re: Poker & need opinions and answers
I think a lot of this depends on your strategy. In tournament poker, I really like to be an aggressive force at my table. I'm with you 100%. If I'm in a tournament with less than average players, AND as long as limps seem to be the trend preflop, I want to take a lot of cheap flops, trying to stack people in situations that they shouldn't be letting that happen.
If players know what's going on, then this strategy starts to break down, as you have to take lots of flops to hit a good hand for this, and good players can fold, meaning you bleed off all this money then only make back a % of the total you spent to get to this flop when you hit it, netting a loss.
It is true that you can't win a tournament right away, but you can put yourself in a heck of a good position to win it later. If there's people who are looking to give their stacks away, I want to make sure I'm there to pick up whatever portion they're willing to ship my way.
Further, my strategy necessitates a big stack to keep pressure on opponnents and being able to threaten them with elimination. Without accumulating chips early on, I'm not likely to go deep in this tournament anyway, so busting isn't that big a deal.
Remember in tournaments, don't try to just make it into the money. Making the money is fine and all, but it's not how you really win. You need to go deep, like heads up or 3rd place deep! That's where the money's at in a tourny. And building your stack early on when the play is weak is a great place to start building the empire you'll need to carry you to that deep finish.