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How To Ask A Question (during coaching)

Rule #1

The Standard Rule at BPC in all our coachings is the following:

You can ask whatever question you have, but after asking you have to give your best answer/what you would do on your own if the coach wasn't there.

Why is this so important?

  • Students are often too lazy and just throw questions at the coach
  • Students should understand that the coach is not an answering machine
  • Students have to learn how to think for themselves
  • Students don't realize how smart they can be and how often their answer is right
  • The quality of the discussion will improve a lot

 

Example Bad Question:

Student shows hand and asks "What if Villain had made a half pot bet on the river, would we call with our 2nd pair" ?

.... (the coach will not answer because you have not made the effort to give your best try of answering the question)...

Example Good Question:

Student shows hand and asks "What if Villain had made a half pot bet on the river, would we call with our 2nd pair" ?
... (Student continues talking) ...
I would have called, because (his reason for calling).

Coach answers: I agree/disagree, because .... (coach teaches)

 

Rule #2

Ask specific questions with hand histories as practical examples.

Bad Question:

"I have a lot of trouble with AK in 3bet pots when i don't hit. Should i really cbet AK, because i get called and raised quite a lot"

=> This question will NOT be answered because no practical examples were given

Good Question:

"I have a lot of trouble with AK in 3bet pots when i don't hit. Should i really cbet AK, because i get called and raised quite a lot"

Here are some practical hands where this has happened to me:

Hand 1: (link to hand posted in BPC forum)

Hand 2: (link to hand posted in BPC forum)

Hand 3: (link to hand posted in BPC forum)

Hand xxx

Now the coach can explain to you and all other students in which situations you should cbet, against which opponents and which stats we should take into consideration (according to our HUD)

 

Rule #3

Don't ask questions in coaching sessions that are taken care of by support or by asking your peers in the chat. Ask questions that the coach about poker strategy or about mental aspects of the game

Make sure you keep the coaching sessions as on-topic as possible. Most coaching sessions have a specific topic, so prepare questions for that topic.

 

Bad Questions:

  • In the newbie process Step3, i can't fill out this field because...
  • When i log-in to the CFP application, i can't update my xxx because of yyy
  • How do configure my HM2/PT4 when i do xxx

 

Good Questions:

  • Questions about specific poker hands for the specific topic
  • At the end of a coaching you can ask about how to deal with a specific situation (lets say not winning for 100k hands, how to organize your day better as a player etc)
  • At the end of a coaching session a question about a specific poker topic (make sure to provide practical hands if its about poker strategy)
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