SlackerInc, on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 11:05 PM, said:
This is such a great thread. Very intriguing points, hblask. One of the things I would like to discuss is something Coperncus and I got into in another thread recently. He said that a lot of people believe that HoH advises going into push/fold mode too early. Yet Snyder advises getting into that mode much, much earlier. What do you guys think? I welcomed this advice as I had previously had a lot of trouble in the lower end of the Yellow Zone (where you're not supposed to push according to Harrington, but it's bombs away per Snyder). And he advises some seemingly crazy pushes: For instance, with an M of 7-13, in any position, "raise or reraise all in with 77 to AA, AK, AQ, AJ, KQ, KJ, KT, and QJ". And in late position with the same M, "if first in, raise all in with any two cards" (p. 164).-Alan
I'm with Snyder on this. I have been one of the tightest players in poker history, and I tended to bubble most of the time. So I opened up my game a little. And limped into the money. And opened it up a little more. And busted out sooner or got a little deeper. I think if I loosen up more, this trend will continue. I think Snyder's advice increases your swings but improves your return, especially on an hourly basis. Limping into the money takes forever and pays little. Bust out early and get on to the next one, or give yourself a fighting chance for your ability to play a role when the cards do come along. Fewer minutes played, more dollars.The problem with Harrington is if you wait as long as he says to really turn it up, even a double-up doesn't buy you that much. All it does is puts you in a position to either hit some cards or wait until you are in trouble and need another double up. I always feel like I'm clinging to life support, trying for the desperation double-up until I get a decent run of cards. I don't know about you guys, but I don't get good cards often enough to base a tournament on waiting for them. And if I do get my 2 good hands per hour, and everyone folds to my raise, where am I then? So you have to weigh the issue of "what are the odds that I will get good cards AND will get paid off for them?" versus "what are the odds that this move with marginal cards or junk will cripple me?" And the more tournaments I play, it looks like making moves is the lower risk. They don't have to pay off all that often to make a profit, because they are so easy to let go of and tend to pay off big. And even bad hands typically have a 1 in 3 chance of winning against random hands.