Originally Posted by hobonc
I remember several years ago when one of the pros said to do this every time to prevent reads. EVERYONE was doing it. Over time, those who were smart realized it cost too many hands in MTT play.
This would not be the first time a "pro" gave out seriously bad advice, eh? lol. I also notice (keep in mind, It could
just be coincidence), that sometimes a person will make a certain play with a certain hand, and some who see it on T.V. take it out of context and then always play it, with vigor!
For example, a recent WPT game saw a player at the final table make a huge preflop all-in call with J-2 off (?!?), putting a big % of his stack at risk. Everyone thought it was a horrible call. I have to agree! He then spiked a deuce on the river and won. The other guy had an ace and he was looking at a 4-handed table when he shoved preflop. Now, just wait; I would not be at all surprised to see some, who maybe believe in luck over skill, who calls someones all in with a J-2 off every time they hold it. For their game life, no less!
A while back, I noticed a lot of players opening UTG with a Q-7 off, for a 4x (or more!) opener! Maybe it was after seeing (I think it was Esfandiari) do it once
, and solely based on the situation he had at the time? It worked for him that one time
and he won a huge pot with the garbage hand UTG. I think he even said how lucky he was, as he was trying to steel and certainly not looking to get a call.
That (Q-7 off) finally proved to be an overall loser. But for a while, I was seeing Q-7 left and right, UTG and everyplace else, IP and OOP; some would overcall with it. Q-7 off, lol. They would spike a Q and lose to a bigger Q or stubbornly refuse to let it go, with overcards others had clearly paired on the board, and lose. They would chase a st8 and lose to a better st8. They would also play it suited, losing to a higher flush. So, It was not until they woke up and realized it was a loser in the long term that they gave it up and I no longer see it near as much.
Sigh. I think Esfandiari could have told them that was not a good idea to play Q-7 off everywhere, based on just one specific success. Yet some still would not have listened.
So, watch out for J-2 calls when you are all in, lol.