Get It Quietly

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Friday, September 12, 2003

It's About Time ...

... someone said this :

and very well said too. Caro is like Sklansky in that you may find his style annoying but an enormous proportion of what he says is correct.

The last time this came up when I was at the table was in a festival comp in Luton . I went all in, 4 or 5 people called and then the last player to act made a huge reraise, knocked everyone else out and turned over 34s :-). Quite a clever play really, he knew everyone would fold, now he’s getting 6-1 from the pot and is only a 2-1 dog. Needless to say though the next 10 minutes turned into an all-out strategy seminar. I was the only person who didn’t get involved so I suppose I must have been the audience. What’s really funny is that there were still about 130 players left ! The advantage gained by knocking someone out at this point is so small you would need an electron microscope to see it, for reasons which Caro explains better than I could.

On another occasion I was told by a Late Night Poker finalist that “the idea is to knock players out”. I said “No, the idea is for me to get chips”, and he let it drop, probably because he thought I was clearly insane and not worth arguing with rather than because I had refuted him. Anyway there are only a few very specific situations where you make a significant gain by knocking someone out, and of course these are all in or around the money. And if you have one of the biggest stacks it’s often worth keeping people in ! You’ll have to work out why yourself though :-)


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