February 10, 2010
â€œWhen did you find out you were no longer a fish? Did you just wake up one morning with no gills?â€
Tommy Angelo â€“ EPTPE Episode 8
Iâ€™ve been reading â€œPlaying to Winâ€ on Sirlin.net, after it was linked from a post on the microstakes forum. Fascinating stuff.
I particularly enjoyed this discourse on the nature of a â€œScrubâ€ (go ahead and read the article, but a scrub is this video gamers slang for what we would call a fish, or a mark.)
Note the page title of this chapter is â€œIntermediates Guideâ€ The Scrub mindset this chapter relates to is a critique on what we would recognise as fancy play syndrome. Itâ€™s easy to read about squeeze plays, back raising and checking to induce. and it sure does feel sexy when you pull it off.
Itâ€™s also interesting to try and explain why they should be applied, and how to respond when they are being used against you.
Nobody really wants to hear â€œThe correct counter to someone who is 3 betting you a lot is to find a better tableâ€ Truth is though, at my limits â€“ thatâ€™s the optimal line.
Resistance can be countered, but at the expense of some potential hourly. At my limits it can be conveniently avoided,
At some stage in my career I will have to begin responding to skilled players, but Dave Sirlinâ€™s article has made it apparent to me that for as long as avoding confrontation is the optimal line, this is the line I shall take.
With regards to No peek February â€“ I was reviewing some hands this month in HEM and left the total column visible on the unfiltered monthly report, so I now know my total for the month to date. It was an accident and I still havenâ€™t looked at the BB/100 total, my graph, or the cashier, so Iâ€™m hoping that looking at that will still be a surprise in March.