Originally Posted by Torrentula
...So when they refuse to give pot odds its because they think they are already ahead or are bluffing.
Or it could be a semi-bluff where they have a strong draw and they hope you'll either fold or they can draw out on you.
Originally Posted by Shufflin
...So position is important -- maybe obvious, but hasn't been mentioned yet.
Rush tables might not be the best place to be working on this stuff
Good points. The OP sounded to me like the situation was calling raises in position. I hope he's not talking about a limp in early position, call a raise, check the flop, then wonder why villain makes a big continuation bet. Please say you're not doing this, Torrentula!
If you have more time than money to spend on learning, I recommend making the effort to build a few million in play chips before moving on to cash games. (This is how I started) Some say this is a waste of time and that at best you learn nothing, and at worst you learn bad habits that will have to be unlearned later on. Some say you should do freerolls
instead. I think that if you can't beat the play money, you have no chance at real money
, and that you will learn more from play money than freerolls about bankroll management, cash game strategy, and playing on the bubble, short handed and heads up.
If you feel you must play for real money then I would strongly encourage you to switch from Rush to micro cash or non-turbo tournaments. I would lean towards single table SNG's because I think they give the lowest bankroll variance. Also, Rush encourages quick, not thoughtful decisions, and does not easily allow you to watch hands that you're not involved in to gather information about what types of hands people play, how they play them, what size bets will get someone to fold, etc.