Sunday, January 06, 2008

Ever Made A Reflex Call??

As regular readers will know, my enjoyment of poker books comes from the 1 or 2 'hidden gems' that careful study will locate in each one. Tom McEnvoy's 'Tournament Poker' is no exception here. Though I do not rate this book particularly highly in general, the first 'gem' popped up yesterday... it concerns the 'Reflex Bet'.

The Reflex bet (or more likely reflex call) is something I have certainly been guilty of. You raise up a hand, continuation bet a draw heavy board, pot the 'safe' turn and then instantly call your opponents all-in when the draw gets there on the river... instead of thinking the hand through, assessing your chances of having the best hand and comparing this to the odds it is just 'bam!' a big call...

Can work the other way around too... a missed AK for example, you continuation bet a raggy flop, get called by your out of position opponent and 'Bam!' throw in your chips on the 'safe' turn without stopping to think through what your opponent may have (or even why you are making the bet at all).

These are examples of reflex bets. They may pop up when you are frustrated or maybe just distracted... such actions can ruin a stack carefully built by making 'good decisions' over several hours in a matter of seconds...

I was aware of this in a round-about way before, having a name for them will certainly improve my awareness here - and hopefully give you something to think about too!!

GL at those tables, Mark

2 comments:

Littleacornman said...

Hmm,I've always known that as the "awfuckit call"! I seem to suffer from the "awfuckits" on occasion.All cures welcome...

Best wishes for 2008 too...

Game101 said...

lol... yes a gem indeed. nh.