How to play a bully (and some general poker philosophy as well)
I'm new and wanted to share my own humble opinion of how to play poker (I'm no expert and learning every day--I guess I hope I never stop). I searched but didn't find a similar topic that is recent so here is my topic:
How to handle a bully at the table. One of those loose, aggressive types that pounds the table.
The strategy that I use is like this:
Tighten up. Remember what those premium hands are (position matters) and stick with them.
can be risky. Don't bluff unless it is a semi-bluff (where you have lots of outs)
Bullies will push, so use that against them. Limp when you have a big hand and they'll do the raising for you. Then, take them by surprise.
And very, very important: patience! Take your time. Don't rush. Pick your spot.
Always remember that poker is a game. Strategy is key but sometimes the draw of the cards just isn't with you. Shrug it off and play another day. I like what other people have said about avoiding tilt: close the computer, go and work out or take a walk. Pet the dog.
Above all, what is really important to me at the tables: This is just a game. I want to be entertained, play good poker, and meet nice people. Perhaps silly to say but I'm still surprised by some of the attitudes at a table. Amazing how pissed off someone gets when they lose $0.50! In online games with folks like this, "right-click"/"mute chat" is a wonderful option!
Maybe it is a woman thing, but at my age (mid-40's) I think life is just too short to be aggravated all the time. And, most of the time, I can remember that! :-)