How important can table image be?
About week ago, I played in $5000 guaranteed tournament that was part of FIVE program on full tilt. Buy-in was 5 points. I played and got 6th place, which I bagged 120 bucks. One great call got me deep. Once everyone found out that I made a great call, people were scared to bluff me and would mostly play their cards that I kept constantly stealing blinds. I came into a final table 8th place but got 6th place.
This is what happened.
I had pocket 7s. Some guy raised from early position. I called with pocket 7s(7 clubs and 7 spades. Flop came out Ad, Kd and 9h. Early position raised. I called. Turn was a diamond card. He raised. i called. River was another diamond. He pushed all-in. I just instant-called because I guessed that he was bluffing. I told myself "f-ck this guy. This guy's full of sh-t. my 7s are good" And indeed it was. He had TJo. I eliminated him and became a chip leader when there were about 35 players or so left that time. He kept talking sh-t to me on chatbox, calling me donk for calling. Although I know that best thing to do is to ignore him, I just wanted to piss him off and said few things like
"don't be mad just cause you suck at poker like you do in real life."
"I'm better than you and this whole table knows it. God knows it."
"Instead of criticizing my call, criticize your plays and see why your pathetic bluff didn't work."
"Don't f--k with me. I'm a calling station who will call with anything."
"Don't you feel miserable that you wish your mother should've aborted you?"
After this call, lot of people were scared to bluff me in the table. I would keep raising the blinds constantly or reraise the raises. I was able to steal lot of blinds and pots using the table image. During this day, everything went accordingly and people move in against me when I had pocket pairs and folded when I raised with rags. I was able to bluff lot of times. Sometimes, I sucked out with stupid hands because when I got reraised all-in, it was mostly from short-stacks and I was pot commited and ended up facing lot of 2:1 underdog matches(two overcards vs two undercards) which I won every one of them. But reason why I dropped from chip leader to 8th place was because I tried reraising the original raiser with Q7o but the conservative player who had as much chips as I had and was 3rd place in tournament that time, pushed all-in with Kings and original raiser called with Ace rags. I had no option but to fold since it's a common sense that person who's in third place wouldn't want to risk all of his chips on a bluff and get eliminated by fighting me unless he has something strong, and indeed he had. This crippled me and came into final table 8th place because I couldn't steal blinds and pots like I used to.
I was short-stacked in final table but I got 6th place because there was another feud and beef going on between two players (LeftCenter97 and TwoSuited78)in other table, they fought against each other and match up was 55 vs A8 and one of big stacks got eliminated 9th place. Then short-stacked moved all-in, there were two callers. One of callers hit his set on the flop and pushed all-in. Other caller had nut flush draw and called and won the pot through hitting his flush, eliminating both players at same time, which automatically moved me into 6th place.
I think knowing how to use table image to your advantage is a very good way to win or go deep into the tournaments. This was the only tournament where I was able to constantly raise with junk hands more than any other tournaments and was able to get people to fold due to fear. I have a feeling that if I can study more and refine my skills on exploiting table images and learn psychological tricks on tilting people or pissing people off through betting patterns, it can help me become a better player.
Does anybody know some strategies of exploiting table images? I can't seem to find lot of information on exploiting images. You can find tons of books on odds
, positions, hands, board, etc but I can't find lot of information about table images.
Here's the tourney I played in.