Originally Posted by light65536
The lesson learned is that if there is a maniac playing then I will not play at that table because easier tables exist. Playing a maniac requires me to take a lot more risk for more potential gain but its nothing something my bankroll needs.
It's your choice, but maniacs are everywhere, including tournaments. The real lesson, and it's one I have to remind myself of, is to observe. Observe and play around them.
During an upswing I ran into a maniac who was quite profitable. $8 in less than 1/2 an hour off of one guy at a penny table isn't so bad. Once I realized his game I just tightened up and let him play it. He wants to be aggressive? He wants to play loose? Then I wanna be tight, and a tiny bit passive. Let him think I'm the one playing a bad hand, then give him a chance to bluff. Maniacs just love bluffing. At the lowest stakes they think all-in's the only good bluff and sometimes it's the only bet they won't call.
It's funny, it can be tough to slow play a tight-aggressive player, but easy to slow play a maniac.
Really, if you're patient, you'll spot ways around all kinds of players. It doesn't mean you won't have downswings, but still I do think it's good to diversify your skills.
Oh and here's something I do kind of backwards. I've seen where articles say to look for the table with the biggest average pot size. But in my mind that means the table's aggressive overall. The thing is, I wanna be the aggressor. So I look for the smallest pot size.
But what do I know? I'm just barely climbing out of my own downswing.
GL and hang in there. Be patient. If you wanna top off your account every so often, like you know, add another deposit, I don't see how that's wrong. Still I've listened to the Chris Ferguson podcast a ton of times and read the article over and over again. Chris says 5% is actually a lot to take to the table at any one time. He says a lot of pros wouldn't dream of taking that much.
Guess I'll be a good little grinder and listen to Jesus. The rest of you can do whatever you want. It's your loot.