March 02, 2011
Looking through my HEM db I made a sobering realisation recently that if I just never called an all-in ever I would have made more money. And not just by a little bit, by an absolute mile. Now part of that is to be expected because I am a beginner, but part of that is just that I seem to go on a special kind of all-in tilt where all my plans go out of the window and my discipline somehow melts away.
Amusingly defective examples from recent all-ins include:
- "OK, well we're at the river and my pair is probably not good here, but I'll call a small bet, say 1/3rd pot.... Whaat? He's shoved for 5x pot! I call!"
- "Now I just 5 seconds ago got stacked with Jacks on the other table and here I've got jacks again, so gotta be careful now....Hmm. Flop comes AKx and he shoves. Aces are in his range so I'm probably beat.... must fold.... gotta fold....tick tock tick tock tick tock I call".
I need to anticipate that this is going to happen so that I gain the discipline to stick to my guns and fold.