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April 8, 2010

What have you done to me poker? Lately I’ve been more focused on thinking of how to improve my flaws. Discussing it and reading up on the matter.

I still don’t know how to improve my aggression in position when it comes to playing against people who tend to only see their own cards? They simply don’t stop to think about what you might bet with and hence that they will not fold to anything if the slightly hit or for that matter think they are just simply higher. As in yesterday. I had this guy who called with any 2. He called an allin preflop for more than 2/3 of his stack out of position with K2 off and just got lucky when his 2 hit on the river. There are simply no way to be more aggressive in position against players like that. Not even with monsterhands since they just hope to get lucky!

I’ve successfully managed to increase my number of hands i play in position thou. I tend to raise more in position with more mediocre hands but it still depends from game to game.I mean am I thinking wrong here? Is it worth it to risk my tournie-life in position just to raise for the sake of raising? Even if it is to set an image? I found that the people i’ve been playing especially lower levels aren’t taking notes, don’t think what the opponent might have or even thinking of potodds, table-image or any other odds for that matter! They don’t know how-to and hence that they just play a game for the sake of playing the game, while i’m trying to play the game for the sake of playing the player and get value on every hand i’m playing!

I can successfully explain why, how to and when if someone ask me a question about my game. I can succesfully answer them why i made that move, why i didn’t make the move and how to make the moves.

I do sincerely hate getting these huge, great potodds unexperienced players tend to give you if i don’t get a playable hand to play in position. I mean moneymanagement/ economically dictates that with a great potodds you should in general call with any 2. But to as this guy yesterday call 2/3 of his stack early in the game was just wrong in so many ways. He was sitting second to speak, he limped on a 60 bb and the guy on the button went allin for 1500 with AK suited (I never get why push allin preflop with AK and risk your tournamentlife on a drawing hand? Unless you’re absolutely sure to win, that means you know they’re going to fold and steal the pot to be sure) This guy called with K2 off, leaving him 750 if he’d loose. Still alive thou but only with some 12 bbs left and soon having to play desperate when the bb levels up just because he simply couldn’t lay down a single hand!

That just screamed in my head Pleeeeeease give me a hand i can double up with! Unfortunately i didn’t get that playable hand, i got moved. But what i want to say is, I know how to read the table, (dynamically what type of game are they playing here), players (who to avoid, who’s not paying attention and who’s the fish, aggression. Well everything), I know how to play flexible, change gears, bets, valuebetting, infobetting, i’m 3 and 4-betting more now. I do know how to play position, how to do odds and so on but i get the feeling the more i learn the less i know! (I know i left out other things needed to know)

Sometimes when i do hit the table i feel like a complete noob with no clue, because i’m just being bored, unfocused! But the only thing that really hinders me at the moment is.. ? Well quite frankly… ME! I need to learn how to keep my focus even when there are hundreds of things flying around me i think!


But i still want this deal i’ve been offered, more than anything in the world i want it and i’m sure as hell going to get it! I simply have to. It’s a once in a lifetime-deal and i’ll do anything to achieve it!




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On with pokertalk

March 22, 2010

Well today i do believe i’ve aggravated the pokergods by just sacrificing a rubber-chicken when they probably expected a few real ones, a couple of virgins, a couple of pints of my blood, toad-legs and some wampire-teeths. I kept getting my hands crushed and my ass whooped so badly i’m not going to be able to sit down for a couple of weeks. My Ks got out-rivered by 48 off  with which he raised from second to speak, my ace K suited out-flopped by 8 10 off, he called a 8xbb raise with that and so on and so on… Well i shouldn’t complain since this is what i want to happen but with the luck on my side so i’m still in good spirit even thou my ass is sore LMFAO.

I’ve been talking to some pro’s if they could give me some advice and they did send me a few pointers,  i’m going to reveal them here when i’ve digested them a bit more. I’m about to launch a few projects here,  i think might surprise and please you. More about that later on but i promise i’m working on it :D

My biggest question is still how to improve aggression in position on a loose aggressive table when playing on such low levels it’s cheaper to keep chasing/calling all the way and buyin again than keep on playing wisely!

Anyone got an answer here for me?

I do get the impression that people are not thinking money/bankroll-management even when they’re on the lowest levels, it is the most stupid thing they can do. Ok you might not feel it is equally hard to loose 10 games $0.20 each than 1 game $2.00 buyin or higher. You get my drift here? But still it is equally important to play wisely on these microlevels in order to be able to step up. I mean you play 10 games a’ $0.20 each loose 9 and win one you’re doing a profitloss of $1.50. 10 times that and you lost $15 and won $5! You have done a netloss of $10 here even if you’re only play the $0.20-game! It really quickly adds up to a lot of money!

You see how stupid that strategy can be when you count on it? Allin first hand with any 2 and a chance you double up. OK Aggression is important but you need to implement the aggression at the right time.

Another thing i’ve seen past year is the allin-preflop-push with High pps or drawing hands like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010 or AK, AQ, AJ, and A10 (or worse ANY Ace rag). Especially early in a game it’s stupid strategic move to risk your whole tournament on one hand, with still over 75 bb in your stack. It seems like people expect those hands to win and double up which isn’t true, there is no such thing as a 100% winning startinghand!

As David Sklansky is putting it “To say a pokerplayer is out to make money does not neccessarily means he’s out to win pots, of course you can’t win money without winning pots but attempting to win either every pot, too many pots or strategically wrong decision-made pots is a loosing strategy in the long run”

That means if i understand him right, that the 2 best ways to win in poker is “to make your opponent draw the wrong conclusion and make the wrong decisions either if it’s to raise/bet/call on your winning hand or fold on your second best hand”. The second way is to reduce your losses by not making calls or bets that a weaker or less experienced player would make. These 2 rules would add so much more to your winnings when the game is over. Many players don’t follow this, however obvious and clear it may seem. They play as though they want to win the pot, one individual pot at all costs!

He’s also saying “The worst of them to put it bluntly are the suckers in the game. On the other hand a good player develops the patience to wait for the right situations to play a pot and develops the discipline to release a hand he judges to be second best”

That means don’t risk your tournament-life and be prepaired to fold a loosing hand no matter what that hand would be.

Play safe, play well and have fun

I’ve quoted some of David Sklanskys theorem of poker, here

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The Curse of weekends??

March 20, 2010

Fridays and saturdays are the worst days for me when it comes to playing poker. I know everyone’s telling me -Ohh it’s during these days you should play since all drunken fish are out there and you should easily cash up at the tables! Yes i agree but i keep getting outdrawn on the weekends when playing by any 2. LMFAO i know i shouldn’t nag about it! Especially when it’s in my favour in the long run so i’m not complaining! I just feel i haven’t got the patience to sit down and wait for my moments. Got other things i rather want to spend time doing uhm and people LMAO.

I’ve got some projects i’ve started too, going to let you in on them when they’re running more smoothly.

i’m still doing my homeworks progressing my skills and strategy. My challenge is still going strong, started using off my tickets doing 2 sitngos wich i both won first so my bankroll is on the way there. Still got some 85 days left to get more tickets!

Found some of my teenage-friends yesterday and that made me really happy,been talking now a lot today to one of my best friends during my wild teenage-time and i invited her to come visit, looking forward to see her again. Wonder if Ash’s going to survive 2 swedish airheads at the time LMFAO??? We’ll see later this spring/summer! He really have this funny face every time i do talk to someone back in sweden, thinking it sounds funny 😀

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up against lowstacks and other stuff

January 5, 2008

Svcmgr has in his blog posted a topic that i do find important! I do believe it’s important to play to win and not to loose, there is a big difference between those two styles of strategy. It is also important to try and take out the lowstacks at the table as soon as possible with any 2 cards but there’s one aspect that’s not mentioned anywhere and you all recognice it, you all been there! It’s when you feel in all of your essence from the hairroots down to the toenails how wrong that hand feels, no matter what it is! You simply know that the hand will bust!

Even after long thoughtful consideration no matter if it is the rockets, any 2 cards, how good the potodds or any other odds are or how high stack you’ve got, you just know deep inside this hand will bust!

In that case i will fold my hand! And don’t come here and say the potodds or your obligation as highstacked dictates that you should call in order to get them out, yes you should i agree but if it feels utterly wrong then fold! Next any 2 cards could feel the other way!

Everyone that knows me know that i never ever have preached the-follow-your-gutfeelingstrategy and that i everytime anyone bust me nags about how stupid i think they played (only if i’m busted with a lesser hand than i had, i’m not a poor looser) but still the gutfeeling are a force wich cannot be ignored so wherever you see or however you look at it it’s gonna be there for people (me) to get upset by!

How I’m doing in poker?

Well during November i did really good, played the 6-seater $10 sitngoes and often with the result, played 3 – won 2 and made 1 second! hehe

But now? I have had a very long streak of bad luck when i have been carddead the whole december and up until this day. It changes slowly to the better but i can say this with honesty if i get quads first hand i just know i’m gonna bust within an hour and a half! Had it 2 games in a row and was in both games totally carddead almost for 2 hours into the game, didn’t even play my bbs due to getting raised and sitting with q 2, k 3 or 7 2 off. That was the cards i got! And so has it been for more than a month. Looking at the stats shows that i looked at 7% of the flops for 2 hours and won 1% of them. Hmmmm! The stats speaks for itself here. And when i finally got a hand like pp jacks or queens i get busted against ace 5 off and a two pair!

Getting concerned and considering now that i might have fallen back into some of the bad habits i used to have playing? (That would mean that i haven’t made any progress or learned anything past year, can it really be so?) Either if it is not having fun and playing routinely or if the bad streaks makes me play overly tight? But looking at the cards i folded and what came up on the board dictates that i folded correctly and would have been busted more quickly if i played them. So overly tight it can’t be! For the not-having-that-fun playing? Well it isn’t fun loosing or bubble out constantly over a long period of time so can’t argue with that!

Well the christmas week was the first time since late november i actually did see progress when i came in second in a sitngo! I bubbled out in the ofc-buyin but i played better, got better cards and had more fun than i had for a long time! Was in skype taunting Pinkdog when i had more chips than he had and he taunted me about how he was right behind me, coming to get my chips. nonono For a long time there i managed to keep ahead of him until i got pp qs in my sb and i raised the bb (who was way chipleader over me) He reraised and i believed he was trying to steal so i went allin just to find myself up against his rockets, they held and out i went on my ass! That was a very nice hand and win for him!

Read a question on the topic how to overcome bad-beats and bad streaks and the answer is: Practice, practice, practice and patience, patience, patience! Play one game per day for practice of playing/reading people and no-more. The no-more is the practice of learning patience! Know that everyone have these moments (some for short periods and others longer periods of time) but everyone experiences them, everyone feels the unfairness of being outdrawn hand after hand!

As a friend of mine tells me everytime i bitch about my bad luck (and this brings me back to the reality every time i hear it)

-Well you can’t in reality expect to win them all!

(boy do i feel stupid when i’m getting told that!)

blushingbetty

But i still have to struggle and fight! Nothing comes easy in this game and it shouldn’t either!

Play smart, fair and have lots of fun!

Big Hugs