Friday, September 08, 2006

The proverbial drawing board

Here is one of the great tidbits I got from a book recently:

When stacks are shallow, play strong draws strong. Weaks draws are let go.
When stacks are DEEP, play strong draws weak and weak draws strong.

Let that last part sink in a second.

Now, why?

Well, Deep stack NL is about TRAPPING. Your strong draw implied odds go up with each caller who "hangs around". Even in a tournamnet where survival counts, this is a risk worth taking. When the draw is weak, (much like in situations where you have a hand unlikely to improve) you need to bet to win. And weak bets do not win pots, strong bets do.


And Daniel's analysis of the guy playing TT is a must listen. Its in this weeks edition of the Ante-Up! podcast.


Anonymous said...

The analysis begins at the 47:00 minute of the podcast.

I find myself playing Negreanu's small-pot poker a lot lately. His style is the opposite of that found in most books, including Harrington and Sklansky, who would probably prefer to reraise a big amount preflop with what is likely the best hand. I wish Negreanu would write a comprehensive book of his playing style...

Unknown said...

Could you leave a link to the podcast?

Thanks man :)

columbo (at eifco dot org) said...

Christopher Cosenza said...

Hey there,

Here's a direct link to the show with Daniel. It will play the MP# for you.