I think that you should play garbage occasionally. I do this when I know I have a good read on my opponents. I do this very cautiously and certainly don't get pot committed.
It has payed off. I just don't make a bad habit of it and consider my chipstack, position, blinds, and be disciplined enough to endure the lost when I know the odds
are that I'm beat.
Playing those hands can also be very profitable in the long run. Great way to get under someone's skin in a tournament. It also keeps people unsure of their reads on you.
Keep in mind that this should all be orchastrated under the right circumstances. In other words, have a plan and a contigency plan.
Originally Posted by grafkarow
I know what you're talking about.
It's hard sometimes to stay focused for 4 hours.
I had the same problems until I started multitabling.
Now, in addition to the buy-in tourney I play I have a micro-limit ring game hold-em running.
Or 2-3 freerolls on different sites.
Don't add too many tables though - only as many as you feel comfortable with.
I play 2 ring games and a tournament at a time. It does keep you from getting distracted. At times, it can put me on tilt when three tables are beeping for me to act. I've learned that sometimes you should just time out while focusing on a big hand on the other table.