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  1. Very good foundation of poker theory. I'd second what Caveman said, and read them in that order. After that, I'd recommend 'Inside the Poker Mind' by John Feeney Ph.D.
  2. When play gets hand for hand, it can take some time for those last players to vanish. I'm sorry that had to be you. However, I say your call was correct. Let's look at the math.We'll use your number of 27000.The pot is laying you 6.75 to 1. That is a tremendous discount and makes calling with practically any hand correct. You could have 72 os and practically make this call. The preflop odds of winning the hand. A few different scenarios.QQ 44.3%AKs 39.4% Just for example purposes. We know they didn't have it.22 16.4% 5.1 to 1 oddsQQ 19.2% This
  3. Dealers should never negatively have an affect on a game. Some might like it if the dealer simply dealt the cards, and made change, and otherwise wasn't heard of. I for one do like a dealer that talks a little, though not too much. The last thing you want is a dealer who is complaining and is grumpy. I can forgive misdeals and plenty as long as the dealer has a pleasant demenor. Good luck and may you enjoy.
  4. Your hand selection will vary depending on several factors, but initially it would be advised to play hands that are unlikely to get one in trouble. KJ and QT are examples of trouble hands, because you run into kicker problems. AJ is another hand that spells trouble. Read Sklansky's starting hand requirements and learn to play those hands correctly. As you learn to play premium hands correctly, you can start to adjust your play and playing a few more hands. You'll learn when you can play that KJ and QT, or AJ, and when not to. That will factor in your opponent, your position on the tabl
  5. Every 8 hands or round would be good.
  6. I'll take as many to a flop as want to tango. I didn't always feel that way, prefering a tighter table of competant players, as bad beats were less frequent. However, I've learned that bad beats imply a player playing from behind, which in the end, is exactly what I want. Granted, the more players that call your raise with KK, the more likely you'll need to fold when it's apparant you're beat as the board plays out. Yet, you can punish those players when you flop sets and strong hands. The swings might be more severe in games that are loose, but overall I'd say they are far more profitabl
  7. 3+/100 is beating a game convincingly and tough to maintain over a hundred thousand hands, especially as you move up in limits. If you consistantly average 1-2, you're doing fine.
  8. 9 player tables and 10 player tables require a similar strategy of tight-aggressive. There is little difference between the two. When you get down to a 6-handed table or less, you need to open up your starting hands, with high card value increasing and suited connectors diminishing in value.
  9. My weaknesses that I'm currently working on:Limit- so many I have migraines. Most costly would be my play of middle pair, weak kicker. An example would be me calling a multiway pot with 8 7 in MP and the flop coming K 8 6 . I've never quite grasped how to play this hand the most profitably. I tend to call an early bet rather than isolate, and fold on the turn if I don't improve. Then again, I sometimes get overly aggresive and get called down by a 98 or a weak-suited K. No Limit- my weakness is usually what was my strength just a few weaks prior. Ex. A few weeks ago, I felt I
  10. Absolute poker is good for freerolls and tournaments.
  11. Keep in mind Hellmuth isn't going to chase a backdoor RF draw if the odds dont justify it. Small stakes online players will do this, just so they can feel all giddy inside and tell their grandma about it. I fold backdoor RF draws all the time if odds justify it. Good point. We online players see far more hands and rivers than you'll find playing in a professional setting. I see straight flushes quite regularly, and I have or fold one every month, maybe less. As for royals, I've had a couple.
  12. And your tell to follow would be the "oh s...". That's when we know you've goofed.
  13. Funny, but I always thought of Smasharoo as the Johnny Miller of this forum. The guy who tells it like it is, adding sarcasm. He offends, but is usually dead on in his analysis. Maybe Simon Cowell too. He tells it like it is, and everybody shouts back at him, but you can't really dispute his reasoning. Yes, it's pathetic, I do watch Idol on occasion.I have this friend who has to be in the spotlight, yet it is very interesting that he detests those who are also looking for that spotlight. Funny how that goes.
  14. 26, but I look like I'm 20, and that is on a baggy-eyed day.
  15. I'll contribute one, just so I feel like I belong.If you play low stakes pot-limit or NL, pay careful attention to what players bet. It is common for those new to pot limit to bet a small amount if they have a draw. Their thinking is they can start building a pot, be the aggressor, yet not overcommit themselves. If you have a made hand, this is when you need to take over. Small bets in these games usually means weakness. Oh heck, I'll do one more.It probably has been mentioned, but the amount a player buys-in for is very useful information. Those who buy in for the max are usually your
  16. I might understand why a player would call a pot sized bet on the flup under certain situations with just over, but on the whole, they are making a mistake. In limit, I'll often take a card off with just overs if in this situation, but only to the turn. No limit is a different animal. If he is an astute player, and he puts you on a middle pair such as JJ, TT, 99, he recognizes that there are several scare cards to your hand. He'd have to recognize you as a player that is capable of folding a good hand like JJ. Thus, he calls the flop, and if a Q, K, or A comes off, he could very well
  17. Very good movie... though the poker isn't exactly pro material. I've rented it at Hollywood in the classics section.
  18. Highly recommended that any player do their own version of Smash's experiment. Like has been said, it is simply building a bankroll using proper bankroll management. Not using this management is one of the most common errors committed by players. Another key point is review. There is much to be gained by carefully reviewing your hand histories and being critical of your play.
  19. The board reads J 4 4 4 J You raised on the button and 3 saw the flop.Flop J 4 4 It was checked around. You felt Player #2 had connected with the flop and would put you all-in if you bet. You're not sure if he holds a 4, J, or has a pocket pair. You do feel he has a hand. Turn 4 You called a small bet on the turn by player #2... this is a major tactical mistake, which you immediately recognize. Player #1 folds. Let me reveal your hand at this point. You hold K K .Your confident your lone opponent holds a J, based on multiple hours of play with him. You feel your best pl
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  21. Sounds like I'm not alone in this, but I went through a phase in my poker development when I wanted to focus on getting a better read on opponents. Thus, on occasion I would do what has been mentioned. I'd peek down at my hole cards while slightly crossing my eyes, thus blurring my vision. Nobody would notice since my head was down. Before I'd do this, I'd pay careful attention to the table around me, and note what players wanted to see a flop. Based on the information, If things looked good, I'd open for a standard raise. I solely wanted to focus on whether a player was strong or weak,
  22. Hard to get away from that situation. I don't think you did anything wrong for sure.However, I wonder how the player with QQ would have ended up with a different flop of say J 7 X . Do you believe his call preflop was a slowplay or recognition of the fact that you might have had him beat? I agree that his reraise on the flop was a great move, appearing like AQ or such. You could have just have easily outplayed him under different circumstances though.
  23. Cincinatti Kid is great "movie" with terrific performances, though the poker is horrible if you really break it down. Two of the best players making horrible plays, but you have to love McQueen.
  24. Congrats! After I won my first big MTT, I won two more within a few days. I guess it has to do with striking while the iron is hot. So, maybe you can win another here shortly. Just don't do what I did, and start playing out of your bankroll. Good job.A friend and I won a similar tourney (PP, 30 buy in and about 600 entrants for ours). It paid about 5k, which we split. That was the first time i've played at an online site too (we both put in about 40 to start with). Im not sure whether to attribute it almost entirely to chance, or what.Kind of like tag team poker. I need to try that some
  25. I won't specify dollar amounts, but my worst session was a single table downswing of 80 BB. I've had online sessions multitabling where I've lost more, but they're rare. Anything above 30-40BB starts to sting.
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