The premise that only good players playing prime hands are only in ring games or high buyin tournaments is simply not true. The idea that players who play freerolls or MTT's are donks is also untrue. The idea that a player with Aces can't see that someone else may play a hand that beats him or expects someone to automatically fold at a 4bet or put them on a hand that gives them a better chance than the person who knows the hidden hand thinks says much about the player making that claim.
Despite all of the excuses, if you're a better player you'll win - that still won't make you immune to "bad beats", players own inexperience causing them to make a bad play against you, people interpreting your play incorrectly and making a bad play against you. When you digest all of the professionally developed information about playing well (I certainly have not) what I find is THAT IS EXACTLY THE SITUATION YOU ARE TRYING TO CREATE against your opposition both novice and expert. My interpretation of players (with much higher experience explaining how he beat them) against Jerry Wang in the WSOP
last year is that it was their incorrect assessment of his betting pattern (among other things) that led to his win.
I guess I just don't understand all of this complaining about "donks" I hope all of my opposition is playing at less than "Phil Ivey/Daniel Negreanu A game" level.
I have never seen a known, winning player say or write anything different. The idea that "I hate donks", "I can't win against luckboxes","people always draw with nothing and beat my Aces","how could they play ## against my ##" is born in small limit games by players whose game needs development in many areas.
Daniel Negreanu (and a lot of other good players) said "If you can't beat players taking nothing but long shots, you can't beat anyone."
Most books by high caliber players speak of playing in a manner to confuse the opposition and picking games that includes just the players who are susceptible to good play - the ones people who complain about donks are talking about. I have never heard one of them complain that their opponents aren't playing well enough to suit their idea of what excellent play is. Has anyone else?
Most often it's players who just can't ever seem to win because of that lone opponent who always just by being lucky gets that 2% shot against their "near nuts" hand. Hmmm, who is that guy anyway who always wins on a long shot - isn't that statistically unlikely to happen?
A beginners opinion