Anyone here feel righteously superior?
Is arrogance a leak?
Sometimes I find myself at the table and because Iâ€™ve studied the game more then my opponents I just try and own them every single hand. It is interesting how when I classify a player as bad I forget to say exactly what makes their game poor. For example.
I was playing a bit of 20NL yesterday when an interesting hand came up. As is with many low stakes people love to limp. This was the action.
BB (HERO) has pocket jacks and raises to 1.80, or 9X if you prefer.
UTG and UTG+1 fold.
MP2 shoves to make is 13.00 to go.
Folds around to me.
Clearly his range seems to be AJ-A2 some suited and maybe pocket pairs below jacks which are set mining in a large multiway pot as well as suited connectors.
When he shoves his range seems to be weighted towards mid-pocket pairs. Which I crush so I call and he shows aces.
But I suck out because I run like god. (which makes me wonder why I canâ€™t make money)
It is clear that I have to call for half a stack. But at what point is folding jacks here possible.
The question this brings up in my mind is villain should clearly be raising aces for value pre.
But once he shoves can you ever put low stakes players on a slow played big pair.
say was are 300BB deep, can I fold here?
Another question came up for me was at what point in my range should a pocket pair be limped behind and not raised for value?
I think Jacks is a clear raise in my example but once i get down to say 77, 88, or 99.
The line become a little blurred. Surely I get much higher variance by raising these hands as the villain in the give example could easily have 99 or TT.
I thought I would start off this blog by giving a little poker history on myself.
I played home games for a couple years and always did alright generally playing much more aggressive than your average player. I started playing in the casinos a bit and found I put myself is pretty bad positions quite often.
At this time I read 4 books on hold em. The theory of poker and advanced tournament strategies by Skalansky,
How to win at NLH by Hellmuth, and Super Systems by Brunson. I knew about 2 plus 2 at the time by had not even heard of deucescracked.
Well my little experiment into playing at the casino didnâ€™t work out. I simply didnâ€™t have the roll to withstand any sort of variance and it became hard to balance life and poker. I friend and DC member introduced me to the site and suggested I try out the free membership. He makes a decent profit for the limit which he plays at. I figured I could do the same.
During my free week. I downloaded a ton of DC videos which I still watch religiously. The coaching tree and moving on up were hugely helpful in my development as a poker player. I found that the books I had read were simply too theoretical and not enough examples were given.
Where I am now. Currently over 30k hands I am just a break even player.
I will continue to keep you guys posted on my progress and try to plug certain leaks in my game so I can start making life â€œmore fun and full of moneyâ€ as Balugawhale puts it.
Hopefully I will build a roll and be able to afford DC again.