Originally Posted by The Nuder
So I'd really like to hear from anyone who considers they are strongly goal oriented - what they are focused on / thinking when they make a big call or a large raise. Maybe even anyone who wishes they were a little more risk averse.
My goal is the same every time: get to the final table with a lot of chips. I set-mine and take shots early on, then tighten up around 30bb. If I manage to get a big stack and am on a mostly passive table, I raise and shove a fairly wide range to pick up fold equity.
If I'm faced with a big call, I try to think about what odds
the pot is giving me, and what kind of range the villain is shoving, and the equity my hand has against his range.
One of my weaknesses is playing too aggressive near the bubble when I have a short stack. I tend to shove hands that are fine if you have a big stack, but are marginal for short stacks. It's a leak that I'm working on by taking more time to think about the situation.
The guy who was complaining about the winner's aggression probably has no clue how important fold equity is to building a stack, so he hangs back and hopes for a big hand. Then he doesn't get paid off much because everyone knows he's a tight player and is raising with the top 5% of his range.
He gets pissed off and calls people "bully" etc, when in reality the aggressor is just playing in a standard\recommended way- frequently raising in late pos, punishing limpers, abusing the bubble etc.
There is a great quote by Amir Vahedi regarding tournaments:
In order to live, you must be willing to die.
And another well-known proverb:
Audentes fortuna iuuat