Need help plugging the leaks (w/ stats.)
I know I haven't really played enough hands in order to see any great increase in skill, but I was hoping you guys could give me some insight into what I need to plug in order to improve my game and stop leaking so much cash. I've played about 3,000 hands since installing Pokertracker, but even with the insight this software provides, I'm struggling to keep my bank role. Thankfully, I only play cash games at $2nl, at the moment.
(I recognize that there is going to be a steep learning curve, so I'm not asking for shortcuts, just some insights into what direction I need to head in order to improve. I'm trying to balance my poker time 50/50 between playing and studying. I'm almost finished with Sklansky's Theory of Poker, and spend a lot of time between here and Drag The Bar. (Also, I don't know if people recommend it, but I've found that the InstaPoker app-- from Jonathan Little-- was helpful in learning basic
strategy. Not sure what everyone's opinion is on that, though.))
Out of 2,863 hands played (about 50/50 between full ring and shorthanded tables.)
: -38.33 (ouch.)
Some observations I've already made:
- I recognize that my VPIP is high, and I have been working on playing more tight and within an appropriate range for the position I'm in. (Over the last week or so, my VPIP has decreased, so I'm making slight improvement in that area.)
- I lack consistency, but not exactly sure in what area. I feel like I have a decent understanding of the basics (hand ranges, pot odds
, hand odds, Implied odds, position, etc.) but then end up making a mistake and losing big pots that keep me in the red.
I've provided the stats that I thought would be useful, but if you need anything else, just let me know and I'll be happy to provide.
: I feel a little stupid, as reading about average VPIP percentages suggests that I am way too loose
. Also, my sample size of 3k hands is pretty sad... but I have to start somewhere.
I think the problem is that I get bored when playing one table and waiting for hands within my range. I get concerned with my table image, not wanting people to think I'm playing too tight by waiting for premium cards only.
And for your viewing pleasure (or not.)...