Of all the players I’ve coached so far, almost all of them have admitted to having problems with tilt. Many times, these were players with sound technical games who could without a doubt beat the stakes they’re playing in if they didn’t have a tilt problem. That’s the nature of no limit unfortunately: It’s not enough to play well 90% of the time. You can play like an absolute boss for 12 hours but then destroy all your hard work in 30 minutes.
Planning ahead in poker is an incredibly important thing that many players seem to neglect completely. Instead they use a reactionary style where they wait for their opponents to make a play. Then they think about how they should react to that play and they make their decision.
This is part two of my Exploitative Poker Series. Last week I showed you how to beat tight opponents. This week I will show you how to take advantage of aggressive players by using their aggression against them. Just like the other player types, aggressive players have specific tendencies that you can exploit by making the right adjustments.
This is the first part of my Exploitative Poker Series. In each part I will show you how to take advantage of the tendencies of a specific player type (tight players, aggressive players and fish). That’s because if you really want to maximize your win-rate, you always have to identify the specific mistakes your opponents are making and exploit them as much as possible.
To the non-poker playing public, having a good poker face is what makes a good player. They think that poker is just about reading your opponent’s soul by staring them down and deciphering any tiny signals they give off.
A good online poker setup is crucial for being able to work efficiently. I’m not talking about the hardware here but the tools you can use for making online poker more efficient. Getting a good monitor and a comfortable chair are kind of a given if you’re planning to spend a lot of time multi-tabling.
When you’re using a HUD it’s important to be able to interpret the stats correctly. All those numbers are useless if you don’t know what they mean. Here is an overview of some basic stats and how they impact your decision making.
Ever since I started coaching microstakes players I have been pretty shocked at some of the games running on Pokerstars at the lowest limits. The full ring games at NL5 and NL10 especially seem to be infested with tight regs.
Managing your emotions is one of the hardest things about playing poker. The human mind is just not designed to deal with things like variance and without any adjustments we seem to always have the wrong instinctive reaction to the situations we are facing in the game.