Reflections/observations from last night. Improved my play.
Played a live 1/2NL game. I saw improvement in my game, based on my reading[s].
The fish is the one who never lays down a hand.
"Small hand, small pot. Big hand, big pot"
Your calling hand must be a lot stronger than your raising hand.
These recently learned sayings helped me last night. Last few times I played, I busted out my entire decent night on when making a bad call. This time, I did not go into a big hand with just a pair.
I had A8, flopped the A. villain goes all in before me. This time, I folded. He had a straight. Good lay down!!
Also, in small stakes, I've learned when villain goes all in, they usually have something big. People rarely bluff all-in, b/c otherwise, they're going home.
My winning hands centered about pocket pairs.
I played them decently, and they paid off most times!
- Pocket 6. I just called the blinds....Every checks the flop, I bet 10. One caller. Junk turn. Bet $20. He folds.
- Pocket JJ...I bet $15 pre-flop. Everyone checks. Eventually, heads' up and pot is about $100. I bet $50. He folded his Ace pair. (People WAY overestimate what you have)
- Pocket 4s There is a $10 raise before me. I hit the set. Villains raises again. Keep calling. Checks the river, I bet $20 into $50 pot. He calls, and I show trip 4's.
- A8...I flop Ace. Villain shoves. I fold. Villain had straight. I showed my A8 to the table. I had a very tight image that I was able to exploit later.
- Pocket 8s. I bet $12. Two callers. I c-bet $20. Take the pot.
I played off-suit connectors
a few times. But, if anyone raised, I folded them, but if it was $2 to see the flop, I did this. If the call was $7+, then I folded. Is this the right idea?
I have also become more naturally aware of late position and OTB position. I won a few hands just based on raising when everyone folded to me.
I do not understand why people "Mississippi" or "straddle". Why bet before you see your cards, and everyone knows it. Carries no strength.
You're just making a fake bigger blind for yourself. Raising after seeing your cards conveys strength. I guess people do this to look loose and aggressive, or b/c they know some arcane rule, to look experienced?
I saw lots of players keep re-buying in for $100 (50BB). I bought in for 100BB and never went much below it. I never went all-in, but was able to raise $50 to get one guy to fold.
In a room of $100 stacks, a $50 bet can often clear the table. Even if the pot is like $300. This is where the leaks are. People not playing proper pot odds
when the pot is big (unless they have the nuts)
I noticed one guy always raising aggressively when he had a draw. Last night, he lost many times, b/c he wasn't hitting his draws.
What are your thoughts on this style of play? He is playing fold/bluff equity, but when it doesn't work, he was better off seeing free cards, and only betting when he made his hand.
In all, it was a good night, and I more than doubled my buy-in. Walked before I gave it all back. Felt good to have a winning night, and to avoid a few bad hands.