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Developing my skills - Sun Feb 16, 2014, 09:18 AM
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Hi,

I am aware that PokerStars is the largest online poker community and after testing the water in some other sites I am now looking to improve my skills by using the PokerSchool.

I passed the basic assesment a few weeks ago and would like some advice on where to go from here..

Regards, Matthew
 
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Sun Feb 16, 2014, 09:26 AM
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Hi,

I am aware that PokerStars is the largest online poker community and after testing the water in some other sites I am now looking to improve my skills by using the PokerSchool.

I passed the basic assesment a few weeks ago and would like some advice on where to go from here..

Regards, Matthew
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Mon Feb 17, 2014, 07:33 AM
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Passed Poker Basics now - Mon Feb 17, 2014, 02:55 PM
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Hi,

Just passed the poker basics course which was really useful as I now know of a few areas of my game in which I need to spend considerably more time practicing.

Time for the next stage..

Regards, Matthew
 
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Mon Feb 17, 2014, 06:10 PM
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Wed Feb 19, 2014, 02:43 AM
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Hi,

That quiz was quite a bit trickier but eventually passed after a bit of studying. Calculating pot odds and outs are where I need to put in the most work.

Ready for my next challenge.

Regards, Matthew
 
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Wed Feb 19, 2014, 06:43 AM
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That quiz was quite a bit trickier but eventually passed after a bit of studying. Calculating pot odds and outs are where I need to put in the most work.
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Hand Replay on micro table - Wed Feb 19, 2014, 04:01 PM
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Hi,

I played some hands on the micro tables and would be interested to gte some feedback on the way I played this hand.

I had a 78s on BB with chip stack leader double my stack.

I raised by 3x BB as I think I remember that to have a 6-9 suited connector is one of the best hands to play against a high pair or AK,AQ etc.. and I wanted to see his play.

He then re-raised by 3 BB which made me think he had a high pair and I didn't think that I should re-raise again so called to see the flop.

With the flop I saw two pair drop and he bet high with only a queen on the board.

I bet 1/2 pot as I thought that a QQ would be the only high pair that he would follow with and I had a reasonable chance of turning my cards into a full house on the last 2 cards so chose to see him.

He folded on this and I won the hand but I would be interested to know if I should have played tighter instead of the more aggresive play I chose with my original 78s.

Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Matthew
 
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Thu Feb 20, 2014, 06:23 AM
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Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:33 AM
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Hi Matthew,

Thanks for posting your thoughts, but as far as I can tell they don't really match the hand that you posted.

Preflop you were in the Big Blind and you just called villain's standard raise, which I think is fine with a hand like 87s as you can easily win a big pot and you can easily fold if you miss.

On the flop you bet into the raiser - which is called a "donkbet". I think this is a good play with a strong hand like you have, but I would bet slightly bigger, closer to 2/3 pot or $0.10. Your other option would be to check/raise, which is also a fine play.

When villain raises your flop bet, I think just calling is fine, you might well get more value later on in the hand if he continues to bet his strong one-pair hands like AQ, KK or AA for value.

Leading on the turn is OK, but again I would make it bigger. It looks very strong, but so does check/raising. Check/calling is also possible, although you might have to deal with a lot of scary river cards.

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I would be interested to know if I should have played tighter instead of the more aggresive play I chose with my original 78s.
Just a note on terminology. Aggressive play is where you bet or raise. The opposite of this is passive play (checking or calling). Tight play is playing fewer and stronger hands. The opposite of this is loose play, which is playing more and weaker hands.

I think you played the hand fine, it's always tougher to play hands out of position than in position, so you shouldn't call too much when you are likely to be out of position after the flop.
 
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Thu Feb 20, 2014, 01:16 PM
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Hi,

Thank you for the detailed analysis. Overall I understand that I should have raised it slightly higher at a couple of points within this hand.

Oh and thanks for the update on my (not so great) use of terminology.. Will only get better I hope?

Regards, Matthew
 
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Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:13 AM
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Training on statistics - Sat Feb 22, 2014, 03:32 PM
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Hi,

Just finished Statistical Sleuth with 'The Langolier'.

Quite in depth and a few issues with sound etc.. to start but overall very interesting.

Did not realise that 67s could regularly be a profitable hand if played right.

Statistical SLeuth
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Thx for the beginner training.. hope it helps.

Regards, Matthew
 
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Sat Feb 22, 2014, 05:46 PM
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