Posts Tagged ‘Sklansky’s pokertheorem’

Been reading up on Strategies

April 3, 2010

And some of the things gave me, hmmmm, well a questionmarked face!

Like in Sklanskys, Theory of poker (seventh edition) According to fundamental theorem of poker

This is exactly what he says “With four hearts your only out is another heart. But suppose you have two pair along with the four-flush against what looks like Aces up. Now you have two outs making a flush and a full house. Suppose you have a four-flush, two pairs and an inside straight draw. Now you have 3 outs- that is three ways of beating your opponent with Aces up assuming that player doesn’t fill.”

Please tell me i missunderstood what he said here.. Is he saying that i’ve got only 3 outs to a winning hand instead of the usual way to count, 9 possible in the suit for flush, 4 for the straight and 4 to make a FH= 17 outs in total?

Sklansky you’re confusing me here…. Gaaaaaah!

And btw why aren’t you calling some hands by it’s common name like Drawing hands instead of come-hands??

Play well and have fun


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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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