re: Poker & A Predictable Maniac
I wouldn't enter the pot on a cold call, you aren't going to get any information at all that way. A may get the limper out of the pot and leave you heads up with the maniac, who was going to raise anyway and has a better chance of a hand lower than J-10s than he does of having one higher. See the flop, and if it misses you, you only lost one bet. If you flop a flush, straight, top pair, top two, or a draw, you're sitting ok to make a probing bet.