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  • Arty's Smokin' Poker Blog

    Hi guys,

    I plan to start blogging more often now I'm on the PSO team. My first effort is PSO Home games, tourney results and an idea for the future. (Clicky link)

    I'm thinking of writing a whole series aimed at total beginners to cash games; a step-by-step guide to beating 2NL with a fundamentally solid strategy that you can build upon if you want to move up. I'd appreciate if you could subscribe to the blog to indicate there is some demand for that sort of thing.

    I'll also use this thread for the occasional interesting hand or observation that doesn't warrant a whole blog itself.

    Where time allows, I'm also happy to answer poker questions, provided they're not too personal and it's not something that can be easily answered with a quick search of the forum.

    Cheers,
    Arty
    Bracelet Winner

  • #2
    I've not been playing much lately, as hand analysis has used up most of my free time, but I just used one of my Omaha Week free tickets. I'd literally only played about 25 hands of Courchevel before, straight after the training session with Talonchick, but I thought I'd chance my luck in a 48-player SnG, as it seemed the best value.
    I was definitely the tightest player at the table, and was just using the tourney as a learning experience. For much of the tourney I was nursing a very short stack, but somehow sneaked on to the final table with 2 big blinds (lol).
    From there I had some rungood, but the opponents were also quite bad, stacking off with gutshots and weak flush draws on paired boards. I got all in pre with a couple of big pairs that held, and then I could start being more aggressive when I saw a flop cheaply in position. It's always nice to flop a straight and have a redraw to the nut flush, so I got paid in a couple of big pots, placing me first. The 3 opponents had just a couple of big blinds each, so it was basically "all in" with any playable hand from there, and I had fortune on my side, eventually winning heads up with a couple of good flop bets.

    I thought the SnG would be good value, but turning a free ticket into $20.26 was much better than expected.

    If you've got a couple of these Omaha Week tickets, I strongly recommend you use them before they expire, as the games are fun and you could improve your skills for no outlay, and may even build your bankroll. Good luck!
    Bracelet Winner

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    • #3
      I only had time to play 2 SnGs today. The first was my usual 90-man, and I busted out on the third hand, which was my worst finish ever. (I'm usually never going all in early on with anything less than the nuts, but here I made a bad value-shove with JJ on 9xxAx, as I just couldn't put villain on an ace based on his bet sizes and pre-flop limp-call).
      So I used my other Omaha week ticket. I fired up another Courchevel 48-man SnG and played pretty tight again. Villains were stacking off very light, like TP on wet boards. I made a few nut flushes and a couple of boats, and made it to the FT again. Got 3rd this time. Another free $11 for the bankroll.
      Bracelet Winner

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      • #4
        Shortly available on my blog will be the first in a series of articles for beginning players.

        Check it out HERE and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE so you get an email when the blog is updated.

        Comments, suggestions and questions are probably best kept in this thread, where I'm more likely to see/answer them.
        Till the next time, Good luck at the tables!
        Bracelet Winner

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        • #5
          Really looking forward to learning more about full ring Arty!! umbup:

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          • #6
            Part 2 of my 'ABC of 2NL' series is now up: The Fundamental Gameplan

            It's pretty basic stuff so far, but I'll be getting into more detailed stuff in the coming weeks.

            Questions, comments and suggestions are welcomed.

            Cheers,
            Arty
            Bracelet Winner

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            • #7
              Hey Arty

              It looks like your doing really well with omaha i had ago the other night and i missed a load of straights and flushes playing tight but when i got some good hands i hit the board with tptk which ended up with me folding, could of easily won if i were a loose player with all the made hand i would of hit on the flop i think im going to keep to hold em though omaha feels like playing bingo lol

              How did you get free tickets?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mike2198 View Post
                How did you get free tickets?
                Pokerstars/PSO had a week-long "Omaha Week" promotion in which passing the PSO Omaha Quiz rewarded you with two $1.50 tickets for a range of Omaha/Courchevel Sit n Gos. I'm really not very good at Omaha, but it's fun to play and I think it's helped with my hand-reading (I'm now more conscious of the draws that a random board can offer), but I think it's best to concentrate on Holdem until you're comfortable with that, because Omaha is very complex and the variance can be insane.
                Bracelet Winner

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                • #9
                  Really i passed that quiz during that omaha week i wonder where my tickets got off to

                  Im having a good run on hold em ive tightened my game up abit more im playing position better and folding to 3 bets pre flop more often depending on the player its working well, ive managed to turn over another 15 dollars
                  Last edited by mike2198; Mon Apr 15, 2013, 01:52 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Part 3 of my 'ABC of 2NL' series will shortly be available.

                    This week, I've written a lengthy piece about my favourite holiday destination...


                    I've emphasised the importance of showdown winnings and posted a graph to show you that the redline is nothing to worry about.

                    CLICK TO VISIT VALUETOWN and subscribe if you want more articles like this.

                    Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome as usual.

                    At the weekend, I'll be posting part 2 of the April Big Bang video, and then I'll start work on 2NL pre-flop strategy. The long-awaited hand charts are coming soon, I promise!

                    Cheers,
                    Arty
                    Bracelet Winner

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                    • #11
                      That was a good read arty, i hear you with re raising for information on if they can beat 1 pair or not il stop doing that now lol, when you say you should welcome drawing hands would you say 65% pot bet is about right on the flop then a 80% on the turn with TPTK?

                      What about with TPTK on a dry board i dnt like making the pot to big with TPTK but i tend to be quite aggro with TPTK on a dry board and everyone folds to me on the turn, should i lower my bets when i have the aces with a decent kicker and keep making them fold the turn if i had say JQ and i hit my jack because then theres a good chance of an A or K rolling out i think my bets are pretty good but i think im missing out on value.

                      On your graph i noticed your line is really straight thats telling me your losing very little and making a steady profit but mine is going up fairly well but you can see i lose more than you so im thinking is that something to do with me betting to much and having to give a hand up here and there when i know im behind.

                      Its like just now i sat at a table with $2 and made 50c with tptk/ (c bet bluffing mainly lol) then i lose 60c raising 3bb and missing the next 10 hands, then along comes a monster and il make $1 is that how you roll or am i missing something, i think its my betting though im possibly over betting and missing value/ losing more than i need to.

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                      • #12
                        Hey, arty - that's something I've been trying to work on a lot lately - trying to get the most out of every hand where I'm ahead. See a lot of nice tips in your blog - thanks for writing these!! umbup:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mike2198 View Post
                          That was a good read arty, i hear you with re raising for information on if they can beat 1 pair or not il stop doing that now lol, when you say you should welcome drawing hands would you say 65% pot bet is about right on the flop then a 80% on the turn with TPTK?
                          Read JWK's blog that I linked to in mine for detail on sizing. I vary my sizes according to number and tendencies of opponents, flop texture, stack sizes, position etc.
                          I'd usually go towards 80% on the flop when I think I'm getting called, and then 65% or less on the turn. It's a smaller percentage of the pot on the turn, but a larger size in actual dollars and cents. On the river, one of my specialities is the super-small value bet, of around 1/3 of pot. It's amazing how light you'll be looked up when you set a cheap showdown price. (This is ideal when you have one pair and you think villain had a draw that missed. When I bet small on the river, they look me up with hands like Jack high sometimes!)
                          Originally posted by mike2198 View Post
                          What about with TPTK on a dry board i dnt like making the pot to big with TPTK but i tend to be quite aggro with TPTK on a dry board and everyone folds to me on the turn, should i lower my bets when i have the aces with a decent kicker and keep making them fold the turn if i had say JQ and i hit my jack because then theres a good chance of an A or K rolling out i think my bets are pretty good but i think im missing out on value.
                          Smaller bets on dry boards. What you are aiming for is a sweet spot that is the largest bet that is still likely to be called. That's how we extract maximum value. If you think villain is weak (and the board is dry) then you need to bet smaller to keep him in the pot.
                          Originally posted by mike2198 View Post
                          On your graph i noticed your line is really straight thats telling me your losing very little and making a steady profit but mine is going up fairly well but you can see i lose more than you so im thinking is that something to do with me betting to much and having to give a hand up here and there when i know im behind.
                          The main reason my lines look straight is because of the sample size, but hidden in there are some pretty bad downswings and an insane heater. It looks pretty flat after 100k hands, but if I focused on one particular 10k stretch you'd see the crazy swings that everyone experiences.
                          Originally posted by mike2198 View Post
                          Its like just now i sat at a table with $2 and made 50c with tptk/ (c bet bluffing mainly lol) then i lose 60c raising 3bb and missing the next 10 hands, then along comes a monster and il make $1 is that how you roll or am i missing something, i think its my betting though im possibly over betting and missing value/ losing more than i need to.
                          That's exactly what happens to everyone due to random card distribution. I don't win exactly 20c every 100 hands. I sometimes go for 450 hands and never win anything but a couple of blinds, and then I'll have a rapid succession of monster wins or monster losses. It's only in the long run that you get an idea of your "true" winrate, and this is also why we should be properly rolled for the stakes we play. I usually play short sessions of 300 hands or so. It's not unheard of for me to lose 7 or 8 sessions in a row. If I didn't have 30 or so buy-ins in my roll, a losing streak could bust me, or send me into tilt-spew or playing scared.
                          Even after 100,000 hands, I still struggle with the crazy variance that poker can bring. This game can really mess with your head because it's perfectly possible to play brilliantly and lose, or play badly and win. That's why we need to play a LOT of poker to really find out if we're any good at it.
                          Bracelet Winner

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                          • #14
                            Great read Arty
                            I especially enjoyed the Valuetown portion as I was not looking at it from your point of view.
                            Thanks for these great tips.

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                            • #15
                              It appears I cannot subscribe to any blogs ; apparently email notifications are not available on my account here .

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