Last time I listed some ways I'm dumb at poker, and asked you to do the same. Well, did you? If not, it may not be because you're lazy. It may be rather that you're afraid: afraid to confront yourself openly and honestly. But it doesn't hurt. Truly it doesn't. Let me show you what I mean as I finish listing the principal ways I'm dumb at poker.
Setting up the Bluff
Successful bluffing involves, usually, a combination of ingredients to be successful. Ideally, you'd want to have some value to your hand, some possibility that your hand might improve on future cards, timid and tight opponents, and good scare cards. But I'm not going to focus on any of those items in this column. Instead, I'm going to look at something less tangible - something you can't touch - but something that is ultimately very important and something you can actually do something about. I'm going to look at your image in the mind of your opponent.
How often have you had a pocket pair before the flop and wondered whether they were worth playing. Let's look at three pocket pairs and you are in middle position with each of these: [2s][2h].
The next two 4 cards working together charts below are the results for A-5 and A-6 with a pair.
Not much difference between this chart and the one for A-4. Another 6 combinations or 41.8% of the total are now in the red. Still only 3 NS combinations are profitable but there is a shift from A-5-Q-Q jumping from a loss of $0.19 to a profit of $2.16 from last time. A lesser swing occurred turning the A-5-3- 3 from a positive $1.01 to a negative of $0.13.
If someone tells you they're smarter than you, they're not. If they were, they'd know not to tip you off to that fact, thus putting you on your guard. This is true in poker, and also true in life where, at minimum, you don't want people to think they're not as smart as you if for no other reason than it may make them feel grumpy and insecure, and then not give you what they want.
When I phoned Barbara Fielder Prather on September 9 to interview her, it just happened to be her 62nd birthday. Barbara was born in Center, Texas and graduated high school in Houston, Texas in 1961. After high school Barbara enrolled in business college to further her education. When she graduated from business college she took a position with a Houston bank. She left her banking position to take a job with the Dentler Potato Chip Company.
Last weekend Greg and I experienced the WPT Boot Camp in Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. We'll share our boot camp adventure in a later article. For now, the WPT Boot Camp is a must for poker players who want to improve their tournament skills and have aspirations of reaching the final table.
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The show features characters, some of whom are portrayed by performers operating, and speaking for, Muppet-like puppets with names such as Lucy the Slut and the porn-loving Trekkie Monster. As one critic said: "Think "Sesame Street" meets "South Park." This is one helluva funny show and should be a big hit for a very long time.
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As we continue our quest to be the best we can be on the green felt, today let's discuss what is one of the most egregious errors that players make. The frequency in which I see this mistake being made may well be part of the "New Player Syndrome" that is certainly on the increase based upon the enormous influx of less experienced players entering the scene recently. However, I see experienced players making this mistake with surprising regularity. Yep, the title says it all.....cold calling raises.....and worse yet, with hands that barely deserve to call one bet never mind two or more.