Cat Skinning and Other Fun Pastimes
Rob had two interesting post. (I know!) that discussed interesting aspects. The first made use the old aphorism, “Are you good enough to fold KK?” KK certainly has appropriate substitutes. It falls in that benighted category we refer to as Hand History. I have said before that text ones leave me stumbling about –ya really gotta be there. Hand histories are the hair shirt of poker. Usually missing is the real context. The only consistently great histories I can recall were in Shirley Rosarrio’s blog.
52 times 51 and we arrive at the possible hands. That’s a bunch and all are capable of rapture or anguish. Is AA better than 72? Well, more often than not but don’t sell anything short. Do you remember Fuel55? (Last post 4 years ago.) He loved Presto and called his blog “Creativity breeds Madness” and his last post covered Presto#150. Every week it seemed his blog was giving another example of the vaunted 55. I got to know him by way of another paid blogger on my old site — PokerWorks. He was kind enough to forward a lengthy collection of his hand histories. Fuel was a higher stakes player and many of those examples were inventive and could become costly. Far and away, most were the blah crap that gets folded. That included some premium hands with situational leaning and that host of pure crap that litter the poker landscape.
One of the early things that I remember discussing and only knowing half of what I was talking about — yes, I know that has slipped — was implied odds. If there is one great thing to learn at no-limit ring, implied odds is a strong candidate. That was what Fuel55 was doing and his happiest occurrences included the nickles. He looked for substantial stack held by active players. He was willing to invest more than average when implied odds favored him.
It is and isn’t about the cards. That’s always the case and it is hard to keep that at the forefront of our action. That doesn’t say splash like the biggest fish. It means knowing when to gamble a bit more than usual. That is the power of implied odds — giving away odds to expose greater rewards is a powerful NL tool. Being on the wrong end gets costly.
Other examples abound. Crubs? Remember her? Rakewell and his 24. A host of players with mid to low suited connectors. AJ is a tower of strength against those hand — preflop anyway. Out of position it is all arguable. But, whats poker without arguments — isn’t that what we really mean with hand histories?
In discussing AJ, it certainly has its place. One nice thing about it is that it is easier to fold than KK or “Premium holding” that woof to an action board. So, it isn’t as bad as it was made out. What is bad is getting exercised over an old duffer that seems to be getting away with murder and getting your attitude played.