re: Poker & CASH Games Advice
Originally Posted by turbobrain
what's wrong with calling?
In a poker hand there are two ways to win.
1) Show down the best hand
2) THIEF that pot!
Calling can only win one way ever. If you're calling down you simply have to end up with the best hand. Also, if you make a mistake as the aggressor, you don't even lose the full amount you lost, because your image will be affected in a way that will likely earn you more money later in the session.
Here's an example
in the CO and raise to 4bb
Villain is the BB and calls.
Villain checks, you cbet 6bb into 8, Villain calls.
Villain checks, you bet 17 into 20, Villain calls.
Pot is 54bb, villain checks, you bet 65bb and he calls,
He flips up
He wins the pot, but his play was far worse. It's not even close. Even on the river, your bet gives him just under 2:1 so you have to be bluffing 36% of the time to make a call there profitable.
Our mistake of firing 3 barrells with pocket 3's isn't really that bad. We're very likely to win this hand before showdown anyway, so we get some of the loss back in that fold equity. Then we show up with a pair lower than anything on the board and everyone sees we fired three streets with it. So now our opponents are going to adjust and start calling us wider, which is equity we wouldn't have gained without this bluff, so there's even more of the mistake being erased.
In general, passive mistakes are worse than aggressive ones.