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.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Heater; Concentrating on Fat Value

Currently enjoying a very nice little heater. At the moment I'm really trying to concentrate on value betting my strong hands and not bluffing much; I'm also playing a bit tighter than I was. I've cut certain hands from my button steal range so that I'm not stealing quite so often. I'm sacrificing a little bit of edge but should see more hands which will balance this out. Also out of the blinds I'm playing very few hands, a range tighter even than my UTG raising range. A range like {99+, AQ+}. These are things that I've had to do as I feel that I was spewing by playing too many hands. So my VP$IP has dropped from around 14-15 to around 12%. I don't see this as affecting my hourly significantly though and makes post flop play much easier overall. I can just autobot a profit, very nice thank you. One thing Id recommend is really focusing on what your opponents ranges are preflop. I have two standards of play; when I'm tired I tend to just play level one, and bet if I have a hand and fold if I don't. But when I'm playing my best poker I'm thinking: "Given my relative hand strength and villains range what is my best play?" - and this improves my decision making no end. There is a clear correlation between winning and losing sessions and thinking in one way or the other. Anyway just a quick update on my progress and adjustments that I'm making. GL

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