Aggression and other family favourite questions
I understand I'll be asking a lot of questions so I'll number them. That should make it easier for the tldr responses. Any advice and help would be very much appreciated and thank you ahead of time for even taking the time.
Regardless of what my hand is, I always struggle to make a 3bb open. Maybe I'm just chip stingy or a miser or whatever, but to get into the open habit do you just have to accept it as a norm - grin and bear it, open wide and just do it? I have read many books already, played quite a few games and still limping is natural. Do I just make 3x and up a new habit?
We all have different natures personally and aggression is not one I feed often. So supposed aggression in poker confuses me somewhat. I understand it has to do with accumulation and it makes perfect sense. However, not part of my nature. Do I also make it a new habit? When I have attempted it it bit my butt badly. There were two online tourneys I won locally, not advertised on this site (and rightly so as their software is absolute crap)... But when I won, I needed rent money and after that I never had anywhere close to that mindset again... nor knowing how to get back into it. Final table was very aggressive and I said cool, let's go so it was an all in fest as it was taking too long. May have been an incorrect mindset but it worked that day and the next day but I can't seem to get back there. Any ideas as to how to start?
3. Small ball, long ball?
When? How to go about it? How do you do it?
As far as I understand it, long ball is idiotically tight and waiting around could mean the antes alone can take you out. Small ball early is being appropriately loose but can also get you in trouble. Unless all this is in the name of poker and there's always another game?
4. Being bullied by big stacks
I suppose this is the norm but how to handle it when you are really short? No matter what you playing with, it always seems they will call you or put you all in. Norm of poker as well? Bad beats are normal, I know this. I won't cry about it cos I've given my fair share as well, karma the bitch, pffft. But still, is there an effective way to sack up and just take them on?
5. Using the freerolls
to apply this stuff
I've always wanted to learn small ball properly, but can it be effectively used in freerolls or not so much?
6. The inferior name calling
I still see in some posts people referring to donks and fish as inferior. I myself am called that a lot in games after I took someone out. Why is there a need for this? Does it make one feel superior in any way? If I start doing the same does it come with a superhero suit because I'd really like to join that club then, hehehe
But in all seriousness, was I a donk or a fish to have taken them out? Berated by a table for doing so as well, lol... Those were a few fun games though, having cashed and they didn't. I digress, name calling.... Tsk tsk
I do have more questions, but I'll reserve them for a later date. Any help will be appreciated and thanks again for reading