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A-B-C. Which game do you play?

By: Ashalina77 @ 21:40 (EDT) / 1226 / Comment ( 12 )


Hi everyone! 


Some of you probably are already aware, that sometimes when you play, you play way better than other days. Our state of mind and physical fitness have a huge impact on how our brain reacts to problemsolving. 

The goal of playing poker, is to make less mistakes than our opponents and thus make a profit in the long run. We bank on other peoples mistakes. But they bank on ours too. 

So, when we are really interested in improving our game, we review our hands to identify the mistakes we make. We ask for help when we are not sure, the hand goes through our mind over and over again and slowly but surely we don't even have to think about a similar hand, since we are "used to the situation" also referred to as being unconsciously conscious. 

So practice practice practice is the message!


Ask yourself some questions: 

- What skill level do l consider myself to be at, when it comes to poker?

- What kind of mistakes do l ONLY make when l'm not really paying attention, feeling ill, tilting or multitabling?


Maybe now you realise that you set yourself at a certain skill level, that is different from the level of mistakes you make when you're not giving your 100%.

Thats why skill level is often referred to as your A-game, B-game and C-game. Maybe even a D-game. 

Poker is a constantly evolving game, so really the studying should always continue. 

How can you best work on your game? Work on your weakest points. Thats how easy it is. 

The first step is to identify flaws in your A-B-C games. The good points & the lesser...


My C-Game

- l barely pay attention to the table and pretty much just play the cards.

- l only 3-bet strong ranges

- l love pocket pairs too much in early position and therefor end up in a lot of pots out of position.

- l overvalue overpairs, 2 pair, flushdraws on paired boards, weak flushdraws, etc...

- l size my bets based on what l have, not on what the villain will call with worse

- l don't pay attention to the stack-to-pot ratio

- l make my move before checking stacksizes behind me 

- l make my move before checking tendencies behind me

- l don't take notes nearly often enough

- l don't colorcode people nearly often enough

- l don't recognise spots to re-steal

And so on and so on. (Can't give it all away hahaha)


As you may have noticed, l am a big fan of positive thinking. On that note, l find that only pointing out the things you are doing wrong, without giving yourself credit for the things you have learned, your self-esteem might take a hit. So l take time to think about what kind of mistakes l'm not making anymore. Unconsciously! l don't have to spend precious energy to make decisions like: 


- Not open limping

- Not overvalueing top pair, A high, underpairs, the lowest straight, straights on flush or paired boards, etc

- Not calling wide and out of position

- Not trying to bluff people in an active multiway pot

- Keeping UTG ranges wide by not 3betting them light (even KK can be light there)

And so on and so on


Ofcourse as always, poker is situational. Each of these still have their merrit, but shouldn't be standard play. 


My B-Game

ln my B-game l am aware of the mistakes l make in my C-game and make less of them.


+ l check the replayer and take notes on every hand where l see the cards face up

+ l try to look for spots to 3-bet bluff

+ l pay attention to stacksizes and tendencies

+ l try to handread/set them on a range

+ l am looking for good spots to C-bet

+ l recognise C-game mistakes as soon as l make them or more preferrably, before lol

And so on and so on ^^



My A-game is a rare nugget. 

lt feels like completely being in the zone. recognising spots as they come, and taking advantage of other peoples weaknesses. 

A-game mistakes are mistakes l make in any state of mind. Working on my A-game flaws would be working backwards, right?

l could concentrate on 4bet bluffing, but l'm not down with the 3-bet bluffing yet.

l could concentrate on narrowing the villains handranges, but l'm no good at handreading yet.

l could concentrate on bluffing postflop, but l'm not reading boards good enough yet. 


And thats the key to improving. Realising that working on your A-game, has no use if your C-game isn't improving. Every mistake you stop making in your C-game, is a mistake you definitely won't make in your B or A-game. 

On the other hand, if you improve A-game flaws, thats where you improve. Only in your A-game. 

For me it comes along about 5% of the time. My C-game however, l encounter nearly every day.



Conclusion?? Working on your C-game, improves everything else! 


l hope you enjoyed the read and l wish you all looooooooads of luck on your C-Game! 


<3 Ash


P.S Have l told you lately that l love PSO??? /PTA



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