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One of the main reasons a tournament player will initially fail when he starts to play live no limit games is because his initial raises are too low given the average stack sizes of the players sitting in a game. Obviously a capped game plays more like a tournament. This is seen in a 2-5 game with a $200 cap as well as at some of the rooms in L.A. where the cap for a game can be quite low.
So this guy Paul writes to me with grave doubts about his game. He's a low limit player of modest experience, and he thinks he's playing well, but he keeps getting his ass kicked in the fish pond that is low limit internet poker. Per Paul: I wait patiently to get my money in the best spot, play strong starting hands, and get completely wiped out by the fish across the table because he out draws me. I raise when I have my strong hands to better protect them against these types but it seems so futile. If it's suited, they call. If it's connected, they call.
I wasn't quite sure what to make of a final table I was watching recently. There was one player absolutely running over the table-with his mouth. He was one of those off-the-wall guys who kept talking, talking, talking. Did he have bad poker etiquette?
After six hours in a cash poker game at the Bike, I was beat. "Thanks for waiting, Hobby. I could have taken a cab."
"I wanted to see how you'd do against the big boys, Joe."
"I'm taking home some of their money, but not enough to piss 'em off."
Among others at the table was Pete Francone, a high stakes poker player who is otherwise involved in the grey business world. I was in over my head, getting into a cash game with the likes of him, but I was suddenly flush after getting an unexpected royalty check for foreign book sales.
Don't be a poker potato! Are your flops failing you? Is betting boring? You need some excitement. It's time to spring into action!
The "Spring Poker Tournament" , February 26-March 5, at the PEPPERMILL Hotel/Casino in Reno is just what the doctor ordered. A few good flops will get your blood pumpin' and your hopes up. It's Hold'em therapy.
The Spring Tournament is a popular prescription for curing depression, recession and aggression. Warning: some players may experience severe anxiety and chip loss.
Larry Smith was born on September 9, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ritenour High School in 1964 and joined the Marine Corps in 1965. Larry volunteered for a tour in Viet Nam and after two years was honorably discharged in 1967.
After his discharge from the Marine Corps Larry moved to San Francisco with a buddy and spent the next two years enjoying life.
In 1969 Larry married and spent his honeymoon in Reno, Nevada. Larry enjoyed the casino atmosphere so much that he and his wife moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1972 so he could pursue a career in the casino business.
I was flabbergasted when Mike told me that not all winning streaks are good in poker. How could any winning streak possibly be bad?
He explained that you must consider what is causing the winning streak. Sometimes poker players will play their best game, content to stay or leave whenever they believe the time is right, whether they're winning or losing. If they do that, it's good. However, that isn't what usually happens.
Regular readers of this column know that its focus is Limit Hold'em. Limit Hold'em cash games have been my bread and butter for a long time. However, just like the rest of the poker world, I've been playing a lot of No-Limit tournaments, especially on the internet. So, for a change of pace and since No-Limit Hold'em is certainly sweeping the poker landscape, I thought we'd discuss the transition from Limit to No-Limit today. The most egregious mistake I see inexperienced players making repeatedly is that they tend to play the game as if it were Limit.