You need good cards to win? Hogwash!
Originally Posted by PokerFunKid
Hey guys i am playing the $11 - 12k$ GTD day 1(e) and i keep getting bad cards. The tournament has been running for 44 minutes and my best hand was pocket 6 so far. Then second best hand was K3. What should you do in these situations? Keep patience and blind ur stack down or change ur hand range? Starting stack was 5k and i already got outblinded to 3,488. Limped some and tried to steal the blinds with some, but they all re-raised and i had to give up already. Hard to play in these situations. Any tips are welcome for these situations.
This was hard for me, as I too got wrapped in the foremost poker myth of all time, which is "You gotta have good cards and connect to win"; This is total and complete hogwash.
Remember that poker is a game of people and postition. Live, this is most certainly true, but so is it online. No, you cannot see your opponent, but there is a live human on the other end (maybe using a computer to help him, but still a human involved).
Look at it this way: what is the difference between someone who actually holds AK and just flopped two pair and someone who holds 2-7 on that same AK board? NONE!!!.
Lets say you got 2 pair, but there is 3 of the same suit on that board which you have none of. Now, how confident are you of your two pair now? Does the other guy have the flush, or is he just playing it like he does? If you bet and he shoves or re-raises you, what could he have? A bluff? Sure, or he could have the nuts. Well, guess what? You can do that as well!!
Did he bet out big on the flop? Ask yourself why! Maybe he only has one pair and does not want to see the flush get there cheap. So if you call and that 3rd flush card hits and he checks, will he fold to a big bet after flatting him? If your paying attention, you should have a good idea as to if he will or not.
I'm not saying you should play every hand or every weak hand you get in or out of postition nor am i saying to bluff off all your chips, but you have to watch the table
, figure out who is weak and can be bluffed, who will not fold no matter what, etc; If you only show up with big cards after an UTG raise you will get eaten alive on boards with no paint - so therefore you can shred opponents who do this very same thing. You play only your cards online or live and you'll never win without getting very lucky. You must shift gears and try things or you'll never get ahead in poker, especially Texas
As I write this I'm in an MTT. In the small blind I look down and see K2 off. One limper and the BB left. I shove. They fold. Why would I risk my whole stack for the blinds and one limp? Becasue I have been watching and know Krag is actually not bad against a random hand (the BB, who would have to commit 3/4 of his stack to call me, that is fold equity) and I know the button is limping to see a cheap flop as he is playing way to many hands and I just put him to a decision for his game life. I do not do this often, hardly ever. But the opportunity presented itself. Had the guy UTG limped in as well, I would have folded becasue I know he does this with strong hands hoping for a raise or shove by someone like me thinking he is weak. But I'm on to him.
Think like this and you'll have an easier time building a stack.