I get that the new software has made it infinitely easier to multi-table on Party Poker. I get that when you’re playing on 5 tables at once, you don’t get but a moment for each decision. I get the whole EV thing.
But people, poker is more than numbers – especially No Limit cash game poker.
Will somebody please take a look at a flop on Party Poker? I’m seeing multiple hands on every level of stakes above $1/$2 where a raiser goes 2.5 x BB and every one folds around to the Big Blind who seems to have no compunctions about throwing away better than 3 to 1 odds on his money pre-flop with no one left to act behind him.
Please people, No Limit Hold’em is a game of implied pot odds especially at cash tables.
But don’t just take my word for it, here’s this example:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q_4UuItH3Q
Tom “durrrr” Dwan is arguably the most successful online poker player in the world today. He’s a regular fixture at the highest stakes game on Full Tilt Poker, often playing Phil Ivey and other world famous sharks.
In the hand linked to, first durrrr calls the pre-flop bet with any two cards both because he’s calling $1,400 into a $2,000 pot (about 2.4 to 1 pot odds ) and he’s got position on a guy who very easily could have been raising with nothing; bear in mind that he has one of the very worst pre-flop hands possible in 7 – 3 of Spades. But it’s not about the cards for good poker players; it is about position, your opponent and relative poker odds. durrrr is looking to get to a flop and outplay his opponent for a worthwhile pot. And if his opponent hits the flop, fine, durrrr is trusting himself to make a strong post-flop decision based on his pre-flop read.
Now when the small blind re-raises he’s broadcasting serious strength, he’s saying “I have AA or KK and you all better recognize.” Obviously, durrrr cannot re-raise here or he’s going to get called. But because he’s now got a very solid read on his opponent (who is either making a stone cold ballsy as hell bluff, or as was actually the case, he’s got Aces,) he can take a flop and know that he’ll be able to get the top end of the EV on his implied odds. After all, if you know what your opponent has then you’re able to make the right decision. If he doesn’t hit the flop, durrrr’s out no doubt, but if he does happen to hit that 1 out of 20 or so flops with either two pair or a set or something to crack a big hand then he’ll be able to capitalize.
The small blind then freaks out post-flop, over-betting $40,000 into a $17,800 pot on the flop (durrrr easily could’ve had a set of 7s, 3s or 4s after the way he played pre-flop, he happened to have 2 pair but even a straight was out there) then snap calling a $100,000 re-raise. That was a catastrophe of post-flop play: making an over bet to ascertain information that a lesser amountcould have gotten at, then disregarding the information that same bet gave him in a flustered “but I’ve got Aces!!!” call.
In order to put himself in a position to make that small fortune in 20 whole seconds, durrrr has to see flops. You’re not going to flop two pair with 7 – 3 all that often, but the idea is to keep getting involved in No Limit action so that when you do get lucky, you are able to cash in on the implied pot odds of your seemingly unsound pre-flop decision.
Cash game poker is not tournament poker. As you can only go broke once in a tournament, you’ve got to be a little stricter with pot odds and such. But in No Limit cash game poker, implied pot odds are the name of the game. You certainly should not call a re-raise with 7 – 3 then go all-in over the top with bottom pair post-flop, but you’ve got to be willing to make moves based on position, implied odds and reads if you want to make money in cash game poker.