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By: iggyo
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/Jul/2012

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By: iggyo @ 19:36 (EDT) / 545 / Comment ( 4 )

Before I started to play poker seriously, I had a playing style that could be described as, "looser than it should be." I had some decent success at it with tournaments and some cash games at the micro stakes, building my bankroll to a decent "micro" amount. After deciding that I was going to take poker a lot more seriously, I studied some lessons here and offline. All the lessons were telling me that I should play a lot tighter and more aggressively than I had been. I made the change to play a Tight-Aggressive (TAG) style that is recommended almost universally. But then I started losing more often and my bankroll suffered. I wasn't getting as far or as deep in tournaments as I used to and found myself blinding out more often than busting via a bad beat with a healthy stack (neither of which is appealing but at least the latter gives you better chance). I am grateful to have learned the TAG style and honestly, I play a lot better for it. But to follow it religiously was a fault that I had to correct. Players were reading me as a TAG and 3-betting me or pushing all-in in spots that I couldn't call. As such, I started leaking chips going up against these "looser" players and finding myself outside looking in most of the time. So for the last few days, I tried to change it up again and mix my styles of play. My overall style is still TAG but I have "moments of looseness" in certain spots and positions depending on my holdings. I limp more often trying to see & catch flops cheaply. I know I can play well enough post-flop so that I won't jeopardize my stack for a few chips because protecting your stack is important. The results have been good as I have been able to build my stack through the first third of the tournament, where I was having trouble before. My showdown percentages have been great with me winning at least 70% of them and even more hands without showdown. It really helps when your hand gets called to showdown and you win. Players are more reluctant to go to showdown with you and you can win more pots without being challenged.

My goal now is to rebuild my bankroll to where it was previously. I still have my year end goal of a $110 bankroll after which, I will cash out $10 to frame. I plan to post that when it happens so stay tuned!

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