Math vs Reads
Something has been bugging me for a while, and this morning it took a new shape. It goes something like this;
involved can't take affect until you have some reads (at minimum) of the tempo of the table, and the players at the table.
You may have a raising hand in early position according to all the books, but with no reads on the table, how can you justify a large bet without knowing that half the table will fold or re-raise. The math may favor you, but if, unbeknownst to you, have sat down at a table full of gamblers, and you get half the table calling your good raise (thus favoring those pesky drawing hands), then both your stack and your confidence may suffer a severe spanking. All because you have little or no read info from a table.
I'm not sure where this notion is going, it needs refinement obviously, and any thoughts posted here may help me clarify it, and indeed, might help others finding themselves with similar thoughts.
I have noticed I am relying on reads more and more, and it gives me a saner opportunity to apply odds to more specific situation.