I am not going to talk about cooking receipts regarding fish with chips. I hope the title of this chapter is clear for everybody. Every player, even the new one knows what is going on, when I mention chips and fish. As I have written before there is a very simple way to win in poker: find a player weaker than you and take from him all his chips. Although the idea behind seems to be very simple, its implementation is not. In the previous articles, I gave you some advices regarding exposing of weak players.
However, there is one characteristic of a weak player that I emphasize especially. It is lack of consequent in his actions. The consequence makes from a fish a real shark. For this reason players who are consequent in their acting, get much higher chances to win a pool, than those who are not. Besides there are further factors that influence a probability of winning the pool. Some of the players, no matter how hard they try, will never posses some of the attributes that make from average player a winner. However, coming back to consequent acting….
A calculating, cold, and ruthless person has much bigger chances to win than a person of other type does. Therefore, if you play poker to earn some money, you should be a very cold person. It really helps. I will give you one example of that what I have just said, so that you do not have to believe only in empty words. Once I played against a person who was very aggressive. At the end, he won the whole pool. Than he confessed that he has never had so weak combinations, but, luckily, everybody believed that he has good cards.
During the first two rounds, I am trying to play calmly and observe my opponents. I am also trying to be consequent in my acting, not only from the perspective of a single round, but also from the perspective of the whole tournament. The point is not to play all the time in the same way, but to follow some certain strategy. The change in your strategy may cost you a lot. A huge mistake is to enter every bid only for calling. Playing this way you deprive yourself of matching a good card or eventually raising. Once I had an opportunity to observe one person playing like this.
After each changing, he has been frantic with his luck. However, it was the early state in the game, so others allowed him to show his stupidity. Everything changed after he got three aces from the dealer. I new that the person is naive so I raise a middle blind, what he, of course, believed in. He changed two cards. I have changed only one pretending that I have already had two pairs. I was very calm and patience and I decided to wait what new the other player is going to do. Moreover, he did exactly what I have expected he will do. He rose, by very low pool. In this way, he showed the lack of experience while playing poker.
For me it meant the same, as he would show me his own cards. He wanted to show me how good he is, but he showed only how foolish you could be when you want to win. There is never enough to win for somebody who cannot play well. A real player always knows when to fold or when to pass. In the end, the guy had to give me all his chips. He went broke.
There are hundreds examples of lack of consequence in acting like this mentioned above. For this reason, it is important to learn from experience and mistakes of the other players. A real test for you can be the „on the bubble” position. You always think that if you achieved so much it makes not sense to quit now. Nevertheless, you are wrong. However, every moment can be good to pass and take what you have already earned.
Remember also that changing strategy during a game make be the last thing you do in the round. If you want to play with the best people, you should have good cards, or at least good strategy. Consequence acting is the second thing, which makes you a millionaire. Do not forget these both things!