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    I want to take part in the Bankroll Builder promotion! (:

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    Welcome to PokerSchoolOnline! Be sure to read THIS just to be be sure of exactly what's on offer with the Bankroll Builder promotion. >>click here<< for a complete overview of what PSO has to offer. We will advise within 24 hours as to whether or not you will be eligible for this promotion. Please check back this time tomorrow! Thank you for being a member of www.pokerschoolonline.com and best of luck to you at the tables! John (JWK24) umbup:
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    • #3
      Hi janna59, You are eligible for the Bankroll Builder promotion, good job! NB: Bookmark this page so that you'll find it easily in the future First Step Watch the following video and pay special attention to the tips on retrieving and saving your hand history from PokerStars. This will be important for the rest of your promotional journey.
      After wacthing this please play some PLAY MONEY FULL-RING (9-Handed) tables at PokerStars and using the Hand Replayer post a hand here in this thread that you have questions about. Here is a video on how to use the hand replayer.
      Then when you have that done please have a go at the Poker Basics Course and pass the quiz at the end of the course. So you have 3 steps to do to begin with and when you have all 3 done we will award you with your first bonus. 1) Watch the 'Getting Started' video 2) Post a 'PLAY MONEY' hand here in the Forum using the Hand Replayer 3) Pass the Poker Basic course. Let us know as soon as you have all 3 steps completed. Best of Luck! umbup:
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      • #4
        I lost so much here! ): How could I have done better?

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        • #5
          Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.
          He will do this within the next 24 hours and once it's been analysed I will advise on the next step.

          Cheers.
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          • #6
            Hi janna59! I'll take a look at the QQ hand and see if we can improve your play.

            There are a couple of limpers, so making a raise with your premium hand is appropriate, and I think 6bb is about right. As is common in play-money games, your raise gets no respect, and lots of players call. This won't happen so often when you get on the real money tables, where you'll usually be heads up, meaning pocket pairs like QQ will win more often. In this family pot, QQ is unlikely to be best unless you hit a 2-outer and make a set of trips.
            The flop comes AJ2, which is a bad flop for you. With so many opponents, it's almost certain that someone has an ace. Instead of checking to the raiser (you) a player donks out with a bet of 10 into 86, and there are several calls. When the action reaches you, the pot odds look tempting, because you only need to call 10 into a pot that will be 136, meaning you only need to win this hand 10/136 = 13.6% of the time. The problem is that you'll have to make a set, but with only two outs, you'll only improve on the turn about 4% of the time. Since you need to pay a greater proportion of the pot than your likely chance of winning it, you should fold immediately, minimising your losses. It's basically a mistake to call any bet when you only have 2 outs.
            As played, you call, and the turn comes another deuce. You still only have second pair and are losing to any ace, let alone trips if someone has a 2. Everyone checks this time, and you decide to bet 110 into 136. Whether you realise it or not, you're turning your hand into a bluff. You're saying "I have a deuce, so you should fold top pair". There's no need to make this play. With QQ, you have some "showdown value". It might be the best hand, and you can get it to showdown cheaply by checking behind. When you make this big bet, you're usually only getting called by better hands than QQ. Ax and are always calling. Three players see the river with you, and it comes an ace. It's impossible for all three to have an ace, but someone must have one, and they will love this river, because they made a full house. One villain bets, another calls, and you decide to go all in. This makes no sense. A villain is never folding a full house, so you're giving your chips away. The river is a clear fold for me.
            Sure enough, a villain shows AT and drags the pot. You win a small amount from the side pot, as another villain made a terrible call with 77.
            The lessons to be learned here are to not get married to your hand if the board is no good for it, and also to try putting villains on ranges of hands. If they are likely to have your beat, don't make big bets. Be disciplined and give up when it seems you're not going to win. Save money by folding when you're beat.

            Hope this helps!
            To get more tuition on cash game basics, I recommend going to live training sessions for the Wednesday and Saturday Games if you can. You'll even be able to play alongside other PSO members in the Homegame club and get instant feedback on the way you play your hands. Good luck!

            Cheers,
            Arty
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            • #7
              Hi janna, Please let us know when you have completed your basics quiz (and passed) and we will set you up with the next step! Joss umbup:
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              • #8
                Hi Joss! I passed the quiz! (: How do I check my answers?

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                • #9
                  Excellent! You've done all 3 tasks and you'll get your first bonus in the next 24 hours, good job! Step Two Use your first buy-in to only play the 1/2 cent real money FULL RING tables on PokerStars. Do not play any other type of game other than this. Post one hand that you had difficulty with here in this thread using the hand replayer and we will analyze it for you. Please watch the following video and answer the question below. List 3 reasons why a player may want to make a big bet? Then study the Cash Game Course and once your happy have a go at attempting the quiz. Don't rush through the course, there's a lot of content there and the quiz is tricky so spend some time on this. So you have 3 things to do to earn your next bonus. 1) Play the 1/2 cent Real Money tables and post an interesting hand here in the Forum using the Hand Replayer. 2) Watch the Bet Sizing video and answer the question below it. 3) Study and pass the Cash Game quiz. Let us know as soon as you have all 3 tasks complete and we will award you with your next buy-in. Best of Luck! umbup:
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                  • #10
                    Can I check my answers for the Poker Basics quiz?

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                    • #11
                      Should I have called the initial raise with 77? How could I have done better?

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                      • #12
                        Players may want to make big bets:

                        1) To put a lot of pressure on opponents
                        2) To bluff people off decent hands
                        3) To gain value from very strong hands

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for posting this hand for review and I have asked one of the Hand Analysers to take a look at it for you.

                          He will do this within the next 24 hours and once it's been analysed I will advise on the next step.

                          Cheers.

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                          • #14
                            I passed the Cash Game quiz! (: How do I check my answers?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by janna59 View Post
                              Should I have called the initial raise with 77? How could I have done better?
                              Hi janna59! With non-premium pocket pairs we are calling with the hope of flopping a set. This will happen about 1 out of 8 attempts. Therefore we need a few conditions in place to call with pairs preflop. Firstly, we want to see the flop cheap. The 5bb raise is a bit heavy. Calling a standard 3bb raise would be fine. Calling 5bb would be fine if the villain and you were deep stacked giving you the potential to win a large pot when you hit. Usually we want to be able to win 20x what we are paying preflop when set mining. So, 20 x 10c would be $2.00. We cant win that much from the villain. If several callers were in the hand we could still call. Here though I would prefer folding. Calling is not a huge mistake though. You flop bottom set on a very wet board. The Q and J are in both villain's ranges. They fit well with many other hands for straight draws and there is a flush draw. It is very likely one if not both opponents like the flop. Also, the flop is dangerous for you because of all the draw potential. Therefore, I would suggest leading with a 70% pot bet. This gives any chaser poor odds thus protecting your set. It also gives you value because you are likely to get called if not raised. Check-raising as you did is fine though. Nice handumbup: GL! Roland GTX

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