“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.
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.
“Keep in mind that a good poker player will, more times than not, utterly destroy low limit games… If you can’t win consistently at these games, don’t be so quick to blame the bad beats – you probably have some more work to do before you move up” – Phil Gordon in Poker: The Real Deal
Phil Gordon: helping poker fish to dodge bullets since… June 2015?
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?