Originally Posted by teepack
My biggest weakness is not being able to recognize sets. I don't know how many times I've had an A-Q or something similar and lost when the board comes up A-8-5 and the person flips over pocket 8s or pocket 5s. Any tips on how to identify a set probability?
I recognize sets.. but only after they've slowed played them all streets and I shove all in to lose at showdown. I hate, hate when people slow play. I usually make a note on them just so I can do it to them in the future.
But as for weaknesses, when tournaments get down to 15ish-more-til-the-bubble-breaks, I generally just fold, even pocket aces or kings (if someone with a bigger stack than me shoves, that is). It's a bad strategy, and more often than not I blind down to a below-average stack when the bubble does finally break. I just hate putting myself at risk when it's so close. Playing not to lose vs playing to win is something I really need to work on.
Cash games are also a weakness. I can't profit from them *at all*. Was talking to a friend recently and he said, "Just bet when you have it." But to me, the other players should recognize this after a few hands. Have been reading some books lately though, trying to get better.
As far as strengths- not tilting. I see people get angry and just aimlessly shove repeatedly after losing a big hand- I try to avoid that. Every hand is different.