Please bear with me...
I can't improve until I find out the answers! I have a couple probably STUPID questions, but I would like the answers nonetheless. Please be nice. I feel that I play well, and from what I've seen watching pros play on tv, I think I play just like 'em and make same decisions, play same cards, I LOOOOOOVVE to trap people, hardly ever bluff, etc, etc, whatever. When I first went from clueless donk to understanding the "science" (as I call it) of poker, I was kickin butt all the time. Recently, in the last month or so, I started getting nothing but frigid cold streaks. I started doubting myself, and I started thinking that I sucked. Then I read stuff online and realized that it'll pass, and it's starting to pass, but now it's in the middle, I mean, not a cold streak where I'm getting nothing but crap cards, but I get good cards but always lose to crap cards (I've seen many people complain about this, too), and the crap cards I fold pre-flop: once I see flop I WOULD'VE had trips or whatnot, and then I get mad. So, how do these pros make a living with all these setbacks all the time?! Okay, so I'm self-taught, never read a book, but lately, all the losses have made me wonder what I'm doing wrong. So, I got books now! However, everything I've read so far is stuff I've already figured out on my own a long time ago. What I HAVEN'T read or figured out about YET is what my questions are about. Okay, here I go:
1) All I hear about is position, position, position. Okay, I understand the significance of UTG, and last, but not any of the middle ones. When people say "he shouldn't have called that out of position", I don't get it. All I know, is that if I got the winning hand, or the winning hand so far, or whatever, I'm going to call from whichever seat I'm in. It's about the cards, right? Why should my calls or raises matter where I'm sitting?!?! Again, I understand why if you're first or last, but not any others. If I got the cards to call I'm gonna call, it shouldn't matter which seat I'm in?!?!
2) When I was having a nervous breakdown because of a particularly long cold streak, I started thinking, why not play every hand? If donks can do, why can't I? So I tried it, and at first it worked, but then it started to not work, so I went back to playing normal. But what I'm wondering is, is it so bad to play every hand? I mean, all cards deserve a chance, don't they? I've seen crap cards beat pocket aces and whatnot, so many times, that I wonder why everyone doesn't just pay every hand. Crap cards are cards too, don't they have just as much of a chance of hitting the flop as do aces and paints? Seems like it would work, but, I guess not, since the pros don't do it, and they know their stuff, so. It just makes me wonder all those crap cards I throw away, aren't I throwing away a lot more chances of winning? Wouldn't I want all the chances I could get? Then why not play every hand? If most people & pros only hold paints & aces & suited connectors, then it should be pretty easy to tell what they're holding because it's such a narrow field, but if you play everything, no one will know or suspect what you have, and if the flop matches your low cards, the high card holders won't suspect you flopped good shtuff because they'll think that their overcards will win. So, has this ever been tested? I'm sure it must've, but I can't tell by my experiment because I'm still kinda in that half-cold streak area I mentioned above.
Please don't be mean to me because this was so long & stupid. I'm being serious, but if you're mean to me, I WILL cry.