On the ring games are these limit or no limit? I was wondering cause I have some of these major swings myself on NL. I've moved to limit to try to smooth them out a little. I'll let you know how that goes.
Originally Posted by KerouacsDog
Im interested, does he change gears a lot? loose to super TAG etc?what stakes does he play. how much of his br does he risk at the table at any one time?
In terms of br; it's hard to say. He's won a few big tourneys recently (R40K was his biggest win-- that's 10 month's rent in Cape Town for a 2 bedroom flat if you want to get PPP; the official exchange rate is R7=$1) and uses that to fund his cash games. But he's also drawing spending money out of his br all the time, so, I can't really answer you.
Middle limits (R10 - R20 tables; average pot about R200 - R600. Again for PPP, a beer in a bottle store costs about R4). He plays pot limits mostly but also NL. On the local sites you pretty much take what you can get (the South African online poker scene is still quite lowkey, but growing fast).
From what I saw, in the ring games he tends to go all out about 75% of the time, and then ease back for 15-20 minute periods (ciggie break usually); but generally its flat out.
The basic pattern is (Pot limit)-
PF: fold/limp to "J": Pot-sized raise.
FLOP: wait for a bet, then reraise maximum. 7/10 the opponents fold. 2/10 he wins with a good hand, 1/10 he loses. Overall it +EV (I'm thumbsucking numbers here, but that's roughly how it went).
The real problem (for everyone else) is that no-one ever comes back hard at him. If they do, he just raises them all in. Simple as that. The fold equity that "J" generates is phenomenal.
For me, the real lesson is recognising when you're up against a player like that and not be afraid to play your TPTK.