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Taking Shots - Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:21 PM
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Taking shots a good thing or not

do you like taking a shot or not? why?

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Fri Mar 29, 2013, 08:38 PM
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Since: Oct 2011
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For me, taking shots does not appeal. I don't like being out of my comfort zone. I prefer to be over-rolled for the limit I'm playing, and I also feel more comfortable in games where I have stats/notes on most of the regs I'll be playing against. I just don't enjoy the loss of confidence one can experience when stepping into unchartered waters. When moving up, I'd do it gradually, with just one table of the higher limit at first, so I can get a feel for the game, collect some stats, but not risk too much of my roll.

Other players are less risk-averse and get a buzz from the thrill of playing higher than is "sensible". Many of the famous high-rollers reached nosebleed stakes with an almost total disregard for bankroll management. Even someone like Phil Galfond, who appears outwardly sensible and conservative, admits to playing $1000NL when he only had about 5 buy-ins in his life roll!
For every player that uses an aggressive (aka careless) approach to bankroll management and goes on a heater, there are probably 25 that go busto in a hurry.

Taking occasional shots is fine, but just don't chase losses if you hit some runbad, or find the games are just that bit too tough. There's no shame in taking a step back down the ladder to fix any leaks and rebuild your roll.

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