Thoughts of poker creeping back into my head…

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:

  1. Build a Bankroll
  2. Fun Money
  3. Supplemental Income
  4. 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:

  1. Position
  2. Stack Sizes
  3. Strength of my Holdings
  4. My Opponent’s Tendencies
  5. 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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One Response

  1. Thanks for the linking to the small stakes book, I’ll be investing in this as soon as I make a withdrawal at the end of the month I think.

    Best of luck with your plan.

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