This is a discussion on Poker ex Friendship within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; In a tournament, if your friend is at the same table, do you remain aggressive or loose your hand?
If I have a friend at the table, they tend to read me better so if I am 1v1 in a hand vs them I tend to play 'around them' but if it comes down to it, I will knockout if they really want to mess with me.
I am not a collusion-offender or cheater and NEVER WILL BE I am very proud to be an honourable poker player. I am so good that I abuse cheaters as often they like to sandwich you with big bets so if I know I have them beat I underbet knowing the other cheater will reraise me big and then get double wins whereas if I raised big I know the other cheater would fold as they don't need to sandwich me for the bigger jackpot anymore.
You must play as usual. Any deviation from the normal hand-play due to the fact that you are playing with your friend is a violation of the rules of the poker room.
I'm not sure it's that black and white.
'Collusion' is what's not allowed, and collusion requires 'cooperation' between two players. If I make an unplanned decision to throw away my good cards, without knowing what my 'friend' actually has, how is that any different from me throwing away my good cards because I'm afraid of the shark at the table, who is not my friend?
In both cases I'm allowing my emotions to affect my play, but you wouldn't consider the latter example to be improper would you? 'Weak' maybe, but not improper. Most of us allow our emotions to affect our play from time to time.
It would be different if my friend and I agreed in advance that I would throw away my good cards whenever we are seated together and he/she raises. I think we'd all agree that's collusion, and that is black and white.
Besides, what is 'normal play' anyway? Who's to say what goes on in the minds of poker players?
I don't play a lot of tournaments, but I have played a lot of cash games with friends. Generally, I try and sit with position on most of them. I am also more aggressive, usually, because I know their ranges better and have played more with them. I don't soft-play them. If anything, it would be the opposite. I am not afraid to tangle with them. If they win, I know I will have a chance to get it back later. If I win, they'll get a chance to win it back from me. Plus, it's a matter of ego.
I get no respect. When I move all-in, people from other tables call.