Ok, what I will say is, unless you have been playing poker a while and have a big bankroll this strategy will not work. It doesn't matter whether you agree with it or not - but it is a successful winning style because the majority of players that play poker will put it all in with top pair very good kicker or a big pocket pair.
How many times do you remember losing your entire stack to a rag hand when you had a premium hand? Well, how about if there was a style of play geared towards busting people using rag hands? Ever wondered whether the players you call fish are actually fish? Or just very good poker players...
You wouldn't call any of the players in High Stakes Poker fish would you? Well they will all tell you similar to what I will tell you.
Forget your $1 Ebay tight aggressive E-Books. You can take people for much more money defying odds than relying on them for long term success.
As chuck says, unless you have a big stack its hard to make this work in tournaments. In fact, even if you have a monster stack its very hard because blinds constantly increase and there are usually other people on the table that can bust you. The key part of tournament play is not to go bust so that becomes a problem!
The key to this style of play is knowing when to lay down a big hand and knowing when to call a big raise with a hand. Alot of players dont have these attributes, but they can be aquired over a long period of time.
Basically, i'm going to tell you how I make money using this style of play and then you will understand how to make money from not ALWAYS
playing the mathematical odds. [of course you should still play the odds the majority of the time]
I'll sit down at a Cash table always with the absolute maximum buy in. The table has to be 8-10 seater so that the blinds dont get on top of you, because I only like to play when in position. The players seeing the flop percentage also has to be low [no higher than 30% on a 10 seater] this is because you want to be playing against tight aggressive players that rely on premium starting hands to play with and have alot of chips to play with.
Now I will play semi tight aggressive until I win some cash. However along the way I will bet at any flop and gladly check down a hand if called when weak or fold to a reraise. This is to personify an image of an idiot who will bet at anything. You want people to expect you betting. I wont bet unless the hand is a maximum of 3 handed [hence the low players per flop % preference]
By doing this you will:
1. Make the table think your a maniac and as a result they will eventually give you no respect. [hence stacking off to you]
2. Allow you to sustain your chip stack by stealing alot of pots by taking calculated bets when in the hand with a maximum of 2 other people.
The key to this strategy is basically pissing off tight aggressive players and getting them to stand upto you. The beauty of tight aggressive players standing upto you is invariably they never know when to fold a big hand they've made and they also throw alot of chips at you.
As a result, when in late position I will call any raise between 2-6 big blinds with any suited cards above 3 and below 10. For example 7 5, 6 7, 8 10 are perfect hands for this play.
The best part about this is because I have position, I dont have to keep my reputation of always betting the flop. If I miss, I can easily fold to their continuation bet and my image of a maniac is still preserved. If I hit [and I am talking about at least hitting 2 pair with no danger out there] then I can proceed to play the hand like i'm bluffing
and pretty much always pickup a big pot or bust someone with a big pair or premium top pair.
Yes this ultimately results in beats when you get outdrawn - like with any hand in poker. But you will win alot more with this type of play than you will win with premium cards. Because nobody will ever put you on the cards your actually playing and with everyone playing tight aggressive ebook poker these days, there are just so many aces to crack!
If it costs me $50 in a cash game session calling off big raises pre flop and waiting to hit with rags to win $200 at the end of it then I call that a sound investment. It has nothing to do with luck, in fact its playing by the odds - Premium hands cant win everytime.
Many players on this forum will rubbish what I have typed and call me an idiot who will ultimately lose in the longrun.
But, I dont have to prove anything. It works, you just have to have a tilt tolerance for taking the badbeats, a big bankroll and an ability to put people on hands [which is quite easy in online poker when everybody seems to raise the same preflop with big hands at most levels]
Good Luck guys! You should think about what i've said next time you think someone at the table is a fish even though their stack is treble the maximum buy in!