The Drunk man at the poker table
We have all played this guy before; some of us occasionally have been this guy. The one who is in every pot catching hand after hand. He is the suckout king and he is wasted. He thinks he is playing great poker but he has been a luckbox. He has been drinking beer, hard liquor, or frozen concoctions all night and it has affected his play. These people can be difficult to match up against because they seem to win every pot they enter. Some players tighten up, some loosen up but either way you know any hand against this guy could be for all your chips.
What do we know about the drunk man, other than he is obnoxious, stubborn and an assclown? For starters we know he is not going to lay down a hand very easily. He will likely call or reraise your bets so donít try to bluff the obliterated guy. Now donít get me wrong -- you can bluff the drunk guy but only if you have a good read on him. There is really only one bet that can get the drunk guy to fold; the all-in move. Its not that the drink guy really respects the all-in; he doesnít, heís drunk, itís just that he knows he canít bluff at the pot anymore. Also he knows if he calls he has to show his crap hand and he will most likely lose. You can almost see his brain start working again when this happens and he realizes; damn I need to fold here. If you pull off a bluff then considering showing it to him because, lets face it there it nothing better than seeing a drunk man on tilt.
Donít try to do any crazy setup plays against this guy; heís drunk so he probably wonít remember or even have noticed how you played a hand 10 minutes ago.
Slow play more often against the drunk guy; this really baffles him. Heís betting the entire hand then when you check raise him on the river he has to look at his cards. Heís not looking to verify what he has; heís looking because he forgot what they were; heís hammered.
Let him make the all-in move. Many drunks think the all-in is this great move that they can use to get someone off a hand. They always see the reraise or the all-in as their ďbig move.Ē Well let them make the big move. If you have a great hand never bet more than 1/3 of your stack. You still have enough chips that the drink man will think he can force you off the hand. The firstthought that goes through the drunk guys mind is ďif I go all-in he will foldĒ. As with most drunks there is not much thinking after that initial thought. Plus it is much more satisfying to be calling an all-in with the nuts.
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