Originally Posted by Stu_Ungar
Hi.. I think I get what you are saying.
I play at very low limits though. Most players at this level dont seem to have much of a clue.. how would I spot one that is thinking enough for this kind of stuff to work?
Just so you know I'm not trying to make fun of you for playing low limits, I'm not here for that as I used to play there too, we all have to learn and build somehow.
What I'm saying is, make the other player confused and make your decision simple as possible, this especially goes for online poker since you can't see your opponent. As the hand I discussed, We bet on the flop, we want to see what villain will do, now since it was a sng, most people don't try to get tricky so after he shoved we knew we were most likely behind. My suggestion is, try to stick to 1 table until your head is used to analyzing quick and has experience with it.
Pay attention to how fast people act, I mean sometimes this doesn't matter because of connection, but sometimes I have got an easy read of people by paying attention to their speed, for example, player raises in mid early position, I have a decent hand in mid late position say AQ, I smooth call, flop is rainbow 10 5 2, Now after villain checks any player with AQ including me will take a stab at that pot to take it down, now villain knowing that will check but here is the mistake newer players make, they check immediatly and then immediatly call, now what am I thinking, he is either on a draw, I know he wont play 34 from EP, and since the flop is rainbow after he immediatly calls I know he is either really strong or just trying to out play me, which brings us to the turn and thats where I find out exactly what he has based on what comes up and his action, say the turn is a 8, and villain all of sudden bets, I know villain is not trying to represent an 8 and probably has a strong hand and I let go off my AQ. Now lets say villain checks on that 8, here I have to options, either bet and try to take it down or check and try to go for pot control with position and make my decision on the river. I would personally check, why?
well because if I bet and villain shoves, my decision is just going to be so hard and I won't know where he stands, if he is trying to outplay me or has a hand. A lot of good players go for pot control if they are having hard time figuring out their opponent, so then I make my decision based on the river and what villain does. Stu, this is just an example and I can do this for any hand and I mean any hand, and you can do it yourself, its not a hard process, its what i call "using your resources", use every info you got about your opponents, I mean every little detail you can to help you. I hope this helped and gl at the tables sir.
Edit:sry decided to break it down a little since it was so hard to read