Sunday, November 29, 2009

Extreme Discipline

Because poker is such a long-run game, the best players are able to continue making accurate folds even when it seems like it's impossible for their opponents to be running so good.

I'm inspired by players who are able to sit down at the table for countless hours, days, weeks and months while making endless impartial judgments on bad rivers. They resist the temptation to call down just once, to sate their curiosity with a showdown, to think that their opponent is trying to run them over with another big bet.

This discipline can be seen by Durrrr vs. Antonius in the Aussie Millions cash game, where Tom Dwan manages to make repeatedly correct laydowns and lose much less than he could have lost.

Or you can see it when Haseeb Qureshi folds flushes and full houses to river raises.

Or when Tommy Angelo discusses folding Aces preflop.

Or when Doyle Brunson talks on High Stakes Poker about how easy it is to lay down Aces when he's playing well.

This is what separates the great players from the rest of us. Relative hand strength means everything, and absolute hand strength means nothing. They're not attached to their premium hands, and they can throw them away even though look so good.

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