January 13, 2010
At least thatâ€™s what it says on tableratings. It doesnâ€™t bother me but does lead me to the topic of this blog. Over the past year Iâ€™m no longer bothered by hit and runners especially at low stakes. When I first started I used to be livid and it tilted me a bit. But in reality, what can you do? Force them to stay and lose their money back to you? In fact, I think a lot of players underestimate how much money it saves them. With the exception of the mega donks when a decent player hits and runs you donâ€™t have to worry about tilting against them. A lot of it is a personality thing but if youâ€™re gonna play HU you may as well expect it and not let it bother you.
With that being said, Iâ€™ve very rarely hit and ran without a warning that Iâ€™m leaving. At 50nl I did it more than I have in the past simply because I was playing 4 tables and would always keep 2 tables open and get rid of the best player when a new guy sat in. However at any level higher Iâ€™ll generally give a warning and itâ€™s really an overblown thing in the small stakes HU world in my opinion.
As far as bum hunting, at the small stakes Iâ€™m about the furthest thing from it. However, it really is amazing how many 100nl refuse to play other regs. They typically sit around waiting for fish and yeah itâ€™s profitable but not a ton of fun especially with more people diving into the HU world. Now Iâ€™m not saying go out and start 4 tabling regulars but Iâ€™m surprised that more people donâ€™t try and play regs more and more regs donâ€™t take action when they can get it. Also, Iâ€™m not trying to challenge any regs to a 4 tabling match but I see so many people complaining about lack of action and really refusing to do a ton about it.
What I do is typically open one regular table and one deep table (and I plan on spreading my roll out soon). Then try to find one or 2 regs to play me. Most of the time I can find at least one to play me and when I do get two worse players than the one Iâ€™m playing Iâ€™ll leave the reg. If Iâ€™m up a BI or more Iâ€™ll stick around and typically give them a 10 minute warning anything else I tend to just explain the situation and drop them.
Iâ€™ve never really been against bumhunters. Itâ€™s their money and itâ€™s a profitable situation. However with the limited player pool itâ€™s becoming less and less profitable. The hourly can still be solid but nowhere near what it once was. Iâ€™m not into table blocking or anything like that and I think Iâ€™ve reported two people that were heavily abusing FTPs policy.
This post really has no substance, just felt like rambling a bit. As far as current poker stuff, its been incredibly humbling reading the down on the far comments. Knowing that other people have struggled with the same thing and are looking forward to the series is pretty awesome to me and hopefully I can meet the expectations. As far as the staking/coaching thing goes, thatâ€™s a ways down the road and Iâ€™m not looking for any applicants yet. Also, going to be much more active in the HU forum. It has a good core of posters and I really enjoyed talking about a hand I posted a few days ago.
Furthermore, doing episode 7 of Santaâ€™s Chanakuh Helpers with KRANTZ really opened my eyes as far as how much work needs to go into a good session. I think it may be one of the more overlooked videos on the site since itâ€™s an audio format and labeled as HUNL. However, everyone Iâ€™ve talked to so far has given it a positive review, if you havenâ€™t watched it itâ€™s worth checking out.
Hope everyone is running well
Lloyd: Excuse me, little old lady. Do you have change for a dollar?
Elderly woman: Change? No Iâ€™m sorry, I donâ€™t.
Lloyd: Well, can you do me a favor and watch my stuff here while I go break a dollar?
Elderly woman: Of course.
Lloyd: Thanks. Hey, I guess theyâ€™re right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. Iâ€™ll be right back. Donâ€™t you go dying on me!