Some of his advice is not so good.
-i never said it was the best and i never said anyone had to follow it. This is all from my own experience and where i play at, im sure it differs everywhere else so i dont expect it all to work everywhere else.
Bad Poker advice is worse than none at all.
Making friends at a Poker Table is not going to keep anyone from wanting to Bust you.
-Notice this is from my experience and also notice i didnt say this for everyone at the table. If you go to casinos with friends, do you try and bust them for all they have? Most likely no because you dont want to bust friends. I meet and make a lot of friends at casinos, especially people i play and speak with on a regular basis...in and out of the casino. (this is not just a 1 night greeting and you're friends). So..in my experience, where i was beat i was fortunate enough to be up against some friends who could have busted but chose not too. they put a dent in my stack, but they still left me with something. and Vice versa...if i know i have someone beat and the pot is decent, if he doesnt bet at it, then we can check it all the way down. Like i said, this isnt for everyone and not everyone is going to experience this...
All Poker Books are not the same.
-Again, this is my opinion...and i said the basic fundentals of whatever game you're reading about is practically the same. depending on the author/players style of play and how they themselves would handle something in a situations is what differs.
How to play specific hands against specific type of players in these books are vary good. To say I have never had JJ against an Elephant is a sign of a new player. anyone who has experiance has been in this situation. If you continue to play poker, you will run in to it and it is better to know how to play a hand to extract as many chips from the other player as possible. This includes your Friends.
-Well the thing is, in my 5+ years of serious poker playing, i havent had JJ against someone i would lable as an "elephant". Sorry guy, it just hasnt happend to me yet. This is a minor example hand in the book and thats what im trying to say: there are so many different hands and situations and player attitudes and other things to consider. NL Theory hold them sounds great on paper, because you can set up it how you like it. How is a new player gonna play a hand that hasnt been an example in any book? ..he has to learn it from experience. books are great as guidelines, but one should rely on it completely.
He says what if everyone gets dealed rags. One of 2 things will happen.
Everyone will fold around to the BB (Slight Chance the SB will call).
Or someone will Bluff and steal the Blinds (Most likely the Button).
-Again..this is theory. everyone will fold if everyone is a tight player, but have you have seen a table full of tight players? Do you think there could be a possibility of the button taking a stab at blinds? Theory.
His story where he tries to steal the Blind with K, Trash suited goes to show more inexperiance and bad advice. You should try to steal blinds with non premiums hands like A,J off suit. This way you have OK outs.
-are you sure you're reading everything? WTH would i steal blinds when i was UNDER THE GUN (first to act)..that is just stupid. And if you had read the whole post, you would've notice that i said i had been playing and showing a lot of strong hands, but hadnt played a hand in a while and decided to play this hand strong (to represent i had something). sure i was risking money on a bad hand, but i was up in chips, i had a good handle on the table, and i wanted to play a hand for ISH and giggles...this is once in a blue moon type thing for me. sometimes i just have to break from the norm and play something BS.
He got lucky and cought a flop. He makes a bet to take down the pot because he doesn't want to break his friend. Again another Rookie Mistake.
-i dont see how this is a rookie mistake? sure i couldve slow played my hand and busted him right? but i didnt want to do that. again if you had read it, you would have noticed that i said that i didnt like my hand because i dont like winning big on luck. especially when it comes to getting lucky with BS hands. I bet big again because i wanted him out of that pot.
His Friend comes over the Top with Nothing but 3 outs after been being raise preflop and a lerge bet at him on the flop....Shows the weakness and inexperiance of the games this guy plays in.
-actually, i dont think so. After the hand and the game we discussed it and he knew i had a weak starting hand, because he noticed i wasnt even planning on raising in the first place. so, he had that read on me that my hand must be weak and im making a play. he knew on the flop that i didnt have the A (or it was very unlikely) because he knows how tight a play and i fold A/2 - A/9 especially in early position. if i had a hand like AK or AQ in early, i wouldve played it a lot differently and he picked up on it. when he pushed on the flop, he figured his A was good...he put me on a K, but how can you put someone on a K2? according to him, he thought that maybe i was playing K/10 and the least and was trying to rep it as being strong. so, my friend did make a slightly bad decision, but i see where it came from...he had a decent read on and knew i was weak. i just happened to get flop lucky...
He plays $25 Tourneys and $5 buy in games. This is as a low stakes game you will find. He doesn't do well at higher limits he says. There is a reason he doesn't and that is because he gets out played.
-So, do you just skip sentences or something? Ok heres the thing: as of lately my group of friends have been playing $5.00 tournaments weekly and weekend $25.00 dollar tournaments. Why? because its a change of pace and we are not rich. We have bills to pay, we have part time jobs, we're in college, we need to eat...so im sorry if our low-ass limits isnt up to par with all the big balla's you play with, but we play with what we can.
Another thing is if you had read properly, which...is obvious you havent, i said i dont do well in tournaments, but i do well in cash games. I play 1-2 times a week depending at $100 buy in NLH table. i dont bring any more then i need to (some extra if i want to eat). Im a very tight player(ive said this a number of times) so i dont come up big usually, maybe $200-$300 on average a night. when it comes to playing poker im serious about it, but to me its nothing more then a hobby that pays. I only play at casinos/house with my winnings. if i dont have anything to play with i dont...simple as that. my paychecks go to paying for whatever payments i have to pay for and my savings.
You need to play at a limit you can afford but also it has to be high enough that you care about it. Playing at a limit so low that you don't care if you lose will only get you to play bad hands. It needs to sting when you get busted.
Read above. i've played in a variety of limits that i all take seriously. whether its $100. at a casino or a $2.00 buy in game with some friends who are just starting off. Dont think that just because our house games at the moment is at low limit we all play reckless and stupid. Our limits are low so it allows people who want to play to be able to without having to really sacrifice anything. Especially now since most are in school, we arent making as much money as before and we have to pay for our schooling and books and everything..so we toned the limits down a bit. when schools out and everyone is working full time, expect the limits to go up because we can afford it.
anyway, thanks for the response...i like to hear criticism as much as i do praise. You made some good points and somethings i just had to clear up.