Beast

Beast to Beauty

The Winning Poker Network stepped up to the plate. In early April, The Beast changes to a Beauty—perhaps the best promotion I’ve ever seen in online poker. To the point, the players have paid for the Beast payouts. For many players, this payment was increased rake. Having green numbers in your database (especially at micro games) was out of reach for most players. Now, WPN is footing the bill for the Beast payouts, without increasing the rake. The result should be fantastic for players. For anyone in the leaderboard, WPN offers less rake than anywhere online (that I know of … Continue reading Beast to Beauty

HayStack

Frequencies in a Haystack

Through personal work, I’m convinced frequencies truly are king. I did some work tonight with PokerSnowie Coach. The goal was to find some patterns in frequencies so I could estimate the correct-at least ballpark-frequencies based on patters in the changing factors. Unfortunately, this goal seems perhaps unattainable. I’m hoping Snowie is wrong with these numbers. Here’s what Snowie told me in these two simple situations. This is incredibly discouraging to me. I’m not finding any pattern or rule of thumb remotely useful. The number of situations seems incredibly daunting; too many and too far apart to use rounding based on … Continue reading Frequencies in a Haystack

Work

Frequency Work Hand Two (River)

This hand actually saw a river. Mr Francois asked me on Facebook why I didn’t post the river. While I simply didn’t include the river because there was enough work on the flop and turn to give me practice for the day, I thought it would be cool to see it through to the end. I tried the actual river and then two more hypothetical rivers with different impacts. Hand: Winning Poker Network Game #258207120: No Limit Holdem ($0.25/$0.50) [2014/02/27 04:55:06 UTC] Seats: 6 Seat 1: Bucyrus ($50) Seat 2: treydeuce88 ($121.72) Seat 3: tussiN ($50) Seat 4: Cpt.Dirty ($87.45) … Continue reading Frequency Work Hand Two (River)

Work

Frequency Work Hand Two

A few things: 1. I’m going to move at a slow pace in terms of getting to more difficult work. I want to work with smaller ranges for now and simple situations. Also, I want to figure out more about getting more accurate frequencies before I explore too much. At this point, I’ll continue with some UTG opening situations and betting…I’m going to grab different textures for each one. Then I’ll probably do MP and CO from there. Then I’ll do some calling work with tighter ranges. Then we’ll move to huge ranges…then we’ll move to creating separate buckets for … Continue reading Frequency Work Hand Two

A Co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2

I’m excited to announce I have a co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2. Multistreet ideas are more involved than river play, and I don’t want to tackle this one on my own. In my search for a co-author, I looked for someone with great teaching skills, good writing skills, loves to dig in numbers, and a long track record in poker. Last summer, I spent a couple months at DeucesCracked gleaning from a few great video series there. Meanwhile, I spotted a DC coach who has the qualities I was after in a co-author. I used to post with … Continue reading A Co-author for Poker’s Postflop Course Part 2

Work

Frequency Work Hand One

After finishing Miller’s Poker’s 1%, I’ve decided to make an effort to analyze at least one hand a day. I’ll blog these for a while, I guess. Hopefully other students of the game can add value to my analysis as well as glean value themselves. I’m a noob at this, so take whatever with a grain of salt. Hopefully, we’ll do some learning together. So…here’s hand one. Hand: Winning Poker Network Game #253302023: No Limit Holdem ($0.50/$1) Seat 1: SemperFidelis ($109.18) Seat 2: FairyShopper ($103.50) Seat 3: nyustud ($51.68) Seat 4: HenryMcCoy63 ($324.76) Seat 5: MamaCoolJ ($58.37) Seat 6: Casinoking … Continue reading Frequency Work Hand One

1Percent

Ed Miller’s Poker’s 1%

Two nights ago, I purchased Ed Miller’s latest ebook, Poker’s 1%. I finished reading it yesterday. Before I offer my opinion on Ed’s book, I’d like to provide some background of my learning process with GTO so far. I’ve spent a good deal of time and effort in GTO land over the last six months or so. I’ve struggled with the most basic concepts since I first read Mathematics of Poker in early 2007. When learning new things, I often frustrate teachers and my learning process because I find difficulty moving forward unless I feel I thoroughly understand every detail … Continue reading Ed Miller’s Poker’s 1%

HardWork

Poker is Hard

“Playing strong exploitive poker is hard; it requires that you gather information in situations where that information is highly ambiguous and often misleading, calculate the inference from that information, and not expose yourself to counter-exploitation too much. But playing near-optimal poker is hard as well. Considering situations rather than hands and ensuring that one’s play is balanced among the various alternatives is very difficult.” – The Mathematics of Poker page 274. No getting around it; poker is hard. Poker is difficult to learn, difficult to implement, and difficult to deal with the variance. Those coming to poker for a quick … Continue reading Poker is Hard

WinningMoney

Losing Poker Players and Winning Poker Players

“I haven’t been a winning poker player in 3 years.” “I have to be a winner at 25nl before I move up to bigger stakes, right?” I recently heard those two statements. Something about poker muddies the water for otherwise common sense concepts. In theory, at this moment, breathes a worst poker player in the world and a best poker player in the world. The worst we may call a losing player; the best we may call a winning player. Every poker player in between determines whether they’re a winning or losing player. The second worse player in the world … Continue reading Losing Poker Players and Winning Poker Players

Fail

Hero Vs. Villain Misnomer

Week or so back, I posted about the players against whom I’ve won and lost the most. Doing some more digging in those numbers, I saw things that didn’t make sense. So, I made a post in PokerTracker’s forums to see what was going on. For example, Villain opened, I 3bet, the big blind shoved, villain folded, I called. The big blind won the hand, and that shows up as a large loss in this list. However, this villain didn’t take my money; the big blind took my money. A similar example: Villain was in the small blind and I … Continue reading Hero Vs. Villain Misnomer