A little experiment

In light of the fact that I’ll be taking science courses and labs for the rest of my college career (go Microbiology!) I have decided to design my own damn experiment and not some interpretation of QualScheme… Alright, glad I got that out:

The experiment is a test on different playing styles. There are several different ideals of playing style like ‘tight is Right” or “Play it Fast” or “Slowroll everything…” Most of us have heard and probably agree that a mixture is what is really necessary to do well, well screw mixtures!

I’m going to play a series of $5 SNGs at¬†pokerstars.co.uk , each with a different playing style. The styles will be:

Tight Passive
Loose passive

Loose Aggressive
I want to see a lot of hands, and I want to raise a lot of hands, especially with position. When I get in a pot I want to take control and bully my opponents. If I catch a substantial piece or a big draw I’m going to play it like its the nuts. I won’t slowplay anything because that will make my big hands all the more obvious. Bet-bet-bet is the strategy. And I’m calling with overs, suited cards, and inside straight draws, and you will like it!

Tight Aggressive
Hand selection will be less than 18% of hands I see. I’ll play high pairs and suited AK and AQ from under-the-gun, and when I come into a pot I expect to be the raiser. I’ll take the action and get all my chips in with the best of it. If I get reraised preflop I can comfortably lay down AJo and hands like KQo, crap hands in my opinion. If you get in a pot with me you will be paying to see the last two cards.

Loose Passive
Eh, it’s poker, I’m just here to have fun. I will like to see a lot of flops with a wide variety of hands, and I will probably never raise. If I’m in a hand I’m much more likely to let my opponent bet than take the lead myself, and I might raise on the river if I have the stone-cold nuts. I’ll call with most any draw imaginable and check-call if I hit it. Don’t try to bluff me, seriously.

Tight Passive
Poker is scary and I can’t afford to lose my $5. I will play very cautiously, careful not to raise and jeopardize my chips and only call with hands I know are probably ahead. If I flop mid set I’ll be scared of top set and I’ll check-call or bet very small amounts. I don’t want to get my chips in the middle without the nuts, and I’ll more than likely to lay down overcards or a lower pocket pair if I miss the flop. If you bet into me and I call, you’re more than likely screwed.

I’ll keep track of how I do in each of these and get back to you, hopefully it’ll turn out as an interesting experiment. Oh, and of course, I have a hypothesis: Tight aggressive play will be most successful, with Loose aggressive in 2nd, and the two passive styles in the rear.

Wish me luck!

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

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