Originally Posted by vinylspiros
LEX VELDHUIS-unconventional to name a few.
These guys have smthng in common. they play nothing like we talk about here. when we describe EV+ moves etc etc.they reraise with 35 suited and all that good yummy stuff. yet they r pros and most of us are not. So WHY if we want to get good at the game and be considered the best should we follow the rules of conventional poker such as look at stats,follow starting hand charts and all that?
arent those rules like guidelines for noobs? and in order to become the best of the best IMO you must be able to customise those standard rules and be able to play good postflop regardelss of what your holding.?
cause if everyone is doing exactly the same thing,how would it be possible for someone to stand out from the masses?
what im saying is that i dont like following a certain system when playing poker but rather becoming creative in each and every single new hand i come across. thats one of the reasons that i dont like multitabling. you cannot put 100% of yoursef into each table . and at the end of the day following guidelines like a robot is not a good idea. we are humans and creativity is what can make the difference from a good player and a GREAT player.
thats how i see it. just sharing my thought to my fellow CC's.
It's a good point but two things to consider...
1) The players you listed (and so many more) have a problem we do not encounter. They can't really play by the book when as many times as not they are playing someone who wrote the book
2) You might be grossly over estimating the drive and initative of the average player to read more than one book on poker. So for the most part Noob/ABC poker is often the most profitable style for us.
3) In order to be the best of the best you have to play the best of the best. I don't think you see Dwan or Ivey playing the same game in a CC freeroll. They will adjust.
And this brings to mind the ongoing problem we have of interpreting the guys who write the books. Is that information for playing the "best of the best" or is it for the Friday night poker game
at the pub? A lot of times they do not let us know.
But again, your point is very worthy discussion material. I look forward to more on this line.