The "Get the F*#! Out of Your Comfort Zone" thread: Ring Games
Okay, so we all generally have a normal style of poker. Players who play games as a "TAG" will usually always play that way. I'm sort of a "loose" player, and I'll rarely have sessions where I don't run 30/29/3. And I'm betting a lot of you guys play your usual style of play. Humans are creatures of habit, and its hard to break out of our comfort zones.
However, that's a problem. Playing the same way will not allow anyone to grow as a player.
So here's my challange to you:
Change your game for 1000 hands (about 3 hours of playing 4 tables). And change it in a big way. Get the hell out of your comfort zone, and just try some things that are totally foreign to you.
And there are conditions. Don't multi-table more than 4 tables while you're doing this. This is not a bankroll building exercise. If you have to move down in limits to try this, do that. Playing fewer tables will allow you to focus more on what you're doing rather than just staying in your usual habits.
Also, you must learn from this experience. So you must post 3 hands in the hand analysis forum from your "Non-Comfort Zone Sessions".
I'll go first. And even more interesting, I'm going to let you guys decide how I'm going to be changing my game for the next 2 sessions I play.
These are my typical stats for a standard session:
Voluntarily Put $ Into Pot = 31%
Pre-Flop Raise = 28%
Aggression Factor = 2.6
3-bet % = 11.8%
C-bet % = 70%
So I'd like you guys to pick, how should I change things up:
1) Play like a total nit, and keep my stats around 16/15 or less.
2) Play like a complete maniac. Stats around 50/40 or more.
3) Call/3-bet all pre-flop raises when I'm in position, and float every continuation bet.
And don't pick the one that you think would be funniest/cruelest/whatever. Pick the one you think would be the most informative for me.
You don't have to do anything drastic with your own game. However, do something that you're not comfortable with. It can be as small as making 3 triple barrel bluffs over the whole session, or only playing hands from early positions. Or even just playing a totally different game (Omaha?). But the key is to force you to deal with situations that you're not comfortable being in, and then learning from them.
Other possible suggestions:
-Steal every time it folds to you on the button.
-Never play any hand with an ace, king, or queen in it.
-4-bet bluff 4 times over the course of the session.
So, go easy on me k? Pick maniac, cuz I can't deal with being nitty.