Pro-Files: Chris Ferguson
It's been a while since I did one of these. My Poker Tracker crashed about 6 months ago and I lost over 100,000 hands including 20,000 or so pro hands I had collected from Full Tilt. However, since then I have re-built my library back up to a respectable level and feel like giving the pro-files series another go, and what better way to start than by profiling one of the most recognized and respected professional poker players in the world, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
I had the good fortune of catching many of Chris Fergusons sessions during his run from zero to hero (http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/pro-tips-archive.php?player=Chris%20Ferguson&tip=100), turning zero dollars into $10,000 and we are the beneficiaries. Ordinarily the big pros play at the nose bleed levels, and even after collecting thousands of hands, one has to wonder how or if their successfull approaches to playing the game translate to the limits that most amatures are used to playing; not so with Chris. The 1200 or so hands I've collected on him are all from very affordable limits, from $2/$4 to $10/$20 including 14 with yours truly. Also, because Chris is a prolific writer we also have the ability to compare his written word to his actual (on-line) playing habits. We can see if he practices what he preaches.
In the next few days I'll try to post some of his stats, such as starting hands, positional stats, betting, raising, calling frequencies, aggression factors and perhaps some hand samples. Also, I'm not sure I can keep myself from editorializing but in the end, these are just stats and anyone is free to interpret them in any way they wish.
I encourage dialogue and in the past I have even transfered the complete hand histories to some members who's understanding of the statistics I thought might be of assitance in interpreting their meanings. I've always intended these profiles to be a continuous event and if anyone has any questions about how Chris or any of the other pros featured in the past (Mike Matusow (http://www.cardschat.com/f13/pro-files-mike-matusow-74766/)and Ben Roberts (http://www.cardschat.com/f38/pro-files-ben-roberts-74184/)) play a particular hand or situation, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help.
See you tomorrow with some goodies.