Winging it, especially in free poker games but at times even in quite high stakes live and online poker games has become a standard type of play for many people these days. I understand the complexities of pot odds and implied odds but, one can never understand the odds of someone just loose playing their “gut”.
Almost everyone I know has a favourite hand as do I, but to play against people that will play anything (and do very well!) can lend to a change in style and technique. Poker pros say to fold “bad” hands and to that I ask what those hands are. When your pocket pair of queens gets beat by someone just loose enough to raise you with eight nine off suit then again I ask what is a bad hand?
I can honestly say that I believe there are no bad hands. Any two cards you end up with are gold if you play them right. I’ve seen someone fold pocket queens to a loose player only to find out they were bluffed off the hand.
As much as I hate being ruled at a poker table by someone that should not have a prayer, I have to commend them for the sheer stupidity that led to their massive chip stack!
Now understand that all of my views for this article are based on tournament play, and usually with rebuys. Cash games are a totally different matter. I won’t delve into that area as I don’t play a lot of cash.
Now let’s say you buy into a nice friendly home game tournament with rebuys for thirty-five dollars. Now say that you have only ten players for your tourney. Let’s assume that of those ten you have one loose player. And by loose I’m talking about that guy, you know the one, raising nearly every hand no matter the cards, getting beat on occasion but in general getting lucky and acquiring most of the chips early on.
How can this be you ask? Well I ask also!!
The great thing about rebuys and no limit is the ability to outlast those kind of players. If you do get taken out early on by the loose cannon there is still the chance to get it back with a rebuy or two.
My strategy only applies to my game play against such players and I must admit that it doesn’t always pan out but, overall the odds lean slightly in my favour. And that’s not to say that I’m a better player, only that these type of players usually can’t stop the crazy plays that got them all their chips. All you can do is hope that they stay loose and you still have enough chips to stay in it till they go bust.
I hope for at least my sake that the loose players I sit down at the table with won’t ever read this!
My point is that if any one of these players could change their play at the correct point in the game then we would all be in trouble. Think about it, give the loose cannon a mass of chips, and then all of a sudden they don’t play anything except for the “premium” hands for the rest of the tourney. In most cases I believe this person would be the top paid person of the night! If they could only find the switch to flip!