Originally Posted by MrSticker
I forgot to thank you too, Ripp. Seems you play more loosely than I'm used to, but I'm very open to your ideas. I guess you could tell that I really, really wanted to cash in this thing and that big stack had me puzzled the whole time, including prior to the start of the video.
Thats exactly the image I like to project...but take my word for it, nothing
could be further from the truth.
In MTT's my flops seen percentage (when I am playing my A game) generally runs around 20% or less. Thats FLOPS SEEN. It doesn't mean I am not making plays pre flop. Its just that I don't believe that limping and speculating is an effective way to play poker. If I am in a hand I am usually the one raising. Control of the hand is so important
and position has much more value than the strength of your starting hands.
Also I would like to add that suited connectors and gappers have a certain intrinsic value that most players don't recognize. For example...
10h/8h vs A/K is almost exactly 40/60. Those numbers stand for virtually all other suited connectors/gappers as well when compared to unpaired overcards.....meaning simply that they should be played much more aggressively.
When people talk about aggression I think its often misinterpreted as reckless or 'loose' play. I think in most cases my brand of aggression is all pre flop.....I do not like to 'see flops' even when I am a big stack.....when you come into a hand RAISE....(with the exception of low-mid pocket pairs and suited aces where I recommend limping in multi way pots)
Naturally this is all situational, so I can't possibly say 'play this way no matter what' but I am saying that abandoning starting hand charts is not a bad thing...especially in todays 'no foldem' climate of online poker. Even the worst donks playing .01/.02 still have a basic understanding for how to play certain hands, and you have to be willing to 'step outside the box' so to speak in order to adapt.