Nice word. Connotes all we love and treasure in our day to day going about. Beer? You bet! Concert tickets, car interiors, memberships and the list goes on. There is one premium that isn’t as loved as friend Mojo explains.
Yes, seems our friend Mo — everybody’s Joe — got his AA cracked but it paid well. That is an unusual occurrence that I’ll let him tell you about. Brought up an interesting topic though that we all encounter. The
meek weak-passive shall inherit the earth — to paraphrase.
I admit to long having troubles with a collection of them at a table. When I started online, the “cheap” game on the site was .25-.50 and I managed to play poorly but less luckily than the collection of idiot chasers that became my online lot in life. My blog and every other poker blog will, at times, bemoan the Premium hand that goes down in flames. It is always that “everyman” that does it. In the 50’s they were called “fellow travelers” and tared by McCarthy. Let’s bring back the star chamber!
If you click on the Stud category on the right there, you’ll see me resolve my issues with the those pinko weak-passives. It isn’t all that positive in EV but it is the best I’ve come up with. And it is counter-intuitive when you think NL. Why do we raise? “Raise to isolate”, right? Doesn’t work. You have to play a trapping game. You fold more flops against weak better without seriously improving. You raise only in late play. You do “waste” chips in the most boring manner possible. All fun is missing. The benefit is the benefit:cost ratio is on steroids from all the come-along Charlies. That makes it less about hands as it is about pot odds letting you do things you’d never try at NL. That’s the single ray of sunshine. Chasing your flush can be +EV.
It is said that it is very hard to be an equally skilled tournament and ring game player. It is even worse to be that at limit and no-limit. What it comes out to is that limit rewards the selective-weak-passive beyond all reason. I’ve had friends that were limit grinders. It is a profitable world if you can stand the paint pallet — all grey.
Going back to that limit Stud tournament, it was first gear. That gear is preservation strategy with trapping the only fun. It was the way to navigate to blind-antes that turned it into a version of NL. You played like a putz to get to the good part. Ring Limit Hold’em never gets to the good part. Grind baby grind. Might make you a better NL player in the long run. As Rob and company were discussing, “Can you fold KK?” — knowing limit makes it easier and provides a modified decision tree that links to Negreenu’s small pot poker concepts. And, a lot of his ideas about small, suited connectors come right from the limit playbook.
Now that I have explained how to play limit ring, why would you ever want to?