on my body physically or my mind mentally during times of duress ( A really long session or during a massive hand decision) I am prepared fully.
I am learning and practicing discipline, patience, mind control every day so that when I sit at the table I am a prepared warrior monk ready to rage sacred geometrical card warfare. I am no longer allowing my anger to manifest or giving in to my worldly impulses. I am training every day for my success.