re: Poker & Passive-aggressive HU play
Originally Posted by EvilEmperor
Villain is simply a calling station. Simply value bet with made hands until he stops calling. Then start bluffing him until he starts calling light again. Repeat process. Also you have to throw in some double/triple barrels or you become too exploitable if villain is paying any attention.
You are quite right, Evil. I did value bet to begin with but he just wouldn't stop calling. The trouble with this player was that I couldn't put him on a hand (he had no range) and after playing properly for ten hands and losing half my stack to dumbass calls I didn't feel I could value bet my QJo into a JsTs7d flop OOP - hence all the checking nonsense.
I checked his stats and he has lost a ton of cash over the past year, so his strategy is obviously bad. However, he put me off my game so much that I wonder if there is something to be learnt here. Do you remember the Rumble in The Jungle
when Ali leant back on the ropes and took everything Foreman threw at him? This felt like the poker equivalent. I tried the left hook, right upper cut, the old one-two but this fiicker just wouldn't go down. Could there be anything in the villain's rope-a-dope strategy as a way of throwing someone completely off their game?