So why do people complain about bad play? Because they have the misfortune to be on the other end of the bad play.
You've never pushes with 99 and get a caller with AA and you spike a 9.By the way I very rarely ever push with a mid pair. I try to get in the pot with the least amount of chips posible,because you do know someone will have overcards and will be prepared to push them if they pair up.
I'll say it again: it's how you make your money!! Sure, there are different "poor" plays at different levels, and at the beginning of a freeroll you might see very different poor plays than on the bubble of a $5 sng.
But stop complaining about it, for the love of poker! I'll say again,This is how good poker players make money.With the poor play of the opponent
In a lot of cases you at least know what the situation is, and can access your position relatively well; if you know someone is playing any two cards to push all in with, pick a hand that you're are comfortable with the percentage against that range, and go with it.
Would you really rather be in a game with "good" players, so that you get into more tricky situations like this, where you don't know where you stand? Or a table full of begining players that you will dominate!
Here is my theory on people who complain about opponents poor play:
1. They are 'relatively' new to poker, and have discovered the concept of hand selection.
2. They want the other player to play predictably based on this hand selection criteria, including post flop play where bets are hand strength based.
3. They don't yet truly understand the nature of poker, in that being a 70% favorite actually means you LOSE 30% of the time.
4. They do not understand that if everyone played equally then no one would have any edge, and that any short term wins would come down to whoever caught the better cards at the time, but the only long term winner would be the house via rake.
5. They don't understand the concept of "equity," Poker isn't about winning pots, or tournaments, or hands: it's about winning MONEY. If your AA gets drawn out on 5 times in a row because your were up against nine all in preflop callers it doesn't matter: the time it holds up will make you money (-5, +9 = +4).
It is a fundamental truth of poker that you make your money when your opponents make mistakes.
This isn't to say that you can't have a totally human emotional reaction at the time to being drawn out on, or bubbling a tournament, or some other such poker catastrophe (disappointment, even temporary anger at the poker gods, etc.). But these things are going to happen to you thousands of times in poker, so you are well served to come to some kind of peace with it:
It is the nature of the game of poker that good decisions are not always rewarded in the short term/immediate instance.
To win an MTT, you are going to have to get through at least 3 or 4 all-in confrontations.
Even assuming your judgement is always correct and you never go all-in without that 70/30 advantage, average luck will see you lose one of those key hands and get knocked out.
Sometimes you see people criticise winners on the grounds that they were lucky in some decisive hand. They are missing the point.
You need some luck (8% or so) to win at this game and what we are all doing (those of us who study the game) is trying to improve ourselves to the point that, on our lucky days, we will be good enough to sieze the opportunity and win!
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