Archive for the 'Fear of raising series' Category

Sticking your neck out

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

“Sticking your neck out” = Raising, especially preflop? I’ve always used this blog to track little thoughts that come into my head. Yesterday I was playing a form of poker that I haven’t played for a while. Often when I play something unfamiliar or that I haven’t played recently there’s more anxiousness and decisions aren’t […]

Scared to make a play ’cause I might lose

Monday, May 17th, 2010

It’s tough starting out in poker. You can read all kinds of advice and theory but when it comes time at the table can you do it? Can you remember all the theory and the specifics you should look for to make a specific play? What happens to you when it doesn’t work? Or when […]


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 […]

Fear of raising preflop; Pot Limit Omaha

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Another one of the benefits of playing a “new” game as I am with PLO is going through the developmental process over again. Some time ago I did a “Fear of Raising” series where I looked at various reasons why we poker players can be hesitant to raise. Playing PLO I’m re-experiencing fear of raising […]

Aggression increases your risk, but is it gambling?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

In order to play winning poker, you need to be appropriately aggressive. Simple example; you get KK. Two limpers ahead. KK is the second best hand that you can be dealt, but the more hands that you are up against, the lower your chance of winning. You need to raise preflop and narrow the field. […]

Team poker event

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

I participated in team poker event recently. People who were interested signed up, participants voted for team captains, team captains drafted teams. The events were a variety; mostly no limit hold’em but some others like limit, Omaha, HORSE, ect. Some were open to all participants and some open to just a couple from each team. […]

Scared money

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Last night I felt I was playing without my aggressive edge. This came after some intimidating play at a private freeroll against other members of the forum, followed by a foray into a $3 rebuy where a couple people had offered extra prizes for members of the forum for various targets. I ended up rebuying […]

Raise, then fold

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Playing a $2 SnG last night. Had poor hands for a long time until the table was only 6 handed. Then the next 5 hands I raised 4 and took the blinds in all but one situation with above average pockets. But later when there were 3 left, I was raising fairly often. I think […]