Originally Posted by Deco
lol just noticed the stack sizes.
I don't mean to be picking on you specifically, Deco, especially since you weren't the only one who apparently didn't check stack sizes (and it's certainly a common mistake for a lot of people), but this needs to be said and your post happened to be a convenient segway to it:
Stack and pot sizes are really the very first thing
everybody needs to check in any no-limit hand.
Forget the hole cards. Forget the board. Forget reads, stats and position. These are secondary. No-limit hold'em is a game predominantly about leveraging your stack in relation to the pot. Every decision, every subtlety of the game hinges on it. The idea that someone analyzes a hand without even looking
at it betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the game. It's quite on par with someone analyzing a hand without looking at the holecards or the board.
The only time stack sizes don't matter is when you have the nuts and the only other guy in the pot went all-in. But, being the cool and smart players you are, you'll still know what the stack sizes are before the all-in occurs. It's how we roll.
If you (all of you) make an unbreakable habit of always checking what the pot and the effective stack size is before you even look at the board, you'll come out a much stronger player for it. It's the basis for planning ahead several streets, it's the basis for making sure your bets are correctly sized so you can make really good decisions on later streets and it's what dictates the odds you get and lay
. And poker is all about odds.
There, done ranting.