Hello all, welcome to my online poker blog.

I've been playing on and off for a decade after being introduced by a friend.

I played regularly for a few years during the poker boom and had a decent record at the micros, particularly Rush and Zoom No Limit Hold'em games (here's one of my graphs).

Around 2012 I began a new career which involved immersing myself completely in study in my spare time, so I had little to no time for poker. However recently this burden has eased and so I have been gradually dipping back in.

I'm an amateur player who still hopes to some day beat the rake.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Good for the Soul

I'm studying my bollocks off (when not working) but the shove fold stuff is still not going my way and I had another poor session. However, for some reason I don't feel at all bad about this. It's a fact that the very best players learn to become completely detached from the variance swings. So in going through this bad run of results I am testing my psychological ability to cope with playing poker in the long run. So far, so good.
One thing that I'm a little gutted about is that there's no HU cash below $50NL. I'm not rolled enough to play those games which is a shame. Basically as I've said before, post flop poker is my love and playing HU cash would be better than HUSNG as there wouldn't be any high blinds nash stuff which is basically just reading from a chart. I prefer to decipher opponents and work out hands and then find the best play based on that estimation. This is where the real fun in poker is for me, and until I have more money this is somewhat limited. I may occasionally sit in a $50 HU cash game just to take a shot. Anyway, hope you are realising more equity than I am currently :)


  1. Are you still trying nash or sage for the push/fold stuff?

    Don't forget that stuff is how to play optimally against a player who's playing close to optimal. I've not played anyone at < $30 husngs who does that. They either start shoving too early or too late. Usually too tight, and often shove with weird hands.

    So following those charts is a bad idea unless you're the small stack. I know HU is all about the effective stack size, but I think there's a difference between being the short stack who has to deperately get back in the game (and so you need to shove to double up), and the big stack who wants to maintain the lead.

    I'm probably wrong, but it seems to me better to play someone into the ground rather than using your edge to get them into the push/fold zone and then throw away that edge by following a chart...

  2. I use Nash charts for playing the SB (with high blinds), for calling a shove my range is usually alot tighter than Nash because most villains aren't loose shovers. As far as arguments for/against using charts go, I like them for playing the SB simply because I know that there is nothing villain can do other than play optimally himself (and they never do so I know mathematically we have a guaranteed +EV edge when playing the SB). It's a personal preference, I absolutely hate giving up the blind money when it becomes significant in proportion to my stack. So sometimes against a tight player I'll be shoving ATC. I haven't noticed anyone using Nash either. I totally agree with you that there is better strategy for coping with weak opposition with high blinds that is likely better than just shoving from the SB. Limping sometimes works and I do try it sometimes if my villain isn't likely to start shoving ATC in the BB when I do. I'll often limp big pockets against total spewheads too so I'm not a complete chart bot once it has reached this stage. So I guess my approach is default Nash (< 10BB effective stack) and adapted sometimes for each villain. It's prob a high variance way of playing but it's my preference currently. I just try and make sure I have the chip lead (more often than not) when we get to that point so our equity is good. I'm not sure we're ever just giving away edges by following charts, maybe small ones. But if we've given ourselves great tournament equity by our play early in the match, most of the time this will be realised when using the charts. We just need to win a flip occasionally. I can't :)