December 01, 2010
I've been hearing the same phase for quite some time now, "poker is a game of adjustments." Â I finally started to realize it's meaning.Â
Every gameÂ has a dynamic which dictates the right play.Â For instance, the casino 1/2 games has a mix of nits and stations. Â The stations really don't care what the preflop raise is and will fit or fold every single flop. Â While the nits will lead in with a raise only withÂ premiumÂ hands and make thin folds toÂ over cardsÂ orÂ value betÂ on low boards. Â 5nl appears to be no different.
I believe TAG play is the right play in these loose saturated games. Â While once the stations leave, LAG play is correct to abuse the grinding nits that are left.
But, players styles are not the only things that require adjustments. Â Tells also fall under the same restrictions. I includeÂ physical mannerisms, timing, and bet sizing under tells. Â These repeating actions can only help you figure out what anÂ opponentÂ has. Â For instance, a fish might think top pair is a good hand vs a 4 to a straight and flush with 4Â opponents. Â So, the fish will start giving off his tell for a strong hand. Â An observant player will need to adjust accordingly to combat problems such as these.
Hence, poker really is a game of adjustments. Â We all need to figure out ways on adjusting at the right time or else look like a total donk.