One of the funniest things anyone has ever said to me at a poker table
I was playing on full flush
poker a few months ago and was constantly stealing blinds from my opponents. I accumulated about $15,000 chips and came across an opponent who finally decided to fight back against what he perceived as a blind steal (I say perceived because I actually had a decent hand). He had been watching me steal blinds for the past x number of hands and he had been folding a lot against me. Well on this one particular hand he did decide to reraise me preflop, I called, he raised the flop, i called he checked the turn i raised a pot, he then raises on the river and i call. By the time the betting was done, he had put in three quarters of his chips turning his roughly $20,000 stack into around $5,000. His response to me? lol:
"I earned those chips mother ****er. I didn't steal them"
This had me cracking up laughing for a while....still does when I think back to it.
Some people will never get it. There is no honor in accumulating chips in one way or in another. There are consequences to being too gung ho with how you bet but there are also consequences to being too tight.
you need to be flexible in poker. that means you need to be a jack (no pun intended) of all strategies. You need to know when to be aggressive, when to be loose, when to steal, when to just sit back and watch the action. To me, feigning aggression is important. Aggression is the image I prefer to portray at the table even if that is not what is really going on in my thought process. This table image helps me steal blinds in the later stages of a touranment. It can take a lot of ups and downs along the way in the beginning stages of a tournament to get that table image right though. Sometimes I will donk out of a tournament in my attempt to establish this table identity but that is ok. Poker is not about the result at a particular table, it is about the results at many tables over the long run....
Yes many may call me mad or crazy after playing me.....but there is a method to the madness and I am fine tuning it into a winning strategy.
and let us not forget what they say about crazy people (see posted image below).