Day 7: value betting
I always like the commentary of what to do and the thought process of hands in these vids because that's the type of thinking everyone should be using when playing or looking at hands.
When it comes to value betting I gather that you have to be able to read a board, then try to guess what your opponent has and then see if the board works with their range so you can actually put out a correct sized bet. When I see someone at the low stakes table going all in or betting crazy then I know they're not capable of thinking about what their opponents has and it tells
me a lot of information to the level of their game.
From the ebook, I got that it reminds you that value betting is betting a hand that you think is best. The Q4 example in the ebook is an interesting example with value betting but makes sense from the action in the hand. The 98 hand is good example of when not to value bet.
Another good lesson from the vid and the ebook.
Week in Review:
Overall, the lessons so far were a great review and made me think of weaknesses in my game. Especially with the pot odds
lesson. Like I said, I use that for limit games but not really in NL games. Too many people use that as an excuse to call hands and an opponent can value bet them to death in NL as far as I'm concerned. But I do recognize the math side of my game as a serious weakness that I can improve.
I'm studying a poker book (actually two) right now and that's definitely my limit but I'm looking at Mastering Poker Math Vol 1 and 2 which are reasonable at $10 each for the kindle editions and I guess I could grab some paper and pencil and work with the 1st book. James Sweeney's Poker Workbooks are only paper editions and at $50 for the 2nd one is out of my price range for poker books
and I bet I'll get something out of the Mastering Poker Math books that overlap Sweeneys so that's out. I'd rather go back to the fundamental ABC123 books from the Poker boom that I missed that I can get for $10 used or cheap kindle editions that still give relevant info than fork over $50 for something new and shiny when I haven't mastered the basics.
So yeah, good lessons both the vids and ebook and I'm using them to review things and reevaluate my game. I'm grateful to the folks at Cardschat who organized this with Collin and Katie. Thanks.