Close your eyes and take a moment to seriously think about this question. What is it that you often criticize other poker players about when it comes to strategy? Notice I said strategy. Here we’re not talking about the guy next to you that has B.O. or the guy with the hoodie and sunglasses who tanks every decision as if though he was at the final table of the Main Event. What I’m talking about is what really irks you, even potentially, to the point of tilt?
As a pastor I end up doing a lot of counseling. One thing I’ve noticed is that many times people will come in complaining about something and as I start to dig into it, it turns out the reason it bothers them so much is that they themselves are guilty of doing the very same thing. The reason it bothers them so much is that subconsciously they are beating themselves up by seeing this trait in others. Again, it’s often not something they even know about themselves until we dig into it.
So what does this have to do with poker? With the rise in popularity of Twitch you can now often get a chance to see how other players think about you. Here are some real scenarios that I have collected over the past year (note: I’m not going to name the specific stats so I can help protect my own game, nor name the streamer because my point is not to embarrass anyone).
- A steamer said about me, “He does ‘X’ too much” and was laughing about it and saying how horrible it was. I checked and over a significant sample size he was doing this very thing almost twice as much as me.
- One night in chat a guy called me a spazz and said I play too many hands. His VPIP at the time he said it, again over a significant sample size was 39%.
- On the flip side one night a streamer said that I play way too tight. Yep you guessed it his stats were 13/8/4.
- I have a few other examples of things that streamers have said and each time they are “guilty” of the very thing they accuse me of.
Are you starting to see my point? We often get upset about things without even realizing…”Oh wait the reason I hate that is because I do that”.
Let me give you another example, this time from 2 players at a table I was playing at and saw the following in chat. Player “A” commented to Player “B”, “You are so awful, learn how to fold you idiot”.
I knew I was going to be doing this blog post in the future so I decided to look at their stats. Here is what I found amazing…I have over 2000 hands on each of them and they are playing nearly identical. Player “A” plays 25/15/5.6 while Player “B” plays 25/14/5.4. Looking at a bunch of other stats, they were again nearly identical.
There was only 1 area that they were extremely different. Fold to 3Bet (63 to 46), Fold to CBet (57 to 29), Fold to Check Raise (62 to 14), Fold on Turn (55 to 44), and Fold on River (47 to 22). Take a wild guess who hardly ever folded? Yep, Player “A”, the guy who had called Player “B” an idiot for never folding.
There is an old saying, “Be careful when you point a finger at someone because there are 3 pointing back at you”. Or Jesus put it this way, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and ignore the plank that’s in your own?” (Matthew 7:3)
My point is simply this…the next time you get upset at someone for how they played a hand or really anything in life, take some serious reflection time later to consider whether or not the reason it so bothered you is that you do the same thing.
My August grind was very similar to my July grind just with less volume. The month got off to a great start, I was in profit most of the month and then the bad beats just kept on coming resulting in a second month in a row showing a loss, after having started the year on a 6 month winning streak. Ah the joys of variance and the grind!
Here’s the breakdown for August…
12..…. Final Tables
7.......Top 3 Finishes
$4434.50 in total cashes (-4.06% ROI)
Now onto my Merge up-date. For those not familiar with my blog, Merge stopped allowing Pocket Fives to track scores on September 5th 2016, so what I’m doing here is tracking where I would have been had they not stopped tracking. I do play some on other networks but Merge gets out 95% of my volume so I thought it would be fun and motivating to keep things going as if though it never stopped. I use Poker Dominator to track all tourney’s so these are the most accurate and up-to-date numbers as of the last day of the month.
Merge Lifetime Total: $569,348.96
Career Lifetime Total: $642,442.19
Career number of Cashes: 4964
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