i wish i had the PHS, if that means being a millionare with 9 WSOP
I have to say that players that are extremely tight and just play by winning odds arenīt good players. Bluffing
and semi-bluffing are an art that you have to incorpore to your game if you wanna be good. Playing trash hands is an important part of the game, and there you know that youīre the underdog preflop, and then you can steal some pots or you can hit your hand and win a big pot (because no one thinks that those low community cards helped somebody). If you only play monsters hands, then you will be predictable and thatīs the worst thing that can happen to you in poker. So if someone lose with his AKs against two pair of 6-3 and then starts yelling: "How did you called with a hand like that! I had more odds preflop!", the only thing you have to do is to ignore him.
In relation to your specific situation, the truth is that you played badly that hand, not because you called preflop with that hand, because pot odds
clearly werenīt in your favour (if you thought than only catching a card you would win the hand). Iīm saying that if you keep doing plays like that, you will lose more money than you win. But even on that situation the other playerīs attittude was wrong. He has to learn that maths are very important on the game, but they donīt won every hand you play according them. Bad beats happens a lot, and when it happens to you the only thing you have to do is to clear your mind and donīt let them to affect your game (going on tilt).
Dave, in relation to your fist question, i have to say that yes, i try to analize every situation, yes, i study and read books, yes, i use maths as a fundamental part of my game, but also yes, i play for the enjoyment. I really enjoy playing poker, but i like studying to improve my game. For me the money is just a fee to have fun. As all the games, when i enjoy the most is when i win, and to that i have to play the best poker i can.
ps: you donīt have to memorize an entire chart of hands odds, just memorize some preflop situation odds and then after the flop and after the turn you can use the rule of 4-2 to calculate the odds in an easy way. The rule consist in that after the flop you have to count your outs and then multiply them by 4 and add a % sign, and after the turn you do the same thing but instead of multiplying by 4, you multiply them by 2 (or 2.2 if you want to be more accurate).
ps2: Is not Gus Hanson, is Gus Hansen (in Denmark "sen" means "son of", so he would be "son of Han").