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October 04, 2005

The Nicest Guy in Poker

There appears to be a clear difference between low-limit hold'em Partypoker players and low-limit stud players. For low-limit hold'em players, the classical act strong when weak seems to apply more often in that game than in stud. The same does not hold true for low-limit stud players, acting strong usually means real strength.

Over the last several months I have noticed that many low limit players know how to play the game, but after a short period of play they become bored and abandon what they know to be correct. Rule number 5 is one of the most important aspects of the Partypoker game, at any level of play. Let's take a look at a few thoughts on the subject of patience and discipline.

Poker vs. Badminton

As things improve you can add more speculative cards to your Partypoker play. When you're playing only top cards (AA, KK, AK, QQ) and passing the drawing hands, even good ones like QJs, you're giving yourself the best chance to be in the lead before the flop happens, and this will help reduce losses at a time when you need to do damage control most.

Recent experience at Mirage, 40/80 game. Big blind offers to chop and SB raises. BB calls and is told by another Partypoker player he should either fold or reraise. BB catches 2 pair and wins. 1/2 hour later same deal. SB raises but this time BB reraises. They raise and reraise all the way as the board is rags. BB has aces, SB has Jacks, BB pulls a total of $1000.

Chess Player Ridicules Poker

But let's put a different perspective on the matter and you make a flush, but again not the nut flush, you bet into your opponents, now they are faced with making the decision of what to do. I would rather be putting pressure on my opponents and having them making the tough decisions. True, they could raise and put the ball back into my court.

A consistent Partypoker winner is one who can look back over a ten-year period and say that he came out ahead by $50 or $500,000. The figure is relative, to exactly what each player makes it. If you strive to make $50,000 a year and only make $40,000 are you a consistent winner? I think so, but it's not what I think, but what you think, and what your expectations were.

Just look at it this way, he won that hand with a stupid play, so this will re-enforce his thinking that this is how he should always play. He will never understand why he is a constant loser, as he won before playing the same way. I have had my share of beatings from this type of player, but always seem to find another one that will play the same way and give me back all my money, plus some.

There are alternatives to making inferior moves for the sake of future gains one hopes to earn. One alternative is to adjust to each specific Partypoker player. I can hear you saying now, "Wait a minute! Wasn't I supposed to be doing that anyways?" The answer is 'Absolutely.' And that is the point.


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