and whoever else would like to contribute…
I have an internal conflict which I am engaging as best I can but am finding it incredibly difficult to conquer.
Having just completed PreFlop 1.0 and 2.0 this is only a fraction of what I have gleaned. Bad preflop decisions become magnified post-flop and NLHE is a game of initiative and position.
This is something I can very much attest to as I have been a losing player for a while (but hopefully not so, moving forward) and have often made bad decisions pre-flop.
Furthermore, I am normally one of the tighter players at the table. So the combination of the two = a trailing consequence.
Having said all of that, I am struggling with some of the stratagem discussed in pre-flop 1.0 and 2.0
I’m sure it’s an issue with mindset, at the very least. I don’t think it’s an issue with comprehension but could be wrong as I have so much to learn. It could be something else entirely.
I know the content within the course structure to be true because I believe in the coaches and CLP.
But I now must make the mental adjustment to implement something which I am not entirely comfortable with. Call it fear. Call it apprehension. Executing the theory when there is real money involved is binding my hands and forcing me stagnant.
A real world example…
Over the weekend I played 2/3 live for about 3.5 hours and very much wanted to (1) stick to the preflop ranges provided and (2) increase my aggression especially when in position, but also become far more aggressive with good hands when out of position.
I knew what must be done. I recognized the opportunities when they were there.
And yet I could not pull the trigger. I froze.
There was a very solid reg behind me which didn’t help matters. Average stack size at the table was $450 and this guy had 1.4k in front of him + was 3 betting light. Very aggressive. Extremely competent. All smiles and nothing but cockiness.
All that aside, I really don’t think that was the catalyst holding me back on the night.
The moments I decided to pass me by, within that minuscule sample of 3 hours, turned out to be fairly good decisions.
Or so I think. Confirmation bias is also a really hard notion to overcome.
Am I right? Am I wrong? I'm probably wrong. I say that on the night I utilized the “correct action” because my hand in no way connected with the board on almost every occasion when I did decide to fold pre.
So I’d fold pre, the board wouldn’t connect with my original holdings, and I’d breathe a sigh of relief.
“Good call Huck7”. (sarcasm)
My post flop game is just not good enough to out-battle + out-maneuver two or more callers, just yet.
Especially if the board does not connect with my two hole cards. My understanding of board texture is just not there.
So in my mind, better it be two other Villain’s calling 3bets or opening far too often and folding to a flop cbet.
I have saved money by not engaging. Right? I know it’s not right. But this is the mindset I am trying to crush.
These are just some of the holdings I did not call, 3 bet or RFI:
1. Folded 108s on the B with 3 limpers before me.
2. Folded A8s in the CO with 3 limpers in front.
(Reg behind me raised to $26 after I folded).
3. Folded AJo UTG.
4. Folded 98s in the BB to a MP open of $10
5. Called a $15 RFI (and did not 3bet) AKo in MP
(Folded flop to cbet: Q85r).
6. Folded QJo in EP with no RFI.
7. Folded A7o on the B with 2 callers to an EP $10 open
(Flop: Ac 10s Js Turn: 5d).
8. Folded AQo in MP after 3 limpers.
(Board: K72r) (so I probably would have folded to a cbet even had I opened).Key notes: We must always enter the pot with a raise. There is a 70% chance of missing the flop with an unpaired hand. As the preflop raiser and in position we should be able to continuation bet and take down the pot a large portion of the time. We do not want to have a capped range.
My point, or my query (YES FINALLY!!!) is this…
Say all of the above holdings were changed and theoretically across the same night, Hero, in position, holds:
109s In all honesty, I do not think I would have been able to force myself into increasing my aggression and implementing what it is I have learned. Even with the stronger holdings above.
My inner-monologue when at the table, which I am sure is incorrect.
“Hero plays a 5 hours session. Hero opens or 3bets all of the above hands across said 5 hour session. 6 of the 8 holdings above miss the flop with multiple callers. Hero is forced to fold 6 out of 8 hands above because: Villain(s) refuse to fold to c-bets by Hero (which really does happen at this casino) or the board legitimately connects with V’s range and not ours.”
6 x $15 opens (standard raising size at a 2/3 table in live casino)
This isn’t including our 3bets to $45 which do not connect with the board, or pots we do not take down after 3betting and being aggressive. We are forced to fold again and our stack is getting very small (also standard 3 bet size at a 2/3 table in my casino).
So in my mind, the fear of already being down $100-$150+ when all I’ve done is follow the correct game theory is disheartening.
I know that I am missing something. Some kind of key piece of information which has not revealed itself to me. Something which helps to make sense out of all this jumble. Perhaps I am just not far enough into the study process to understand.
It could simply be that I have never implemented the strategy and won.
You cannot be sure that you have succeeded until you have examined the result of your efforts.
Should I just throw caution to the wind and force myself to execute?
If a $300 buy-in goes the way of the wind and is lost, so be it.
(I apologize for the extended post, esp if it doesn’t make any sense).
I know I am most certainly wrong but do not know how to make the adjustment or where to go from here.