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bankroll builder - Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:14 PM
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I would like to participate in this promotion.
 
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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Welcome to PokerSchoolOnline!


Be sure to read THIS just to be sure of exactly what's on offer with the Bankroll Builder promotion.


>>click here<< for a complete overview of what PSO has to offer.

We will advise within 24 hours as to whether or not you will be eligible for this promotion. Please check back this time tomorrow!


Thank you for being a member of www.pokerschoolonline.com and best of luck to you at the tables!


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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 06:24 PM
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Hello jzacs,

You are eligible for the Bankroll Builder promotion, good job!

NB: Bookmark this page so that you'll find it easily in the future

First Step

Watch the following video and pay special attention to the tips on retrieving and saving your hand history from PokerStars. This will be important for the rest of your promotional journey.


After watching this please play some PLAY MONEY FULL-RING (9-Handed) tables at PokerStars and using the Hand Replayer post a hand here in this thread that you have questions about.

Here is a video on how to use the hand replayer.


Then when you have that done please have a go at the Poker Basic Course and pass the quiz at the end of the course.

So you have 3 steps to do to begin with and when you have all 3 done we will award you with your first bonus.

1) Watch the 'Getting Started' video
2) Post a 'PLAY MONEY' hand here in the Forum using the Hand Replayer
3) Pass the Poker Basic course.

Let us know as soon as you have all 3 steps completed.

Best of Luck!

flophitter
 
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Session Feedback: AA vs. K8 - Mon Dec 16, 2013, 06:26 PM
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Hello! I have fully watched the getting started video and successfully completed the poker basics quiz on my first try!

Here is a hand that I was not so sure if I played correctly:



I think I could have been safer and not lost that much chips?
 
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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 03:48 AM
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Hi jzacs,

Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

He will do this within the next 24 hours and once it's been analysed I will advise on the next step.

Cheers!

flophitter
 
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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 02:21 PM
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Hello! I have fully watched the getting started video and successfully completed the poker basics quiz on my first try!

Here is a hand that I was not so sure if I played correctly:



I think I could have been safer and not lost that much chips?
Hi jzacs!

Actually, "playing it safe" is indirectly what got you into trouble here. Preflop looks great. You make a solid raise. Now, on the flop there is 500 in the pot on a dry board. You opted to slowplay calling an insignificant bet of 20. With your strong hands it is important to bet every chance you get both for value (build the pot) and for protection so you dont get sucked out on. Here you should bet at least 250 perhaps even as much as pot size since players call so light on play money.

The same is true again on the turn. Make another solid bet. Had you bet the flop, your turn bet would now be quite big. As played, even calling the 160 is too small compared to the pot. These small bets on the flop and turn allowed the villain to cheaply outdraw you on the river.

Note, on the river a straight is now possible. This is the only street where I would have been more cautious. I would suggest calling rather than raising here.

Remember, bet/raise your strong hands every chance you get. This is true for KK and AA preflop. It is true for overpairs, sets and better postflop.

GL and have fun at the tables!

Roland GTX
 
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Tue Dec 17, 2013, 05:56 PM
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Hi jzacs,

Now just let me know when you have passed the Poker Basics quiz and I can award you with your first bonus and we can move onto the next step!

flophitter
 
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Passing Poker Basics Quiz - Tue Dec 17, 2013, 07:27 PM
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Hello Flophitter!

I believe I have actually already passed the quiz by mistake because I thought you had to do it earlier
 
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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 05:20 PM
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Brilliant!

You've done all 3 tasks and you'll get your first bonus in the next 24 hours, good job!

Step Two

Use your first buy-in to only play the 1/2 cent real money FULL RING tables on PokerStars. Do not play any other type of game other than this. Post one hand that you had difficulty with here in this thread using the hand replayer and we will analyze it for you.

Please watch the following video and answer the question below.



List 3 reasons why a player may want to make a big bet?

Then study the Cash Game course and once your happy have a go at attempting the quiz. Don't rush through the course, there's a lot of content there and the quiz is tricky so spend some time on this.

So you have 3 things to do to earn your next bonus.

1) Play the 1/2 cent Real Money tables and post an interesting hand here in the Forum using the Hand Replayer.
2) Watch the Bet Sizing video and answer the question below it.
3) Study and pass the Cash Game quiz.

Let us know as soon as you have all 3 tasks complete and we will award you with your next buy-in.

Best of Luck!

flophitter
 
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Step two - Sat Jan 04, 2014, 12:30 AM
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Hello! Sorry, I did not realize that we couldn't play other games; so I did unfortunately lose all my chips. But I did study and pass the cash game course so...

Here is a hand I won but was not sure if I played it right:



Also, I have watched the bet sizing video and a player may want to make a big bet because:

1. They want to bluff someone off a decent hand.
2. So they can protect against strong draws.
3. Also, so they can gain value from very strong hands.
 
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Sat Jan 04, 2014, 02:52 PM
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Hi jzacs,

Thanks for the hand, we'll have it checked out soon, then I can award your 2nd bonus and we can move to the next step.

flophitter
 
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Mon Jan 06, 2014, 03:36 PM
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Hello! Sorry, I did not realize that we couldn't play other games; so I did unfortunately lose all my chips. But I did study and pass the cash game course so...

Here is a hand I won but was not sure if I played it right:



Also, I have watched the bet sizing video and a player may want to make a big bet because:

1. They want to bluff someone off a decent hand.
2. So they can protect against strong draws.
3. Also, so they can gain value from very strong hands.
Hi jzacs!

AKo is strong enough that it is usually better to 3bet preflop rather than calling. 3betting helps build the pot and also discourages others to call behind. AKo plays best against a single opponent.

On the flop, you get top pair, but there is a flush draw. You can call or raise here. If you are going to raise though, make it slightly bigger, about 2.2 x or 2.5 x works best.

When the villian checks the turn, I would bet rather than check behind. You will normally have the best hand, but since the board offers draws we want to bet now both for value and protection. If the villain is chasing a flush, we want him to call a bet now while we are ahead but he believes he can catch a card on the river. If we wait to the river he wont call with a missed flush draw. I would bet about 70% of the pot.

On the river, the flush draw gets there. Since the villain checked to you it is less likely that he has a flush. It is more likely that he has a pocket pair or top pair with an ace and a worse kicker than yours. Betting about half the pot is perfect here. You can fold if he raises, but will often get called by the hands you are beating making this quite profitable.

GL and have fun at the tables!

Roland GTX
 
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Tue Jan 07, 2014, 01:51 PM
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Hello jzacs,

Fantastic!

Your second Bankroll Builder bonus is on it's way to you, great job so far.

Watch this video that will help you on the cash game tables



There are three ways in which you can earn your next bonus.

1) Earn 10 VPPs AFTER receiving your 2nd bonus and you will automatically be credited with your 3rd bonus. Let us know if you hit that target
2) If you lose your 2nd bonus at the tables please post the hands where you lost the money with here in this thread. As soon as you post the losing hands we will advise on the next step.
3) If you make a first deposit at PokerStars you will automatically be awarded your remaining bonuses from the Bankroll Builder promotion.

Best of luck to you at the tables and we are here to help you should you have any questions.

flophitter
 
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Lost again... - Wed Jan 08, 2014, 03:02 PM
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I have watched the cash game introduction video but it has not helped me as I have lost my bonus again. I lost most of it in this hand and afterwards it it just slowly withered away.



I earned 10 vpps on my first bonus, not this one
 
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Wed Jan 08, 2014, 04:57 PM
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Hi jzacs

Not to worry, once this hand has been analysed I can top you up with a further bonus.

flophitter
 
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Fri Jan 10, 2014, 02:34 AM
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I have watched the cash game introduction video but it has not helped me as I have lost my bonus again. I lost most of it in this hand and afterwards it it just slowly withered away.



I earned 10 vpps on my first bonus, not this one
Hi jzacs!

Since 89o won't be flopping a flush draw like true suited connectors, we need to be careful about when we play this hand preflop. Here you can limp behind expecting to see the flop cheaply and you have position on the first limper. So, limping in preflop is fine here at 2NL. (At higher stakes there is a greater risk of someone after you raising.)

You flop an open ended straight draw (oesd). With strong draws we can often raise as a semi-bluff or simply call. I like calling here since the pot is small and you don't yet have a made hand.

On the turn you make your straight. The villain bets again fairly small. Here I would normally raise for value and for protection. We want to bet now while players drawing to a straight still have hopes of improving, often with a pair such as A10, KJ type of hands. If you wait to the river they will fold all the times they miss. Betting now gains us value and ensures that they are getting poor odds to continue. The same is true for sets that can't fold and may improve to a full house as happened here. Note AK would have the nut straight since you are at the low end.

The board pairs on the river and the villain suddenly makes a large bet after making tiny bets all the previous streets. This normally means a strong hand and we need to take this warning seriously. If we look at the board. A full house is possible and K9, AK have a better straights than you. AK seems unlikely since he just limped in preflop. Hands that you are beating such as porly played overpairs KK AA, poorly played trip Qs and perhaps a few random air might bet here, but not often. The villain seems to have liked the Q. So, he most likely has a full house or trip Qs.

In spots like this (paired boards) I suggest playing it safe since you do not have the nuts. This is a common situation where players over value flushes and straights losing big pots to full houses. Just call the river bet and hope you are ahead. Raising will often get you value owned in that hands you are beating are likely to fold and only the hands beating you will stay in the hand.

GL and have fun at the tables!

Roland GTX
 
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Fri Jan 10, 2014, 02:35 AM
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PS: Be sure to put a note on this villain. He limped in with 1010 and slowplayed a flopped set on a dangerous board. He got lucky on the river.
 
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Fri Jan 10, 2014, 01:17 PM
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Hi jzacs,

Good news - your third Bankroll Builder bonus has processed and it will show in your account shortly!

Now to earn your fourth and final bonus, keep applying the principles you have learned at the same tables as before until you have earned a further 10 VPPs, counting from when you receive this latest bonus.

If you lose your bankroll, please post the losing hand(s) for analysis. As ever, if you have any questions we are here for you.



flophitter
 
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My vpp's - Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:04 PM
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HELLO, I believe I have earned 10 vpps!!!!! yay
 
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Sun Jan 12, 2014, 01:29 PM
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Congratulations jzacs!

As you've earned enough VPPs we have awarded you with all your Bankroll Builder buy-ins and you have successfully completed the promotion, good job!

You are always welcome to post any troublesome hands in the >>Hand Analysis<< section.

Also it is a good idea to review some of the content on >>Bankroll Management<< at this point.

Keep in touch with us and let us know how your poker journey continues.

flophitter
 

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