!! Tilty venting ahead, beware !!

I just wrote a whole long whiney post which I then promptly deleted one letter at a time (quite cathartic). I'm tired, tilting, and tired of tilting.

I need help.

And no, I don't mean in the sardonic "I need psychological help as I continue to play this effing game even though it clearly is not my forte" help.

I need poker help. I've read the books and the blog posts, but I learn better when I'm shown something, rather than when I read something.

Any takers? I'll knit you something nice :-)

7 Responses to “!! Tilty venting ahead, beware !!”

  1. # Blogger Astin

    What do you need to be shown? I'm hardly the person to educate anyone on how to play, but your request is kinda vague.

    Some tricks? Ways to read your opponents? Knowing when to make a move? What to do with AJs in MP?

    How not to run a flopped set of kings into a flopped set of aces? Cuz, apparently, I can't help you there (and you thought you were tilty) :).  

  2. # Blogger Jules

    Yep, what exactly do you want help with? Your play is absolutely dead solid 85% of the time. The other 15% of the time you happily join me in Neverland and

    Anyway, I certainly can't give tournament advice anymore having not played one in what feels like 100 years. Cash games, however, I'm there for you babe.  

  3. # Blogger SirFWALGMan

    Please BE VERY careful who's advice you take!!!!!  

  4. # Blogger SIF

    Yeah, I think you need to be more specific about what you need. I get the impression, from the little you said, you may have trouble taking the swings of the game.

    I don't know your game (I only started reading your blog a few days ago), so it's hard to say, but my guess is you are going through what most of us do, which is handling the inevitable down swings of poker, because they can kill your confidence and make you question the parts of your game that are good.

    One thought might be that the situation is psychological, but not the kind you suggest. Most smart people who have a good degree of empathy (i.e., can sense the feelings of another person well) are capable of playing poker well. But, you have to love the game a lot, and you have to love it even when you are losing. That is often the toughest part. The game is easy to love when you win, but when you lose, often not necessarily because you did something wrong, it's hard to enjoy yourself and still love the game. This is what usually causes people to make mistakes on top of that.

    Eventually, I started to discover that the typical fare of poker blogs -- detailed minutia about how you can increase an edge by a couple of percentages points in a given hand -- end up being small potatoes. The big issues are really game selection and your personal psychological approach to the game.

    So, maybe you do need psychological help, but not the kind that convinces you to quit, but rather the kind that gets you comfortable with that part of the game that makes it difficult.

    If you want a professional coach in that regard, Alan Schoonmaker specializes in this aspect.

    Of course, I may have read your needs completely incorrectly. If so, please ignore. :)  

  5. # Blogger HighOnPoker

    Kat, I'll IM you the next time I'm online. You name the game and I'll help. Either you'll play and I'll rail or vice versa and we'll go through the decisions, reads, etc. Honestly, I think it would really help MY game, and I'm sure you'll get something out of it too.  

  6. # Blogger katitude

    Thanks you all - you've made me have to define the real problem first.

    I have some real holes in my game, especially in the later stages of an MTT, and need som guidance on 1) what they are and 2) how to plug them up. I've let my cash game slide, becuase it's not nearly as much fun unless it's live, as there is much more interaction with the players. The Bash showed me that my gaze is too narrowly focussed on NLHE, and I would like suggestions as to what other variation is good..PL08 seemed fun, but only because Iw as drunk and no clue what I was doing *grin.  

  7. # Blogger Irongirl01

    Hey Kat;

    Ive read all the books, studied hand examples, won my fare share of tourneys but I have leaks in my game too. My suggestion is get a coach. I have someone who I play live with who took me under his wing and started making suggestions on how to tweak my game. Its paid off already.

    BTW I'll be hosting one of the Poker.com blogger events in November. The game will be Omaha Hi Lo.  

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