This post is about poker and it is plagiarism. In my defense, I am plagiarizing me. Mojo made one of those standard run bad posts. The hands he held were big pot hands. On its best day, it is a dangerous position. 60:40 gives you an advantage. It does not provide a guaranteed win. No preflop hand offers that. I even describe a prefop situation that is as good as it gets — probably 98:2. Dave rightfully uses an overall read to justify his actions. It is a valid justification. The real question is how valuable is an early gamble? Sometimes it is great. I remember doing it with JJ and then going card dead and it still got me one of my better paydays. We encounter exceptions to all the rules. But what do we really love that makes us who we think we are? Often it is an implied odds hand that was foldable in other situations. The fact is that big hands promulgate variance along with success.
Meet my plagiarism:
I tend to limp more with low blinds based on the typical player mix — ignoring position. It takes about 5 online blind changes to get me purposely upping the aggression factor. Today seemed a great example of big pot poker. It is live by the sword time to seek big pot poker.
The thing often missing from the narrative is blind level. That can be more important than KK or The Inquisition holdings. Without a strong M you can flip coins on how to proceed. Early coin-flipping is like Russian roulette with extra bullets in the gun. (multi-way all ins)
Dave has also talked about how he can lay down a “big” hand. If K’s and even A’s are learning events it is because they can be too easy to go broke with.
I’m guessing the day was atypical. The basis for that varies. We all have them and only later recognize how we end up where we ended up. Cards can contribute as we see.
Let me ask this. If you are the better post flop player, why wouldn’t you want to visit a lot of less expensive pots? Why wouldn’t you seek better options when there are too many holding position? It is questions similar to these that I believe Dave has figured out and that have brought success.
It is a bit like The Corps of Discovery. Lewis and Clark embarked poling up the bottom of the Missouri with lots (M-wise) of supplies that made for annoying grunt work. It is what got them to shooting the rapids in a canoe. (fun and the real excitement)
That is it in a nutshell. You do what you have to do and take the chances you want to take to get to late play fun where you can hopefully bring the a-game out and polish it.
For a yuck, I do remember a 3-way holding KK against an AA. The yuck is number 3 also held KK. That KK actually won when the board four-flushed the river. Hand calculators recognize one-percenters without emotion. We don’t when they hit.
Think about the hand being played by three limpers instead of three all ins. The board then shows a very coordinated flop that mostly misses your hand. What does the better post flop player do when the option is committing? Refer to some of Dave’s earlier posts, if you don’t know.
Hell, I should have worked on this as a post and left the link. I been dry at posting. LOL
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