Loosen up- avoid "bad beats"
My buddy was telling me about how often he is getting bad beated, and always for his tournament life, and they were the usual stories,AA loses to 9-10, AK losing to AQ, and so on and so on. I told him there has to be something hes doing, you cant always be getting busted out with the best hand, so I watched him play and sure enough he was losing with the best hands (preflop).Then it hit me, why is always getting bad beated?...he's only playing premium hands,AA,KK,AK suited, and when you get all your money in preflop and lose with those hands its always going to be a bad beat. I know your probably never going to fold these hands, but when they represent 80% of the hands you play, you dont leave yourself with too many other options that that can lead to a win or cash.Now these hands should hold up, but its not always going to happen the way you hoped..THIS IS POKER. So loosening is the solution we came up with for him.He's using some new plays to his advantage and he is playing more hands now and is cashing more, which is the important thing.... Of course on the other hand, you dont want to play like a complete donkey. Good Luck To All.