|Do you fancy yourself a pro?|
In contrast, earlier in the session was a bald younger to middle aged gentleman (thick accent; maybe somewhere former Soviet bloc I'd imagine as well) who was [as it turned out later] waiting on a 5/10 seat to open. It's not often that I see the 5/10 players showing up at the 1/3 games, but it was an interesting experience. This guy was totally in tune with the game. Although he was hyper aggressive and unpleasant [as an opponent] to have in the game, he gave me an opportunity to learn a few tricks. He made me more alert of my game and what I was doing, and also made me more carefully examine each move that I was making. He made me and the entire table realize that the money means a whole lot less to him than it does to the rest of the table, and as such, everyone walked on egg shells around him... The table wasn't sure what his range was (it was very wide as he would open most pots and limp / call almost everything else). He would frequently float and call cbets, and make large pot-sized cbets himself if he was opening the pot first (most of the time, he'd take down the pot, but if not, he'd barrel again on the turn). He would carefully and deliberately make decisions rather than snap call or snap fold. In other words, he was prepared to fight for every pot, no matter size nor action.
All of this glowing review of the 5/10 player is not meant to glorify him; he certainly had his flaws - spots where I would easily fold without a second thought (old guy shoves over with full stacks on a Q Q x board and he called with Q2 to be shown KQ and suckout for the chop), or 3betting me all in for $40 with A4 after I opened for $15 with A7o from the BTN immediately after the Q2 loss. However, the takeaway for me is selective, hard aggression. Barrelling twice is significant. As I alluded to in my last post, floating flops is significant. When opponents check the turn after taking initiative on the flop, it's usually a sign that they're giving up / pot controlling. Stealing from the BTN makes sense.
All of the disdain I hold for the Russian chick is absolutely meant to chastise her. If you fancy yourself a pro, stop screwing around on the phone. Stop being distracted. Stop being unfriendly at the table. Use the tools you have to your advantage. You're missing out on valuable information by not paying attention: how people play, their tendencies, why they play, what they're saying. Identifying what motivates your opponent goes a long way to beating your opponent. Does he play to win money? Is she uncomfortable with the amount of money on the table? Does he want the social aspect of the game?
Look, you consider yourself a pro. If you work at a professional job, do you drink on the job? Then why are you drinking at the table? If you work at a professional job, do you play on your cell phone in between answering emails of phone calls? Then why are you playing on your phone at the table? If you work at a professional job, do you neglect your customers? Then why are you ignoring your customers at the table?
Just some thoughts I wanted to put down...