Archive for the 'Project: bet, raise, or fold' Category

I call

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Afraid to raise? Don’t want to fold? Just call. This is how the thinking of a beginner poker player goes. Here are some of the problems with raising the bet: Two out of three times that you have unpaired cards (like Ace-King) you will miss the flop. Now what? When you hold two Queens, a […]

Categorized play errors

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Preflop you have 3 choices. In order of preference, Bet (or raise/reraise)/Fold/Call. Check also in the BB. Post flop you may also get the option of checking. I’d like to categorize my errors/misplays, structured by what I did instead of what I should have done, and then when this misplay tends to happen for me. […]

Don’t like losing

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I’m realizing how much I don’t like to lose. Back to the Islewars entry, I liked playing at a level where I won 60% of the time. Win too often and it’s no challenge and boring. Win too infrequently and it can be frustrating and pointless. That’s an oversimplification of course, especially if used too […]

End of the play money version

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Report: after 40 SnGs: Hands 2,694 VP$IP 19.12 from SB 30.87 Steal attempts 33.45 (184 of 550) Steal success 58.7 Won at SD 56.82 Raised PF 16.11 Limp/call PF 0.00 1st action after PF raise Raise 7.85 Bet 61.78 Call 7.85 Check 14.66 Fold 7.33 PF aggression 4.06 Total aggression 3.24 There still seems to […]

Move the experiment to real money?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

After 2 1/2 weeks of the bet/fold experiment, it may be time to move it to real money. It’s getting a little silly; I started with ~200,000 in play money (from back in the days before I made my first deposit), played 10,000, then 25,000, now 50,000 buy in SnGs and the play money bankroll […]

More from the experiment

Monday, October 15th, 2007

There are still some things that I’m learning from the experiment. It’s reinforcing patience. In the early stages of a tourney it’s recommended that you play tight and allow the loose and weak players to knock each other around while the blinds are small. On top of this I cannot play unless I raise, and […]

If it’s not good enough to raise, it’s not good enough to play

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Further thoughts from the still-ongoing bet/fold experiment. A friend of mine was given the advice, “if it’s good enough to play, it’s good enough to raise”. Good advice for a lot of players, especially anyone who limps preflop with almost all of their hands. (FYI, I think it has been suggested that your preflop raise […]

Raise/fold from the small blind

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

More from the raise/fold practice. It’s difficult to play from the SB with this exercise. Unless there is only one limper or no limpers I’m hesitant to raise. Raising is fine if I have a decent hand, otherwise I’m folding a lot. I know that I have a tendency to complete too often from the […]