“When beginners describe a hand they have played, they usually start by saying what their hole cards were and then move on to discuss the betting. An expert, however, would never describe the dynamics of any hand without first talking about his position. That is because in games like Hold’em and Omaha, position is sometimes as important, if not more important, than the cards you hold” – Bill Edler in The Power of Position.
My original intention was to start this post by saying that it “felt like a long day today” but struggled to succinctly explain myself, given all days are, of course, the same length. Except, as it turns out, June 30th 2015. Today will be whole second longer than any other day during 2015, as the final minute will be 61 seconds long!
For a fuller explanation of why this is the case, check out this BBC article on the leap second. Anyhow, I can now close off this intro and drop in the obligatory “read more” link you expect to see on blogs these days….
Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely, every time opponents play their hands differently from the way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose.
When I put
pen to paper finger to keyboard and started writing Smarter Poker: From Average Joe to Poker Pro (?), I did so for my own benefit.
Yes, I could just keep a diary (or a modern equivalent such as Evernote) but then, in the unlikely event that I make it as a professional Poker player, this blog will make quite entertaining reading. It will allow the reader to see the Poker articles, books and videos that I digested on my journey, along with an account of my bankroll, from the initial deposit to wherever it may end up (hopefully above zero).
If or when that does happen, I expect readers. But now? Not so much. So, why then, have I had a spike in traffic?
After watching Phil Gordon’s Inquisitive Poker seminar I was able to diagnose myself with a case of suititus/suititis (it’s a made up word so I have absolutely no idea how to spell it) and made some instant changes to my game.
With the exception of suited connectors, I placed more value on the rank as opposed to the suit of cards and promptly won a small tournament.
Oh my god! Jack Nine Clubs. I just can’t wait to play these suited cards!
Ace Five Diamonds! How could I EVER fold these cards?