Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:21 AM
I understand what your saying. If I knew he would call every time I wouldnt do it. The difference is, mot of the time he re raises me, and whenever I go all in he folds, but only calls with AA23, AA24,AA25,AA26,AA27,AA28 I know for sure he has one of those, or a hand such as AK23 -AK28/AK102-AKQ2 (which he cant call my all in with) If I didnt know the player very well I wouldnt try the play. If it was some random person ive never played with, I certainly wouldnt have made the play. If I hadnt been studying the player and remembering how he played PLOHL8 I would have folded easily. My arguement is the same as any arguement of bluffing someone. If the flop comes 9103 and your opponent has 99AA and you have KK9A and he tries to trap you into raising so he can check raise becuase he knows your super aggressive. The turn brings a J and he bets the pot instantly. You think he most likely wanted you to raise so he could check raise, which means you know he had a good hand on the flop, but most likely not a straight. He had a good hand on the flop because he really didnt want to see a card like that on the turn. So you raise the pot, showing that you most likely have a straight, maybe even a set of Js witht he free card you think hes going to call? Lets say he makes a good call and If an 8 comes on the river is he going to call your all in? No, becuase the only hand he can realistically call you with is MAYBE a weak straight if he doesnt think you have the nut straight already. On the river your drawing for only a K to take down the pot with the best hand, but that doesnt mean you cant take advantage of your knowledge of the player and use it to your advantage.Like I said, its a sophisticated play against a good player. The type of player who he himself is at the level of thinking ( I think hes just raising because he raises every pot. If I raise him here, I think I can take down this pot. Hopefully he doesnt know that I think hes weak and thats the only reason im making this play.) Im at the level of playing the player not the cards. Most of the time, he folds and I take down a big pot. Hes the only player that I play with who I know would fold pre flop, so I do it to him. When you play an agressive player your supposed to raise more often with weaker hands. My arguement is, if you have 88 in a 5 handed game, and the loose player bets from EP and you raise from LP and he goes all in for a lot more, your not seriously going to call are you? Its better to wait for all the times when I fold, and take all those chips during those times, rather than gambling on what could be a race at best. Who wants to gamble anyway? The person who decides is the person who calls the all in. The more than I put players to a decision, the easier it is. I make my profits from stealing a lot of pots. In cash games, you have to be aggressive and take advantage in every way you can, even if its only 1-2% profits, with very large swings of variance because of the agressiveness.
The best poker players are the ones who suffer the most bad beats