Risk tendency and poker

Spread the love

Some people think that a poker player should love the risk (the game itself has a high variance, plus techniques such as bluffs imply a rather high risk). In fact, this is not necessarily the case. But no matter what attitude a person has towards risk in ordinary life, it is highly desirable that in the game it becomes risk-neutral. If you play without risk, you risk losing money in a number of cases:
1. Often expelling opponents from the bank. In one of the podcasts, a situation was discussed when a player with QQ on a small flop gave an overbet all-in (about 1.5 banks). He was answered by a loose opponent with JJ and lost. The player with the queens later noticed that he would like to kick AK out of the bank and hoped for a stake with the younger pairs.
2. Rarely making values. Players with probably the best, but vulnerable hand, often play a check / stake, fearing the release of a “dangerous” card on the following streets, or fearing that the enemy has just improved. Typical examples are the lack of a bet on the river, if an overcard came, or a small bet, when you have the best card on the flop / turn, but you are sure that your opponent draws a good draw and can improve to the strongest hand. It is clear that if you do not bet, having more than 50% chance of winning, then you just lose money, or rather, do not get what is rightfully yours.
3. Participating not in the best game. We all know that it is more profitable to play with weak loose opponents, however, from time to time we hear that the player cannot play with such opponents! “Every time they move my aces with their 75, it’s impossible to bluff against them, they don’t fold, they don’t protect my hand” and other accusations can be heard from not-so-good and smart players.
4. Playing more tightly-passively. Trying to reduce the risk, the player tends to more tight and passive game, less often bluffing, becoming more readable. Among the possible mistakes are the following: rare raises due to the fear of a reraise, fold good draws (even when the pot has enough chances for a stake) for fear of investing big money in the bank without a ready hand, etc.