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All in preflop. This was a roller coaster to watch.

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What to do against LAGS

Hello guys! im pretty new to poker game, the thing that makes me play this game is the fun and some use of the brain while trying to read opponents. Lets go straight to the question!
Its 4days that i play online tournament at 9hand table and 1500chips as starting, yesterday i have finished 12th from 700 people and learned some cash, I was so happy i didnt sleep
I met some good Lags players who knew when to leave their hand without gettimg in trouble, it was rlly hard for me to play against them, from late position i tried to dead money grab on Big blinds at mid to late tournament stage to survive the ante and Bb amd SB since it was a big one from 1500for SB and 3000BB i tried to rise when they were betting to give them the idea of a strong hand preflop, and also post flop with a good flop tried to fight back to change my image
HOW dO YOU PLAY against those guys? do you have to turn into LAG also? Since good pairs and hands dont come so often its hard to keep up when Ante and BLINDS ARE SO BIG
i was at 38k chips facing 2 lags at the same table with 70k

sorry for english and sorry for such a big post ty in advance

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I feel So empty again

Im in my 30s, and had this problem my entire life. I wish my dad never taught me pennypoker when i was like 6. It grew and grew into where i am today. An absolute failure. Last two days was my 5th time i did this STUPID act, and Id literally be a millionaire if i hadnt of done this 5 damn times.
Ok, so i know you might think im crazy here, which i am but some of it is not. I will explain. For 10 yrs i have been a professional poker player, meaning i never ever worked a real job in my life, and owned 2 houses and 3 cars. Poker is a skill game which is based on skill in the longterm and i have never had a losing year playing poker. It has gotten me everything i have to my name today.
Poker isnt my problem, and i need to continue to do that to survive, because Im good at it but GAMBLING as far as the pits was my downfall for so so long.
Back in 2009 was my first blowup, I remember losing 233k which was everything i had in just 13 or so hours playing blackjack.
Then in 2013, i blew 113k playing blackjack after i won alot of money in a poker tournament, i just blew it all in one night
Then in 2015 i came across 150k and i lost this shooting dice at the casino with my friends
Then in 2017 i blew 88k playing blackjack in one night.
All of these numbers were odd because it was everything in my bank i could get and even overdrafted after that. I just cant take a loss for some reason, i get the impulse to go gamble all the time and its like an out of the body experience and i cant control myself. Its hard to explain, its like i see myself walking to the tables and know im screwing up and continue to keep betting. Gambling really in all my heart i believe is a mental illness. It consumes my life, it keeps me up at night, its always on my mind.
I never got better, i tried to quit, if it wasnt the casinos it was scratchoffs or sportsbetting. Ive been so fortunate to comeup with huge $$$$ in my life and gambled it away everytime.
Last two days i decided to go to the casino since they re opened because of the COVID crap, i decided to go celebrate, and sure enough i lost everything. EVERYTHING. I lost a little over 200 thousand in the past 48 hours. Just getting so unlucky over and over again. Its my fault though.
Anyway I am sitting here in the suite they gave me and i dont want to go home again and have the family findout once again i screwedup.Im gonna probably have to sell a car to makeup for this, but im such an idiot i might go back. I wish a friend was with me here now but i only have online friends because i play so much poker i never really interact with people much. I wish i can change the past and what i become. Im such a loser, I want to get better i just dont see how it will come together for me. I want the pain to go away
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[Online Poker] Poker Forum Help Homeless Player Attempt The Shot of a Lifetime.

Link to Previous Tales From 2+2: Poker player steals $1m+ chips and tries to sell it on 2+2 poker forums More Tales From 2+2: A Very Controversial $70k prop bet If you or a friend are familiar with online poker and want to see the unedited version of this post then click here
Here's another Tales From 2+2 post, this one is a bit longer but well worth the read. It follows the story of an online poker player posting on the 2+2 online poker forums and that takes him on the ride of a lifetime. I have made some light edits so it's easier to understand for non poker players, my explanations are within [these brackets]. If you want to understand how to play the poker watch this 3 minute how to play poker video.

Still Booming

The year is 2010.
The effects of the 2003 poker boom are still being felt and Black Friday [Black Friday is when online poker was forced to shut down in the USA, it hit the industry hard] is a year away.
Americans, Europeans, Australians and almost the whole world are playing side by side on Pokerstars and Full Tilt [The two biggest online sites at the time]. Hundreds of people are signing up for poker sites each day. Tournament guarantees are at an all-time high. Poker sites’ pockets are overflowing and sites are offering generous bonuses and promotions. Poker TV is popular worldwide and Poker After Dark just entered its 6th season. The 2+2 poker forums are in full swing, it’s the epicenter of poker communication. Dozens of threads are made on popular subforums like NVG (News, Views and Gossip) or BBV (Beats, Brags and Variance) every day.
BBV is a subforum of 2+2 where the moderation is far laxer than the rest of the 2+2. People often create posts showing off their tournament wins or lamenting huge downswings. After the initial post is made, the trolls would descend and replies like this were often seen:
Colin_Piddle: Ur a clown OP
Tank Home & Away: Somebody call Donald Trump. OP thinks online poker is rigged.
FranFran: Shut up. Idiot.
Dave Coulier: LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL OLLOLOLOLOLOLOL

The BBV Post

On 20th Feb 2010 Jared Huggins, posting under RelaxedPrecision, visits BBV to vent his frustration over busting his meager roll playing 100nl HU:
RelaxedPrecision: Beat: HU vs drooler, lost my $100 bankroll ($100 table obv.)
He raised preflop every single hand including out of position.
Called 75% of my three bets with trash.
Only pot bet, regardless of board, his holdings, or position.
He is -$1132 in 2000 hands, -33/bb 100
We played 250 hands.
This guy was a corpse and I ran so cold it was insane. Only hitting any pair or a decent draw a couple of times. Twilight zone.
Brag: Not homeless again till the end of the month. Getting a third job today. This week I've begged for food at fast food joints and have scored two steak tacos and 1 piece of chicken.
[Jared is complaining that he lost the last of his poker bankroll, $100] The usual procedure in BBV is for the BBV regulars to berate the original poster, usually in meme form. Jared’s thread is no exception:
Sobad87: FAIIIIIIL, homeless shelters exist for a reason.
SmilingOrange: rock bottom itt
Sump: in b4 homeless
However, the thread takes a darker turn when Jared starts to post more details about his living and financial situation.
RelaxedPrecision: I'm 5 peanuts and 2 cups of water into my day. Finding some awesome links about food for broke people in LA. RelaxedPrecision: Last time round, 6 month period, I chose cruising the back streets near my job/sleeping in car, rather than driving hours per day to/from shelter and risking jail/car impoundaments/belongings confiscated.
Jared seems to be not only in dire poverty but also grinding microstakes [microstakes in poker is buying in for $2-10 dollars] for any cash he can get. He posts that the roll he lost was from a referral payment on a poker website but he cant’t withdraw it. The posters start to get a little more sympathetic:
FastPlaySlow: Wow. I feel bad for ya OP.
Kidlover: Keep your head up bro. Gimme a call if you want
A user named Airwave16 offers helps in his own way:
airwave16: create youtube vid of you dancing to around the world by daft punk in your boxers with a large sign that says "i love burningbend" and i'll ship you $30
Within 40 minutes Jared accepts this:
RelaxedPrecision: Never thought I'd do something like this, but I don't have much choice.
RelaxedPrecision: Don't want to go back to living in my car. Last month some guys tried to break into my car while I was inside of it. Terrible experience.
The next day, to the surprise of many he posts a video on Youtube of him around his room, just as Airwave16 asked. Unfortunately the video is lost to time but this small photo of the video remains. 2+2 posters start to show more compassion when they see how desperate Jared is for money:
mcfals02: Hilarious video. Hope you run good at life soon OP.
shikari424: If you've got a ftp [Full Tilt Poker,] account i'll ship something over bro[money could be sent between accounts], made me laugh
Ccuster_911 then offers a little more money for another challenge:
Ccuster_911 : Make a video of you going outside on the streets in LA offering people free HUGs(holding a sign ldo), I will ship you 30$, I want at least 10 random people being hugged
Others start to offer extra money to shoot this video:
cds0699: I'll chip in $10 for this.
Greeson08: $20 more here...$30 more if you paint yourself green before doing the hug thing.
Jared is very thankful for the support and lets his fellow posters know:
RelaxedPrecision: I'm really overwhelmed and surprised. Thank you guys so much, you have no idea how good it feels that people on 2+2 would reach out to me like this. I'm totally blown away. Thank you so much. This is one of the best things that has happened to me in a very long time.
Talked to the lady who rented me this room for 2 weeks. I got 5 days left here, then I'm back living in my car.
I am going to do everything in my power to get back on my feet. I am so close. Every suggestion, I will do. I'll dance for penny. I'll come to your house and clean your toilet. That's where my mind is at
A user asks for him to take a photo with ‘Free Pageh’ on his head, he posts this
swd805: that pic is disturbing
RelaxedPrecision: Mission accomplished.
Jared gives an insight into his mood while performing these tasks
RelaxedPrecision: Please do laugh at me. I laugh at myself as much as possible.
I cried twice. 1st when Airwave propositioned me and I felt different inside, like "time to get desperate man". It was a nasty feeling.
2nd time I cried, when I finished the video & began to ask myself whether or not I would do various things for $ & heard some of the answers in my head.
Both times I fought the tears back & realized I got no choice, need the $. So let's get some more ideas & keep this ball rolling. You guys are helping me, thank you
He also gives insight into his poor mental state and reveals that a 2+2 poster gave him a small stake [someone will send Jared money to play and Jared will split the profits]:
RelaxedPrecision: My friend (who's house I crashed at) is a pro MMA fighter , he lets me attend his MMA/BJJ class once a week. At class today, he yelled at me for doing a takedown wrong. I had a meltdown & broke down in tears in front of the class cuz I've barely eaten in 6 days. Shed 12 pounds this week. Just real drained.
Prop update: Got staked to play $5 Sit n Go's [a one table tournament] on FTP. 5 hours of play, up a few bucks.
4 days till I'm homeless again.
Jared tells a story and hatches a plan while working at his new job:
RelaxedPrecision: Today, this big husky girl with linebacker shoulders came in2 my job today to buy shoes...size 11. She looks exactly like a man. She had this big lady with her who told me the size 11 girl liked me. So I gave her my digits. I hope she calls me soon. If she calls me I'm going to try & seduce her & go live with her. Wherever she lives, I'm sure there's plenty of food.
Over the next few hundred posts the mood of the thread becomes caring and many people are asking Jared about his current lifestyle. He tells the thread about his struggles with permanent housing, a bad back, hunger and employment. He posts photos of his car (where he sleeps) and a video of him dancing at work. Jared reveals intimate parts of himself and his passion for writing and music. He also posts that he has encountered problems with substance abuse and has been sober for a while. The trickle of small donations from posters becomes a steady flow:
JeReMyHaSSpoKen: pm me western union or paypal And ill ship you some cash
Greeson08: Jared, hit me up on Skype. Sending $11.11 via FTP.
A month after Jared creates the BBV thread, March 9th, Jared posts the long awaited video of him hugging strangers that Ccuster_911 requested. Luckily, the video is still on YouTube. Here is the link. At this point he fittingly reveals his name is Jared Huggins and his nickname in school was Huggy. His fans love the video and let him know:
Doomriders: amazing nice job brothaa
cds0699: Very amazing vid and I wish you nothing but the best
Talking Poker: Video is awesome. Thread is awesome. You are awesome.
And he really enjoyed the experience:
RelaxedPrecision: I was surprised by the number of people who literally RAN into my arms.
It was a day & an experience that I will never forget.
If you enjoy the video half as much as I enjoyed making it, I'll be happy.
He tells 2+2 more about his life:
RelaxedPrecision: You guys reaching out to me is very much appreciated. I've had my fair share of obstacles in life. Born in a crack house, father died when I was 9, mother is an alcoholic, one brother a heroine addict, the other a crack dealer who was beaten and left for dead and never fully recovered his mind.
Last year ran bad at life...lost my job, ripped my meniscus in two places, had a terrible reaction to prescription stress meds..etc etc. I ended up living in my calosing contact with my family... cuz my cousin is hooked on muscle relaxers & vicodin and it hurts too much to watch people I love hurt themselves.We all have challenges, and obstacles. Life is tough for everybody.
I'm healthy, normal, moving in a positive direction
Jared’s birthday comes on the 12th of March and many posters wish him a happy birthday. At this point the donations from 2+2 posters continue and totals $1k. A few weeks later and Jared posts an amusing and NSFW story about living in a car. It’s long and not essential to the story so I won’t quote it. Read it here.
Jared thanks the community again:
RelaxedPrecision: I've never had people care about me like this before, let alone strangers.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all of you.

The Big Game

Poker TV was very popular in 2010. The WSOP and other TV shows were broadcast across America and other countries. Pokersites were very keen on poker advertising appearing on TV, it was a very effective way to promote online poker sites. Full Tilt sponsored and regularly advertised on Poker After Dark. Full Tilt is even included in the show's title, which for a time prompted players associated with Pokerstars to stop appearing on the show. Pokerstars did not have as big a presence on TV as Full Tilt and they wanted to change that. How better than creating their own show? They would be able to have a majority of Pokerstars pros on TV and have players wearing their advertising patches.
Thus, Pokerstars created The Big Game. The Big Game was a televised cash game [a cash game is different to a tournament, the players' chips represent cash explained more here] with a novel concept: each episode featured a loose cannon. The loose cannon is a recreational player, who is given $100k to play 150 hands of high stakes poker. The loose cannon gets to keep any profits from their session and the biggest winner from the season also gets $50k in NAPT tournament entrance costs. Any Pokerstars player is welcome to try to become the Loose Cannon.
The line ups consisted of some popular pros who have a lively table presence like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Tony G. It also had some of the strongest players of the time like Ike Haxton and Phil Galfond. Joe Stapleton made his debut on the show as an announcer. He who would go on to do a great deal of poker commentating over the next decade. Each episode aired on The Fox Network and Pokerstars.tv.
In the same BBV thread Jared started, one of the posters has a bright idea:
MasterWolf: I think you should apply to be a Loose Cannon on the Big Game. I know you'd get tons of 2+2 support, plus, you are awesome at making videos.
One of the Jared’s strongest supporters on 2+2 takes a keen interest in this idea:
John_Wray: THIS! Is this something we can make happen? I don't know anything about the process.
Others agree:
Rusemandingo: Would be amazing.
AyinHara: for the producers of the Big Game, this is an easy one. snap it up!
King Fish: PokerStars Steve was looking for 2p2 recommendations awhile ago. I sent him a text nominating OP but have not heard back. I suggest all of you PM him, and point him to this thread. Would make a much better story than anyone on here, and he has the video to back up both the story and personality already shot.
But how can Jared apply to go on The Big Game?
Pokerstars run several tournament qualifiers for The Big Game on Pokerstars. These are details taken from The Big Game website:
There are free-to-enter Big Game Round 1 satellites running four times a day. Finish in the top 300 and you’ll advance to Round 2. Make it into the top 1,000 in a Round 2 tournament and you’ll get a seat in the Big Game Final Round qualifier. All players that finish in the top 200 in the final will be invited to send PokerStars a casting video, telling us why you think you should be on TV’s best new cash game show. Impress us with your video and you’ll be heading off to Las Vegas to star on the show as a Loose Cannon qualifier. Once the video is posted, people will vote on the their favourite video.
The freerolls are popular and attract about 5000 people for each round 1 freeroll. Jared would need to finish in the top 6% of the round 1 freeroll then he’ll be in the round 2 freeroll, he would need to finish in the top 15% to qualify for round 3. In round 3, only 200 qualify to make a video. The round 2 and 3 qualifier only ran once a week so Jared had a limited amount of attempts.
John_Wray starts a new thread in support of Jared being considered to be a loose cannon on The Big Game. Within 24 hours the thread has over 400 posts, most of them people putting down their support for Jared to be on The Big Game.
Boosted J hears of Jared’s story and posts in the petition thread. Boosted J is the screen name of Justin Smith, a skilled professional player. Boosted J offers Jared a potential job, poker coaching and access to his private mental coach. Boosted J would go on to get Jared in a Dr Dre video as an extra.
At this point RelaxedPrecision is one year sober and life is looking good for him. He posts a video rapping about overcoming life’s obstacles. Daniel Negreanu notices and tweets about his rap:
RealKidPoker: Homeless guy Jared Huggins rapping about being sober 1 year, powerful lyrics. Guy has an amazing story to tell.
John_Wray reports that Jared has already started playing the freeroll qualifiers [a freeroll is a free to enter tournament]:
John_Wray: Jared's in a hotel tonight grinding the freerolls .
Jared is ready to play all four round 1 qualifiers on days he had free:
RelaxedPrecision: Going to grind as many of these things as humanly possible.
RelaxedPrecision: I got out my schedule for the month, there will be for sure be days coming up where I will play all 4 first round games.
Support pours in:
CrazyNL: awsome man gl
NomoneyHU: I'd like to wish you good luck man , i'm currently watching your video. Happy that things is going your way from now! I hope that you do qualify for the PS Big Game and ship all the manies.
Sump: I hope you win this and double up on Big Game, ship the NAPT Passport
People start to watch him play and offer him advice. Jared found the journey hard at times:
RelaxedPrecision: Watched guys ship all in preflop with 72o for 4 hours straight. I get an above average stack, get it in with 10 10, run it smack dab into KK. And encountered his fair share of bad beats: RelaxedPrecision: Survive that, get it in with. 58 on a 8s7h6d flop vs Js7s, turn and river are spades, and it's time for a cold shower. lol
[Here he is saying that he feels the other players in the tournament are not playing well but he feels when he played well he felt he was unlucky]
Jared starts a new day of round 1 qualifiers, ready to play all 4.
RelaxedPrecision: Fresh day of freerolls starts in 20 minutes. Playing more aggressive today. Feeling optimistic.
He starts playing a round 1 tournament qualifier and is doing well. He’s getting closer:
pokernutssss: 322/379! 79 to go GL jared
John_Wray: just fold into the win now. you've got enough chips
Until:
MicroRoller: Congrats! 1 down 2 to go.
RelaxedPrecision: YEEEEEEEEEEHAW!!!
Feels good to be out of round 1. Just gotta find a way to run good [getting lucky]!
The next day, Jared enters round 2 and plays this hand in the middle stages:
Poker Stars Freeroll No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t500/t1000 Blinds + t250 - 9 players
BSKid (BTN): t47500 M = 12.67
bones_522004 (SB): t119200 M = 31.79
tanwaruw (BB): t59200 M = 15.79
carlo 1959 (UTG): t1500 M = 0.40
mydream4u (UTG+1): t16200 M = 4.32
berdootim (UTG+2): t47150 M = 12.57
dickblow (MP1): t1750 M = 0.47
Life Guru (MP2): t42350 M = 11.29
Jared Huggins (CO:) with 6s6c : t9300 M = 2.48
Pre Flop: (t3750)
4 folds, Life Guru raises to t2000, Jared Huggins raises to t9050 all in, 3 folds, Life Guru calls t7050
Flop: (t21850) TcQh7s (2 players - 1 is all in)
Turn: (t21850) Jh (2 players - 1 is all in)
River: (t21850)Jd (2 players - 1 is all in)
Final Pot: t21850 Life Guru shows 8dAc (a pair of Jacks) Jared Huggins shows 6s6c (two pair, Jacks and Sixes) Jared Huggins wins t21850 [Jared plays well and wins]
RelaxedPrecision: **** yeah
But then falls:
John_Wray: ugh. You played great though.
After Jared asks about poker training sites, Taylor Caby pops into the thread to offer Jared membership to his training site: CardRunners:
Green Plastic: Hey Jared,
if you'd like to try out CardRunners for free shoot me a PM, I'll have someone set you up over there.
After making a few deep runs in the round 1 tournaments, Jared has several round 2 tickets and is putting his newly found membership to good use:
RelaxedPrecision: Won 3/4 round 1 tournaments today. Now I have four round 2 Tokens saved. Watching Cardrunner.com videos all day tommorrow, and grinding more freerolls
A few days later and Jared makes the final round of freerolls:
Amnestia: gg, jared, good luck in round 3 Isitdur?: It would be the sickest rags to riches story ever if you got on The Big Game, Jared. I really hope you do it. Good luck in Round 3 I will be railing along with all of your other supporters!
Jared registers and plays a round three qualifier tournament and encounters this hand:
Preflop: Jared Huggins in MP1 with AcKc
UTG bets t1200, Jared Huggins raises to t3000, 1 fold, MP2 calls t3000, MP3 calls t3000, 4 folds, UTG calls t1800
Flop: (t14250) 3c6sKs (4 players)
UTG checks, Jared Huggins bets t10000, MP2 calls t10000, MP3 calls t1950 (All-In), 1 fold
Turn: (t36200) Ac (3 players, 1 all-in)
Jared Huggins bets t25000, MP2 raises to t26050 (All-In), Jared Huggins calls t1050
River: (t88300) 4d (3 players, 2 all-in)
Total pot: t88300
Results: Jared Huggins shows AcKc (two pair, Aces and Kings). MP2 shows Js9s (flush, Ace high). MP3 shows KdTs (one pair, Kings). Outcome: MP2 won t88300 [Jared plays well but get unlucky in a large pot and is out of this round 2 tournament]
Jared is out and continues to grind the qualifying tournaments. A week later and he registers for a round three freeroll and is going deep. A fan posts his position:
MasterWolf: Current Stats: 81,262 chips. avg: 142,959. position 247 / 348. Top 200 get in
Jared gets closer…
MasterWolf: 44 left. he's got 7th shortest stack in tourney. BUT HE CAN DO IT! Go Jared!!
Jared wins a key pot:
John_Wray: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
NomoneyHU: SSHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP PPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jared gets increasingly close but is very shortstacked [doesn't have many chips]:
The railbirds [players who watch online poker] watch on:
__27__: Never been so happy railing [watching] a freeroll, this is some crazy ****.
Hard bubble and the tournament goes hand for hand [this means there is only 1 player left to go out, when they do all remaining players qualify for the video round]:
MasterWolf: 1 person left
Jared posts. He has qualified!
RelaxedPrecision: I can't believe this is actually happening.
Jared has done it. With the full support of his fan base Jared is one big step closer to getting onto The Big Game. The posters go crazy in his sweat thread and dozens of people congratulate him.
Afterwards, Pokerstatic interview Jared and he opens up about his difficult upbringing and life. Link to summary here.
Jared is very popular on 2+2 and has a keen fan base but not everyone likes the attention and donations Jared is getting. Later on a Jared opposition thread would be created. Here’s an example of opposition towards Jared:
Lchampag: Its just the way everyone here is completely giving this story all their faith. Just reminds me of those old people that get scammed is all.
I work in the coal mining industry. Pay starts out at around $20/h for the first six months(for"red hats") and then goes to around 25 after that for a general laborer. There are men hired at my mines everyday, come and get a freaking job! I guess this work is too hard for those that would just rather get handouts...
Some people were upset he was getting so much in donations. In 2010 he received $6k from 2+2 members. Jared’s fans respond with posts like this:
Srkbigdaddy: i dont know why people would bother posting in a thread that actually has a ton of heart with their snide and rude remarks. obviously its okay to post your feelings but if they are not gonna help the situation then they are pointless. you are basically just stepping on someone who is down
John Wray gives an update on Jared and his health:
John Wray: Jared is seeing his therapist again, and has just moved into a new place. He's very happy with it as it is within his price range and his landlord is a former deacon. They plan to attend services together on Sundays.
His bad back is still a big problem, one that needs to be addressed immediately.
Grayson Physioc also known as Spacegravy on 2+2 is a SNG [Sit 'n' Go, a one table tournament] crusher who fought his way from from microstakes to highstakes [A common story for skilled players to deposit $100 on a pokersite, fight their way up the ranks and turn it into millions]. He arrives in the thread and offers to fly Jared to Maimi and coach him, Jared flies out and posts this from Miami:
RelaxedPrecision: Spacegravy flew me out here to Miami to learn Sit N Go's, I'm totally blown away! He is an A+ human being! Haven't gone to the beach, haven't gone sight-seeing, haven't gone anywhere, just straight up grinding poker. Grinding as much as possible!
While in Miami, Jared’s mind is on making the best video he can to ensure he gets onto The Big Game. John_Wray helped, by the 28th of October it is finished and posted.
Jared’s Big Game Audition Tape
November the first rolls by and the audition tapes of all the qualifiers are uploaded and ready to be voted on. Jared is looking good and is in second place with 1.1k votes.
2nd November and Jared returns from Miami. He’s up $800 on SNGs from his time playing and getting mentored by SpaceGravy.
The weeks pass by. People can vote on one video per day so Jared’s fans are visiting and voting as much as they can:
8Nilor: Voting everyday btw. and got others to also.
The thread builds with excitement. With so many fans in the poker world Jared is sure to be selected to go on The Big Game. In December, Jared posts that all is going well with him. He has two jobs and a room to stay in. Jared gives a few updates:
RelaxedPrecision: When I'm not at work, I am working on my game everyday, grinding 50NL 6 max deep on Stars, going over hand histories, and getting coaching when I can.
[50nl deep is a type of poker played with 6 maximum players on the table buying in for $50-100]
2011 begins. In January the voting closes and Jared can only wait.
And then the news that Jared and many 2+2 posters have been waiting for is here. Jared notices an email from Pokerstars. He reads the news from Pokerstars about The Big Game.
He receives the results and rushes to 2+2 to share the news:
RelaxedPrecision: I got an email from PokerStars informing me that I was not selected to compete as a Loose Cannon on next season’s PokerStars Big Game. I wasn’t given any specific reason why I wasn’t selected, but I was thanked for trying out.
TwoPlusTwo.com, thank all of you for supporting me and showing me love. To be loved was a dream come true for me. I'm convinced that love cures most illness.
Jared was not successful. It's crushing news to the community. All their efforts spent helping Jared onto The Big Game was for nothing.
The community reply to the news:
AlienSpaceBat: Wow, Jared, I'm really sorry to hear this
Isitdur?: So bummed to hear this news, Jared.
2ndUnit: I am very, very disappointed of this decision by PS. Don't let it bring you down Jared, keep going.
A few weeks pass and there’s not much news from Jared. He settles back into working and improving his situation.

It’s all over

Jared had not made the cut for The Big Game.
But it’s not all bad.
Jared is in a much better position than he was a year ago.
He has a roof over his head and steady employment.
The past year was a crazy ride for him and he’s made many friends from 2+2.
His poker skill is improving and he has top players coaching him.
But no one predicted what would happen next month.
In the middle of February 2011, a Pokerstars representative dropped into 2+2 to post unbelievable news:
PokerstarsSteve: The seven Loose Cannons scheduled for the July 2011 showing of The PokerStars.net Big Game are:
Gonzales Cannon II - Sacramento, CA
Courtney Gee - Vancouver BC
Jared Huggins - Los Angeles, CA
Massimiliano Martinez - Rome, Italy
Cari Bershell - Las Vegas, NV
Kenneth Hrankowski - Vancouver BC
Anton Dunyushkin - Moscow, Russia
Jared Huggins is confirmed to appear on The Big Game Season 2. This is shocking to the community because there was no knowledge on 2+2 that he was even considered for season 2. The community erupts:
ak47: YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
ROADHEAD: WOW NO WAY, WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED!!
MrPowell222: WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!
TayWolf55: GO GO GO GO GO Jared!
Almost exactly a year after living in his car and making his BBV thread he has the shot of a lifetime for fame and fortune.
But first, Jared needs to prepare for the biggest shot of his life.
Jared dedicates four months to preparation for going on The Big Game. He plays as much online cash game poker as he can. He has access to a training site and receives free coaching from top pros. To simulate The Big Game he plays 50,000 hands of 6max deep online [6max deep is the poker format played on The Big Game] and even plays tough opponents who would drop down in stakes to play with him.
In 2011 he makes three trips from LA to Las Vegas to practice and get used to live play. He practices chip handling, breathing and getting comfortable going from online to live. He reads Caro’s Books of Tells and would sit at the lowest stakes while studying every player closely. He never parties on these trips, just play and study.
He watches all 72 episodes of The Big Game Season 1 and analyzes every hand. While watching he would have seen Season 1’s biggest winner, Bob Ferdinand, win $181,500 and $50k in NAPT tournament entries.
In this time Jared remakes his Free Hugs video and once again, wanders LA shores with a sign and offers free hugs to the public. Jared uses some of the money from this video and donates $1k to charity. Reshot video here
The line up for The Big Game is announced:
Seat 1: Jared Huggins
Seat 2: Nick Cassavetes – A recreational player. Cassavetes works in the film industry.
Seat 3: Barry Greenstein – Poker legend known for his ‎Philanthropy
Seat 4: Vanessa Selbst – An aggressive and skilled player. Won NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event back to back.
Seat 5: Antonio Esfandiari – An accomplished player who would go on to win The Big Drop for $18m next year.
Seat 6: Prahlad Friedman – An experienced cash game player. Played under Spirit Rock and used to crush online games
Reserve: Phil Lakk - An entertaining professional player.
There are certainly some tough opponents on this table. Fortunately, Jared has a recreational player on his left [at the poker table players on the left are more likely to apply pressure than players on the right. Because Cassavetes is a recreational player he should be applying less pressure on Jared than a pro].
The community reacts:
blackjacki2: hard lineup
J0hny: Best of luck to you !
Then the day of filming arrives. Jared drives to Las Vegas to play in the biggest cash game of his life. He’s had months of training for this one moment. Hundreds of people on 2+2 are following his progress and Jared will soon be broadcast across the USA playing with seasoned professionals.
Now, the story is almost at an end. You have three options on how to consume the finale:
  1. You can watch all four episodes of The Big Game to see what happens, links below. When you are finished watching, click the spoiler box below and read the end of the story.
  2. If you don’t want to watch all 4 episodes then I’ve posted some timestamped links of Jared’s biggest hands, I’ve linked one hand per episode. There are 12 minutes of clips. When you are finished watching, click the spoiler box below and read the end of the story.
  3. If you don’t want to watch any Big Game then click the spoiler box below and read on. [If you want to watch some of The Big Game it may be a good idea to watch this video I linked in the introduction again]

Full Episodes

Full episode. 1st episode
Full episode. 2nd episode
Full episode. 3rd episode
Full episode. 4th episode
Full episode. 5th episode

Highlights – Jared’s Biggest Hands

Jared Hand 1, watch from 35:00 - 37:28
Jared Hand 2, watch from 35:00 - 36:45
Jared Hand 3, watch from 39:40 - 42:10
Jared Hand 4, watch from 10:15 – 17:10

Epilogue

Jared did not end up profiting on the episode. He played until hand 126 of 150 when he ran his QQ into Cassavetes’ KK. Jared doesn’t hit and is off The Big Game.[KK is the second best hand in poker and QQ is the third best, so it was unlucky for Jared to get QQ and another player has KK. However, Jared was playing poorly and too passively in other hands in the episodes]
Posts from 2+2 were mixed, many posts in the thread were not kind towards his play. The community criticized some of the hands he played:
Jazzed23: the dude played like crap. No 3 betting, no bluffing, no floating and turn barrelling. he was playing scared and tight. Blew away $25k just by folding.
cobrastatus: How could this guy... get so much free coaching... and be so terrible...
trip_kings12: what a waste of a week for this show. Jared, the loose cannon, was almost unbearable to watch. I doubt I've ever seen a tighter, more scared loose cannon in all my years in poker.
[The posters here are saying that he was playing poorly and passively]
One fan posts this:
LolDonkamentz: I'll admit I was kind of disappointed with the result of this. I enjoyed all the build up and was really excited for this to be the climax of the Jared Huggins saga but it wasn't to be. His awkwardness at the table combined with his below average performance made for bad television
And Jared replied:
RelaxedPrecision: To you and others Donkamentz, sorry if I wasn't able to do my part to entertain you. It's a big show with lots of people on it, so I don't feel solely responsible for your entertainment, any more than I feel responsible for not hitting a huge hand. Thank you for caring about how I did.
Most of the posts were neutral or negative but there were still some positive posts:
kevmode: Gl to you in the future Jared. You are a nice guy, just block out the negative and think positive.
So, what happened to Jared after The Big Game?
After The Big Game, Jared stopped posting so much in 2+2 and he slowly faded from posters’ minds.
Shortly after The Big Game, he posted a post show reflection where he thanked the community, he spoke of how he enjoyed playing with the pros and his heartbreak after busting. He wished he had talked more and played some hands differently. He finishes with a final thought:
RelaxedPrecision: I'm happy and grateful for what this journey has been. I made some amazing friendships, saw amazing places, and had my dreams come true. I had amazing experiences, that I will never in my life forget, memories that I will always look back upon with a smile.
In 2012 he posted this post where he shared his battles with health conditions and how he still plays poker.
In 2016 he posted this in a thread about poker in developing countries. He wrote about living in China for 9 months.
Original Threads:
HU VS a drooler, lost my "roll"
**Petition to have Jared "RelaxedPrecision" Huggins for PS Big Game
**The Jared Huggins 'Big Game' Sweat Thread
Jared Huggins Big Game Trip Report-Thank You 2+2
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Poker Basics For Beginners

No-Limit Hold’em uses a standard 52-card deck even when played online. It can be played by anywhere from 2-10 players at a single table. If you have enough tables and space you can actually play with thousands of players at one time in a poker tournament format.

Here’s how a basic poker game works:

The dealer deals everyone two cards starting with the player on his left and ending on himself/herself. The player on the dealer’s left is the first player to act and they have a choice to:
  1. Bet (this is No-Limit Hold’em so they can bet ANY amount they want)
  2. Check (doing nothing basically).
If anyone decides to bet then the rest of the players have the option to:
  1. Call (Match the amount of the raise into the pot)
  2. Fold (Give up the hand and all the chips they’ve already put in the pot)
  3. Raise (Put even more chips into the pot)
This continues until everyone has called or all the chips are in the middle.
Once the first betting round in complete the dealer deals three cards face-up on the board. These are community cards that anyone can use. This is called the flop.
Once again everyone still in the hand gets a chance to bet and consequently raise or fold. Once that betting round is complete he dealer puts a fourth card on the table that anyone can use. This is called the turn.
Again everyone gets the chance to bet/check/raise/fold. The dealer puts a fifth card on the board that anyone can use. This is called the river. For the final time everyone gets a chance to bet/check/raise/fold.
If more than one player is still left in the hand after the final betting hand the cards are exposed and the player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot.
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I always feel like people in online poker are fucking with me.

I've been playing online poker for a couple years and I haven't made it out of the micros yet. Mainly due to lack of real study (besides occasionally going over a handand watching youtube videos) and poor bankroll management. Anyway's for some reason I never really give credit to people for making hands and sometimes its hard for me to give up on a hand. For example, I'll c-bet small on a board favorable to my range (say MP vs BB on a AJ2 rainbow board) and then someone will raise me and in my head I'll go "fuck you I have more strong hands than you here" and I'll re-raise them out of spite. Doesn't really matter what I have.
Another example, I'm in a tournament SB vs BB. I raise 3bb with a 50bb stack with Ks6s and BB calls and has me covered. flop comes QsQd9d. I cbet 3bb into a 9bb pot. BB then raises me to 10bb and i get salty and reraise to 22 bb. BB goes all in and I fold. I always do this stuff and I have no idea why i take it so personal when i get raised. I just convince myself that this guys knows I'm c-betting light and that he's just fucking with me so i try to play back at and it backfires on me more than it works. Then I get mad at myself for making that dumb play.
I know this is a mental game issue I need to work on. I just don't really know where to start on fixing it. How to get it out of my head that most of the time people aren't just fucking with me when they raise me? I think I just hate the idea of someone "outplaying" me by forcing me to give up on a hand.
Anyways sorry for the rant, any advice would be appreciated. Mainly typed this out to vent though and it actually helped me get less tilted after I just played that K6 hand.
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Tales from 2+2: Homelessness, Grinding and the Biggest Shot of a Grinder’s Life: The Jared Huggins Story

Link to Previous Tales From 2+2: Poker player steals $1m+ chips and tries to sell it on 2+2 poker forums More Tales From 2+2: A Very Controversial $70k prop bet
Here's another Tales From 2+2 post, this one is a bit longer and features some videos. I hope it's worth the read. This story follows several epic 2+2 threads and takes a rollercoaster ride. If you want to pass this story onto a non poker player I wrote an edited version on HobbyDrama. Enjoy:

Still Booming

The year is 2010.
The effects of the 2003 poker boom are still being felt and Black Friday is a year away.
Americans, Europeans, Australians and almost the whole world are playing side by side on Pokerstars and Full Tilt. Hundreds of people are signing up for poker sites each day. Tournament guarantees are at an all-time high. Poker sites’ pockets are overflowing and sites are offering generous bonuses, promotions and rakeback. Poker TV is popular worldwide and Poker After Dark just entered its 6th season. The 2+2 poker forums are in full swing, it’s the epicenter of poker communication. Dozens of threads are made on popular subforums like NVG (News, Views and Gossip) or BBV (Beats, Brags and Variance) every day.
BBV is a subforum of 2+2 where the moderation is far laxer than the rest of the 2+2. People often create posts showing off their tournament wins, lamenting their 50 buy in downswings or venting their frustration over the local fish hitting their gutshot on the river. After the initial post is made, the trolls would descend and replies like this were often seen:
Colin_Piddle: Ur a clown OP
Tank Home & Away: Somebody call Donald Trump. OP thinks online poker is rigged.
FranFran: Shut up. Idiot.
Dave Coulier: LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL OLLOLOLOLOLOLOL

The BBV Post

On 20th Feb 2010 Jared Huggins, posting under RelaxedPrecision, visits BBV to vent his frustration over busting his meager roll playing 100nl HU:
RelaxedPrecision: Beat: HU vs drooler, lost my $100 bankroll ($100 table obv.)
He raised preflop every single hand including out of position.
Called 75% of my three bets with trash.
Only pot bet, regardless of board, his holdings, or position.
He is -$1132 in 2000 hands, -33/bb 100
We played 250 hands.
This guy was a corpse and I ran so cold it was insane. Only hitting any pair or a decent draw a couple of times. Twilight zone.
Brag: Not homeless again till the end of the month. Getting a third job today. This week I've begged for food at fast food joints and have scored two steak tacos and 1 piece of chicken.
The usual procedure in BBV is for the BBV regulars to berate the original poster, usually in meme form. Jared’s thread is no exception:
Sobad87: FAIIIIIIL, homeless shelters exist for a reason.
SmilingOrange: rock bottom itt
Sump: in b4 homeless
However, the thread takes a darker turn when Jared starts to post more details about his living and financial situation.
RelaxedPrecision: I'm 5 peanuts and 2 cups of water into my day. Finding some awesome links about food for broke people in LA. RelaxedPrecision: Last time round, 6 month period, I chose cruising the back streets near my job/sleeping in car, rather than driving hours per day to/from shelter and risking jail/car impoundaments/belongings confiscated.
Jared seems to be not only in dire poverty but also grinding microstakes for any cash he can get. He posts that the roll he lost was from a referral payment on a poker website but he cant’t withdraw it. The posters start to get a little more sympathetic:
FastPlaySlow: Wow. I feel bad for ya OP.
Kidlover: Keep your head up bro. Gimme a call if you want
A user named Airwave16 offers helps in his own way:
airwave16: create youtube vid of you dancing to around the world by daft punk in your boxers with a large sign that says "i love burningbend" and i'll ship you $30
Within 40 minutes Jared accepts this:
RelaxedPrecision: Never thought I'd do something like this, but I don't have much choice.
RelaxedPrecision: Don't want to go back to living in my car. Last month some guys tried to break into my car while I was inside of it. Terrible experience.
The next day, to the surprise of many he posts a video on Youtube of him around his room, just as Airwave16 asked. Unfortunately the video is lost to time but this small photo of the video remains. 2+2 posters start to show more compassion when they see how desperate Jared is for money:
mcfals02: Hilarious video. Hope you run good at life soon OP.
shikari424: If you've got a ftp account i'll ship something over bro, made me laugh
Ccuster_911 then offers a little more money for another challenge:
Ccuster_911 : Make a video of you going outside on the streets in LA offering people free HUGs(holding a sign ldo), I will ship you 30$, I want at least 10 random people being hugged
Others start to offer extra money to shoot this video:
cds0699: I'll chip in $10 for this.
Greeson08: $20 more here...$30 more if you paint yourself green before doing the hug thing.
Jared is very thankful for the support and lets his fellow posters know:
RelaxedPrecision: I'm really overwhelmed and surprised. Thank you guys so much, you have no idea how good it feels that people on 2+2 would reach out to me like this. I'm totally blown away. Thank you so much. This is one of the best things that has happened to me in a very long time.
Talked to the lady who rented me this room for 2 weeks. I got 5 days left here, then I'm back living in my car.
I am going to do everything in my power to get back on my feet. I am so close. Every suggestion, I will do. I'll dance for penny. I'll come to your house and clean your toilet. That's where my mind is at
A user asks for him to take a photo with ‘Free Pageh’ on his head, he posts this
swd805: that pic is disturbing
RelaxedPrecision: Mission accomplished.
Jared gives an insight into his mood while performing these tasks
RelaxedPrecision: Please do laugh at me. I laugh at myself as much as possible.
I cried twice. 1st when Airwave propositioned me and I felt different inside, like "time to get desperate man". It was a nasty feeling.
2nd time I cried, when I finished the video & began to ask myself whether or not I would do various things for $ & heard some of the answers in my head.
Both times I fought the tears back & realized I got no choice, need the $. So let's get some more ideas & keep this ball rolling. You guys are helping me, thank you
He also gives insight into his poor mental state and reveals that a 2+2 poster gave him a small stake:
RelaxedPrecision: My friend (who's house I crashed at) is a pro MMA fighter , he lets me attend his MMA/BJJ class once a week. At class today, he yelled at me for doing a takedown wrong. I had a meltdown & broke down in tears in front of the class cuz I've barely eaten in 6 days. Shed 12 pounds this week. Just real drained.
Prop update: Got staked to play $5 Sit n Go's on FTP. 5 hours of play, up a few bucks.
4 days till I'm homeless again.
Jared tells a story and hatches a plan while working at his new job:
RelaxedPrecision: Today, this big husky girl with linebacker shoulders came in2 my job today to buy shoes...size 11. She looks exactly like a man. She had this big lady with her who told me the size 11 girl liked me. So I gave her my digits. I hope she calls me soon. If she calls me I'm going to try & seduce her & go live with her. Wherever she lives, I'm sure there's plenty of food.
Over the next few hundred posts the mood of the thread becomes caring and many people are asking Jared about his current lifestyle. He tells the thread about his struggles with permanent housing, a bad back, hunger and employment. He posts photos of his car (where he sleeps) and a video of him dancing at work. Jared reveals intimate parts of himself and his passion for writing and music. He also posts that he has encountered problems with substance abuse and has been sober for a while. The trickle of small donations from posters becomes a steady flow:
JeReMyHaSSpoKen: pm me western union or paypal And ill ship you some cash
Greeson08: Jared, hit me up on Skype. Sending $11.11 via FTP.
A month after Jared creates the BBV thread, March 9th, Jared posts the long awaited video of him hugging strangers that Ccuster_911 requested. Luckily, the video is still on YouTube. Here is the link. At this point he fittingly reveals his name is Jared Huggins and his nickname in school was Huggy. His fans love the video and let him know:
Doomriders: amazing nice job brothaa
cds0699: Very amazing vid and I wish you nothing but the best
Talking Poker: Video is awesome. Thread is awesome. You are awesome.
And he really enjoyed the experience:
RelaxedPrecision: I was surprised by the number of people who literally RAN into my arms.
It was a day & an experience that I will never forget.
If you enjoy the video half as much as I enjoyed making it, I'll be happy.
He tells 2+2 more about his life:
RelaxedPrecision: You guys reaching out to me is very much appreciated. I've had my fair share of obstacles in life. Born in a crack house, father died when I was 9, mother is an alcoholic, one brother a heroine addict, the other a crack dealer who was beaten and left for dead and never fully recovered his mind.
Last year ran bad at life...lost my job, ripped my meniscus in two places, had a terrible reaction to prescription stress meds..etc etc. I ended up living in my calosing contact with my family... cuz my cousin is hooked on muscle relaxers & vicodin and it hurts too much to watch people I love hurt themselves.We all have challenges, and obstacles. Life is tough for everybody.
I'm healthy, normal, moving in a positive direction
Jared’s birthday comes on the 12th of March and many posters wish him a happy birthday. At this point the donations from 2+2 posters continue and totals $1k. A few weeks later and Jared posts an amusing and NSFW story about living in a car. It’s long and not essential to the story so I won’t quote it. Read it here.
Jared thanks the community again:
RelaxedPrecision: I've never had people care about me like this before, let alone strangers.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all of you.

The Big Game

Poker TV was very popular in 2010. The WSOP and other TV shows were broadcast across America and other countries. Pokersites were very keen on poker advertising appearing on TV, it was a very effective way to promote online poker sites. Full Tilt sponsored and regularly advertised on Poker After Dark. Full Tilt is even included in the show's title, which for a time prompted players associated with Pokerstars to stop appearing on the show. Pokerstars did not have as big a presence on TV as Full Tilt and they wanted to change that. How better than creating their own show? They would be able to have a majority of Pokerstars pros on TV and have players wearing their advertising patches.
Thus, Pokerstars created The Big Game. The Big Game was a televised 6 max cash game with a novel concept: each episode featured a loose cannon. The loose cannon is a recreational player, who is given $100k to play 150 hands of $200/400 NLHE with a $600 button ante. The loose cannon gets to keep any profits from their session and the biggest winner from the season also gets $50k in NAPT tournament entrance costs. Any Pokerstars player is welcome to try to become the Loose Cannon.
The line ups consisted of some popular pros who have a lively table presence like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Tony G. It also had some of the strongest players of the time like Ike Haxton and Phil Galfond. Joe Stapleton made his debut on the show as an announcer. He who would go on to do a great deal of poker commentating over the next decade. Something which separated The Big Game from other poker shows was that it was the first poker show to go into the stats and look at numbers such as VPIP and PFR. Another difference is that it’s played pot limit pre flop to prevent loose cannon shenanigans such as shoving every hand if they are short stacked around hand 140. Each episode aired on The Fox Network and Pokerstars.tv.
In the same BBV thread Jared started, one of the posters has a bright idea:
MasterWolf: I think you should apply to be a Loose Cannon on the Big Game. I know you'd get tons of 2+2 support, plus, you are awesome at making videos.
One of the Jared’s strongest supporters on 2+2 takes a keen interest in this idea:
John_Wray: THIS! Is this something we can make happen? I don't know anything about the process.
Others agree:
Rusemandingo: Would be amazing.
AyinHara: for the producers of the Big Game, this is an easy one. snap it up!
King Fish: PokerStars Steve was looking for 2p2 recommendations awhile ago. I sent him a text nominating OP but have not heard back. I suggest all of you PM him, and point him to this thread. Would make a much better story than anyone on here, and he has the video to back up both the story and personality already shot.
But how can Jared apply to go on The Big Game?
Pokerstars run several tournament qualifiers for The Big Game on Pokerstars. These are details taken from The Big Game website:
There are free-to-enter Big Game Round 1 satellites running four times a day. Finish in the top 300 and you’ll advance to Round 2. Make it into the top 1,000 in a Round 2 tournament and you’ll get a seat in the Big Game Final Round qualifier. All players that finish in the top 200 in the final will be invited to send PokerStars a casting video, telling us why you think you should be on TV’s best new cash game show. Impress us with your video and you’ll be heading off to Las Vegas to star on the show as a Loose Cannon qualifier. Once the video is posted, people will vote on the their favourite video.
The freerolls are popular and attract about 5000 people for each round 1 freeroll. Jared would need to finish in the top 6% of the round 1 freeroll then he’ll be in the round 2 freeroll, he would need to finish in the top 15% to qualify for round 3. In round 3, only 200 qualify to make a video. The round 2 and 3 qualifier only ran once a week so Jared had a limited amount of attempts.
John_Wray starts a new thread in support of Jared being considered to be a loose cannon on The Big Game. Within 24 hours the thread has over 400 posts, most of them people putting down their support for Jared to be on The Big Game.
Boosted J hears of Jared’s story and posts in the petition thread. Boosted J is the screen name of Justin Smith, a skilled professional player. Boosted J offers Jared a potential job, poker coaching and access to his private mental coach. Boosted J would go on to get Jared in a Dr Dre video as an extra.
At this point RelaxedPrecision is one year sober and life is looking good for him. He posts a video rapping about overcoming life’s obstacles. Daniel Negreanu notices and tweets about his rap:
RealKidPoker: Homeless guy Jared Huggins rapping about being sober 1 year, powerful lyrics. Guy has an amazing story to tell.
John_Wray reports that Jared has already started the grind:
John_Wray: Jared's in a hotel tonight grinding the freerolls.
Jared is ready to play all four round 1 qualifiers on days he had free:
RelaxedPrecision: Going to grind as many of these things as humanly possible.
RelaxedPrecision: I got out my schedule for the month, there will be for sure be days coming up where I will play all 4 first round games.
Support pours in:
CrazyNL: awsome man gl
NomoneyHU: I'd like to wish you good luck man , i'm currently watching your video. Happy that things is going your way from now! I hope that you do qualify for the PS Big Game and ship all the manies.
Sump: I hope you win this and double up on Big Game, ship the NAPT Passport
People start to watch him play, offer him advice and sweat his every flip. Here's a hand he plays from a round 1 tournament. Given that it’s a freeroll in 2010 some of the play is questionable:
Poker Stars Freeroll No Limit Hold'em Tournament – t300/t600 Blinds + t150 - 9 players
Alberta Al (SB): t14700 M = 6.53
BrownLow13 (BB): t37750 M = 16.78
Mystichrome (UTG): t4950 M = 2.20
barbie60 (UTG+1): t15750 M = 7
luxcky guy69 (UTG+2): t11000 M = 4.89
gansell (MP1): t5400 M = 2.40
NO.1 DIXHEAD (MP2): t75600 M = 33.60
Tom_022309 (CO): t27000 M = 12
Jared Huggins with AdQh (BTN): t13100 M = 5.82
Pre Flop: (t2250)
6 folds, Jared Huggins raises to t1200, 1 fold, BrownLow13 calls t600
Flop: (t4050) 4c8sQd (2 players)
BrownLow13 checks, Jared Huggins bets t3500, BrownLow13 calls t3500
Turn: (t11050) 5s (2 players) BrownLow13 bets t600, Jared Huggins raises to t8250 all in, BrownLow13 calls t7650
River: (t27550) 9s(2 players - 1 is all in)
Final Pot: t27550 BrownLow13 shows 5d6d (a pair of Fives) Jared Huggins shows AdQh(a pair of Queens) Jared Huggins wins t27550
Jared found it hard at times:
RelaxedPrecision: Watched guys ship all in preflop with 72o for 4 hours straight. I get an above average stack, get it in with 10 10, run it smack dab into KK. And encountered his fair share of bad beats: RelaxedPrecision: Survive that, get it in with. 58 on a 8s7h6d flop vs Js7s, turn and river are spades, and it's time for a cold shower. lol
Jared starts a new day of round 1 qualifiers, ready to play all 4.
RelaxedPrecision: Fresh day of freerolls starts in 20 minutes. Playing more aggressive today. Feeling optimistic.
He starts playing a round 1 tournament qualifier and is doing well. He’s getting closer:
pokernutssss: 322/379! 79 to go GL jared
John_Wray: just fold into the win now. you've got enough chips for 5 orbits
Until:
MicroRoller: Congrats! 1 down 2 to go.
RelaxedPrecision: YEEEEEEEEEEHAW!!!
Feels good to be out of round 1. Just gotta find a way to run good!
The next day, Jared enters round 2 and plays this hand in the middle stages:
Poker Stars Freeroll No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t500/t1000 Blinds + t250 - 9 players
BSKid (BTN): t47500 M = 12.67
bones_522004 (SB): t119200 M = 31.79
tanwaruw (BB): t59200 M = 15.79
carlo 1959 (UTG): t1500 M = 0.40
mydream4u (UTG+1): t16200 M = 4.32
berdootim (UTG+2): t47150 M = 12.57
dickblow (MP1): t1750 M = 0.47
Life Guru (MP2): t42350 M = 11.29
Jared Huggins (CO:) with 6s6c : t9300 M = 2.48
Pre Flop: (t3750)
4 folds, Life Guru raises to t2000, Jared Huggins raises to t9050 all in, 3 folds, Life Guru calls t7050
Flop: (t21850) TcQh7s (2 players - 1 is all in)
Turn: (t21850) Jh (2 players - 1 is all in)
River: (t21850)Jd (2 players - 1 is all in)
Final Pot: t21850 Life Guru shows 8dAc (a pair of Jacks) Jared Huggins shows 6s6c (two pair, Jacks and Sixes) Jared Huggins wins t21850
RelaxedPrecision: **** yeah
But then falls:
John_Wray: ugh. You played great though. Got it in with the best hand and a double-up would have put you in a good position to qualify.
After Jared asks about poker training sites, Taylor Caby pops into the thread to offer Jared membership to his training site: CardRunners:
Green Plastic: Hey Jared,
if you'd like to try out CardRunners for free shoot me a PM, I'll have someone set you up over there.
After making a few deep runs in the round 1 tournaments, Jared has several round 2 tickets and is putting his newly found membership to good use:
RelaxedPrecision: Won 3/4 round 1 tournaments today. Now I have four round 2 Tokens saved. Watching Cardrunner.com videos all day tommorrow, and grinding more freerolls
A few days later and Jared makes the final round of freerolls:
Amnestia: gg, jared, good luck in round 3 Isitdur?: It would be the sickest rags to riches story ever if you got on The Big Game, Jared. I really hope you do it. Good luck in Round 3 I will be railing along with all of your other supporters!
Jared registers and plays a round three qualifier tournament and encounters this hand:
Preflop: Jared Huggins in MP1 with AcKc
UTG bets t1200, Jared Huggins raises to t3000, 1 fold, MP2 calls t3000, MP3 calls t3000, 4 folds, UTG calls t1800
Flop: (t14250) 3c6sKs (4 players)
UTG checks, Jared Huggins bets t10000, MP2 calls t10000, MP3 calls t1950 (All-In), 1 fold
Turn: (t36200) Ac (3 players, 1 all-in)
Jared Huggins bets t25000, MP2 raises to t26050 (All-In), Jared Huggins calls t1050
River: (t88300) 4d (3 players, 2 all-in)
Total pot: t88300
Results: Jared Huggins shows AcKc (two pair, Aces and Kings). MP2 shows Js9s (flush, Ace high). MP3 shows KdTs (one pair, Kings). Outcome: MP2 won t88300
Jared is out and continues to grind the qualifying tournaments. A week later and he registers for a round three freeroll and is going deep. A fan posts his position:
MasterWolf: Current Stats: 81,262 chips. avg: 142,959. position 247 / 348. Top 200 get in
Jared gets closer…
MasterWolf: 44 left. he's got 7th shortest stack in tourney. BUT HE CAN DO IT! Go Jared!!
Jared wins a key pot:
John_Wray: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
NomoneyHU: SSHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP PPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jared gets increasingly close but is very shortstacked:
John_Wray: The starting pot is now significantly bigger than his chip stack. A walk actually doubles him up!
The railbirds watch on:
__27__: Never been so happy railing a freeroll, this is some crazy ****.
Hard bubble and the tournament goes hand for hand:
MasterWolf: 1 person left, h2h
Jared posts. He has qualified!
RelaxedPrecision: I can't believe this is actually happening.
Jared has done it. With the full support of his fan base Jared is one big step closer to getting onto The Big Game. The posters go crazy in his sweat thread and dozens of people congratulate him.
Afterwards, Pokerstatic interview Jared and he opens up about his difficult upbringing and life. Link to summary here.
Jared is very popular on 2+2 and has a keen fan base but not everyone likes the attention and donations Jared is getting. Later on a Jared opposition thread would be created. Here’s an example of opposition towards Jared:
Lchampag: Its just the way everyone here is completely giving this story all their faith. Just reminds me of those old people that get scammed is all.
I work in the coal mining industry. Pay starts out at around $20/h for the first six months(for"red hats") and then goes to around 25 after that for a general laborer. There are men hired at my mines everyday, come and get a freaking job! I guess this work is too hard for those that would just rather get handouts...
Some people were upset he was getting so much in donations. In 2010 he received $6k from 2+2 members. Jared’s fans respond with posts like this:
Srkbigdaddy: i dont know why people would bother posting in a thread that actually has a ton of heart with their snide and rude remarks. obviously its okay to post your feelings but if they are not gonna help the situation then they are pointless. you are basically just stepping on someone who is down
John Wray gives an update on Jared and his health:
John Wray: Jared is seeing his therapist again, and has just moved into a new place. He's very happy with it as it is within his price range and his landlord is a former deacon. They plan to attend services together on Sundays.
His bad back is still a big problem, one that needs to be addressed immediately.
Grayson Physioc also known as Spacegravy on 2+2 is a SNG crusher who fought his way from from microstakes to highstakes. He arrives in the thread and offers to fly Jared to Maimi and coach him, Jared flies out and posts this from Miami:
RelaxedPrecision: Spacegravy flew me out here to Miami to learn Sit N Go's, I'm totally blown away! He is an A+ human being! Haven't gone to the beach, haven't gone sight-seeing, haven't gone anywhere, just straight up grinding poker. Grinding as many of these $3/$6 45 mans on Stars as possible!
While in Miami, Jared’s mind is on making the best video he can to ensure he gets onto The Big Game. John_Wray helped, by the 28th of October it is finished and posted.
Jared’s Big Game Audition Tape
November the first rolls by and the audition tapes of all the qualifiers are uploaded and ready to be voted on. Jared is looking good and is in second place with 1.1k votes.
2nd November and Jared returns from Miami. He’s up $800 on SNGs from his time playing and getting mentored by SpaceGravy.
The weeks pass by. People can vote on one video per day so Jared’s fans are visiting and voting as much as they can:
8Nilor: Voting everyday btw. and got others to also.
The thread builds with excitement. With so many fans in the poker world Jared is sure to be selected to go on The Big Game. In December, Jared posts that all is going well with him. He has two jobs and a room to stay in. Jared gives a few updates:
RelaxedPrecision: When I'm not at work, I am working on my game everyday, grinding 50NL 6 max deep on Stars, going over hand histories, and getting coaching when I can.
2011 begins. In January the voting closes and Jared can only wait.
And then the news that Jared and many 2+2 posters have been waiting for is here. Jared notices an email from Pokerstars. He reads the news from Pokerstars about The Big Game.
He receives the results and rushes to 2+2 to share the news:
RelaxedPrecision: I got an email from PokerStars informing me that I was not selected to compete as a Loose Cannon on next season’s PokerStars Big Game. I wasn’t given any specific reason why I wasn’t selected, but I was thanked for trying out.
TwoPlusTwo.com, thank all of you for supporting me and showing me love. To be loved was a dream come true for me. I'm convinced that love cures most illness.
Jared was not successful. It's crushing news to the community. All their efforts spent helping Jared onto The Big Game was for nothing.
The community reply to the news:
AlienSpaceBat: Wow, Jared, I'm really sorry to hear this
Isitdur?: So bummed to hear this news, Jared.
2ndUnit: I am very, very disappointed of this decision by PS. Don't let it bring you down Jared, keep going.
A few weeks pass and there’s not much news from Jared. He settles back into working and improving his situation.

It’s all over

Jared had not made the cut for The Big Game.
But it’s not all bad.
Jared is in a much better position than he was a year ago.
He has a roof over his head and steady employment.
The past year was a crazy ride for him and he’s made many friends from 2+2.
His poker skill is improving and he has top players coaching him.
But no one predicted what would happen next month.
In the middle of February 2011, a Pokerstars representative dropped into 2+2 to post unbelievable news:
PokerstarsSteve: The seven Loose Cannons scheduled for the July 2011 showing of The PokerStars.net Big Game are:
Gonzales Cannon II - Sacramento, CA
Courtney Gee - Vancouver BC
Jared Huggins - Los Angeles, CA
Massimiliano Martinez - Rome, Italy
Cari Bershell - Las Vegas, NV
Kenneth Hrankowski - Vancouver BC
Anton Dunyushkin - Moscow, Russia
Jared Huggins is confirmed to appear on The Big Game Season 2. This is shocking to the community because there was no knowledge on 2+2 that he was even considered for season 2. The community erupts:
ak47: YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
ROADHEAD: WOW NO WAY, WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED!!
MrPowell222: WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!
TayWolf55: GO GO GO GO GO Jared!
Almost exactly a year after living in his car and making his BBV thread he has the shot of a lifetime for fame and fortune.
But first, Jared needs to prepare for the biggest shot of his life.
Jared dedicates four months to preparation for going on The Big Game. He plays as much online cash game poker as he can. He has access to a training site and receives free coaching from top pros. To simulate The Big Game he plays 50,000 hands of 6max deep online and even plays tough opponents who would drop down in stakes to play with him.
In 2011 he makes three trips from LA to Las Vegas to practice and get used to live play. He practices chip handling, breathing and getting comfortable going from online to live. He reads Caro’s Books of Tells and would sit at the lowest stakes while studying every player closely. He never parties on these trips, just play and study.
He watches all 72 episodes of The Big Game Season 1 and analyzes every hand. While watching he would have seen Season 1’s biggest winner, Bob Ferdinand, win $181,500 and $50k in NAPT tournament entries.
In this time Jared remakes his Free Hugs video and once again, wanders LA shores with a sign and offers free hugs to the public. Jared uses some of the money from this video and donates $1k to charity. Reshot video here
The line up for The Big Game is announced:
Seat 1: Jared Huggins
Seat 2: Nick Cassavetes – A recreational player. Cassavetes works in the film industry.
Seat 3: Barry Greenstein – Poker legend known for his ‎Philanthropy
Seat 4: Vanessa Selbst – An aggressive and skilled player. Won NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event back to back.
Seat 5: Antonio Esfandiari – An accomplished player who would go on to win The Big Drop for $18m next year.
Seat 6: Prahlad Friedman – An experienced cash game player. Played under Spirit Rock and used to crush online games
Reserve: Phil Lakk - An entertaining professional player.
There are certainly some tough opponents on this table. Fortunately, Jared has a recreational player on his left.
The community reacts:
blackjacki2: hard lineup
J0hny: Best of luck to you !
Then the day of filming arrives. Jared drives to Las Vegas to play in the biggest cash game of his life. He’s had months of training for this one moment. Hundreds of people on 2+2 are following his progress and Jared will soon be broadcast across the USA playing with seasoned professionals.
Now, the story is almost at an end. You have three options on how to consume the finale:
  1. You can watch all four episodes of The Big Game to see what happens, links below. When you are finished watching, click the spoiler box below and read the end of the story.
  2. If you don’t want to watch all 4 episodes then I’ve posted some timestamped links of Jared’s biggest hands, I’ve linked one hand per episode. There are 12 minutes of clips. When you are finished watching, click the spoiler box below and read the end of the story.
  3. If you don’t want to watch any Big Game then click the spoiler box below and read on.

Full Episodes

Full episode. 1st episode
Full episode. 2nd episode
Full episode. 3rd episode
Full episode. 4th episode
Full episode. 5th episode

Highlights – Jared’s Biggest Hands

Jared Hand 1, watch from 35:00 - 37:28
Jared Hand 2, watch from 35:00 - 36:45
Jared Hand 3, watch from 39:40 - 42:10
Jared Hand 4, watch from 10:15 – 17:10

Epilogue

Jared did not end up profiting on the episode. He played until hand 126 of 150 when he ran his QQ into Cassavetes’ KK. They run it twice and Jared doesn’t hit.
Posts from 2+2 were mixed, many posts in the sweat thread were not kind towards his play. The community criticized some of the hands he played:
Jazzed23: the dude played like crap. No 3 betting, no bluffing, no floating and turn barrelling. he was playing scared and tight. Blew away $25k just by folding.
cobrastatus: How could this guy... get so much free coaching... and be so terrible...
trip_kings12: what a waste of a week for this show. Jared, the loose cannon, was almost unbearable to watch. I doubt I've ever seen a tighter, more scared loose cannon in all my years in poker.
One fan posts this:
LolDonkamentz: I'll admit I was kind of disappointed with the result of this. I enjoyed all the build up and was really excited for this to be the climax of the Jared Huggins saga but it wasn't to be. His awkwardness at the table combined with his below average performance made for bad television
And Jared replied:
RelaxedPrecision: To you and others Donkamentz, sorry if I wasn't able to do my part to entertain you. It's a big show with lots of people on it, so I don't feel solely responsible for your entertainment, any more than I feel responsible for not hitting a huge hand. Thank you for caring about how I did.
Most of the posts were neutral or negative but there were still some positive posts:
kevmode: Gl to you in the future Jared. You are a nice guy, just block out the negative and think positive.
So, what happened to Jared after The Big Game?
After The Big Game, Jared stopped posting so much in 2+2 and he slowly faded from posters’ minds.
Shortly after The Big Game, he posted a post show reflection where he thanked the community, he spoke of how he enjoyed playing with the pros and his heartbreak after busting. He wished he had talked more and played some hands differently. He finishes with a final thought:
RelaxedPrecision: I'm happy and grateful for what this journey has been. I made some amazing friendships, saw amazing places, and had my dreams come true. I had amazing experiences, that I will never in my life forget, memories that I will always look back upon with a smile.
In 2012 he posted this post where he shared his battles with health conditions and how he still plays poker.
In 2016 he posted this in a thread about poker in developing countries. He wrote about living in China for 9 months.
Original Threads:
HU VS a drooler, lost my "roll"
**Petition to have Jared "RelaxedPrecision" Huggins for PS Big Game
**The Jared Huggins 'Big Game' Sweat Thread
Jared Huggins Big Game Trip Report-Thank You 2+2
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Poker And Gambling - 3 Advantages Of Playing Online

Old Age Poker Games
At those days, a poker game was played using only a deck consisting of 20 cards. Then, 4 players will keep a bet on which player has the best hand and hence the most valuable.
After some time, the game spread at the speed of forest fire to the other parts of America, the presence of the game headed along the west alongside California Gold Rush. Later, the game got its complete 52-card deck.
Later, the flush was added to the game, and slowly more and more additions were made to the game at the time of American Civil War. Many modifications were taken in like stud poker that is a 5-card variant of poker game, straight poker and draw poker.
Wild cards were introduced by the Americans in the year of 1875. Later in the 1900s, split-pot and lowball poker were developed in the poker game. Community card games in poker were introduced in the year of 1925.
Thanks to US military, the game of poker eventually spread to various other countries, mainly to the Asian countries.
Poker game wasn't always taken as a game to be played. Before the 70s, poker was usually absent at casinos due to the lack of security measures for checking on the people who cheat in the game. Casinos didn't open poker rooms for playing black jack and roulette even till the 80s and 90s.
-- Poker at the Present
People's interest was renewed thanks to the setting up of much better security techniques along with lots of promotion and tournaments being held.
Also, advent of online gambling or online poker helped the game to reach new heights. Online gambling or online poker gave life to the poker game which was held stagnant for a long time.
Many people of all skills and levels began to get a likeness to the poker game due to the introduction of online gambling or online poker. Amateurs and beginners began to bring themselves together to get to learn further or start learning about gambling online or online poker.
Online gambling or online poker helped the common people to learn how to play the poker game. The game which was once restricted to be enjoyed by rich businessmen alone at casinos rolling high could now be played by the common man too.
-- Advantages of Online Gambling or Online Poker
Online gambling or online poker has many advantages over the mortar and brick poker games. Listed below are a few advantages of the online gambling or online poker game which have been proven many a time by the poker game fanatics:
  1. Massive cheating caused the casinos of those days to close their business and move on to roulette or blackjack games. The game is still open to fraudulent tactics such as collusion of players even when security measures were taken into account in the poker game.
Gambling online or online poker uses a software which automatically monitors the game and detects patterns in the games of any player to identify any possible collusion between 2 or more players.
Gambling online or online poker software is also able to check any player's IP addresses to be able to see if 2 or any more players are playing from the same area which is a form of fraudulent tactics used in the game.
Moreover, online gambling or online poker software can share data to another software virtually such that gambling online or online poker software can very easily keep a record of players having fraudulent records and then ban the players from playing any more in the poker game.
  1. Online gambling or online poker is so famous that tournaments called satellite tournaments are being watched by real poker tournaments. The winners of the satellite tournament are given entry into the real tournaments like World Series Poker which takes place only once a year.
Actually, in the year 2003 and 2004, the winners of World Series Poker, Greg "the Fossilman" Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, got entry into the World Poker Series by winning the online gambling or online poker tournaments.
  1. A noticeable advantage in online gambling or online poker is that there is no psychological factor in the game. The players of online gambling or online poker games don't face each other. Each player is far far away from another player and they play together only in a virtual game room.
Nobody can observe another player's body language or reaction and instead of that, players have to focus on the betting patterns to get an idea of other player's card hands.
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Everything You Might Want to Know About Poker

In a recent survey it says that there are about 55 million Americans who play poker. Poker is basically a card game that is played on a poker table. There are various ways to play poker, there are many kinds of techniques that can be used in order to win in this game. Once you crack the secret and learn tricks on how it is played, then you can now head for Las Vegas.
It is said that poker originated in China, where Emperor Mu-Tsung played card game with his wife using Domino Cards. Early Egyptians too have their share of playing card game similar to poker, Persian called it Ganjifa, it consist of 96 cards which is made of ivory or precious woods and Persians play As Nas which consist of 25 cards for betting.
The French also has a card game that is the precursor of the modern poker game today called Poque which became popular during the 17th and 18th century.
The French colonials brought the game to Canada, it spread through the American territory when a group of French-Canadian settled in New Orleans.
During the Wild West period almost all of the salons in every town have poker tables with them. Poker game also became very popular during the Civil War where both soldiers and armies played poker.
These days poker tournaments are becoming popular as they are usually televised in sports channels where the viewer usually see only one kind of poker game. Poker game can be played in many ways some of the popular once are: Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha Hold "Em, Pineapple Hold 'em (Crazy Pineapple), Stud, Draw Poker, Low Ball, Razz, Badugi, Poker Tournaments, and Casino Games.
Poker Table is designed primarily for playing poker which is usually octagon in shape. The surface is typically covered by a felt cloth for the reason that the card could slide easily on the table. The poker table have an indented area, this is for the dealer so he could face the players who are playing. The edge of the table is padded, which is called the rail so the players can rest their arms while playing. In the televised poker tournaments, the table has pocket cams so the viewer could see the player's card.
While commonly people play poker because they want to gamble, still there are many personal reasons why a person plays poker. In our age, most of the people prefer online games than traditional games which is unfortunate because traditional games such as poker can offer a lot of benefits and can enhance your skills. Most of the popular poker players are also very good in doing math. Playing poker can also improve your analytical capabilities. Playing poker with friends is fun and can improve your rapport towards each other.
Poker tables are not that expensive the price is very affordable so anyone can buy it. Why not buy a poker table? Even if you are a beginner in this game, or a professional who wants to improve his or her skills, try buying one today because nothing beats playing poker game in the traditional way.
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Which game to learn for a complete newbie?

As the title states. I’m looking to start playing some games as my friend is an avid player (of poker) and I kind of want to join in with him at the Crown casino. I simply don’t play any game at all because I don’t want to embarrass myself. So which game would you recommend for a starter, in which can easily be learnt via YouTube or forums?
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25NLz General Advice

Looking for advice from anyone currently playing zoom/fast fold 25NL games on any site. Basically anything you wished someone had told you before taking a shot at these stakes (e.g. population reads, study advice).
I've recently returned to poker during lockdown, having previously played microstakes zoom games online and live cash and tournament games between about 2015-2017. I was previously (I believe - I didn't track hands just based on my account balance) a winning player up to 10NLz on Pokerstars. I have logged c. 30,000 hands at fast forward 2/5/10NL on Partypoker since coming back, with the vast majority at 5NL, and this has gone well ($40 initial deposit to $220 balance currently).
My aim now is to get to a point where I am a consistent winner at 25/50NLz. I took a couple of small shots at 25NLz back around 2016 and I got absolutely rinsed by what I perceived as a much more aggressive player pool. This time I'm looking to be more methodical in my approach and set myself up for success at these stakes whilst getting in a decent sample at 10NL.
My impressions of what I will definitely need:
  1. Some form of tracking software - I assume this is essentially mandatory for success at this level - any recommendations on what to go for - HM3 vs PT4? Partypoker allows you to change your name frequently, so it would be mostly for analysing my own play and the population generally, rather than individual players. What do you see as the most effective ways to use tracking software?
  2. Well-constructed pre-flop ranges - I am currently using the pre-flop raising ranges and sizes from the Grinder's Manual. I currently basically just go off of feel for profitable 3-betting and 3-bet calling ranges, so I think I need to sit down and really think about what ranges that are difficult to exploit would look like. I was thinking about getting an Upswing Lab subscription for a month or two to access their charts and advice. Would anyone recommend this or any other training resources?
  3. Well-constructed flop c-betting ranges - basically as above.
Is there anything else that you would consider particularly important?
What are your impressions of the player pool at this level generally and the most common leaks that you have observed?
Any relevant advice appreciated!
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Texas Hold'em and Tanks: How Poker Playstyles Predict Pixel Productivity

I got home from work early after my 3 month old desktop decided it was going on quarantine strike even though it's considered an essential industry, so I've decided to give you guys an extra article pecked out on my personal computer while I wait on friends to get online.
Also if you're wondering, Death and Shitbarns won the vote, so I'll get on them soon. Hell, today might be a dump of articles in the end. No, you get a life.
I picked up u/hmm2003 as a Tomato last month or so, and he's been playing with my clan almost daily. It's been going great until last night (I kid, I kid) when he left me hanging late in a match (we won, he got the final kill), but it turned into a great teaching moment about aggression and strategy that quickly morphed into me going on a tangent about online poker and how to read different players. Fast forward to today and my IT troubles left me plenty of to jot down an outline for turning my rant into an article.
As I formulated this article, I really began to like the metaphor between Texas Hold'em and WoT. Every game and every engagement can be treated like a hand of poker within a larger tournament. You rarely go against an opponent with the same size stack as you (health pool), different opponents at the poker table have different betting strategies (alpha), and sometimes the cards just beat you as your opponents 8% likelihood gut-shot straight draw beats your pocket pair you got a set with on the flop (RNG). All that is to say, rarely do you have an even fight before you begin, and that is where your poker play style earns (or loses) all the chips. The site I used to look up opponents when I played online poker religiously in college would rate a player both pre-flop and post flop. You could be Tight or Loose and Passive or Aggressive. For the purposes of this metaphor, I'm using Loose and Tight to refer to a tanker's strategy and positioning, and passive or aggressive to refer to their ability to use their hit points for value against the opponents either through direct or spotting damage. I don't remember all of the colors of fish on the site I used, so if you do and I'm wrong, sue me. Also, no player falls strictly into one category, but overall, they will tend to "revert" to one play style as they get tired or angry.

Calling Station

LOOSE-PASSIVE/LOOSE-PASSIVE
These can be some of your worst players in both poker and tanks. In poker, they will limp into as many flops as they can see, and then they'll check/call to the end with a mid pair. Sometimes they can win monster hands because their lack of understanding value means they can't be bet off a hand, but most times they lose because they can't let anything go. The same is true in tanks, they will seemingly drive into ridiculous scenarios, YOLO and die while accomplishing almost nothing. Many of these players will then turn around a ping the team they left behind wondering why they were alone. There's a certain infamous YouTuber many of you may know who would fall in this category. In the end, most of these players lack a basic understanding of the value of their hit points, will overextend for very little value, and rarely will have a good game. Will they get kills? Most certainly. Will they carry games? Once in a blue moon.

Mouse

TIGHT-PASSIVE/TIGHT-PASSIVE
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the mouse. These players are fundamentally better than the Calling Station, but still struggle to succeed. In poker, these players will wait and only bet good starting hands, but they are too timid to get the value out of their hands that they could. This is due to either a lack of understanding of the game and the odds or a lack of ability to read their opponent. The same can be said for tankers. They won't do much that will get them killed early, but their positioning clearly leaves much to be desired. This is your, well, base sniping Maus on Abbey. Not positioned poorly enough early on to get themselves killed, but many of these players won't get themselves into the render range of their opponents in time to be a significant force. They are too scared of being beaten by a better opponent that they won't engage until they are forced to. These players can get kills and even carry the occasional end game when they use their higher health pool to clean up one or two weak reds at the end, but most of the time they either die alone and surrounded or survive in the back with only a minimal amount of damage and rounds fired.

Green Fish

LOOSE-PASSIVE/TIGHT-PASSIVE
These players tend to be too aggressive for their own good early in the game. They see too many flops, but will find a way to get out if they don't get a good hand. Same goes for our tankers. They will push a little too far and relegate themselves to needing to play a conservative second-line game to try to survive to the end. They are better than the above-mentioned classes, but can suffer from "I'm a tank" syndrome as they sit out in the open in their heavy being pelted. If they survive, they typically calm down, but they're so low on health they aren't helping you until they're sure they can get that last shot in for the kill. You know, after you ate that round from the E4 and the M103 with 100 hitpoints bravely rounded that corner and killed him for you.

Blue Fish

TIGHT-AGGRESSIVE/TIGHT-PASSIVE
The Blue Fish is getting better. They know what starting hands are good and have value and bet accordingly. Sadly for them, they don't know much about how to play after the flop and lose the ability to press the advantage. These players might be your high greens to low light blues on the WN8 scale. Many know where to go and how to position their tanks in the general sense, but most lack the killer instinct to make the most of the situation after they run into the enemy. "No plan survives first contact with the enemy," nineteenth-century Prussian military commander Helmuth van Moltke was once quoted. How you react separates the winners from the losers.
These tankers find themselves struggling after they perceive themselves to be at a disadvantage. In a 1v1 scenario with what they consider an equally or over-matched opponent, they can assert themselves well, but tend to lose all direction when they think they're beat and resign themselves to it. With a bit more confidence and the requisite experience, these players will improve over time and find themselves carrying games and leading comebacks. This player will carry games and look like a hero, as long as they think they can, but will crumble mightily when the cards seem to be against them. They find themselves sharing that area on the WN8 scale with our next class.

Red Fish

TIGHT-AGGRESSIVE/LOOSE-AGGRESSIVE
In poker, these people know what starting hands have value. Their problem is an inability to let them go. Maybe you call it bluffing or they're mad they got beat, but they won't let off the throttle when they need to. In WoT, these are the guys that are getting that experience I was talking about. They have over-corrected from the Blue Fish, but it is an important learning step on the way to stardom. These guys typically play well early game, but when their plan goes to shit, they can tend to YOLO it out. I know it may seem backwards to say that they are a step up from the Blue Fish, but I can explain.
These players are beginning to recognize that they aren't always going to win, so they just go balls-out after the enemy like a kamikaze fighter. They don't believe they're making it out alive, so they are damn sure going to try to take you with them. This tanker probably stays in a good spot too long until it has become a death trap. After that point, when they come to the understanding that it's over, they let the tank they can't kill get an extra shot for the opportunity to kill the one shot guy behind. This is a better player with tons of potential, but an inconsistent one. Games will be carried, but games will also be lost on the back of this type of player.

Shark

TIGHT-AGRESSIVE/TIGHT-AGGRESSIVE
Professionals, unicums, greats, money-makers, champions. These are the best players at the table in poker. They know what cards you have almost as soon as you put your chips on the table. They are also your 2000+ WN8 tankers. They will rarely do something dumb, they're almost always one step ahead of their enemies, and they will wear you down even when they're at a disadvantage, and make you question whether you can beat them even if you should. These players will put themselves in a position to do damage early and often until they die or kill everyone they meet. They hold their positions through great use of armor angling, hull down tactics, and shot placement. When they push, typically they know they have a fighting chance if not a decisive advantage, but they aren't afraid to falling back and regrouping to give themselves an advantage later. It can come across as abandoning a team, but what they hope will happen next makes up for that. They will bait the average player into crossing into open territory when they shouldn't, or into a withering line of fire from the tanks behind them. Rarely will they leave a battle full health, but every hit point lost came at a cost to the enemy. No shot went untraded, and most cost the enemy more than was taken. They're almost always near the top of the leader board, and they're always a threat. These players will carry games almost entirely on their own, and can make it look effortless while they do it.
Hope you guys liked this and found it helpful. Maybe one or two of you with poker backgrounds will get what I'm saying, too.
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A Beginner's Journey - A new players guide to Void Spirit - TI10 BP Thoughts - Ranked

First things first, this is going to be a BIG update, Void Spirit was a lot of fun to play, the TI10 BP was baffling as a new player, and I'm about to unlock ranked. Before I get into it if there are any new players here looking for a guild I've started one for my stream, it's small but as a new player myself everyone in the guild will be patient and be willing to help you learn, if you want to join search for the tag [TDevC], it's called TheDevinCult (mostly as a stream meme, it's not a literal cult I promise)
Let's get into it shall we :D
Previous Threads:
Undying: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/gekna3/a_beginners_journey_undying_aka_the_stank_lord/
Troll Warlord: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/g30v8w/a_beginners_journey_troll_warlord_are_you_new_and/
Lina: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/fpz9c3/a_beginners_journey_lina_quarantine_edition/
Viper: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/ffvfgu/a_beginners_journey_vipe
Tiny: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/fhzx7w/a_beiginners_journey_tiny/
Basic Errors: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/fgxwic/a_beginners_journey_basic_errors/
Feedback & Updates: https://www.reddit.com/DotA2/comments/g1s8ul/a_beginners_journey_feedback_updates/

Intro

Recently I was suggested Dota as a game to try after years of thinking MOBA's weren't for me, I tried HoN a long time ago and found the community toxic, the game impenetrable, and ultimately not all that fun. However after a friend suggested Dota I thought I'd give it a shot and hoped on into a single draft game with Spirit Breaker, I didn't care for the hero but overall the game left an impression on me and here I am two weeks later.

What is this?

This is going to be a documentation of my journey going from new player to, hopefully above average, maybe even good payer. In this series of threads I am going to document my experience, where I struggled and where I had little breakthroughs. I am going to start by writing one for each hero i try until I have enough play time to get into ranked, then I'm not sure. I think this will have some value to other new players who are finding it hard to improve and maybe even better players who have small gaps in their knowledge.

Why am I doing this?

The main reason is that I adore competitive games and when I get into a game with a ladder and focus on competition, assuming the game is viscerally fun on a mechanical level, I tend to get quite obsessive over trying to improve and want to understand every facet of it so by posting this I'm hoping I can get into some interesting conversations about improving and get advice I wouldn't have found elsewhere. In the past I have gotten to a competitive level in Starcraft 2, Halo 3, Magic: The Gathering, Battlerite, Poker, and Hearthstone. The fact that I am reasonable at Starcraft gives me hope. The other, more cynical reason is that I am planning on streaming (I'll only shill at the bottom I swear!) my journey of improvement but hopefully these write ups will have value in of themselves and people won't get hung up on this.

Who is Void Spirit?

As far as I'm concerned Void Spirit is the l33t kids hero of choice, he is an ability spammy, very nimble and area controlling hero, as far as i can tell while I wouldn't call him hard to use exactly I would say he is very flashy and capable of some great displays of burst damage if set up correctly. His kit is pretty incredible in my opinion, starting with his Q, Aether Remnant. This ability allows him to send out an image of himself and face it in a certain direction, if an enemy passes the images line of sight they will be taunted towards the image disabling them and allowing you to get in for a ton of damage while dealing with a bit of damage itself aswell. His next ability Dissimilate causes him to vanish at a moments notice and lays down seven portals, one centre and six surrounding, you then select the one you want to appear out of and deal damage to any enemies in that circle. His E, Resonant Pulse is probably my favourite ability because it's very simple to use, VERY obviously impactful and helps in a ton of situations, Void Spirit emits a circle wave around him dealing damage to anything it hits and you gain a shield that absorbs damage, the more enemy heros you hit, the more health the shield has, great for hitting creeps if you are struggling to farm, great in team fights, escapes, chases, just a great ability. And finally, his ultimate, Astral Step. This ability let's you dash in a straight line to a target location, any enemies you pass through are then slowed and after a short amount of time take a hit of damage, you get 2 charges right off the bat with this aswell.
Overall this kit really gave me the feeling of a volatile predator ready to annihilate anyone I came in contact with, nearly every ability let's you zone, chase, control and deal a ton of damage meaning Void Spirit is a truly excellent fighter, even against multiple targets.

Void Spirit

From a new players perspective this is a very powerful set of tools that doesn't need any crazy items to make it work, every ability is obvious as to how strong it is and i think he makes an incredible pos 2 or 3 because of his crazy strong early and mid game (for those who don't know, position 2 is mid lane and position 3 is offlane carry, they are roles designed to stabilise the mid game while your Pos 1 carry gets online and pos 3 also tried to mess with the opponents pos 1), but one thing i noticed when playing my first few games is that this can easily lead to a false sense of security, you aren't indestructible, In fact you are a bit of a glass cannon, you will get a lot of enemies down to minimum HP, be out of abilities and have no recourse, understanding your limits with this character are absolutely vital to being good with him. Sure he has very low cooldown abilities (meaning each ability can be used a lot in a long fight), but if you pop all of them early and are facing down 3 opponents with your team a little further back, you are probably dead.
I learned over time the best way to avoid this is to space out your cooldowns and always have a plan for escape, are you against someone with a slow but powerful stun? Save your W so you can wait for them to cast it and instantly vanish. Are you against someone with solid chase, save at least one charge on your ultimate to use as an escape. You have options for days so don't go in and blow your load getting everyone low but no one dead.
With that all said, holy hell do you have surprise attack potential, if you get even a little ahead in the early game, you can become a monster and dominate the mid game, hiding in the forest ready to snipe someone on a retreat and vanish before they know what hit them, to achieve this, your Q is VITAL, if you can spot someone retreating, get behind them and use your Q to hold them for 2 seconds, they are dead, you pop an ult to slow them, Use your shield for damage, auto attack, use the W if needed (which will also give you a surprising amount of reach at times) and ult away if you need to escape. It's immensely satisfying and if you are someone who struggles with the ranged squishy heros like Windranger, Drow, or sniper, then play this hero, he is basically custom built to ruin their fun.

Issues

Now with that all being said, ofc, he has his draw backs, the biggest one being his lack of late game. The main reason I didn't list his as a pos 1 is because his health pool REALLY starts to feel insufficient around level 24+, you will not be able to kill the tankier heros and anyone with even slightly decent burst will murk you before you realise what happened, i don't have a good remedy to this and would love to know what more experienced players think, in theory this is ok as your carry should be the main threat but even as a supporting Core I feel less useful as Void than a lot of other heros.
Another issue I had is that if i didn't get a decent early game the mid game can feel like a struggle too, he doesn't play well from behind or even on an even playing field, because he is such a bursty hero, being able to get your opponents from 100 to 0 is important and getting them down to 1 sadly just isn't enough and you will die.

Conclusion

Play Void Spirit, he's fun as hell, I love playing heros with low cooldowns because i get to cast more abilities more often and have more options available to me at any one time. I know that's not a flashy conclusion but I think his skills speak for themselves.

TI10 BattlePass

So as i was streaming about 2 weeks back suddenly someone in chat asked if I was excited about the Battlepass and as a new player I was immensely confused, Aren't Battlepasses those things fortnite invented and were universally hated by gamers at large? especially boomers that are still playing Dota after 10 years? Well, the answer is Yes, but everyone loves the Dota Battlepass and holy hell do I see why, firstly I think it's an incredible idea to fund tournaments via this method, the community feels more involved, it helps keep the game alive, and the battlepass has a whole heck of a lot going on for a very small amount of money. Starcraft also do with with War chests or loot boxes (that is fund their tournaments).
It can be a little much for new players though so here is a very simple explanation of what it is and what each section is. The Battlepass itself is a thing you level up and upon achieving new levels you can claim new cosmetic items and consumables for the game. That is the core purpose and everything else levels up your pass and supports you in doing so.
The first tab Cavern Crawl confused the shit out of me initially, is it single player missions? is it a passive game in the background? is it challenges? Nope, you just need to win games with the heros listed in the middle of the crawl and work your way around the map for rewards.
The next tab, the summer event isn't available yet but it looks like a fun co-op thing to do with friends.
The Sideshop is my personal favourite tab because it's a silly little risk reward game that requires no real engagement but gives you something to do with the gold the BP provides, you buy heros, if you buy multiples of the same hero they level up, each hero can be sold for an amount of stuff, stuff can be redeemed for rewards, this is anything from consumables in game (like comestic chilli peppers to throw at people) to skins for characters (which are confusingly named arcana's). Some heros are worth more but cost more and are rarer, the more heros of the same time you combine the higher the reward (For example, 3 drows become a single tier 2 drow who is a lot more valuble than 3 T1 drows).
Achievements are self explanatory but i still have no idea where the points go, i would assume they level up the battle pass but looking at my points log i can't see em sooooo, what??? anyone got any ideas???
The best part of the whole battlepass however is the guilds, join up with ur mates, complete contracts, level up your guild and get rewards to assist your battlepass (Also flex on fools in lane with your dank banner).
As a side, come join my guild, it's called TheDevinCult and the tag is TDevC.
The final part of the battlepass is also great in my opinion, I love Betting and they've added it as a feature in your games, play between 1 and 3 chips on a game before the bounties spawn if you thin you can win, talk some trash, and level up your battlepass the Chad way.
There are a few other small bits like commnuity predictions (I'm 2 for 2 atm baby), voting on arcanas, immortal treasures (they are just loot boxes) but all in all it's a very cool little bundle for a small amount of money and funds the thing you love, I understand why chat was so excited, if anyone is interested here is me reacting and fumbling through the battlepass without having looked anything up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjKtlhA4Y84&

Ranked

So we are finally here chat, it's been one hell of a ride, the reason I started this series was to help me learn more about the game as I marched on, through the salt. And today, the day is upon us, with 97.6 hours in unranked, i will be going live, played the last bit of unranked and through myself into the gladiatorial arena that is ranked. Today, on stream I will be starting my placement games, as stated before I genuinely love competition and I can't wait to go in and join the emotional roller coaster that is ranked, I think by this point I have a solid understanding of the core of the game, I don't think I'm good but hey, all in good time, it's time to learn about picking, counter picking, and all the nuance that goes into crushing your opponent.
Thanks for reading and hopefully I'll see you all in my stream shortly, here is my pitch if you are interested:
My name is Devin and I'm probably the chattiest person in the Dota 2 section of twitch, I'm someone who loves competition but doesn't get salty so if you are looking for a small dota community built around improvement without all the toxicity please do consider swinging by and saying hi:
https://www.twitch.tv/devinreviews
https://discord.gg/DrK9jMf
As a final note i want to say that this community has been wonderful to get to know, the support in the streams has been really cool and the wealth of advice has been BEYOND helpful, shout out to everyone and I can't wait to transition this into "A Journeyman's Journey"
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How do you manage/control?

My husband is the addict. I always knew he did some sports betting and was always a poker player. But things seemed pretty casual and he was never broke. I never suspected an issue. He came to me crying with a confession about 18 months ago that he had lost a lot. Our finances weren’t combined at the time so I didn’t know what he was doing. He runs a fantasy football league and had been placing sports bets with the funds and lost everything. It was around $15k USD. I had been on a reduced salary from maternity leave and had been relying on the credit card more than usual. So combined we found ourselves in some trouble. I took full control of the finances. We got a personal loan to consolidate it all and I’ve managed to pay off more than half of it in the last year or so. We’re at a point that we’ve saved enough to finish it off, but are holding off due to covid in case we need to rely on our savings. He hasn’t gambled at all since then other than fantasy football (which I’ve taken the role of treasurer).
Now since we’re home all the time he’s looking to occupy his time and wanted to play online poker again. We agreed to an amount he could start with of a couple hundred dollars. After 2 deposits of that amount within a couple of weeks, he said he was done for a while. But now it’s a month or so later and he’s asking for more. He says his issue is managing the bank roll so we discussed setting daily/weekly loss limits on the site and defining points where he will withdraw (since he says he wants to win in order to help us save and pay off the debt faster, etc). But we have very different ideas of what’s a reasonable point to stop and/or withdraw.
I remembered that we had a envelope full of savings bonds from throughout life that was handed over to us when he turned 30 (and they were starting to reach maturity). I told him that’s his money. It’s not part of our regular income that I have carefully budgeted so I’m okay if he wants that to be his poker money. We realized we could cash in about half of them that are either fully matured or close enough that we’re not missing out on much and agreed that he would get half of the value into the poker account I have set up. I told him he’s not getting any more after that which he agreed to. Loss limits will help it last longer, but I don’t know where an appropriate line is to ask him to withdraw when he hits X amount.
He uses one of the main legal sites but also started playing with friends on a social site where you can organize your own games. With a single $25 deposit, he has won a few tournaments and now has a few hundred dollars in there. That’s great. I asked when he plans to withdraw some. He basically said he didn’t know. And after some back and forth he gave a sweeping example of saying when he gets to $1000, but joked that if he keeps winning his friends won’t want to play with him anymore so he’ll never get there. I said I think 1k is too much to wait for and I can just see he’s getting frustrated. I understand not wanting to empty the account out. He says having a couple hundred bucks isn’t enough to feel comfortable to keep playing and enjoying it. I say that’s fine but there’s a big difference between a couple hundred and a thousand. I asked what kind of cushion he wants to keep in there. If he always wants to keep $200, why wouldn’t you just pull out $100 when you get to 3?
I know he feels terrible about putting us in the financial situation he did. And I see that he’s trying to not upset me. But I know he also feels like a child not having access to anything and basically needing to ask permission. And I’m okay if he plays. But I think it’s appropriate to set limits on it and it seems like he’s not even though he logically understands that it’s no unreasonable. He wants to be able to do what he wants, but understands that it’s not something he can handle himself, but also doesn’t necessarily want me dictating what he can and can’t do. So I feel like we’re so close to a compromise that we’re both comfortable in, but he’s holding back from setting hard and fast rules.
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Game-changing gambling tips from a poker pro

1. Manage your bankroll
Of course, you don’t want to quickly run out of the money you’re bringing to the table. You want to make it last, and you also want to grow it.
To stay in the game, Sheddy said to make sure the stakes you are playing are affordable in the long term.
“Every now and again when you are feeling confident and might be on a ‘hot’ streak, it’s fine to ‘take a shot’ at higher than normal stakes for you,” he said. “But remember that poker is one long game and the cream will rise in the end.”
By the same token, however, Sheddy warned against playing stakes that are too small for you to take the game seriously. Because if the stakes don’t mean much to you, it can be difficult to learn from your mistakes and “impossible for you to make progress in the long term.”
So be sure to keep in mind how much money you have in chips, and to let your chip count influence your actions during every hand.
2. Know your opponent
It’s important to get to know your opponent so that you’ll know what they are capable of. In fact, Sheddy went as far as to say that working to learn their tendencies is vital to your success.
While it may seem easier to learn an opponent’s habits and potential weaknesses when you’re in-person and can look them in the eye, you can also get to know your counterparts pretty well while you’re playing online.
“When playing online, I’d learn more towards timing,” Sheddy said. “If [your opponent] acts fast when they’re strong or fast when they’re weak, that’s one way to start knowing how they tend to play. See how they react when they get raised. Do they call all the time? Do they four-bet you? Things like that will kind of give you a scope of what they’re capable of, so you’ll be able to predict how they’re going to react a little better, and you can act accordingly.”
For example, if you learn that an opponent rarely bluffs on the river in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, you can fold a marginal hand if they bet big at that point in the hand.
3. Start from a tight baseline
In the simplest terms, playing from a tight baseline essentially means playing conservatively. Doing so during the earlier hands of a game helps you figure out the table and your opponents. It can also influence a player’s perception of you, which can work in your favor.
“In the beginning it’s more beneficial to play tight, and if you’re playing at the same table with the same players they’ll view you as conservative, and eventually you can get away with more,” said Sheddy. “It’ll allow you to bluff later on.”
According to Sheddy, it’s much easier to work off a tight baseline as a playing style than a loose or wild one. “It will get to a point where [your opponent] will be exploitable later on in the session, which will mean more profit,” he explained.
4. Focus on one type of game at first
When you’re playing online poker, your choices are generally split for the most part between tournaments and cash games. Sheddy suggested concentrating on one or the other when you’re a beginner, learning one to the extent that you always feel comfortable when you are playing a session.
In cash games, you would exchange money for chips – usually purchasing as much in chip value as you want within the parameters of a minimum and maximum buy-in amount. In tournaments, everyone generally buys in for the same amount of money, and everyone is given the same amount of chips.
But how do you choose?
“If you feel you are a conservative player by nature, I would recommend starting with tournaments,” said Sheddy. “If you feel like you play lots of hands, start with cash games. Both tournaments and cash games require different skill sets to become consistently profitable at, although there are some skills that overlap between the two disciplines.”
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