re: Poker & Handling calling stations and maniacs
I agree with you about the calling stations. Rule of thumb, never bluff a calling station. Ok, so you lose the bluffing, but you gain the value bet, get a hand and they will pay you off. I see players check it down once they are heads up with the calling station, this is a mistake, bet your top pair good kicker every street.
As for the Maniac, I agree with you again. Sure, money flows clockwise around the table, but, it does flow all the way. So, I'd much rather have the action to my left and be in position, then have it to my right and feel like my blinds are being stolen.