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About nosoul

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  1. As with most things that involve competing against other people, a thorough understanding of The Art Of War will go a long way. For poker-specific things, I wouldn't advise any books. Read the strategy sections here and on 2+2. They give a much better understanding of how current players think. Knowing how your opponents play gives you a huge advantage in figuring out how to beat them.
  2. It's genetic. Just like most people will never run a sub 10 second 100 meter dash no matter how hard they train, certain people are genetically incapable of beating hands like KTo, T7o, etc. Unfortunately, you appear to be one of those people. Either quit or learn to enjoy playing for the sake of playing. Realistically, those are your only two options. Sorry.
  3. There's a big difference between making 100 million and being worth 100 million. The problem most professional poker players have is that they're gamblers, they can't hold onto money. Like the quote from Doyle in Super System where he says the title of the book was "how I made a million dollars playing poker" and that he could title his next book "how I lost a million dollars playing golf." I'd agree with Daniel that nobody who makes a living at poker has that much money.
  4. It depends on how good you are. As always, you should be playing the player. What are his tendencies? Are there any patterns you can take advantage of? If he tends to fold when you have a good hand, start acting like you have a good hand when you don't. Small ball assumes you can outplay the other player post flop. If he can't outplay you, small ball won't work against you. If he's better than you, then moving all-in removes that from the equation. The main thing is to always push when you have outs. That way, you don't have to make any more decisions and still have a chance to win if you're c
  5. Exactly. View it from the other player's side. How many times would his AA be up against AK, KQ, KJ, etc? If the roles were reversed, and you folded AA there in a $1.10 tournament, how many people would say it was a good fold? The way this hand played out seemed pretty standard to me.
  6. At low stakes, not winning is almost always a sign of playing too many hands. Folding is your friend.
  7. Yea, we need more information here. How many players stayed in? Is it heads up with the small blind?How does the table play? If they tend to fold easily, this is a great bluffing spot. You could try the standard patting bluff, i.e. raise pre-draw, stand pat, and bet/raise after the draw. Other option would be to toss 1 and bet out after the draw, hoping to represent a made flush or straight draw.If you're trying to actually make a hand, drawing three gives you the best odds to hit one pair. It also gives the impression you started with a pair, so you might still win with a bluff after the draw
  8. The main thing you need is a level you can beat, one that you can always move back down to to recover losses from higher levels. If there's no level you can consistently beat, no amount of bankroll management will help you.When you want to move up, take a shot and move back down if you have a losing session. Once you've got your money back, try again.If you're really decent at all the games, play the mixed game tables. The cash HORSE games are amazingly soft, especially at the lower levels. The players have no clue how to play the stud games, which are 3 out of the 5 games. The 8-game tables,
  9. Like the others have said, 1&2 are different for the different games. In tournaments, you have to adjust your play to the different situations (quickly going from deep stack to short stack, dealing with the bubble, etc). In cash games, you just deal with the other players. The blinds don't change. There's no bubble. You just play the same consistent game the entire time.For 3, you need a level that you know you can beat. If you can't consistently make money at the .01/.02 level, there's no hope of ever moving up. Have a starting bankroll that you're comfortable with for that level, say $10
  10. I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with you on this one. I find the cash games far less frustrating than the SnGs. For the exact same reasons you gave. It's annoying to play solid poker for an hour only to have to resort to all-in coin flips because the blinds suddenly go through the roof. Sure, you can quadruple your profit, but how often does that happen? Compare that with how often you finish out of the money and lose your buy-in. A normal ITM rate for good players is around 40%, which means 6 times out of 10 you can expect to leave the table with nothing.As far as building a bankro
  11. If you can't beat the micro limits, it suggests two fundamental flaws in your game.One, not folding enough. Folding is actually the most profitable thing you can do in poker. A key part of making money is not giving back what money you've already won. From the HHs, it looks like you've fixed this one for the most part. Preflop, anyway.Second, knowing where you're at in a hand. The basic math underlying the game is pretty simple: bet/raise when you have the best hand, check/fold when you don't. The more you bet/raise/call with the worst hand, the more money you'll lose. You have to start think
  12. Why would you want to avoid those players? Do you not like money or something? There's a reason the table had 30 people waiting. Playing against somebody who'll put all their chips in as a huge underdog is an ideal situation. Avoiding it doesn't make much sense. BBFIDTS
  13. Yes, which is why people saying to play solid poker the entire time is ridiculous (and why primarily playing freerolls is ridiculous). The blinds eventually force you to spin the wheel. If you can get enough callers early on so that you can get enough chips to cruise, then sure, do that. Early on, though, there are very few players with more than 2k chips so you'll need to get at least 6 or 7 callers. A little later on, you can get the same chips out of 2 or 3 players. But, yea, if you can get enough chips from players early then do it.Whether or not that saves time depends on how long, on ave
  14. In general, fold this predraw. Hands with a 6 are bad news. You make 2nd best hands and straights way too often.To me, calling a bet and then patting is horrible. You should raise round 2 and bet if he checks round 3. His play looks like he's also playing something weak, like an 87 or possibly a 9. If you represented a stronger hand, he might have broken it. Also, MP might not have stuck around for 2 bets after round 2.
  15. The trip aces hand is one you throw away preflop unless you think you can steal the pot when a raggedy flop comes. You have all but one of the aces, so if a flush draw hits on the flop, you might be able to represent the nut flush and steal the pot. The odds of making a real hand out of it is practically zero. You only have 1 out to hit a set and none of your aces is paired with your 4th card so you can't hit a flush. Realistically, the best hand you can make is a pair of aces which rarely holds up in Omaha.
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