“I think you've been afraid all your life”
- Decimus Meridius (Gladiator)
I have a good question for you players out there:
“Why am I so afraid?”
I always think that any flop that shows 48 would make a straight whoever bets has the straight. Am I wrong? In this no-foldem .50/1 world?
Is it smart to be cautious of every possible straight and flush out there? I have been burnt a lot by those. Online poker is definitely any two s00000ted, so am I playing chicken or being aware of the situation? When I bet high pair to the river is this bad? Should I ever raise? Do I get suspicious when I get called?
I guess these are the questions a Poker player has to ask.
I just flopped a set of tens. It is bet and raised. I just smooth call. Raise on the turn when a possibly flush shows up, and suck out a chip on the river from both players. Nice $19 pot. Not too much to be scared of. Easy to play.
I flopped a set of 6’s. There was nothing terribly scary. I bet it slowly though. Why? The guy in front of me was raising the pot with his set of 2’s.. Maybe he had QQ? Nope. I won. I could have won a lot more though. Do raise his bets? I probably would have been either 2 bets or capped to the river since he had a set. Would QQ have raised? Not on this passive table. I guess I need to work out what aggression level I am comfortable with.
Card Player Magazine had a good article from Daniel Negreanu about running bad and thinking about Poker as one long session. The thing I recognized in my play the most is trying to win back my loses every night. He suggests just setting a time limit and when that time is up stop. There is always tomorrow. No hit and run. No Trying to win everything back. I really never liked Daniel Negreanu from WSOP clips, but his article was timely and excellent to read.
I am thinking of buying Ed Miller, David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth book called Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play. Mixed reviews. Not sure. It says it talks a lot more about After-Flop play, aggression and betting. I would like to read a good book about these topics. If someone has another suggestion let me know. I may give Sloe an Amazon kickback on the book if I do not do it through my own account.
I went on an epic run tonight. I played only two tables and went up and down. I set a time of 11PM as quitting. As we speak I am up 50BB+ on the tables combined. Actually $61 on one and $41 on the other. Sweet night! 11 Minutes left to go.