The vast poker conspiracy
Ya know this whole tight thing is making me sick.
Optimal strategy is exactly that optimal. That is the strategy behind tight aggressive. Ironically, when you hear someone complain about a guy, he is never a tight aggressive, he is always a loose aggressive.
Optimal strategy will win, but never pay the bills. You will always remain a few bets ahead.
Holdem is a game of EXPLOITIVE strategy. Which tends to embody a loose aggressive style. Loosen up just a little bit everyone. Give action and you will receive action. You open your opponents to make mistakes which you can exploit. You must also be aware that you are now playing sub optimally. In other words you are vulnerable to attack as well. It is more difficult, but what poker is all about.
Playing Tight/Agg you will see alot of wholes in your opponents games, but will be in few pots where you have the opportunity to punish them for those mistakes, because you are patiently waiting for you next required starting value. How many of you have said, Damn, if I was in that hand I could have bet him off that. Or, Why doesnt he bet, its obvious the guy has nothing...
These are the laments of Tight Aggressive.
Open you game up, get in there and take those chips. Author after author tells
you to be tight. They are giving you the SAFE strategy. Dont become a maniac, just loosen up a little bit. Have you ever noticed that none of them, even Phil H. doesnt use the strategy in his books to win...
I think its a conspiracy! Write books with basic optimal strategy for imperfect information games (poker games
) ala poker - poker theory (http://www.cardschat.com/poker-strategy.php), sell them, then use that money to play explotive strategy against the people that bought you books... Genius I tell you. lol