Playing the <*{{{{{>< FISH !!!

Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
Hi all!!!

Being hit by my normal muffs.

I know we go around in circles about this one, but I`m trying to make sense of it. Some of u guys might be able to put it better than me - feel free to do so :rolleyes:

Like all of us, I play at tables of 8+ people. Now, and try to stay with me on this one. We are all allocated the same amount of luck - roughly. That being the case, your 10% share of luck at that table is up against 90%. So, on a regular basis, u will be up against one or two players who are having a luck streak, and no matter what you do u will not beat them - simple.

So, when u play u will sit and watch the same guy time after time catching hands. A lot of the time he will muff - he will push with 35o only to catch 2 pair or trips or a straight on the flop. Then the one time someone makes a stand, goes all in, the fish turns AA against the other guys AK. The AA, as ever, holds for the fish. This is ironic because two hands before the fish had AK v AA and he caught his A high flush on the river, beating the other guys trips on the flop!!! What u don`t see, however, is that that guy has gone out very early in almost every tourny he has played in over the past weeks. (I hope!!!)

So how do u combat it? I feel its almost impossible. U can`t bluff them. If u go in against them with less than the nuts they will bet any way. If u can`t hide the nuts they fold. U can`t play solid poker because by the time u get a hand to go to war with they will have double your chips anyway.

Some of these guys use this to their advantage - I wish I could. But how is the best way for us mortals to play against them???

The main problem I find is that playing these guys when they catch they catch big!!! It is always so well hidden. On the other hand, when us mortals bet, we don`t win much.

Also, do u guys think it is worse playing the fish at limit or no limit???

Any thoughts appreciated.

Ronaldadio - I am having nightmares of playing poker against a real fish who keeps showing 5 2`s to beat my quad Aces :eek:
 
beardyian

beardyian

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We are all allocated the same amount of luck - roughly. That being the case, your 10% share of luck at that table is up against 90%.

This i had trouble with - we are not allocated luck, who hands it out?
where would you get it and how do you know how much you have?

There is of course not actual existence of a substance called luck - its just a word that makes our understanding of a situation a little easier.

ie. His luck is in, he's struck lucky etc.

The cards just run the they run - hot or cold :)

As for playing fish - it is i think one of the most annoying things on the tables i know - a sick flukey fish.

Simply put - dont try to get clever.
Just play the very best hands strongly and dont let them get lucky.
As its the sucking out that the fish excel in - as they dont know what to do they will often just call and chase to the river.

Raise you big hands and when you have them beat raise up again - basically be aggressive because if you start playing scared they will (in your eyes) start hitting cards and then you will go on tilt and lose it all.
 
Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
This i had trouble with - we are not allocated luck, who hands it out?
where would you get it and how do you know how much you have?

There is of course not actual existence of a substance called luck - its just a word that makes our understanding of a situation a little easier.

ie. His luck is in, he's struck lucky etc.

The cards just run the they run - hot or cold :)
The point I`m trying to make here is that no one is more lucky than someone else, whatever they do. So therefore, in any form of life, luck is a state of mind, as you saying - so we agree ;)

As for playing fish - it is i think one of the most annoying things on the tables i know - a sick flukey fish.

Simply put - dont try to get clever.
Just play the very best hands strongly and dont let them get lucky.
As its the sucking out that the fish excel in - as they dont know what to do they will often just call and chase to the river.

Raise you big hands and when you have them beat raise up again - basically be aggressive because if you start playing scared they will (in your eyes) start hitting cards and then you will go on tilt and lose it all.

This is the advice I was looking for. It`s advice I have heard one hundered times, but, as you say, when you have been hit on the river 4 times in the same MTT when u were about 90% fav to win before the river u start to lose faith :eek:

When I`m not going mad, what I will do is with a hand like AQ, 99, I will push all in. That not only wins the pot in most cases, but it also slows them down.
 
bubbasbestbabe

bubbasbestbabe

Suckout Queen
When you see someone on a hot streak the only thing you can do is just wait. It does cool off and that is the time to get chips. The fish will still be making crazy calls thinking that this hand is the one that will turn his luck back on but it doesn't. He is totally playing to his luck while you are playing to your skill.
I myself have been on those lucky streaks, but the difference between me and a fish is as soon as it cools off I go back to playing the right way. The thing is, when you hit the luck rush and it cools, people still think you are playing the rush and will take you on. This is the time to really increase your chip stack.
 
BKrywko1

BKrywko1

Rock Star
The initial poster tried to sound intelligent, but it's just another long-winded way of saying, "online poker IS RIGGED!!!!!!"

Move along, nothing more to see here....
 
Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
The initial poster tried to sound intelligent, but it's just another long-winded way of saying, "ONLINE POKER IS RIGGED!!!!!!"

Move along, nothing more to see here....

I`m the initial poster :mad:

Don`t be stupid. Before u make statements like that check back on some of my posts. I have never said online poker is rigged, and I never will!!!

Being an owner of a medium size recruitment agency I can tell you it does not make business sense.

So stop being a fool, check your facts first.
 
Coryan

Coryan

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There is of course not actual existence of a substance called luck - its just a word that makes our understanding of a situation a little easier.
Well put! What we call luck is just an event occurring that is on the low end of probability. And then these events occur several times in a row, or in clusters, we call it a lucky streak. But the truth is that the odds in each event stand on their own. So you play each hand as if it is the only hand of the day. The odds of him "getting lucky" are exactly the same, regardless of what has happened before.

Put another way, if you flip a coin and it comes up heads 5 times in a row, the odds of the coin being heads on the sixth flip is still only 50/50. The first five flips don't factor into the odds whatsoever.

Play those hands correctly and the money will come back!

The initial poster tried to sound intelligent, but it's just another long-winded way of saying, "ONLINE POKER IS RIGGED!!!!!!"

Move along, nothing more to see here....
Stupid, uninformed comment - 'nuff said.
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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So your question is what do you do about a loose-aggressive fish who is running well?

Well really there's not much you can do. Just play a solid TAG game and punish him (or try to) with your top 10 hands. You can't ask for much else than getting your money in good all in preflop; if you get beat, just keep at it and keep getting your money in good.

If his lucksack-ness is getting to you (which it sounds like it is), then change tables. The last thing you want to do is let him get to you and make you start tilting your money to him.
 
Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
Thanks Chuck.

I think, if I`m honest, I need a break. The problem is I`m trying to accumilate points on pokerstars. I`m only 200 points short of silver status. The problem is, I will benefit from the silver status next month when I get 1.5 x points :( all that will happen here is that I will play more and more.

I`m pushing too hard I think. I`m thinking if I can get the 200 points in the next few days I can then break for a week or so.
 
beardyian

beardyian

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If his lucksack-ness is getting to you (which it sounds like it is), then change tables. The last thing you want to do is let him get to you and make you start tilting your money to him.

That i think is something people never think of doing.

If your at a table where you are getting beat or annoyed - just remember your playing on the net, there are 1,000's of tables to choose from :) just click on another one and 'sit down'.

Who knows this may be the best table you've ever found :D
 
NineLions

NineLions

Advanced beginner
So your question is what do you do about a loose-aggressive fish who is running well?

Well really there's not much you can do. Just play a solid TAG game and punish him (or try to) with your top 10 hands. You can't ask for much else than getting your money in good all in preflop; if you get beat, just keep at it and keep getting your money in good.

If his lucksack-ness is getting to you (which it sounds like it is), then change tables. The last thing you want to do is let him get to you and make you start tilting your money to him.


Good advice, Chuck, and one that I hadn't even considered.

This is when I'm most prone to losing the most; when I play tables with people limping/playing too many hands/minbetting/minraising/chasing to the river against pot odds I think I should be able to come out ahead.

When instead I lose, I rebuy thinking I just need play some more ... and then I lose more.
 
Coryan

Coryan

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If his lucksack-ness is getting to you (which it sounds like it is), then change tables.
The other reason for changing tables is...(brace yourself, if you're like me, you won't want to hear this)...maybe the players are better than you, at least at this time.

When we take some bad beats or lose money, we may lose a notch or two off our game. We are also not the most objective judges of the playing ability of someone who just stacked us for a full buyin. So changing tables is a good idea.

Best of all, when you leave, it doesn't matter what reason you give yourself. I never admit that I was being outplayed...I always say I'm leaving because the fish are on a lucky streak.
 
pokerrqueenn

pokerrqueenn

Legend
So your question is what do you do about a loose-aggressive fish who is running well?

Well really there's not much you can do. Just play a solid TAG game and punish him (or try to) with your top 10 hands. You can't ask for much else than getting your money in good all in preflop; if you get beat, just keep at it and keep getting your money in good.

If his lucksack-ness is getting to you (which it sounds like it is), then change tables. The last thing you want to do is let him get to you and make you start tilting your money to him.
my new favorite word. luck sack ness.............looooooooooooool +rep chuck ( lucksackaments)
 
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Ghost Ridah

Guest
I found you have to play like a "fish" in order to beat one. Try and think along the same lines as they do. I have played against a few of these guys as well, and the only way to beat them is to play their game. I'm not saying push with 3-5o but when you catch a hand like 4-6o make a raise if it is just the two of you. any two cards have a chance against your opponents two cards if your heads up. 10-6 has just as good of chance as 5-2 hitting the flop, sometimes you have to take risks, and if your not into taking the risks then I guess your other option is to move to a different table.
 
loopmeister

loopmeister

Rock Star
That i think is something people never think of doing.

If your at a table where you are getting beat or annoyed - just remember your playing on the net, there are 1,000's of tables to choose from :) just click on another one and 'sit down'.

Who knows this may be the best table you've ever found :D

Another option I found worked is to move to a higher limit table. There your raises are taken more seriously and not automatically interpreted as "this guy is bluffing". Good (but not pro, I'd say) players are also slightly more predictable, ironically, in that they play more standard poker. So I feel a bit more comfortable playing them.
 
Coryan

Coryan

Guest
Hmmmmm

I found you have to play like a "fish" in order to beat one. Try and think along the same lines as they do. I have played against a few of these guys as well, and the only way to beat them is to play their game. I'm not saying push with 3-5o but when you catch a hand like 4-6o make a raise if it is just the two of you. any two cards have a chance against your opponents two cards if your heads up. 10-6 has just as good of chance as 5-2 hitting the flop, sometimes you have to take risks, and if your not into taking the risks then I guess your other option is to move to a different table.
Actually, this just sounds like a way to double number of the fish at that table. Sorry, but I definately would not try to beat a LAG at their own game unless it is a style you have played for a long time and are good at. Instead, you should simply play good hands and play them strong. I don't think I have ever heard of a poker pro/author suggest playing like a fish to beat a fish. Maybe adding a few more hands to your starting hands, but not 64o or T6s. Fold these hands BEFORE you even get them!
 
dwolfg

dwolfg

Visionary
It depends on what type of fish they are. Are they callling stations? Are the minimum betters?
 
premierplayer

premierplayer

Visionary
This is how I have lost $75. I go into the hand with the better hand and they catch some crap card on the river. Such as 33 vs AA and a 3 on the river. or JJ vs 44 and a 4 on the river. It is killing me.
 
Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
This is how I have lost $75. I go into the hand with the better hand and they catch some crap card on the river. Such as 33 vs AA and a 3 on the river. or JJ vs 44 and a 4 on the river. It is killing me.

I can understand your frustration. But r u sure u r not seeing your AQ v their 9 J and them catching their J/9, then u see that as a bad beat???

That is what happened to me a while age.

I agree, AA v 33 is a bad loss, but think about it, u r going to lose one of those in about 6, so u gotta accept it!!!

(This is me who normally screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeems when hit by a bb :D )
 
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The Weevel

Guest
Guys, I'm not saying for 1 minute that "online poker is rigged" because I don't believe that it is. But I do think that their software or algorithms or the little hamsters that pedal the randomocity wheels have a lunch break every now and again. How else could you explain this...

PS tourney this evening, early stages. Four consecutive hands, all folded pre-flop.

1. K3o flop K3Q
2. K8o flop K87
3. K4o flop K4J
4. K2o flop K29

But that's not all, the very next two hands, again folded pre-flop:

5. 9h4s board was x and 4 hearts
6. Jc7s board was x and 4 clubs

I'm not wingeing because I think I should have played any of them, I think I made the right folds. But I would have won every one if I had played them!

Still came 3rd though. ;O)

I don't play in b & m casinos but can anyone tell me if this happens anywhere other than online.

Just wanted to throw that in the pot and stir it a bit.
 
Ronaldadio

Ronaldadio

Legend
Guys, I'm not saying for 1 minute that "online poker is rigged" because I don't believe that it is. But I do think that their software or algorithms or the little hamsters that pedal the randomocity wheels have a lunch break every now and again. How else could you explain this...

PS tourney this evening, early stages. Four consecutive hands, all folded pre-flop.

1. K3o flop K3Q
2. K8o flop K87
3. K4o flop K4J
4. K2o flop K29

But that's not all, the very next two hands, again folded pre-flop:

5. 9h4s board was x and 4 hearts
6. Jc7s board was x and 4 clubs

I'm not wingeing because I think I should have played any of them, I think I made the right folds. But I would have won every one if I had played them!

Still came 3rd though. ;O)

I don't play in b & m casinos but can anyone tell me if this happens anywhere other than online.

Just wanted to throw that in the pot and stir it a bit.

This is being too results orientated!!!

At the time you folded it was the correct thig to do. The fact u caught a near miracle flop is not the point. Say, for example, u had 72o in the big blind. U face a raise, reraise, re reraise, U fold. The flop is 227. Was it a good or bad fold when u folded???

I had a similar situation alst night in a MTT. I was delt AKs on the button. I reraised the player in middle position. We were called by the bb and the guy in middle called. Flop Q,4,7. BB & middle checked. I raised. The other 2 guys called. turn 10. bb raised, middle called, I fold (knew one had a Q) River, u guessed it, K. Check/ check. One turned QJ, other AQ. At the time I folded, it was the right move. The Ace might have bust me, the only real out I had was the K. 5%

Good fold.
 
edge-t

edge-t

Rock Star
So, when u play u will sit and watch the same guy time after time catching hands. A lot of the time he will muff - he will push with 35o only to catch 2 pair or trips or a straight on the flop. Then the one time someone makes a stand, goes all in, the fish turns AA against the other guys AK. The AA, as ever, holds for the fish. This is ironic because two hands before the fish had AK v AA and he caught his A high flush on the river, beating the other guys trips on the flop!!! What u don`t see, however, is that that guy has gone out very early in almost every tourny he has played in over the past weeks. (I hope!!!)

So how do u combat it? I feel its almost impossible. U can`t bluff them. If u go in against them with less than the nuts they will bet any way. If u can`t hide the nuts they fold. U can`t play solid poker because by the time u get a hand to go to war with they will have double your chips anyway.

Some of these guys use this to their advantage - I wish I could. But how is the best way for us mortals to play against them???

The main problem I find is that playing these guys when they catch they catch big!!! It is always so well hidden. On the other hand, when us mortals bet, we don`t win much.

Also, do u guys think it is worse playing the fish at limit or no limit???

Any thoughts appreciated.

Ronaldadio - I am having nightmares of playing poker against a real fish who keeps showing 5 2`s to beat my quad Aces :eek:

Well, I've dropped 30% of my BR in one night before, Bad beats and monkey tilt... At one point, it was so bad that this guy went all-in with 72o against my AK? or KK?, can't remember which hand was it. Flop, 2,7,7... to add insult to injury, the river gave him the nut quads. What can I say? Lucky b@stard!!

BTW 53o? That guy must be from internettexasholdem.com forum. It's a magical hand for those ITH forummers. lol. :D
 
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The Weevel

Guest
This is being too results orientated!!!

At the time you folded it was the correct thig to do. The fact u caught a near miracle flop is not the point. Say, for example, u had 72o in the big blind. U face a raise, reraise, re reraise, U fold. The flop is 227. Was it a good or bad fold when u folded???

I had a similar situation alst night in a MTT. I was delt AKs on the button. I reraised the player in middle position. We were called by the bb and the guy in middle called. Flop Q,4,7. BB & middle checked. I raised. The other 2 guys called. turn 10. bb raised, middle called, I fold (knew one had a Q) River, u guessed it, K. Check/ check. One turned QJ, other AQ. At the time I folded, it was the right move. The Ace might have bust me, the only real out I had was the K. 5%

Good fold.

Hi Ronald,

I agree that folding was the right thing to do, I was merely commenting on the odds of that happening in a live game. I suppose if it's possible then it will happen no matter where you play. Just seems kind of spooky!!

Btw not so sure your fold above was the right move! Depends on the size of the bets and your pot odds but you had, in fact, 7 outs. 3 kings to your pair and 4 jacks to the nut straight. That's 6:1 odds on hitting.

Keep your hand on it. ;)
 
Coryan

Coryan

Guest
Guys, I'm not saying for 1 minute that "online poker is rigged" because I don't believe that it is. But I do think that their software or algorithms or the little hamsters that pedal the randomocity wheels have a lunch break every now and again. How else could you explain this...
Weevel, a couple thoughts:

I believe you remember the hands that way, but I don't believe they actually fell as you remember. I don't want to go into all the reasons I believe this to be true...and let me be VERY clear that I am not saying you made this up. But our memories are very fallible and creative. When we lose at poker, we will remember events in a string that may have happened over a stretch of several hands. I once finished a tourney and was sure that I had lost about 80% of my showdowns to bad beats. When I reviewed the hand history, I found that the bad beats were only 34% of my losses. BTW, I am looking at this with years of studying human memory and brain function.

Sorry, but the odds of what you stated are more than outrageous and the logic is...well, nonexistent. First, let's look at the odds. What you suggest is that for six hands in a row, you would have flopped either two pair or a flush. Also, the first four hands would have been a king and a low card (always off suit) and they would have both flopped their pair. Also, the final two hands would have always flopped a flush with you holding a four in your hand both times. The hands have a lot in common, which make the odds much more unlikely. Okay, is it possible? Sure. This week someone will probably win the Mega Millions lottery and the odds of that are 1:175,000,000. So it is possible that you just had an extremely unusual string of hands.

But let’s go with your theory that the site is not rigged, but the algorithms (or hamsters) were not so random. What that means is that they managed to deal you, six times in a row, in a very peculiar order, these interesting hands that would have flopped two pair or a flush. They did it with a common card in each of the first four hands and a common card in the last two hands. What you are proposing is that this is anything but random. So what is it? Does the algorithm pick a player just to tease with these hands? How, or why, would this happen? Just having it happen does not explain that something is amiss; you have to have some explanation, that this one, I believe, defies explanation.
 
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