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Taking a break - Mon Sep 02, 2013, 12:44 AM
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Since: Jul 2011
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Hey guys. I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, so I'm doing it here. I'm letting the rest of PokerSchoolOnline know that I'm taking at least a month-long break from poker, both online and live. This is for a few reasons:

* I start University classes this Thursday, and I don't want poker to distract me at first so I can actually concentrate.
* I've been playing quite a bit of poker, and I think a break is an excellent idea to make sure that I don't get addicted.
* With my recent results in different types of games, I think it's time to take a step back and analyze what I want to do for poker from now on (more on this later).

Please note that this does NOT mean I won't visit the forums or live training sessions - I still intend to occasionally get some poker education. I just won't be playing at all.

THAT BEING SAID...

I have a few general poker questions that I want to ask before I officially start on my break:

1. What are some good sites (besides this one) where I can learn some good poker skills and techniques (particularly for tournaments), that includes specific hand reviews, and doesn't cost anything?

2. My poker results as of recently are as follows:
*I am having trouble even min-cashing in any MTT over the past couple of months (only cashing one MicroMillions event out of 6 or so played), including ones as low as 45-mans.
*My cash game stats as-of-late have been about break-even, but I find cash games boring.
*I have yet to even cash in a single tournament at my local casino - twice I've reached the final table, once as a bigstack, but I didn't cash in either of them.
*Out of the last 11 STT SNGs I've played, both regular and turbo, I have cashed 10 of them - however, only one of these was a win.
With these in mind, what do you suggest I should do in terms of games, and where could I find information about potential leaks?

Thank you everyone. I will be lurking around. Please don't hesitate to help me out with these.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2013, 01:56 AM
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I thought in general, people were playing even more poker in the university.
Anyways I believe it's hard to learn a ton of stuff and never practice them, especially in poker.
From what I can tell, you focus on mincashing too much in my opinion, although 10 mincash/11 STT's is pretty impressive, your goal should be 1st place.
My advice is to be more aggressive on the bubble and more tight when the bubble bursts.
Learning about shortstack strategy and 3betting ranges, 3bet shoving ranges is very important.
As for the leaks, you can find a lot of leaks in your game by reviewing your hand histories.

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Mon Sep 02, 2013, 06:41 AM
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Since: Aug 2010
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Good luck with University.
Are these (10/11) STT's "normal" 9 man 3 places paid ones or the double up's?
If it's this first type, stick to playing these when you decide to return (it's a "no-brainer").
Ignore the above, however if it was in the DU's.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2013, 09:53 AM
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Since: Feb 2011
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1. What are some good sites (besides this one) where I can learn some good poker skills and techniques (particularly for tournaments), that includes specific hand reviews, and doesn't cost anything?

Grinderschool offer some great free podcasts with valuable information but PSO is the best free training site by a mile. Grisped on Youtube offers some great free coaching although he's mainly a cash player. Twoplustwo offers some good advice if you can wade through all the junk but the best advice is download a trial of Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker and get someone like Arty to look over your stats.

2. My poker results as of recently are as follows:

*I am having trouble even min-cashing in any MTT over the past couple of months (only cashing one MicroMillions event out of 6 or so played), including ones as low as 45-mans.


My biggest win on Stars is $63 yet I've had many scores of $1k+ on other sites. Don't be too worried about your results, making the best decisions in every hand is much more important.

*My cash game stats as-of-late have been about break-even, but I find cash games boring.


Stick to what you're good at. I'm not a great cash player either so I don't play it as much.

*I have yet to even cash in a single tournament at my local casino - twice I've reached the final table, once as a bigstack, but I didn't cash in either of them.


As in online, be observant and bet when you get good cards. I play pub poker and 95% of my opponents are whales that chase everything. Just bet hard and bluff less.

*Out of the last 11 STT SNGs I've played, both regular and turbo, I have cashed 10 of them - however, only one of these was a win.


In a STT I try and make the cash first and then go for the win 2nd. When you reach the cash in a 10 man STT try not to limp for 2nd. You should have a lot more 1sts and 3rds than 2nds. If you find you are having more 2nds then up your aggression. 3 handed it's usually a shove or fold game, try to get your chips in first and do less calling.

That's great stats BTW, 10 cashes in 11 is profitable poker


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