Stop complaining about the poor play of your opponents
I am so tired of people complaining about poor play; I'll say it again: it's how you make your money!! Sure, there are different "poor" plays at different levels, and at the beginning of a freeroll you might see very different poor plays than on the bubble of a $5 sng.
But stop complaining about it, for the love of poker!
In a lot of cases you at least know what the situation is, and can access your position relatively well; if you know someone is playing any two cards to push all in with, pick a hand that you're are comfortable with the percentage against that range, and go with it.
Would you really rather be in a game with "good" players, so that you get into more tricky situations like this
, where you don't know where you stand? Give me a break!
Here is my theory on people who bitch about opponents poor play:
1. They are 'relatively' new to poker, and have discovered the concept of hand selection.
2. They want the other player to play predictably based on this hand selection criteria, including post flop play where bets are hand strength based.
3. They don't yet truly understand the nature of poker, in that being a 70% favorite actually means you LOSE 30% of the time.
4. They do not understand that if everyone played equally then no one would have any edge, and that any short term wins would come down to whoever caught the better cards at the time, but the only long term winner would be the house via rake.
5. They don't understand the concept of "equity," or similar concepts like "Sklansky Bucks (http://poker.wikia.com/wiki/Sklanksy_bucks)". Poker isn't about winning pots, or tournaments, or hands: it's about winning MONEY. If your AA gets drawn out on 5 times in a row because your were up against nine all in preflop callers it doesn't matter: the time it holds up will make you money (-5, +9 = +
This isn't to say that you can't have a totally human emotional reaction at the time to being drawn out on, or bubbling a tournament, or some other such poker catastrophe (disappointment, even temporary anger at the poker gods, etc.). But these things are going to happen to you thousands of times in poker, so you are well served to come to some kind of peace with it:
it is the nature of the game of poker that good decisions are not always rewarded in the short term/immediate instance.
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