Monday, May 07, 2012

Poker gems, #450

Ed Miller, in Card Player magazine column, May 2, 2012 (vol 25, #9), page 34.



The regular's strategy of folding a lot and playing big pots only with nut hands has a major strength. Any time the pot gets big, the regular will be a favorite to win it.

Does it, therefore, make sense to play a strategy against this player that relies on winning big pots to be successful? Does it make sense to try to hit big hands and get paid off against this player?

Of course the answer is a resounding NO! If your opponent's strength is having good hands in big pots, why on earth would you play a strategy designed to try to win a big pot? It's not going to work! Why bang your head repeatedly against the deadbolted and barred front door when the back door might be left wide open?

4 comments:

sevencard2003 said...

consider taking a road trip like me, u will find much better games. i think its just that no one here knows how i play.

Rakewell said...

Tony, I don't need to find better games. There's plenty of money to be made right here. I've played live poker in casinos in California, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and West Virginia, plus home games in Minnesota, Virginia, and D.C. It's enough of a sampling to know that there is no better place to be than Vegas for poker.

CoolDave88 said...

+1

LOLfolding said...

I think LA has a fishier player pool, but the way most games are structured (buy-in vs blinds) is terrible. I'll take Vegas for sure.

Grump - I see you don't have much exposure to southern games. Louisiana and Oklahoma have great action and if you overlook the legalities, Texas isn't bad either. I haven't played in Florida since the restrictions were lifted in 2010.