After a long hiatus, the slowdown in appraisal assignments and my upcoming knee surgery are fueling thoughts of playing poker a bit more heavily in the coming weeks.
In preparation, I’ve created a new account on FullTilt and have also joined PokerStars. I can be seen on both sites playing as wooshusukout.
I’ve also started brainstorming a gameplan for getting up to speed quickly and have just bought Small Stakes No Limit Hold ‘Em (eBook). The eBook starts off with a focus on steal equity and showdown equity and appears to be doing a great job building a case for the importance of both when planning your hand pre-flop.
The gameplan I’ve identified has 4 stages:
- Build a Bankroll
- Fun Money
- Supplemental Income
- Goin’ Pro
In the “Build a Bankroll” stage (the current stage), I’ve set up the following guidelines/mantras to set the tone for my play:
- 6-Max cash/SnG’s
- Approx $25 buy-in
- 2-Hr Sessions Max
- Work on Level 2 thinking
- No Tilt
- Low Risk/Risk Management
- Obey player profiles in order to make big folds
- Win money, not pots!
- Quit more effectively than my opponents
- Evaluate 5 factors during every hand (see below)
The 5 factors I want to evaluate on every hand are:
- Stack Sizes
- Strength of my Holdings
- My Opponent’s Tendencies
- What’s the appropriate action?
These 5 factors should help me determine if my starting hand is a folding hand, a stealing hand, or a showdown hand and should help me determine whether I want a big pot or small pot.
That’s all I’ve got for now! See you at the tables!
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