I\'m CJ, and I\'m a LAG. It\'s been only a few weeks since I\'ve been a LAG, and I admit I have lost control of my trigger finger.
I was stealing. The opponent, who is now my best friend, was very weak tight. I\'ve played with him a lot. I reraised to keep the initiative.
As I told TT, when the flop came, I called the flop as if I was saying, OK, You\'ve got AQ. When the King came on the turn, I raised as if I were saying My AK beats your AQ. He folded.
Here\'s the thing, as I told TT. Matt Lessinger wrote that in order to \"sell\" a bluff, you have to have a convincing story. I reraised PF, and when the king came, I was able to represent AK. This doesn\'t happen very often, but it was something I was aware of and took a shot at it.
I\'m trying very hard to overcome my tight/weak tendencies. I\'m not naturally aggressive. If I don\'t push myself, I\'ll never be really any good at all. I\'m fully aware that this will not work very often at all. However, if I don\'t learn to take these shots, I\'ll forever be stuck in low limit Hell, grinding away for little money. I really am trying very hard to improve. Much of that has to be my mental toughness.
I understand that this isn\'t a good play. But in this instance, I believe it wasn\'t good, but a great play. I knew where I was all the way, and what I was trying to do, against a very specific opponent who wasn\'t a calling station but someone who could lay down a hand. Two months ago, he would have been me, and I\'d have folded up like a cheap suitcase. That was before I learned that there is power in aggression/position/table image.
The one thing that perhaps will always give me the most trouble is going to be playing strongly. If I go too far, I\'ll have no trouble reigning it in. In time, I hope to know better when I can make a move such as this and when I can\'t. At this point in my learning curve, I needed very much to push the edge of the envelope. I felt really good about it. I promise I won\'t make a habit of it.
Thanks for the comments.