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Originally posted by darkritual24
Yeah, i know i should bet a little more, i'm having difficulties with it tho.
Here's what my thinking process was during this hand :
If i bet 3/4 of the pot on flop, they're gonna think i have a king so, i decided to bet a little less.
Then, on turn, i decided to check because i thought to myself : if i bet on this, they're gonna think i have three of a kind and fold.
So i took the "safe" path.
Hi, welcome to pokerstrategy!
What you explained is similar to 'slowplaying'. It simply means acting weak hoping that your opponent/s see that and become aggressive versus you.
However, as you will learn in the future if you keep playing poker, that a 3/4 pot bet on the flop doesn't always tell the opponent you have a king because sometimes you bluff to win the pot. Likewise on the turn.
In this situation it is very bad to 'slowplay' because even if your actions tell them you have a King, if they have two clubs they most likely won't fold because they can improve on the turn and river. The last thing you want to do is to let them improve for free.
So, it may sound weird at first. But the "safe" path here is to bet bigger on the flop and bet the turn. Because it is more profitable.
You do not have to pay a cent to access the bronze articles, which is more than adequate to be a winning player at micro stakes. Of course this site is not the only available source of information for you so feel free to look elsewhere.
This post has been edited 3 time(s), it was last edited by darkritual24: 04.05.2013 04:31.
Originally posted by dogma18
quit poker now! it took over my life, don't let it do the same to you
You're a bit too late I'm afraid, i've already been bitten by the poker bug.
For the last couple days, i've been studying and playing micro stacks 14 hours a day quite successfully.
Unless i'm playing against a LAG, those guys are just way too lucky.
When going all-in preflop with a pair of Ace against J, 9 and they ends up with three of a kind, i just wanna kill myself. Not literally but i become very, very mad and kiss good bye all the hours i've spent building my stack at this particular table.
Originally posted by dogma18
My only advice is to pick a format and stick to it. Put in the hours at the lowest stakes and slowly move yourself up when you can prove you're a winner.
I have no problem winning against a bad or good non maniac player.
Hell, I've won more money from good TAGs than from idiots going all-in with a 2 and 6.
I really think i should just switch table whenever one of them sits at mine.
Because, it doesn't matter if you have 85% chances of winning with a pair of Ace preflop.
When you lose 25 times in a row, you just have to realize playing against lucky idiots is not profitable.
I'm not using the term lucky idiot loosely either. When somebody goes all-in preflop 80% of the time and the other 20% he bets so much money that it's not even worth it to see the flop and always wins.
There's no other words to describe it.
I have only meet 1 good LAG, he would go all-in preflop with premium hands and play like a maniac post flop with nothing. My hat goes to him, he cleaned the table in 5 minutes and wasn't an idiot.
Agree with everything these guys said on that first hand If someone is going to draw out on you you have to make them pay to do it. By making correct bets you will blow their pot odds, if they know what they're doing they'll fold draws or they'll call which over time will be profitable for you even if they draw out once in a while. Worrying about you opponents knowing you hit your king if you bet aggressively means that your bets tend to mean the same thing every time. You should be doing some bluffing over the course of a session or at least semi bluffing. If your a tight player showing a bluff early in a session will be profitable for you. Other players will remember that bluff and give you more action when you do have the best hand. Your view on LAG players is way off though. A LAG player isn't a player who's gonna shove with A 5 off preflop that's just a bad player. Tom Dwan, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, Gus Hansen, David Peat these are LAG players and they're as good as anyone in the world. LAG players just have a wider range than TAG players and tend to try and steal more pots that TAG players. They're just as lucky as anyone else, over times cards break even for everyone. If you do get in a game with one of those idiot players don't leave. If the guys going all in preflop a lot let him. It's fine if he picks up a few blinds, wait till you have a big hand, pick him off, and stack him. You also need to adjust your view on luck. Over the course of time cards will break even for everyone. Aces aren't drawn to certain players. I'll flop a set or a flush as much as Phil Hellmuth will, but the reason Phil makes a thousand times more than I ever will is because he plays much better than me. If you really want to get better I'd try reading some NL holdem books. A lot of people say it's outdated but I think Super System is a great book to start with. It reads easy, starts off very broad and gradually gets more advanced but is still manageable for a beginning player to read. It sounds like your biggest problem is your metagame and understanding other players table images correctly and that book will help.
It's written by Doyle Brunson who's considered the godfather of poker so I'm sure it will be beneficial for you. It's an older book, but still great. You can get the PDF online for free. Once your done with that I'd check out Harrington on cash games. It elaborates on a lot of the ideas in super system and is pretty much the new standard for NL holdem cash games.
This post has been edited 2 time(s), it was last edited by darkritual24: 11.05.2013 06:59.
I just re-read Super System and learned a couple new things.
Well, first of all, i learned never to bluff or try stealing pots against calling stations.
I learned you should almost always play suited/unsuited connectors. I should be careful whenever someone re-raise me and my hand could be beaten.
I should also try taking the pot whenever I'm winning but a card could screw me over.
Hand : A, A
Board : A, 9, 2, K
And finally, when the board is dry and you've got a monster hand, giving a free card is a good way to make more money.
I've also spotted a huge flaw of mine which is betting too much. I used to bet too little but now, i bet too much and ends up winning small pots and losing very big ones. Ever since i started betting less I've been winning a lot more.
Overall, it was a good read. Although, i will never follow his advice and become a loose aggressive player. Becoming a pot stealing TAG sounds like a better idea to me