Restarting my game

iamacolaiamacola Red Chipper Posts: 2
I have been playing poker in home games for about 10 years now but it isn't very often and the competition isn't at all above average. I am thinking of starting from scratch and also going to the casino and playing 1/2. Where is a good place to start. I want to act like I only have a basic knowledge and see what I can learn/relearn.

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  • Skors3Skors3 ✭✭✭ Red Chipper Posts: 667 ✭✭✭
    iamacola wrote: »
    I want to act like I only have a basic knowledge and see what I can learn/relearn.

    What do you mean by this? Act like you have a basic knowledge?

    Do you mean try to trick your opponents? If so, I wouldn't worry about that. Just play the best you can and post hands/questions on forums like this one.
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit - RCP Coach Posts: 4,034 -
    I wouldn't look to 'start from scratch' unless my current knowledge foundation was detrimental. Chances are you don't need a hard-reset on your poker knowledge, rather you just need to continue growing your game and building on the current foundation you have.

    That being said, pick a topic that you know a.) you need to work on and b.) improvement on that topic would create quick value to your game and get to work. Overtime you will quickly spot topics that need to be given higher priority.
  • ZacShawZacShaw ✭✭✭ Red Chipper Posts: 165 ✭✭✭
    I feel you. I ran a super-fun (and super-profitable) home game for 10+ years. When it dissolved, I replaced it with live $1/$2.

    The transition from home game to live game, no matter how much you're crushing your home game, is big. You won't feel like a fish out of water, but you might be the fish at the table.

    Adjusting from home game to live is almost like adjusting from play money to real money online. Here are a few things that helped me specifically in making that transition from home to live, pulled right out of the Red Chip playbook:

    Stop Limping - Stop limping hands and if you're going to play a hand, open-raise pre. Home games are limp-fests, and if you play like that, the winning players will eat your stack.

    Raise Big Pre - When you raise pre, $12 + $2 for every limper is a fine standard open raise.

    Don't Pay them Off - Are they betting and raising aggressively? They probably have it. Triple-barrel bluffs are fun in home games because they're personal. They are rarely bluffing in $1/$2.

    Pay Attention & Exploit Weakness - Home games don't require you to pay that much attention to what's going on, you need to be the opposite for live poker. Learn what each player is doing and how to exploit their play.

    Those are just a few of the things you'll learn if you hang around here long enough!





  • iamacolaiamacola Red Chipper Posts: 2
    Thanks for the comments. After playing in a home game for so long I wasn't sure how good of a player I really am. I agree about the limp fests in home games...happens all the time and it was pretty easy to steal pots by 3 betting. I recently bought a book on poker math and after i finish that one I will be buying The Course. I cant' wait to give it a go at 1/2 at the casino and see how I do.
  • Patrick LawlerPatrick Lawler ✭✭ Red Chipper Posts: 100 ✭✭
    iamacola wrote: »
    I recently bought a book on poker math and after i finish that one I will be buying The Course. I cant' wait to give it a go at 1/2 at the casino and see how I do.

    This was exactly what i was going to advise as I was reading the thread, some people have mixed feelings over The Course but i found it invaluable when I was in the same position as you are now. if you are unsure on line casino games this gives you a real good grounding and a place to start.

    Would also advise watching Ed Millers 'The Course' pro videos. after that just start working on that TAG play :)

    good luck!
  • ImperatorImperator ✭✭✭ Red Chipper Posts: 898 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    some people have mixed feelings over The Course but i found it invaluable

    I too found it a great book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the weaknesses in their game.

    But this is my attitude to this book: Stick to it closely as a test for yourself for a number of focused practice sessions. Try each skill at a separate session. Then try adjusting the skills to your own character.

    Don't believe the book. Use it as a kind of chart for future improvement.

    I think the value of all of Ed Miller's books have this quality: His books are a kind of a rough chart for your own dead reckoning. You can make a plan for your future journey in poker with Ed Miller's books but you have to find your own way.

    For me, when I get better I know that I will eventually need a poker coach.

    Patrick, where are the "mixed feelings" expressed? I have been a strong advocate of this book with my email poker friends but I would like to read some criticism.
  • ChipXtractorChipXtractor ✭✭✭✭ Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 1,191 ✭✭✭✭
    Imperator wrote: »
    I think the value of all of Ed Miller's books have this quality: His books are a kind of a rough chart for your own dead reckoning. You can make a plan for your future journey in poker with Ed Miller's books but you have to find your own way.

    Well said. This is my general feeling as well on almost every poker book I read.

    cXt
    Twitter = @ChipXtractor
  • Patrick LawlerPatrick Lawler ✭✭ Red Chipper Posts: 100 ✭✭
    Imperator wrote: »
    Patrick, where are the "mixed feelings" expressed? I have been a strong advocate of this book with my email poker friends but I would like to read some criticism.

    Obviously now that I've said it can't find any examples.... but in other discussions on this forum and others people have brought the ranges that Ed suggests in to question and other assumptions that he makes in the book.

    But, as I say, I found The Course very helpful and a great place to start or even restart your game.

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