Hey everyone pleased to be a part of this community. I've recently started playing poker on Pokerstars and In this blog I am going to share what I've learnt from studying the cash game course, and my early attempts at building a bankroll with the starter bankroll challenge on Poker School Online.

 

Future posts in this blog will chart my rise (I hope!) as I start playing some decent poker and profiting. In this post I want to share some of the things I've learnt from the cash game course.

Table Selection

"If you don't like the table you are sitting at, you can just get up and look for another one."

This seems obvious but how many of us actually table select on a regular basis? If you can find just one weak player across 4 tables and you sit at that table, the difference to your bottom line should be huge. I'm going to make sure I do some decent table selection as I continue the challenge.

Analysis in Game

"You will come to recognise similar situations in your own cash games, where the same kind of reasoning and analysis will apply."

When playing you should be looking for patterns, and trying to remember what that pattern meant last time you saw it. For instance last time that player raised 5x what did they have? What does their min bet on the turn represent?

Dont expect to win every hand

If you have QQ and your openent stacks of with A3 he will win 3 out of 10 times. But in the long run those winning plays will add up and eventually even out.

You need to think in terms of expected value over the long run, not the outcome of an individual hand.

Outs

If you have 13 outs on the turn, you will win the hand roughly 25% of the time.

If you have OESFD and oppoenent has set on turn, then you have 25% chance to hit it.

Variance

" Variance, as this is known, also exists in cash games, but its implications tend to be much less extreme and more manageable." Variance is less in cash games that tournaments, good news for cash game players!

How to decide what hands to play and how to play them

Base your decision on

"Your hand strength
  Your position at the table
  Your opponents' action in front of you"

Also effective stacks should be considered.

Groups of Hands

Monsters: AA - KK - QQ (AKs)

Strong: JJ - TT (AKo) AQ    [on the whole, don't play in a 3bet pot pf]

Speculative Hands: 99 - 22 ; Ax (<q) ; any two suited ten or higher; 1 and 2 gap suited cards.

Speculative hands should be folded if someone shows much greater strength and only raised from later posiiton.

Trash: Everything else is trash and should be folded, unless you have very good reason.

If there are raises before we get to act we need to tighten our playable range up because opponent has told us he has a hand that he likes and we need to adjust accordingly.

Bet Sizing

If first to act raise 3-4 times BB. If table very loose, can raise more to build a pot.

If limpers are in front then add their limps to your 3-4 bb raise.

3bet should be about 3 times the raise of the initial raiser.

You should raise the same amount no matter what hand you have.

Raising is better than limping, because you put pressure on your opponents to enter the pot.

 

That's it for now, part 2 will be out just as soon as i've fully digested my own notes.

The thing is, how many of us routinely make the right plays? Where does confidence come from? Confidence comes from knowing you have a winning strategy. Imagine being able to play a game you love and  KNOW you have a winning strategy that means not only can you play it but you can make money while you're doing it.

Well that's my goal over the coming posts in my blog and hours on and off the table over the coming months.

The first $2 of my bankroll challenge did not go too great, but thanks to reading the cash game lessons I've already realised my first mistake. I decided to buy in for 50bbs twice thinking I have only $2 of the bankroll so it will be more conservative. Bad move! 50bb play is different to 100bb play. So I should have just brought in for 100bbs. Lesson learnt

Until next time - play well and run great!