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Joined: 29 Dec 2005
Posts: 15
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:36 pm    Post subject: How valuable is this type of training? Reply with quote

I am new to Texas hold'em poker, or well, i've played it on friendly terms alot, but nothing like the strategy i read of theese boards. So lately i have been reading everything i could find on here and a few other boards, learning how to play the game as something else than a fish.

Im proberly still at fish state, i only play with "play money" so far, just wanting to get a feel of some of the concepts, blind stealing, position play, etc.

I have played for maybe 2 weeks online, before i read about the strategy and so, i was getting pushed around, but for the past week after catching on i've been holding a tight play and not leaving a table without getting a few bucks profit.

Of the three Sit N' Go turnaments i played i got 2nd place in two of them, and 6th in the last.
One of my 2nd places i got to with crap hands like 72o or 96o, but managed to lie low till enough players dropped, and i could steal my way back in the game.

So my question is, how valuable is this type of training for me ? Im considering spending a month or so more with play money, before trying to enter a Sit N' Go or a multi table 10$ game or so.
But am i just fooling my self ?
I think in the play monmey SnG's when we're down to 5 players i can start putting hands on people with a fairly success, and i play aprox 20% of my hands
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Joined: 17 Jan 2006
Posts: 31
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tournaments are a great way to get cheap experience - you see more hands for your money and patience pays off. You also get to play against a variety of tables - shorthanded, full tables, and heads up if you manage to ride it out! Sit and go's are a good way to learn, more effective than the free money tables.

When you're ready to start playing real money, play at stakes you feel totally comfortable with, which will most likely be micro stakes to start. Don't move up until you're consistently beating one level AND have accumulated enough roll to take some swings when you do move up.
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Joined: 05 Jan 2006
Posts: 12
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats another problem, i've only been playing online for a very short time, and im getting comftable with the idea of playing a few 10+1 SnG's. By now i have had 5 of theese with play money, and finished in the money 3 times, one time as #1 (*deep bow*).

but i want to finish in the moeny a few times on an play money multi table 300+ player contest, before i start playing for real money. Just to get more experience. But i think with the above stats that im headed the right way.
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Joined: 29 Dec 2005
Posts: 15
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just alitle note, im now up to a total of 6 SnG's finished in the money on 4 of them, (#1 in two of thoose) still play money though.. im wondering if im just kidding myself that im learning from this, or if i can use this skill in a real game.
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Joined: 13 Jan 2006
Posts: 39
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the play money tournaments are a decent learning tool for making your way into tournaments. Even though it's play money, most of the players do want to win so there's is the true competitive competitive factor to it. However people can be more risky because of the play money but after the first couple maniacs go out then usually the people that are left are serious about playing and are trying to win.

I did reasonably well in the play money tourneys but I've only played 5 5+1 sit n' goes at partypoker. I busted out on 4 and placed first on the 5th one but overall I lost $5 to the 20% entrance fee. I'd reccomend playing the 10+1 where the rake is easier to beat or at a site with a lower entrance fee to their cheaper tourneys.
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Joined: 29 Dec 2005
Posts: 15
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im playing the 500+50 at paradisepoker when i play SnG'
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Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Play money is alright, though you have it in your mind that it isn't real. It's great for learning the ropes, you make a bad call, so what? You're learning, so is everyone else.

I found that playing friendly games as well as competative games was a good way to tighten up and learn a style of play that suits me. I mean stick to very low limits, small blinds and so forth to get started. The reason is you make a bad call, you lose a couple of bucks. It's crap to lose, but you won't go losing $20 for a beginners mistake. Your method is fine for getting into it, just take it steady and you'll find that you can come out even or a little up relatively easily if you play a solid game. You'll have bad nights, but we all do.

Good luck Smile
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