Posted 23 February 2011 - 12:11 PM
Hi. I've been playing poker for real money - both online and in home games - for about a week now. In my very first home game, which was $10 buy-in (w/rebuys) $.05/.10 NLHE, w/5 players, I had $40 in chips in front of me at one point. At which point, I said I was cashing out -- (The other players convinced me to stay in, as the money wasn't really the point. I'm not just trying to get good at poker, I'm also trying to work on issues related to avoidant personality disorder... but I knew I'd lose the money on a bad beat - and I did. Hero AK vs Villian 22, board AA2xx I only ended the night down a single $10, so no big. - another guy went quickly through $40 bucks.) I hadn't heard of small-ball at the time, but here's what I did.If I was going to play a hand, I was going to raise with it, whether it was AA or 45s (that one I played mostly because I got needled.) Everything got raised to $.50. I know, you're supposed to only raise to $.25 in this situation for small-ball - but I didn't know that at the time. I just thought: Make the raise small enough to easily get away from, and large enough to keep people from flopping weird two-pairs like J2o+J2x. It also kinda forced the other players to play better cards, so I reduced their range. I then followed up every flop with a 1/2 pot bet on the flop, then I played my flop. Folded to a raise if I had nothing, called up to the pot if I had TP+AKJQTkicker or better, called raises if I had 2pair or better, checked the flop and the turn and went with my gut, letting others raise into me. I don't know if I had any other tells, but I tried to keep my bets from varying. Now, I know I still lose, on average, in cash games online. (I play $2 a day, and quit when I bust or I have >$4.00 in front of me on the table.) Mostly because I tend to think everyone's bluffing all the time and tend to overplay TPTK. Still, I win sometimes, and since I've only been playing a week... (I "win" about 2/5ths of the time) So, think there might be talent here, or is this just "beginner's luck?"