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PostSubject: Can I win at the micros playing a LAG style?      Can I win at the micros playing a LAG style?       EmptyThu Jun 09, 2011 3:36 pm

In conclusion, I
to reiterate: Listen to your breath! This is the main sign that an opponent is bluffing. Noticed a deep calm breath? It's almost a sure sign of a strong hand. Breathing stops - the opponent is likely weak hand.

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PostSubject: Re: Can I win at the micros playing a LAG style?      Can I win at the micros playing a LAG style?       EmptyFri Jun 10, 2011 11:47 pm

Nice question.... Smile
A friend of mine gave me this story a long time ago....maybe it can help you too Wink

So, I was sitting around watching the Clemson/Texas A&M football game. I love college football, and part of what I love is the running game. I like watching teams that run the ball fifty times a game, teams that run the triple option, and teams whose quarterback will run for 100 yards.

You won't find any of those things in the NFL. One of the major reasons is because an offense based entirely around the running game couldn't win in the NFL. A strong running game stems from dominating the other team's line. In the NFL, the talent level is too even amongst teams for that to happen. Another thing that the running game (specifically, the option play) relies upon is mistakes. For the option to work, you need people to blow assignments, miss tackles, take bad angles, and make other fundamental mistakes. In the NFL, the players are too well-coached, too skilled, and too fundamentally sound to make the mistakes that allow the option to thrive.

What does this have to do with poker? Loose-aggressive play in no-limit is like the running game in football. It works best when your opponents are no good. It works when your opponents aren't fundamentally sound, when they make the same mistakes over and over, and when they are so weak and helpless that they know exactly what you're doing and still can't stop it.

There's been an aura surrounding loose-aggressive play on this forum as of late. Somehow, people have come to believe that it is the proper way to play poker, the panacea for average play. Don't get me wrong; it has its place in poker, just as the option play has its place in football. But, what everyone needs to understand that the strength of loose-aggressive play lies in your opponents' weaknesses.

Some people like to railbird the big games. When they do so, they get to watch a number of loose-aggressive players do pretty well for themselves. When they see these players, they view them as poker experts, poker superstars. When I watch these players, I see Tommie Frazier. For those who haven't heard of him, Tommie Frazier was a quarterback who led Nebraska to back-to-back national titles. He broke countless records and is one of the best college quarterbacks to ever play. He ran the option. And, he never played a single down in the NFL. The main reason being: his skills were one-dimensional. So, as good as he was in college, he wasn't a viable player at the highest level.

If Tommie Frazier were allowed to play college football as long as he wanted to, he'd probably still be playing and winning today. Unfortunately, you can't exercise game selection in football. In poker, however, you can figure out what you're good at and what works in a certain type of game. Then, you can play only in games that suit your strengths. You can play college football forever. And, you can get rich doing so...

But, make no mistake. Don't confuse loose-aggressive play for a dominant strategy. Because, if you play more hands than your opponents and play them too aggressively, you will lose if your opponents are any good. And, don't confuse every loose-aggressive winning player for an expert. Some might be experts who wisely adjust to game conditions. But, many others don't understand poker; they are merely fortunate that they play against opponents who can't stop their running game.

If such players were to ever find themselves in the NFL, they would be in for a rude awakening. They would keep running the ball, because that's all they know how to do. But, they would soon find that the running game doesn't work against strong competition.

To succeed in the NFL and in poker, you need a balanced attack.
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