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/Feb/2011

Belief at the tables

By: 13 Origin @ 09:25 (EST) / 310 / Comment ( 2 )

I have found that belief has a lot of play at the tables. I find myself believing my hand is better then my opponents so I call or raise. To my surprise I discover my belief was not knowledge. The other player could have a better hand then I. Knowledge of if I win or not, cannot come till after the cards are flipped. Before that time is just belief. I have found some hands which I know are going to beat any hand another player may have. The knowledge of winning for sure is only because there is no hand on the board which can beat the hand I have. I have found this is the best time to strike for a large pot. i have found as long as I play it with care I can double my stack on those hands. This month I have played 5 games. Two games I lost a total of 6 points. 3 games I gained points. This month while at the tables I have started using my eyes more then my belief of having the strongest or a winning hand. If I know I have the best then I play it the way the situation calls for with one goal in mind. Take as many chips as I can when I know I cannot lose. So far this strategy has been working for me. When I stopped using belief as knowledge to judge my hands I found more of my hands hold up after the river. I only play 15% to 19% percent of my hands in a game. Sometimes it goes above that. When the cards are strong I play them so that leads to a higher play rate. Funny thing is I have found myself laying down AK and high pocket pairs before flop more often then I have done before. I still play them, but that depends on my position and also the other players at the table. Hate raising AK or KK when I have players after me who I have seen play hands I choose not to play. They are usually the ones which beat my choice of hands. I believe that is why last month I lost more points then I have ever lost since joining back in december. My point to all of this is simple. My belief last month was judging my hands to be better or a winner. This month I just believe and observe the play at the table. Every card I see gives me a clue into what is going on. Every bet gives another. After I observe bet and cards I make my choice to fold or play. I have found by not judging my cards to be best that I lose less chips and gain more when I do play. I stopped using my belief to make the judgment that I know. Truth is, I only know when my hand can beat all others, and that is when I strike with as much force to make it work for me. When it comes to a hand against another player. I let their clues guide my choice, but not make it. So many different styles of playing makes for an interesting story while at the tables. Every player has their own story to tell at the table. Just hope they keep it honest. Trying to lie in poker is like trying to lie to a parent. Eventually we all get caught. Good luck to all. Now I am going to go and play in the 10am PSO tourney.

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