Posted 05 January 2005 - 04:54 PM
Going to try and be as honest as possible here so that I get what I hope to be the best feedback available…I’m relatively new to poker, less than 1 year with real interest (since ESPN began televising the 2003 WSOP), but have really attempted to educate myself about the game and the nuances. I watch a LOT of televised poker and I have read and STUDIED many books. All the ones that people discuss or mention, I have them. I have won multiple, local live tournaments (no limit hold’em and combination of limit hold’em with chip leaders advancing to play no limit hold’em for payouts) and I’m a regular winner in many regular neighborhood home games and local games. I have struggled in the online games at all levels. Have played no limit hold’em mainly across $0.25/$0.50 on up to $2/$4 blinds and have not played a lot of limit hold’em online. Virtually no stud or Omaha.I struggling to fault my play completely…of course, I’ve played the occasional ill-advised hand but that stops rapidly because I’m cooler headed than I am stupid. I can take a bad beat, but I have been badly beaten so many times online I just find it tougher than the live game. Betting pattern and time to bet seems like such a poor gauge when a person could be playing three or four tables at once or more, it will always take a lot of time for them to bet sometimes.I would not call myself tight to the point of not getting action when I call or raise pre-flop, but I am selective about my starting cards, my position, number of callers or raisers before me and what I expect people behind me to do if I choose to play. I would call my play prudent, but I do feel that my post-flop play could improve a lot. Like many new players, I can sometimes feel like a fish out of water if I’ve missed the flop completely or I don’t even have a good draw. Have no problem folding these hands. The ones I can get into real trouble with are where I’ve hit a little piece of the flop, it gets better on the turn, and I could be drawing dead or just not on top of it by the turn or the river. I need to either read these better, or have the tables turn in my favor. Is it possible to always come up with 2nd best hand by the averages of playing enough loose people that one of them always seems to be ahead of you in the big pot? I’ve gone through my initial stakes in two online sites and I just can’t come to grips with the fact that I’m a poor poker player based on my live results.I do miss the fact that I can’t get a read on people like I can in a live game, but I can’t help feeling that with my diligence to learn the game and my live results I’m just around the corner from being a plus online player too. Have to admit that the super loose guys that pull rabbits out of their hat tick me off. They double up when they shouldn’t have even been in a pot…example, last night, I’m in a $0.10/$0.25 no-limit hold’em ring game with about $17 in front of me. I had been losing enough that I had to back my blinds/limits way down unfortunately…I’m in the SB with AQo and everyone folds around to me. It is $0.25 to call so I raise to $0.75. Guy in BB has about $4.00 remaining, and he goes all-in. I call…I figure that kind of bet is just him getting mad that I raised him.Flop is 3-3-K, Turn is J, River is A for a board of 3-3-K-J-A…no flush out there….BB shows 23s and wins the 8.50 pot with a set of threes….I think I’m just vexed because this kind of thing happens to me all the time online. I feel the right play was made and I had the best hand by far pre-flop….don’t get it.Don’t know if I’m looking for encouragement here, some confirmation that you’ve all been through this kind of crap, or if you have suggestions.Thanks in advance.