What have you done to me poker? Lately I’ve been more focused on thinking of how to improve my flaws. Discussing it and reading up on the matter.
I still don’t know how to improve my aggression in position when it comes to playing against people who tend to only see their own cards? They simply don’t stop to think about what you might bet with and hence that they will not fold to anything if the slightly hit or for that matter think they are just simply higher. As in yesterday. I had this guy who called with any 2. He called an allin preflop for more than 2/3 of his stack out of position with K2 off and just got lucky when his 2 hit on the river. There are simply no way to be more aggressive in position against players like that. Not even with monsterhands since they just hope to get lucky!
I’ve successfully managed to increase my number of hands i play in position thou. I tend to raise more in position with more mediocre hands but it still depends from game to game.I mean am I thinking wrong here? Is it worth it to risk my tournie-life in position just to raise for the sake of raising? Even if it is to set an image? I found that the people i’ve been playing especially lower levels aren’t taking notes, don’t think what the opponent might have or even thinking of potodds, table-image or any other odds for that matter! They don’t know how-to and hence that they just play a game for the sake of playing the game, while i’m trying to play the game for the sake of playing the player and get value on every hand i’m playing!
I can successfully explain why, how to and when if someone ask me a question about my game. I can succesfully answer them why i made that move, why i didn’t make the move and how to make the moves.
I do sincerely hate getting these huge, great potodds unexperienced players tend to give you if i don’t get a playable hand to play in position. I mean moneymanagement/ economically dictates that with a great potodds you should in general call with any 2. But to as this guy yesterday call 2/3 of his stack early in the game was just wrong in so many ways. He was sitting second to speak, he limped on a 60 bb and the guy on the button went allin for 1500 with AK suited (I never get why push allin preflop with AK and risk your tournamentlife on a drawing hand? Unless you’re absolutely sure to win, that means you know they’re going to fold and steal the pot to be sure) This guy called with K2 off, leaving him 750 if he’d loose. Still alive thou but only with some 12 bbs left and soon having to play desperate when the bb levels up just because he simply couldn’t lay down a single hand!
That just screamed in my head Pleeeeeease give me a hand i can double up with! Unfortunately i didn’t get that playable hand, i got moved. But what i want to say is, I know how to read the table, (dynamically what type of game are they playing here), players (who to avoid, who’s not paying attention and who’s the fish, aggression. Well everything), I know how to play flexible, change gears, bets, valuebetting, infobetting, i’m 3 and 4-betting more now. I do know how to play position, how to do odds and so on but i get the feeling the more i learn the less i know! (I know i left out other things needed to know)
Sometimes when i do hit the table i feel like a complete noob with no clue, because i’m just being bored, unfocused! But the only thing that really hinders me at the moment is.. ? Well quite frankly… ME! I need to learn how to keep my focus even when there are hundreds of things flying around me i think!
But i still want this deal i’ve been offered, more than anything in the world i want it and i’m sure as hell going to get it! I simply have to. It’s a once in a lifetime-deal and i’ll do anything to achieve it!
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