Originally Posted by Daniel72
I donīt like all this stuff: academy, last longer bets, tlbīs, bonus clearing, prop bets - it all affects your play negativly.
You should play your own game, without any external influence...
They don't have to affect your game if you don't let it. I usually have something from the academy going in the background and I never change my game up to modify towards it, but when you're playing 1,000's of hands, you're going to cover most of what is in there sooner or later. I have around 9,000 academy points and don't change anything in my game. I do like Oz, I find the challenges that are in relation to the type of game I play. I don't do SnG or MTT challenges right now, because I'm not playing any. If in a couple months I decide that I want to play those, then I will just change which challenge I'm on accordingly, but still keep my same strategy that I always have.
The other ones as well. Last longer bets, you just play your game and keep a level headed mind and it won't even matter you're a in a side bet. If you're folding AA preflop to a raise in a tournament because of a side-bet, then you're an idiot and shouldn't be side-betting in the first place.
Tournament Leader Boards??? You get to the top of a TLB by being a good tourney player, how the hell does this affect you negatively?
Bonus Clearing - cracks me up when people change their game just because they are trying to clear a bonus. If you just put in your hands and play your same game, you will still clear the bonus. You don't need to up your aggression and play way too many pots to clear a bonus.
Prop bets - the only one that can actually affect your game. If you're playing 7-2, then you're going to be betting aggressively to try to win the pot just for that bonus, but you could be up against a monster. And many people take hands like that too far.