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Playing Style - Sat Mar 15, 2014, 03:54 AM
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Hi guys,

So iv'e now been playing poker for about 4-5 months online and i'm seeing a trend with my playing style (tight aggressive). I'm wondering if there is a better style...or more advanced style of play.

Iv'e recently been playing in a lot more poker school online free-rolls and waiting for hands like T9 suited or Aj os, but it's really taking a tole on my chips at the beginning of these free-rolls. Should I play a bit more looser at the beginning now?

Thanks,

Tom
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2014, 10:28 AM
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Hi Tomm_Butch!

In the league games, T9 or AJ are the overwhelming majority of the time.. not playable hands and this is why it's costing you chips. These tourneys have a totally different strategy from a standard cash tournament. In them, I want to only play premium hands, and fold anything marginal.

In these, for the first few blind levels, the correct strategy is to play extremely tight (QQ+ and maybe AK... even AK can be marginal early). These are only about one thing, survival for league points. I don't ever want to be in a pot with a marginal hand, nor to be all-in without a hand that I know will be ahead after all 5 cards are on the board.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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Sat Mar 15, 2014, 10:52 AM
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The league games, with their rather flat points distribution, require one to play a survival strategy for the month end payout. This means they are not representative of typical money tournaments.

Outside of those events things like blind escalation, depth of money, your table mates, distance to bubble/prize jump and such others dictate the optimal style/strategy. TAG is a great place to start, but smart, adaptable LAGs generally rule. Also, you need to learn to recognize situations and that involves much more than just cards.

Before you get too discouraged, this doesn't happen overnight. As the saying goes, "Poker takes minutes to learn but a lifetime to master." Set reasonable goals, ask questions and learn to be brutally honest when evaluating your game.

Good Decisions!
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2014, 04:51 PM
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Thanks guys! I really do appreciated the time and effort of your post. I will for sure try a more tighter /survival strategy for the first levels.

Again thanks and I hope you guys are doing well on the tables.


Thanks,

Tom
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2014, 04:59 PM
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It's not just the first two levels.. this needs to be the case until after you're ITM.


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