March 08, 2012
I have noticed alot of the successful cash game players play what is known as an loose aggressive style or LAG for short. We have all seen Phil Ivey, or Tom Dwan to name a few scoop huge pots with less than stellar holdings. So I was thinking how do they get away with playing this style, and making money at it? Inexperienced, stupid, poker me once concluded they just play more hands, and raise with them more, and they bluff with those hands more. Yeah that's it, bingo! Just raise and play more hands and I will be a winning hot shot LAG! ..WRONG! Now that I have been playing poker for approximately 7 years (Loosing a lot of money) and invested $ and time into several poker books, Card Runners, and DC, I am beginning to learn why some players are able to to play a LAG style and win/crush games, and be big ballers and whatnot. Its not that they are randomly selecting more hands to play, or raise and bluff more with those hands, its that they are able to recognize waaay more spots pre flop, and post flop than the average poker Joes. This is because their poker game has developed and evolved to a higher level than the rest. So I would venture to think if a player ever wakes up one morning and declares to himself, "Hey I am going to be a LAG player". YOU ARE GOING TO GET OWNED. HARD AND FAST. I know because I tried it. The game doesn't work like that. The game demands your respect. You have to put in good work. Maybe this blog entry helps someone out maybe not. What do you think.