re: Poker & going the distance
Along with everything add the key word, 'SURVIVAL'. This should be the concept anytime you believe you are about to enter into a coinflip, especially early.
Survival is not a concept found at ring games. It is a key concept in tourney poker.
I have noticed that amongst those who have shown success around here, even when the cards are only so so, changes come in big jumps. One might easily sit for 20-30 hands without doing anything more than melting away, when all of a sudden the big situation comes. It may or may not occur with a big hand, and often comes in a limped BB with a fabulous flop. Yes, there are those who think early aggression pays off. And it can. But it won't if those same folks can't change gears once they have established a nice stack. It is uncontrolled greed that will lead these folks to push harder than necessary, and then when things don't go well, to go full tilt and blow it all away.
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