CO: $37.42 (Hero)
CO lost and shows three of a kind, Tens.
BB wins $18.91
Rake is $0.89
Aug. 17, 2016 | 6:31 p.m.
The next unusual resource I would recommend taking a look at is a long essay called Principles by Ray Dalio. In particular the first thirty or so pages has some practical ideas about identifying your strengths and weaknesses and the need for constant feedback and reflection in order to show a marked improvement.
I found a number of applications for poker in this short piece such as when he says that you have to be honest with yourself and be able to confront your own weaknesses because only through understanding and accepting them can you begin to improve. To me this refers to situations where too often you blame variance or bad luck for your recent results rather than putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation and taking the time to review all the mistakes you made during the session.
The sooner you confront your shortcomings and do something about it the faster you can start to improve. Anytime you feel uncomfortable or unsure of yourself at the tables make sure these are the spots you review after the session. Look for patterns or themes to the mistakes you make so you can correct the high level issues.
In order to improve you need to know your own game inside out so if at the moment you don’t feel your game is any good then accept this reality and do something about it.
Aug. 1, 2016 | 12:29 p.m.
The second book that I would recommend to anyone that currently plays poker and is looking to improve is The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin. This book is a fantastic account of his experiences playing high level chess and then competing in the world championships as a martial artist.
While the story is entertaining in itself the real value comes from understanding his approach to learning a new skill.
The book is crammed full of insight and so I would recommend picking up a copy but here are a few ideas that could be useful. The best way of learning something is to try to understand the core principles that underlie every situation.
With regards to poker I take this to mean try to understand the theory of poker itself and spend the most time analysing the spots that arise the most often.
He talks of situations where he spent hours breaking down chess games on his own and with a coach to try to understand exactly what is happening at every stage of the game. In order to truly understand something you have to be able to see a problem from every angle?
Next time you review a spot ask yourself questions like:
Why did I choose to make this play?
Are there other ways that I could have accomplished the same thing?
What would villain’s best response be to this strategy?
Was there something I neglected to notice at the time of the hand?
July 7, 2016 | 1:37 p.m.
Recently I have been spending more time reading and studying strategies and learning techniques from disciplines other than poker. In doing this I hoped to make myself a more effective learner and strategist in general which hopefully will benefit me at the tables. Decided to start a thread here to share some of the ideas I have found useful so others can benefit as well. Hope to use this as a bit of a sounding board and would encourage others to post any thoughts or book recommendations as well.
So to start this off I have recently started reading Poor Charlie’s Almanack which is written about the investor Charlie Munger who along with the more widely known Warren Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway. One of the core messages of the book is that you need to have a good knowledge of the main ideas in a variety of disciplines in order to be a more effective problem solver. One idea is that of inversion originally taken from Mathematics where in order to solve a problem you try to look at it from the opposite perspective.
Sounds great you say but how can this help you?
Well the way I started applying this was when reviewing my sessions or when watching videos I spend time focusing on the villains play in any hand rather than our own.
Ask yourself questions like:
What does villain think our range looks like in this spot?
How are they trying to adjust to our play?
Another way I have tried this is by thinking through hands in reverse so looking at the river play and the working backwards. Give it a try you might be surprised what you pick up by thinking about a problem from a different angle.
June 29, 2016 | 7:58 p.m.
SB: $28.48 (Hero)
Rake is $0.48
June 23, 2016 | 9:13 p.m.
BN: $26.92 (Hero)
Rake is $0.39
June 16, 2016 | 8:03 p.m.
Just because he stabs the flop with a wide range does not mean he three barrels every bluff combo.
Your call is not terrible if you had more reads but I would also consider the fact that the q blocks some of his gunshots and blocking a heart as well I would definitely fold this combo on river
May 23, 2016 | 12:26 p.m.
Not sure what you achieve with turn raise on this texture. Not sure you get enough folds as his double range is likely strong in this spot. I prefer calling and getting to play river in position.
Once you do raise think you have to fold to the shove unless you are very optimistic about his range.
May 19, 2016 | 6:19 p.m.
UTG: $28.35 (Hero)
Rake is $1.10
May 19, 2016 | 6:06 p.m.
SB: $56.98 (Hero)
Rake is $2.00
April 25, 2016 | 7:20 p.m.
Think this or maybe 88 would make be the bottom of my cold calling range.
on turn his range will be quite polarised and I would expect someone competent to bet most rivers after barrelling turn because of how strong his range looks.
Without any postflop reads think folding turn is good.
March 7, 2016 | 9:40 a.m.
Don't hate a call given we don't block any bluffs and he can have a lot of missed draws on this run out especially bvb.
However at these limits and on this particular river I think a lot of villains give up too often so think making an exploitable fold it best.
Feb. 29, 2016 | 10:34 a.m.
I think it's difficult to criticise your line as it looks very strong and most villains will be value betting and potentially bluffing quite wide on this run out.
However none of your reads are more than assumptions and so it seems an expensive way to find out how he responds to this line. What hands are you playing this way for value ?
Feb. 29, 2016 | 9:25 a.m.
SB: $60.68 (Hero)
SB lost and shows high card Ace.
CO wins $57.00
Rake is $2.50
Feb. 24, 2016 | 8:31 p.m.
BB: $50.00 (Hero)
I could check call which in hindsight may be better though I thought by check raising i was trying to take advantage of a population tendency at these stakes to bet turn wide as a bluff and for protection. I think all three options are viable on the turn so was interested in more opinions on what to consider when deciding between them.
Feb. 17, 2016 | 8:36 p.m.
Your analysis after the fact seems spot on to me. I dislike bluff catching as think fish rarely gets to this spot with many hands they would consider bluffing with.
I like a small bet here on the river as he can still have some 2 pair hands we can get value from.
Feb. 12, 2016 | 10:07 a.m.
Feb. 3, 2016 | 9:46 p.m.
BB: $25.00 (Hero)
Rake is $0.81
Jan. 21, 2016 | 10:22 p.m.
SB: $33.37 (Hero)
Jan. 12, 2016 | 10:10 p.m.
Pre I would normally just fold even against someone who 3bets a lot.
Flop I don't mind the check I think you are right that most people don't check fold these boards often as pfr so you should either check now or fire multiple barrels.
Once you do check flop though I like the way you played turn and river though think you could mix up your play and occasionally raise turn as well.
Jan. 5, 2016 | 9:45 a.m.
Flop seems close between bet and check though may lean towards betting because of how passive so we are unlikely to get raised.
On turn think betting again is good as he can call with ax of pair and draw type hands but I would fold to the raise.
Don't think he shoves with worse and a lot of his diamond draws have a pair of some sdv as well and this type of villain is much more likely to just call again.
Jan. 4, 2016 | 11:31 a.m.
In hindsight outdated is not the best description but I found the chapters in post flop play very basic and certainly in online mtt's currently will be quite ineffective. I also think a lot of the preflop stuff does not cover a lot of the adjustments you can make.
For example there is a lot of emphasis on Nash shoving ranges but there are a lot of edges to be had not following these precisely and raise folding or making other exploitative plays instead.
Dec. 30, 2015 | 3:58 p.m.
Agree that we should be 4betting pre here most of the time as most regs will 3bet wide enough for us to get value and they are more likely to call a 4bet this deep.
Postflop on this texture there is no need to pot this flop but as played I would fold to this massive raise and not think too much of it.
Dec. 4, 2015 | 10:51 a.m.
SB: 4,765 (Hero)
Nov. 25, 2015 | 9:04 p.m.
Agree that just completing or making it bigger pre is best what's the reasoning behind betting larger on the flop? I made it small as I think most hands that fold against a cbet are pretty weak and so will fold regardless of the size.