Thursday, June 11, 2015

on a short vacation at the Tahoe Biltmore.

i couldnt stand it anymore. took a few bad beats tonight at the Peppermill, and didnt think i could play good poker anymore. and i sure knew i couldnt afford to go to vegas, nor did i have the time and at least i can play the games i want here instead of poker. at least so far im up over $400 and aint took a big drop yet. ill hopefully get back to reno before it happens if im lucky.

2 of the guys at my table were really getting on my nerves, either fish or just good LAG players, which are definitely the hardest type to beat. But at least Karen told me i handled the beat pretty well. i sure wasnt feeling calm on the inside. at least 1 finally went bust when him and another guy both got AA the same hand, and lost to some other players KK on the river, and they won a huge pot with all 3 of them in for $300-400 each. the one other guy constantly raised anytime i had a hand worth limping the button (but not worth raising, such as a small pair or a hand that would be dominated if my raise was called).

i dont want to go to vegas anyway. theres nothing to do there since i cant afford tournaments, and im worried about betting way too much and too often on the VBJ at the el cortez, only 1 woman really is willing to hang out, and im sure she dont find me attractive and she would probably change her mind if i was actually there. none of the other women do. id like to play $1-2 PLO with stealthmunk but im banned everywhere that has that game, and i can see him in July, dont have to do it anytime soon.

and theres all kind of things (and people) id like to show lightning in the reno and tahoe areas. it means a lot hes willing to travel simply for the sole purpose of hanging out with me, so i feel id have a lot more time to spend with him if its done outside of vegas away from all his other friends.

now we come to the main purpose of the blog. i need to learn how to beat LAG players. they scare me and i think im not playing well against them, and the main thing i can do to have better results--is to improve my poker game. and thats why id like to learn from stealthmunk and splitsuit. i hate paying for things or watching videos however and i always like to play and go over things in person. videos dont have them evalutating my live tells for example.

and i also need to know why is so much advice contradictory? u see for years all the NL holdem guides recommended playing almost nothing in early to middle position. and now Rob says its ok to raise quite liberally.

and another thing. should i continue my new standard $120 buyins which i almost always start with til i get to where i start adding on later? or would it be best to try 30 buyins of $300 while im still over $9000 (about the minimum bankroll required for $1-2 NL). i mean is it better for my emotional state of mind, fragile as it is while money is on the line, to risk losing big early on and maybe getting a big win and leaving with it and then restarting with less later on, or is it better to start out small not rebuy unless i need to and risk having the big money on the table when stuck and on tilt not playing my best? i never can decide what to put on the table.






12 comments:

  1. Tony, June 6, on Twitter: "i really should live in a place like cali where i cant play anything but poker i wonder how much id save in the long run?"

    Tony, June 11, on the blog: "at least i can play the games i want here instead of poker."

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    1. i was referring to the money ive lost in the 100 play machine and the big split machine. not the good type of VBJ

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  2. "2 of the guys at my table were really getting on my nerves, either fish or just good LAG players,"

    20+ years of playing poker, and you can't tell the fish from the good players.

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  3. "should i continue my new standard $120 buyins which i almost always start with til i get to where i start adding on later? or would it be best to try 30 buyins of $300?"

    When you first sit down at the table and have no clue yet how the people play it is wise to buy in for a smaller amount. After 30 minutes to an hour you should have a good feel for how they play and at that point you could add on more to your stack to the max.

    "i need to learn how to beat LAG players?"

    LAG players tend to bet a lot so if you hit something good. Let them bet and you call. If you re-raise most good LAG players will fold at that point. But if the board is dangerous with a lot of draws then re-raise if they are not raising enough. LAG players tend to be aggressive with draws or call to much with there draws.

    Also having position on LAG players is important. So be tighter on your calls when they have position on you.

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  4. LAG players:

    When you have a value hand, let them do the betting for you. By definition,they are playing a lot of hands aggressively. Don't bet/raise yourself as that gives them the info they need to make a fold.

    When you have a good draw, then get aggressive with your raises. You will have a lot of fold equity because they often have junk. But if you get called, you still have a lot of equity with your draw.

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    1. but what about the 80% of the time in which giving a free card can be very dangerous if its checked around? (especially since their hands will be well hidden)

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    2. Playing correctly against a LAG means sometimes your top pair hand gets drawn out on. Deal with it. As Mike says, they have weak ranges so (semi)bluff them liberally. And quit limping the button. I'd suggest with your post-flop skills you should still play tight from up front. If you do expand your range, do so with suited cards. Now... are you gonna pay attention to any of this?

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    3. Tony says "but what about the 80% of the time in which giving a free card can be very dangerous if its checked around?"

      You are worried about a LAG taking a free card when she is in position with a draw? Think about it, what is wrong with this statement?

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  5. I will give you the best advice regarding live tells, and no doubt an immediate improvement to your bottom line. Shut up and stop talking about poker with others at the table.

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  6. "should i continue my new standard $120 buyins which i almost always start with til i get to where i start adding on later? or would it be best to try 30 buyins of $300 while im still over $9000 (about the minimum bankroll required for $1-2 NL). i mean is it better for my emotional state of mind, fragile as it is while money is on the line, to risk losing big early on and maybe getting a big win and leaving with it and then restarting with less later on, or is it better to start out small not rebuy unless i need to and risk having the big money on the table when stuck and on tilt not playing my best? i never can decide what to put on the table."

    Tony, I think one of your biggest problems is your greed. You talk about leaving when you have had a big win, but you never do. You never seem satisfied with a set amount of winnings for the day, and instead of leaving for the day 400 or 500 in front, you stay and invaribly get owned for your daily profit.

    I am not a good poker player and do not know what the term LAG player means. Can someone please enlighten me?

    You asked me once before why I buy in for $200 or $300 on a min table buy in of $100. My reasoning was, if I hit a monster, then I have funds to play with and try and achieve maximum gain. If I am not hitting good hands, then I don't need to risk a large amount. However it is nice to have the chips there for when I need them. I'm not sure if that is what you are trying to say, but I guess it comes down to discipline and not getting too emotional about the game.


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    1. "I am not a good poker player and do not know what the term LAG player means. Can someone please enlighten me?"

      LAG - Loose Aggressive Poker Player - This person plays a lot of hands and is always raising when in a hand.

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    2. Thanks Nappy, my poker education continues.

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