Originally Posted by dj11 View Post
When your the chip leader late, there is really NO REASON TO GAMBLE yet.
That's good advice from DJ, temper your aggressiveness with awareness. If you've lost too many tall stacks once you've become chip leader, your aggressiveness is high and your awareness is low.
One of the worries I used to have when I first started to consistantly get chip lead was that I felt it was required of me to call short stacks with nominal hands. Well it isn't required, sometimes it makes sense but you don't have too.
There is also chip lead, then there is chip lead
then there is
To help you focus on awareness here is something that is possible but rare in poker. Stay tight or LAG as it may be in your case, you get your stack to the lead because your awarenesss is high. Once you have the lead perhaps your losing focus, SET A NEW GOAL.
Have you ever had 1 million in chips with the closest stack at only 90K? I have been fortunate enough to have that happen to me twice in 4 years believe me it's quite a rush. Once you've hit that chip lead status force yourself to keep focus until you have 10X the next tallest stack.
Once you have a lead of that size you can call any hand from any position and put your opponent all-in and not care if you lose. There is a LOT of POWER in that. You can go all-in EVERY hand and scare the other players to their cores. Every time you get in a hand they will fold because they just know it won't matter to you, you WILL put then all in just because you can afford it.
You can call major raises with speculative hands like, 6/9 or J/8 even 10/3 hit two pair and crack Ace's and Kings just because you can afford to lose chips. Man I tell ya once you get a chip lead like that you will LOVE all kinds of action and can read terrror or confidence on the face's or betting patterns of everyone at your table.
I've been there TWICE, I hope to get there again someday, keep your focus and set that goal believe me you'll love it. If you like playing LAG that's one thing but don't lose focus and donk off chips, set that goal so you can truely play LAG and not care if you lose, with LAG experiance and that knd of stack you won't, over the long haul you will dominate the final table and make short work of it. But you got to get there first, stay focused, keep your awareness high.