Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Aggression - The Best Deception Of All

Have been very busy on the old keyboard the last few days, getting material ready for 2 new poker sites which will be up next month. Will let readers know that one will be a 'comedy' site... all this poker news is so darn dry and serious - and I'm going to put my head on the block by taking the p*ss out of all of it and with some 'all new' ideas involved too - stay tuned!

ok, not been playing too much lately - really enjoyed the Omaha Planet private tournament (and won it too - though there were only 9 of us!). Been having a few odd cash games on Carbon too, in between articles.

One thing I notice again and again (and again) is that the lower limit donkeys just looooove to slowplay. It is almost as if trapping someone with that set or pair of aces with a crafty check-raise on the end is the whole object of the game...

Let us get things straight - the object of the game of poker is to win money, the most possible money.

There are actually very few occasions in a deep stacked cash game where slowplaying will get the intended result.

In No-Limit games the bet sizes throughout the hand are 'usually' in some kind of proportion to the size of the current pot. That is to say that a half-pot, 3/4ths-pot or pot-sized bet on the turn or river (for example) are considered 'normal' by opponents while the all-in for 6 times the pot after showing no strength on any street is not.

But hang on... did Mark not just say that the object of the game is to make money... why does the 'normalness' of betting matter here then??

Well folks - normal bets get called by normal players with normal hands!

Yep, the 6 times pot overbet on the river will only be called by someone with a great hand, a great read or a severe lack of understanding... the half pot on the river which gets the remainder of your opponents stack is likely to be called fairly often (after all - you are giving them 3/1 on the call!).

Let me explain the title - making money in poker involves deceiving your opponents as to the strength of your hand, but it also involves building a pot. Say you spike a set and bet, only this time you had bet the last 5 hands you played... taking down the pot 3 times, giving up on the turn once and winning at showdown the other time.

Think about that a little harder... your objective is to build a big pot - one that will be called on later streets by big but not huge hands. You would also like to deceive your opponents about the strength of your own hand - what better way to achieve both objectives than by betting here!

Positive poker is undoubtedly winning poker, and for those who find being 'tricky' important, why not use your natural aggression as the best deception of all!!?!?

Gl at those tables, Mark

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