Well, like it or not I am back.
I have taken some time and continued to burn brain cells and life energy pondering and hypothesizing about my relationship with low limit poker and how I can be profitable in a game that most rationale people say can not be beaten.
I know this is probably way too wordy and long for a good blog entry but hey I aint no pro so who cares
Here it is my updated list of I HAVE LEARNED.
This does not mean it will do me any good, or that I am even right. It means this is how I perceive it at this moment in time.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I PLAY TOO TIGHT AND THE NIT NEEDS TO DIE: AT LEAST BE RELAXED A LOT.
I need to see a lot more cheap flops when I am in position and I need to open up my limp range from the middle spots with a few callers.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT IT IS NOT AGGRESSION THAT WINS AT LOW LIMIT GAMES.
Raising is not needed for the most part especially since I will be seeing flops with more drawing hands. However since I will not usually be raising to thin the field I will be raising to build a pot it is still a valid action. Also raising on the button is more logical than anywhere else as up early no matter with traffic I have a problem after the flop
I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE RAKE IS ANOTHER OPPONENT I NEED TO BE VERY VERY AWARE OF AND I WANT THEM TO PAY MORE OF IT THAN ME. (THIS IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER TOPIC THE 10TH MAN AT THE TABLE)
The rake is huge at over 200 an hour this will be good to track and learn for sure for many reasons
I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHERE I PLAY CASINO PROMOTIONS CHANGE THE GAME SO SO MUCH IT IS CRAZY. ACES CRACKED, SPIN THE WHEEL STRAIGHT FLUSHES AND BONUS TICKETS FOR FULL HOUSE DRAWINGS ALL CHANGE THE ACTION AND THE OUTCOME A TON. (MORE ON THIS IN A BIT)
ACES CRACKCED causes slow play and you bet into them more and do not get them identified. Also if narrows down my range as people say he does not have aces he raised.
Spin the wheel is a killer as it creates all kinds of draws to baby and back door hands that start out chasing the wheel but cause serious suck out issues. As well as small straights and flushes to be chased afterwards and they will not fold them unless they miss all the way through the hand.
Also full house tickets cause many more small pairs to stay and sets to chase and go for the tickets. Also any flopped two pair is sticking around to try and get a ticket.
Super 77 well we will see about that as this is a started hand anyway if you ask me
I HAVE LEARNED THAT IF I WANT TO MAKE MONEY I NEED TO GET MONEY MOVING, FROM MY STACK AND FROM THERE STACK.
This I am not as concerned with as some of the others. What I am really trying to remind myself as a player is to bet my hand a lot more than check and worry. They WANT to call and combined with all the promos they will call and call and call so chips are moving. I just want as many as I can get when I have a hand. Do not worry about the suck out bet when you have the best of it.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I DO NOT NEED TO TRICK, TRAP, OR CONFUSE MY OPPONENTS IN THIS STYLE OF POKER I JUST NEED TO BET.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I WILL SHOW DOWN A HAND SO I NEED TO HAVE A HAND 97% OF THE TIME.
So no bluff as a tool for play. However this also means I need to value bet with a different range of hands more often on the river and collect the over call bets. I need to study and learn this more effectively. I also need to call bets on the river more often with a different range of hands as these folks are betting there hand more than the board and there version of good or strong is all over the board
I HAVE LEARNED THAT IN LIMIT GAMES I AM GOING TO NEED TO CALL DOWN A LITTLE MORE FREQUENTLY. (THEY BET WAY TO WEAK OR THIN TO FOLD ALL THE TIME)
I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHAT QUALIFIES AS A HAND AT THESE LEVELS IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW.
Actually, any two cards and a hunch qualify for seeing the flop. Also once a piece of the flop connects with them most of the time it is super glue and they are going to stick to it just to make sure or just in case... Once again this is the reason I need to bet my hands and adjust my range especially on the river. I
See two pair call on a double straight board after a raise all the time. I also see straights call on 4 flush boards with a bet and even two over callers.
The weak flush is a disease and once they make it with any two suited cards they will not bet it for fear that it is no good, but will call all the way through hopping it survives.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT TIGHT IS RIGHT, BUT TIGHT IS SUBJECT TO THE LEVEL OF PLAY AROUND ME. (THIS IS OF HUGE IMPORTANCE TO ME RIGHT NOW)
This is one of if not my biggest challenge and personal weakness right now. I need to work on this so hard it is killing me. I need and want to understand better how weak is actually strong when I am getting 5 and 6 or more to one pre flop odds and the hand is rarely raised. Also after the flop with so much traffic betting draws and what I call double draws is looking so enticing. Raising is also a money maker with so many people and hands that can improve in various ways I really need to be more aware of
PLAYING TIGHTER THAN THEM BUT NOT THE COMPLETE NUTS...
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I THINK WAY TOO MUCH AT THE POKER TABLE AND THIS IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD.
What I actually mean is thinking is good and I am not going to quit, but sometimes I need to listen to and trust that gut instinct or that little voice in my head.
On many occasions I have felt it yell call call call this bet and I fold and I was right to call. The pot was a little short at the time but 5 more bets went in before the show down,
I am also guilty as heck of hearing the voice scream at me RAISE RAISE RAISE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. I do not listen I call sometimes it cost me the pot sometimes it cost me value, but it cost me when I do not listen.
OR the voice saying fold go away not here not in this spot not with the traffic. I call and loose three more bets as I stay out of position with top pair middle kicker and call downâ€¦.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT DRAWING HANDS CAN BE MORE VALUABLE THAN BIG PAIRS BECAUSE THE FLOP CAN HELP THEM DEVELOP MORE AND GET THROUGH TRAFFIC BETTER THAN BIG PAIRS CAN.
What I am saying to myself here is because I am seeing flops with 4 or more people on average raised or not I need to understand single pairs no matter how big are still underdogs if they do not connect with a set on the flop as there is going to be a draw out there of some kind for someone. Raising pre flop does not thin the field enough to change my expectation so when I do it the raise is for value not defense. Now do not get me wrong TT-AA is a raise I promise even with traffic as there are a lot of hands contributing dead and near dead money and we can always increase this. I am just doing it knowing that things will change or can change drastically after the flop and I need to be good with that fact and play accordingly when it happens.
Let it go when it goes the wrong way.
On the other side of this coin is the drawing hand scenario. I still am playing solid starts but I feel that with some of these say 9Ts-AKs and JT-AK I have or can have a little more flexibility after the flop as so many cards can give me more wiggle room. In position I can even get in with as little as 56s and up but this would be about my personal cut off and even then I am more inclined to drop anything smaller than 89s on average.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I NEED TO BE WILLING TO TRY AND GET THERE MORE OFTEN EVEN ON SHY ODDS NOW AND AGAIN, IT IS BETTER FOR ME IN THE LONG VIEW.
See statements on over callers on river and extra bets coming in as implied odds are a little better with other callers in the hand for two extra betting rounds. However I am still reluctant to go beyond the turn bet into the double bets if I do not improve. I also do not go further if both of my options require runner runner cards. This means double backdoor draws with only over cards and the like.
I HAVE LEARNED THAT I NEED TO RELAX I AM A TIGHT ASS FOR THE MOST PART AND THAT AINT GOOD FOR PROFITS AND IT IS NOT AS FUN. I WEAR MYSELF OUT TRYING TO HARD FOR TOO LONG I NEED TO BREAK AWAY AND LET IT BE FROM TIME TO TIME AT THE TABLE