Fletchdad and Poker Zion: The journey.
OK. I now have started my journey down the path of micro moving. (My term, means moving up through the micros... I hope). I will be accompanied by the gracious staff at Poker Zion. I already had memberships to other training sites, but they are all pick and choose. As I understand PZ's concept, they give a structured and planned concept that is already laid out week for week. Other sites, as most people know, are a cafeteria in which you take what you want and leave the rest. The main problem with this is, IMO, how do you know exactly what you NEED? Now, PZ will not necessarily help there either, but they will help me focus on single topics and work on certain areas, concentrating on a single aspect of play every week .I will certainly find enough areas that I need to improve in.
I had opted for the beginner course, and John suggested I go ahead and take the advanced one. He gave me the option of retroactively moving back if I feel this to be best. Since I do have a good grasp on basic concepts, just donít seem to have utilized them fully to my advantage, I will take his advice.
I play as much as I can, but am getting better at not playing if conditions are not good for me. Like if I see I am tired, tilting, or otherwise not playing well and not able to combat that, I break. I do try to un-tilt in game. 3 months ago that was near impossible for me, now the advancement I have made in quickly dealing with tilt and putting it behind me is one of the steps I have taken in poker of which I am very proud. I work very consciously on this and have had many tools to help me. Books and working on my reactions to daily situations that have nothing to do with poker have all been of great importance to my improvement.
So I plan to play as much as I can. I will eventually try to make targets on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, but with a job as a musician, which means the phone can ring at any time (Please let it be so lol) and any poker plans I had must be postponed. I also have a family, so those of you with one as well will need no explanation of what that can sometimes do to daily plans....:-).. I will take the PZ concepts and try to implement them in my game, while trying to spot other leaks at the same time.
Points I feel I need to improve on/understand better/learn. (the list will not be complete as I donít know if that much text is allowed in a single post....)
Dealing with 3 + 4 bets. Analyzing opponent player types in 3 + 4 bet pots so I know which way I need to react.
Hand reading generally.
Better understanding of board texture + player type + position and how to best proceed in any situation.
Barreling multiple streets... when to, when not to.
HUD stats. I need to revamp my HUD and my pop ups. Like I know I need to combine stuff like Ącalled PFR, folded to c bet OTFď as one example. There are so many tools I can use to better make decisions. This is just a matter of me making notes when I see something I need that is missing, but I often forget.
Player notes. I play starts and when I make notes and another table needs attention, my note is in the background. This is a pain and often tilts me when I type, get a table popping up and have to go back to the note and type, same thing again....uggggg. This makes me just not take notes, which is equally bad. But as I play minimum 4 tables (easy to note for the most part) up to 12 tables (impossible to take a detailed note for me) my note taking suffers.
I am also way to tight IMO. I often have stats like 12/10 or maybe even 9/7 after 50-60 hands. Some tables are looser, and I can have 25/20 or something but that is less than a 18/15 type. I play only 6 max. I also donít know if I should play FR more since I seem to be so tight and adjust too slow......
I am thinking of playing max 6 tables at a time, maybe even less, to improve my hand reading and HUD stat analysis in game. I feel very comfy with 6, and not stressed at all but maybe 4 is better?.
OK, I will now and then post my stats and graph. I will also describe the PZ concepts and how I can try to implement them.
I am a PZ member.
I am trying to improve