How You’re Butchering Preflop Play
I recently got an email. It said, "Alex, the anger on your podcast disturbs me."
Jesus Christ, if me yelling about a card game without expletives disturbs you then I want your life.
Has it ever occurred to you I might want to be playing Playstation 4 instead of teaching you about poker?
Just kidding. But seriously, maybe I am angry because that’s how basketball coaches look on the floor when they need to rally their team. Maybe you didn’t hear me the first 14 times I said something, so I need to try a different tactic this fifteenth time.
You better pray I never stop getting angry with you too. I get mad because I care. If I was a smug nerd like most of these "cardplayers" then I’d just chortle at you and let you keep messing up.
No. I came from poverty. I had no heating in Northwest winters while I was living out of a friend’s garage in high school.
When I got into poker there was a lot of pampered white college dropouts telling me I was too stupid to play this game for a living. I wasn’t as smart as them. I wasn’t as talented as them. Yada yada.
I had to develop an attitude to stay in the game. And that’s what I see a lot of you missing. You just let these assholes run over you, and I can’t stand it.
Come on. You’re a good guy. You pay your taxes. You remember to feed your kids most of the time. Give me one good reason you don’t deserve to win. Better things have happened to worse people.
Have you ever seen one of these dorks try to talk to a girl? What are you afraid of?
In all seriousness, the spot that makes me sick is when you let some wannabe "pros" open ahead of you.
First off, most of you aren’t even paying attention. You’re on your iPads. Stop that. Look at every showdown.
You won’t believe what these guys are opening if you pay attention! T-7s?!
AND IF YOU KNOW THEY ARE OPENING WIDE IT’S EVEN WORSE. Because most likely you’re doing nothing about it.
I look at databases all day. That’s my job. I doubt there’s anyone on Earth who has watched as much tournament poker as I have, or studied as many hands. I see the same damn things in every single database I look at.
Threebet = Good. Unless they fourbet you, you win.
Especially when they open these garbage ranges in front of you. If you see a dry ace, a suited gapper, or an unsuited connector that means they’re opening 25%+ of hands. That wide of an opening range is wildly difficult to defend.
Threebet them. Seriously, who the hell are they to take away your opening spot again and again? Make them go through something.
Do me a favor in 2018, and make a mistake. Go out there and just blow up. Stop trying to play perfect all the time.
Attempting to not screw up is not the same as finding a way to win.
This guy is leaving his jaw open when you’re in position and you’re doing nothing about it.
FIGHT HIM! Who cares if you fail? This is supposed to be a GAME. What’s the worst that could happen? He outplays you and it hurts your feelings?
Get in the game. I know you have it in you.