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Old 04-17-2020, 07:19 AM   #1
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Beginner books for low limit cash/tournament online?

I read super system a few decades ago and it helped me dominate my home game, and hold my own during occasional live casino visits at low limit tables. I havenít played poker in years but coronavirus has me stuck at home. I donít want to be a fish to all those many sharks already swimming in the online poker waters. I donít expect to greatly improve my play overnight. But could anyone suggest a book or two, that would help set me on the right path and at least help me to hold my own in the lower limit cash and tournament games?
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Old 04-17-2020, 07:28 AM   #2
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Harrington on holdem volume 1 and 2 for tournaments.

Understanding why a decision is profitable or not will help you beat the games. Really to win at this your going to have to put in a lot of time.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:01 PM   #3
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Understanding why a decision is profitable or not will help you beat the games.
Thank you for the recommendation, thatís exactly what Iím searching for.

In fact, I asked this question the other day and if you have a moment to read my question and reply or point me in a good direction it would be a big help.
https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/3...7262/?posted=1

Are there any YouTube or podcasts youíd also recommend for a novice like me?
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:56 PM   #4
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How should I play hands where I miss the flop but have been the only pre flop raise? Assume blinds of $1/$3, in a cash game, for these examples:

Early position: I have AQ suited and I make it $10, two people behind me call, the flop comes K-7-6 rainbow.

Middle position: I have KQ suited and I make it $10, one calls after me and one person in early position calls too. The flop comes A-7-6 suited.

Late position: I have KQ off, I make it $10, two others call. The flop comes A-7-6 rainbow and the first person checks, the middle person bets. (Or in a twist, how much should I bet if it checks around to me?)

I’d like to know how I best handle these situations and why? I’m a tight player who plays few hands, I raise more than 50% of the time pre flop. My ends are mostly good quality. And then I get stuck because I assume people aren’t calling 3x raises with junk, so I don’t want to throw away good money on a hand when I miss the pre flop, especially when I’m not heads up and that’s a chance someone else caught a piece of the board. I hope someone can help me be less fishy
Standard for live cash poker.

Check/fold first hand.
check/fold second hand
check/fold last hand.

Live poker cash games is about playing tight. Tournaments in the beginning are about playing tight and then playing loose towards the end. With those hands in a tournament in the later stages you might go all in preflop or on the flop. Probably never ever doing that in a cash game or early in a mtt when stacks are deep.

Are you able to count stack sizes live? How about counting how many big blinds you have? This is important for tournaments knowing how many big blinds you have.

example

1000/2000 20000 stack.

you have 10 big blinds since 20000 stack size /2000 BB = 10.
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Old 04-17-2020, 01:01 PM   #5
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Standard for live cash poker.

Check/fold first hand.
check/fold second hand
check/fold last hand.

Live poker cash games is about playing tight. Tournaments in the beginning are about playing tight and then playing loose towards the end. With those hands in a tournament in the later stages you might go all in preflop or on the flop. Probably never ever doing that in a cash game or early in a mtt when stacks are deep.

Are you able to count stack sizes live? How about counting how many big blinds you have? This is important for tournaments knowing how many big blinds you have.

example

1000/2000 20000 stack.

you have 10 big blinds since 20000 stack size /2000 BB = 10.
I was under the impression my 3x BB preflop followed by a check/fold has been the wrong way to play.
Youíre saying Iíve been playing that correctly?

Yes I have an above average grasp at math/numbers so counting BB wouldnít be too difficult. I imagine thatís more important in tournament play though, am I right? Why do you ask this question, whatís the significance and importance of keeping count of others or my own Big blinds?
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Old 04-17-2020, 01:31 PM   #6
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I was under the impression my 3x BB preflop followed by a check/fold has been the wrong way to play.
You’re saying I’ve been playing that correctly?

Yes I have an above average grasp at math/numbers so counting BB wouldn’t be too difficult. I imagine that’s more important in tournament play though, am I right? Why do you ask this question, what’s the significance and importance of keeping count of others or my own Big blinds?
for live cash yes against players who are going to call.
a 3BB preflop raise might be too small as well since they might call a 6BB raise in some games.

tournament play its critical you know your bb and know how to adjust using it.
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Old 04-18-2020, 05:07 AM   #7
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have a look at this video and they explain what you should be doing. they give you some thought processes that you should be going through in the hands and away from the table.

Perhaps getting some software if you play online since online moves quite quickly. Something like Pokertracker or holdem manager to keep a database of all your hands to go over after a session. I find live games I can remember a lot of hands but online and especially online Pot Limit Omaha I find it a bit more difficult to remember hands. A alternative is just to write down the hands afterwards.

If you can figure out math mathemactics of poker is a good general poker book. Also theory of poker is really essential. They don't really give strategy and tell you what hands to play but they give you the reasons why you should play a hand. I'd buy theory of poker by david and if you play live also buy mike caros book on tells. Body language books are also good to read about it also.

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