Queen yes, it’s me, Lady Luck. Sometimes, I do go a little off the reservation. It’s either that or going the other way. Either way, I’m sure Lady Luck is appreciate when I bring home a six-figure pot percentage of what the pocket did community card. It’s usually a pretty nice Surprise.
If you know what you’re doing, if you have a proven situational poker mastery, you can make a lot of money with a little bit of luck by capitalizing on the predictable. You by definition know if your hand will win or lose on the flop, but you are the one who knows how to bet once you know you have the better hand. That’s a skill you undeniably possess.
But that’s not what separates the skillful player (you) from the maniac player (he). To be a master of situation poker, you must have a master watch list.
A serious player will Fold a hand like pocket Q’s just not interested in playing them. It’s irrelevant whether they hit the flop or not, and folding is a skill. Mastering the odds is what will make you a master watch list.
You know, a lot of us just don’t have the skill or the understandably self-important fail to see our Bankroll crumble before our eyes. It’s a miscalculation, and we don’t care about the result. We just want to lessen the blow of losing, or we want to render another few chump points to the Bankroll. We think we’re having a lucky day today, or that the next bet will be higher, or–worst case scenario– someone had a real lucky card. That’s it and that’s all. That’s poker. You know what? You’re still gambling. And by the time youancing out, you realize that your “ummer” has been longer than you thought you would be.
If you’re a thoroughbred racehorse, you may have an onset sweating and irregular heartbeat. On the other hand, Hummer, you limp through life getting quoted by the press as having a bad beat. But you know what? Poker is a game of skill. True, you’re going to lose a few hands. You may very well be embarrassed as you lay face down with a big old stinking account in your hand. But you’re still going to be gambling.
Let’s say you decide to take the Casino’s money and go play Bolagila online. Do you really think you can still bully them with the better hand? You’re committed to playing these hands, and you’re going to lose these hands more than twice. You start losing every WSOP match you play in. After rebounding somewhat, you begin to lose again. The Poker room throws you under the bus yet again. You find yourself sanctioning people who play Poker online with account’s that have less than $100. You find yourself sanctioning people who play Poker online with account’s that have more than $100. Do you know what this means? This means you can’t control yourself. You start digging a deeper hole for yourself because you are starting to really treat like a weak-tight player.
And this is what it takes to fall into the trap of treating poker like a cash game instead of a sport. A weak-tight player is easy to beat. He is going to call you with hands like 6-8 or 5-7 off suit, or he is going to make it a point to stay in the hand regardless of what you are doing. Because your Prix suffers if he beats you at Poker, it is going to be more important to hunt him down and make sure you actually have something than it is to try and play this particular hand to the bitter end. Because most likely, if you don’t do things like this, others will and you will soon find yourself getting called down with some weak little number, and you don’t want to be in that position.
There are going to be times that you have a weak hand and someone in the play bets a ton of money. While this may seem to discourage you from playing, remember that this person in the hand could be pushing with any two cards and could also have pocket Aces. This could be the case, but it is still entirely possible that he is betting because he has a pocket pair of Kings. You can’t play a strong hand against a loose player who is betting only occasionally, but still, it is important to give the loose player a chance to catch his card before you commit your entire stack on the result of the hand.
You can also call a bet simply because you want to see the flop if possible.