That is basically what it is like to be a Northern California sports fan. It’s tough times for fanhood. The Kings are a terribly bad disorganized patchwork of promising youth and imprudent contracts. The Warriors are a talented disorganized patchwork of promising youth and debilitating contracts. The Sharks are a tease, producing more big game flops than an Italian soccer player. The A’s have nothing more to offer fans than $2 beers and $1 hot dogs. And while the Giants, Raiders, and Niners show glimmers of hope for the future, the last time any were relevant the Bush administration had an approval rating above 30%.
Therein lays a game critical weakness of an inexperienced player. They are quick to risking their whole stack on top pair – I refer to this as the Top Pair Syndrome. Here are some likely symptoms of Top Pair Syndrome. The player in question has an urgent inner desire to double up. The player in question is simply impatient. The player in question has a tendency to bully other people. Finally the player in question doesn’t understand the true value of his cards. Keep in mind that Top Pairolitis is a result of limit ring game action, where in that venue, you are often paid off with top pair – top kicker, making it a positive EV play. The virtual opposite is true in tournaments, save for specific situations.
The thing is though, 64 beats AK almost 40% of the time. Even A9 beats AK almost 30% of the time, and that’s the most common form of domination. While mathematically these are great edges, in Hold ‘Em – and in no-limit in particular – starting with an edge is never enough.
The first thing is to be early at the bingo hall if you are planning to play. Rushing to the counter to purchase cards and running to your desired seat is not a good way to start. Arriving early gives you a chance to find a good seat and to fix your cards. Please don’t come to a bingo hall drunk or you’ll not only become a potential nuisance but also you won’t be able to play properly. Once you are all set, listen intently to the caller as they say the numbers, and mark your cards correctly. It really helps if you are in a fit condition when playing because you could easily commit mistakes if you’re sick or distressed. Even casino players playing roulette or hiking should be there in top condition. If you don’t feel all right, you should postpone coming to any game houses.
Cheaters card markings are usually just small changes to the back of the cards. They may be scratches, change in design of the card, or possibly a bend in one corner of the card.
The best thing you can learn about bluffing is when to not bluff. If you are unsure about the situation and your “gut” tells you that you shouldn’t, then just don’t bluff. Only bluff when you are completely sure you have a good chance of coming out on top.
After you understand these notions, all that’s left is practice. You can play online, with plastic poker chips, clay poker chips, eventually buy your own poker chip sets, and enter tournaments when you feel ready. The more experience you have, the better a player you’ll be. When you finally arrive at the show, always remember not to let your ego get in the way. Don’t think you are indestructible; instead, look for games where you will have the greatest advantage.