I am relitivly new at NL holdem, although it is my game of choice it's only been two or three years of playing for me. I get a great joy out of trying to read the cards and my opponents. Sometimes better then others but always trying to learn. Which is what brought me to PSO, I am hoping to improve my game and so far so good ( I think).
In my earliest stages of playing holdem, I was very eager to call an all in or push all in when holding any pocket pair, only to find myself sitting and watching the rest of the game from the sideline. Of course I was thinking to myself what a donkey my opponent was for making that bet or for calling my all in. Then one day it hit me, when I'm holding pocket pairs there is only two cards that can realy improve my hand where all other cards can potentially improve my opponents.
WOW WHAT A DONKEY I WAS
Now don't get me wrong there is certainly value with any pocket pair but when 30% or more of the cards are higher value than your poket pair,,,well lets just say 9 times out of 10 your opponent has atleast one over card and has a higher % chance of hitting it then you do yours. Granted the odds are in your favor but is the risk of your stack worth it? When I realized this,thats when I came up with PLAY IT AND PAY IT.
Now for the past few months I have changed my strategy again, I no longer play to win the tournaments. Thats right I don't play to win!! Don't get me wrong winning the tournament is the ultimate high and definitely a goal to achieve (which I did win 1 PSO tournament so far) but not my main concerne at this time. I play to place, which I have found has taking alot of the pressure off me,and allowing me to relax at the table, no need to accumulate a large stack right off the start.
YOU PLAYING IT AND IT PAYING YOU
This is where I hope to come of age with the aide of PSO. Already I have found Myself sitting back and waiting for the better cards,not finding myself out flopped with cards I should never have been playing in the first place. Saving My stack and using it wisely.
Reading the Library and doing the courses has giving me more understanding on my own game play. One of the things that I think will improve my game alot is the position and raise/reraise info provided, I find it much easier to lay down a pocket pair or large suited cards, especially with muliple opponents in the hand. But these are the easy decisions to make or they are for me now. Now if only PSO can teach me to STOP CHASING BAD FLUSH DRAWS!!And when I say bad flush draws I am talking flush draws with nothing else that can help me. Oh how I hate myself when I do that.
Now just as I was writing this I got what I would say was 2 bad beats in a row Pocket AA vs Pocket 10's , opp hit the 10, then very next hand blinds 25/50 I have AK off suit I bet 500, flat called by the big blind taking about 60% of his chips, flop A54 (rainbow flop), he checks I bet 1000 he calls and has 54 off suit in his hand, never would I have thought him for that, sometimes play does not matter lol.
Anyway back to the task at hand. I haven't came across anything in the library yet but I'm sure there is on what is the proper thing to do in a draw situation. Hopefully I find it soon.
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