We’re focusing on the word “predict.”
Fine. But I’m not going to speculate about stuff. In fact, there will be no predictions whatsoever. Instead, this is a column about succeeding at playing poker, at practicing medicine, at influencing people, at running a business, at being the best possible you.
It’s about victory in just about everything. And it all filters down to throwing away your crystal ball and learning how to really predict. Let’s jump into today’s self-interview and you’ll see what I mean.
Question 1: If you aren’t going to predict anything, what’s the point of today’s word?
by Mike 'The Mad Genius of Poker' Caro
“I wouldn’t have played ace-seven if it hadn’t been suited,” Bill explained to me. He had just raked in a huge pot with the nut flush. “I see,” said I. But I really didn’t see, not at all. He had jumped into my hold’em pot, calling a huge raise before the flop. Measured in the long term, his ace-seven was unprofitable, whether the cards shared the same suit or not. For readers who don’t understand the terminology, when two-card starting hold’em hands contain different suits, we typically refer to them as “unsuited” or having “mixed suits.” When the suits match, we call them “suited.” The concept of suited starting cards in hold’em is misunderstood. So we’ll investigate it in today’s self-interview.
Question 1: Isn’t being suited in hold’em a big advantage?
It can be when you need a flush to win. But the mathematics of being suited isn’t what most players think.
by Mike Caro - The Mad Genius of Poker
We hear it in sports frequently—an announcer telling us which team has the momentum. Momentum can apply in poker, too. But does the concept really make sense? Let’s use today’s self-interview to investigate.
Question 1: Is momentum as important in poker as it is in sports? Wait! Stop assuming things with your questions. Sometimes momentum isn’t even important in sports.
Often it’s an illusion. A sequence of coin flips can seem to show momentum. But there is no momentum whatsoever. There’s only the observation that, recently, either heads or tails landed at a pace considerably greater than the expected 50 percent. You can call that momentum, so go ahead. But actually it isn’t. That’s simply because the previous series of outcomes has no bearing whatsoever on whether the next coin flip will be heads or tails. Assuming a perfectly balanced coin and a fair toss, it’s exactly 50 percent likely that the next toss will bring tails. Same for heads.
by Mike "The Mad Genius of Poker" Caro
Today, we’ll talk about how panic and desperation can destroy a poker bankroll. And we’ll examine ways to stay on the path to profit, even when luck has turned against us. So, if you’re ready, here’s the self-interview…
Question 1: Okay, so what are you talking about?
I’m talking about the fact that most poker players instinctively panic. They become desperate and take unprofitable risks.
by Mike Caro The MAD GENIUS of Poker
"Tells only work against weak poker opponents. You can’t use tells against winning players, because they reverse them on you." How many times have you heard something said similar to that?
Well, I’m here to set the record straight in today’s self-interview.
Question 1: What do people mean when they talk about reversing tells?
Before I get started with today’s self-interview, I need to rewrite history. Last time, for my 190th column in the modern era of Poker Player Newspaper, “Today’s word” was “Everyday.” What’s wrong with that?
Well, the same word was also used for my 73rd column, which was entirely different in content. Each column is supposed to have a different word. So, the sensible thing to do is to declare retroactively that the word for column 190 was actually “Daily.” And I shall revise it thusly in a few months when it makes it way to my archives at my website Poker1.com. I will also need to modify the text somewhat to conform to that change.
Okay, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s turn to today’s word, “Hero.” It’s become vogue to use the term “hero call,” and I’m a little bit bummed out by the trend. Here’s why.
by Mike 'The Mad Genius of Poker' Caro
“Oh my god, I caught a brick!” Dan blurted playfully. He was playing 7-card lowball, also known as “razz.” On the sixth card, he added Kd to his previous 6s-4h-Ah. Hint: He already had an unbeatable 6-4 made with 2s-3s hidden. No matter which form of poker you’re playing, the colorful term “brick” means the card you just added didn’t coordinate with your hand whatsoever. We’ll talk about that in today’s self-interview.
Question 1: So catching a brick is a bad thing, right?
As with Dan, it’s not bad if you already have your hand made. It’s bad if you had hopes of connecting, though.
Question 2: How does a brick factor into your decisions?