Babeinbucland wrote:I play weekly in two home games (Sometimes play at Hard Rock Tampa). One of our games has been going for over 15 years. My biggest fault is that I get bored easily and play hands just to play, when I should have folded before the flop. Sigh...
I get like this sometimes too. only advice I could give is if you're playing marginal hands out of boredom, would be to at least play them when you have position and play those hands more aggressively as if they are solid hands (meaning raise an unraised pot, control the action..but you better have position if doing so). Then you see flops that will allow you to take stabs at it when face cards hit as others have to somewhat believe you hit the flop based on preflop action/raise. Also, if by some chance your less than marginal hands smashes the flop you're probably going to get paid off as no one will expect a dry board to hit your hand so well based on prefop action.
you wouldn't want to play this way all time of course, but when sprinkled in throughout a session and at the right time it can be very effective and it surely fixes the boredom factor when you're yelling in your head "just f'ing fold already".
side note: this is more of a cash game strategy than tournament.
I actually have an example of this that happened recently and I ended up doubling up, which was a complete accident.
$1/$2 NL Cash Game
Preface the hand with Villain being jerky, showing bluffs, talking to people that he was up against like "oh I bet that pisses you off uh? I'm being too aggressive for this table... did you see what I just won with". Just coming off as a real jerk who thought he was better than he was and I was just being quiet thinking to myself that I'll catch him soon enough. Overall I would say that this guy was a bluffy player who took greater pleasure in the bluff over a well played hand.
Well the night went on and he had stacked his chips into his tray and was playing his last hand before he left, which he was the button. I was two to his right, so I was in late position. My stack was at $120.
4 players in before it got to me ($7 in the pot - SB + BB + 2 limp) and I look at my pocket pair and see 6/3 of clubs. I wanted to play the hand but didn't want to be passive and hope I flopped something to win. So I be $20 with the whole purpose of rep'ing a big pocket pair and also making it to where the limpers didn't feel like they had to defend their previous $2. The goal was to win a little pot preflop with a very marginal hand and move on to the next hand.
The Villain on the button calls the $20 and one other previous limper called the additional $18. So the pot was $63 with 3 players going to the flop.
Flop comes 2, 2, 3 with two spades.
first player checks
So I'm thinking, if first player had a high pocket pair he would have at least not initially limped before I raised preflop, and he surely would have reraised after I raised if he was trying to be cute (which it turned out he was trying to be cute, just too cute and he lost the pot because of this). The Villain to my left was a bluffy player playing his last hand so I gave him zero credit for having a made hand preflop. So with all that taken into account I'm thinking that my pair of 3's is probably good here but even if they aren't my preflop raise would have to warrant respect and they would fold and that would be the end of it. The problem was I needed to bet enough to where they didn't feel like they were getting pot odds to call which would have been about $50. That would have only left me with $50 behind going forward and not enough to push anyone off a draw should my post flop bet gets called. So I push all in for a $100.
Villain on the button takes 30 seconds and calls so I'm like ****, I guess I'm behind and I just tried to play this hand at the wrong time.. it happens. and then the other guy in the hand folds. He said because the Villain had called is why he folded. Which makes complete sense and I would have done the same if I had been in his position. which I would not have been because he folded pocket 10s and there is no way in hell I'm limping in a pot preflop from EP with 10s, because this is exactly the situation you put yourself in (not knowing exactly where you stand in a hand due to being passive/sneaky).
So I keep my hand face down as the cards are coming out and to be honest I don't even recall what the turn or the river was only that they were not spades and the villain flips over his cards and says I missed my flush.. he had 7/9spades. I flipped over my cards and said "wow, looks like I win with a pair of 3's". It was a great "gotcha" moment and one that I certainly fell into, but it's a good example of playing an image and position.
As for the guy that folded the 10s, like previously mentioned, he played his hand horribly and allowed players in position to dictate the action.