Originally Posted by bkk1993
I believer it's just beginners luck. Yesterday i entered a 90man (for the first time in my life) 3.50$ mtt and managed to win it. I've tried to give HU cash games a shot. Managed to turn 50$ into $145 playing specifically vs 2 fishes who gave away their money to me.
I don't think im a great player but I do have some knowledge of how to play HU games. Can anyone give me their opinion on pokerstars HU cash game players? It seems like they are really soft as i've managed to triple up my br within 40mins.
I know I shouldn't be playing these games as I am not rolled for them but it seems like they are the way to go.
First of all, how many bi should I looking at to play 0.25/0.50$ HU cash games?
Secondly, I often make the same mistake and play poker whether it's sng's or cash games I am a break even player. For the first 2 days after depositing/winning from a free roll I can play cash games and win hands then lose my money playing like an id**t, sng's i win 1/3 games making me break even and in hu sng i win 1 then lose 1. After 2 days of 0 profit 0 loss I just decide to play higher stakes to have some action rather than be stationary.
I have nearly 20BI for 7$ 1 table sng's which I have originally wanted to play, however I am thinking about the hu cash games.
Don't start saying i should quit etc or learn to play as i know i don't know how to play properly (maybe i do but i'm just not patient enough to play)
I have no idea what to do with my br now. HU cash - might have just been lucky and the sng's I would need to sort out 2 things. First of all, when i play 1.50's i manage to play tight at the begining and aggressive when the blinds are 25/50 and higher, when i play 3.50's and higher i get sucked out on so badly and these tournaments usually take really long as in the 6-max all players can have 1.5k chips for 30-40mins of the sng and then i just start loosening up as it's not fun to play 1 tournament that no one is leading in.
1. Standard bankroll management for a beginner is to have something like 25 BI for a cash game, and 50 BI for SNG. I started with $1 SNGs, and I didn't move up to the next level (which was $5 then) until i was bankrolled for it. It wasn't always fun, and it took a long time. That's why it's called grinding.
2. Collin Moshman has authored books on both SNGs and heads-up play. They are both 2+2 books if you want to check them out.
3. Poker is a game of long-term results. If you worry about 1 tournament, daily results, or weekly results, you're probably going to wind up going on tilt. Search the term VARIANCE, or STATISTICAL VARIANCE, on these forums or elsewhere. If anyone wants to dig into the mathematics and theory of variance, there is a good article in Wikipedia:
Often on these forums, a new players will post his stats and ask for an evaluation of his play. He will often get an answer like this:
Small sample size. Ask again when you're played at least 10K hands.
The point is that you can have a hot streak or a nasty downswing, but after a long enough time (that is, after you reach a statiscially valid sample size), those things will tend to even out, and you can start to get an idea of whether or not you are a winning player.
Recently I decided to check out exactly how long my long-term was. Taking 10K hands as the absolute minimum, and using the standard of 1 live hand every 2 minutes of play, and 1 online hand for every 1 minute of play, I came up with a minimum long-term threshold for me. It was about 7.5 weeks of playing.
In other words, my results don't even start to mean anything over any period of less than 2 months.
I've bolded parts of your posts to show how invested you are in short-term results, such as 1 tournament, or two days without profit. If you want to do well at poker, it is imperative that you ditch your short-term mindset.
I keep close track of my results, and the main number I use is how I've done for the month, because it's a convenient interval. I understand however, that a winning or losing month isn't something about which I should spend time worrying. A lot of players put their numbers on a graph to get a longer-term view.