Archive for the 'Poker aggression' Category

Threatening, with a gun, or with a knife?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

A couple days ago we had some people visiting. The conversation topics were far ranging but at one point one person was talking about carrying a knife when traveling for self-defense and then continued on saying how people are more afraid when faced with a knife than when faced with a gun. Another person suggested […]

Cautious Aggression

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

My new mantra. I don’t think it’s for everyone ’cause some people will interpret the “cautious” part as meaning “don’t bet without a strong hand”, but I think it’s good for someone like me that, on the one hands sometimes falls into a passive mode and alternatively starts to spew when I think that players […]

How did I improve?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I was searching through some of my old posts, searching for cashout/deposit information because I was trying to build a spreadsheet that tracks my “net”; my online bankrolls plus my net cashout/deposits. It’s actually starting to get to the point that I can’t keep track easily any more because of redeposits (chasing redeposit bonuses) and […]


Friday, October 16th, 2009

Are you free? Or maybe the question should be, how free are you? To what degree can you say that you chose to work every day, at the job that you work at? Or school, or family situation? Sometimes I wonder about people who commit crimes or commit suicide or suffer mental breakdowns or stress […]

Why don’t I play poker that way?

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Followup post based on the the theory that your primary objective as you play poker should be: “Play and study so that you can work your way up to higher stakes and make a decent hourly rate.” In theory it sounds good, though perhaps a little money-hungry. I’ve been playing poker for a while now. […]

Betting and isolating for value, with weaker hands, in terms of G bucks

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Slowly, slowly, slowly I’m starting to get more and more of a grasp on the separation between playing your hand based on expected value as separate from what happens afterwards. I’m more familiar with the idea of expected value given the situation and opponent’s range versus what actually is the hand your opponent holds, and […]

Do you feel lucky, punk?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Ah, Clint Eastwood. Tough guy. Man’s man. “Dirty Harry”. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. In the spaghetti western, poker is as much a part of the lore as the Clint Eastwood stereotype character shows up as a part of poker. Just as Bogart in Casablanca never actually says “Play it again Sam”, the […]

No self-control-ics Anonymous

Monday, May 25th, 2009

There was an interesting article in a recent “The New Yorker” (“Don’t!“) about self control. It stared with a test done years ago with a number of four year olds in nursery school. The children were asked to choose a treat, either marshmallows, cookies, or pretzel sticks. Once they had chosen one, they were told […]