copernicus, on Monday, August 21st, 2006, 1:08 PM, said:
If youre not folding A-rag in early and middle position 90% of the time then you are either an unbelievably good post-flop player that can get away from it when its losing and collect on it when it wins, or you have a big leak. In a no-foldem game where Ax is rarely folded, you are begging to be dominated, and there is no way to read the players well enough to know when its good or isnt.You beat low-limit tournaments by extracting the most chips you can when you have very strong hands, and by capitalizing on the implied odds of potential monsters like suited connectors when the table is passive enough to let you see cheap flops. You wont get anywhere with A4 in the long run.
I like to see flops. I play all sorts of hands, as long as they're playable. A4 is definitely in the upper portions of what I usually play. I am -very- confident in my post flop play. I've been able to REALLY capitalize on the weak players in these limits because I know what I'm doing. By reading your last paragraph, I'm getting the gist that maybe you misunderstand why I'm playing an A4. In this spot, I'm a favorite over any random hand. I'm not looking to play a big pot unless I flop a monster, which A4 has a potential of doing by flopping a wheel. Of course, it's ridiculous to go by the theory "any two cards can make a full house" in playing these kinds of hands, that's not the point. I'm looking to pick up an ace against a higher pair, or even a pocket pair, and pick up a small pot. I'm confident in my ability to decipher if I have the best of it or not.Again, I certainly do play my fair share of suited connectors. Any possible chance I get to play them, I'm in there, as long as the logical conditions are set. I'm a very loose player, and it's not rare for me to see 65% of the flops in one SNG. I'd say about 70% of the time, I came in with an openening raise. 20% of the time, I call a raise, and 10% of the time it's with a limp.Going back up to what I said, A4 is definitely a playable hand by my standards. I'm completely disregarding what "strategy" has to say, now, since he can't seem to be able to grasp the concept of what I'm trying to convey. I've never said I will play A4 any chance I get. Just like almost any other hand, it's completely situational. I find a situation to play it in, and this time around, I chose to limp with it.I absoloutely love to steal blinds, since it fits in with my aggressive style and no one can really always say I'm on a steal if I'm opening up from every position out there. A play that I have incorporated for awhile, though, is the one I tried to make here.I was completely ready to fold to a raise here. But my incentive for playing this hand was to steal the blinds. And rather than making it a bit more obvious with a raise on the button, I like to bet out on the flop, and hope they have nothing. Obviously, this has some risk to it, and I understand that, but so does raising from the button and having a blind wake up with a large hand. He either has it in his hand preflop, or makes one on the flop. Either way, your chances of picking up the blinds in both spots are around the same. It's one of my favorite plays to make.I'm not trying to teach anything. I'm a learning player, and I believe a close minded approach to poker will hinder you in the long run. It's important for me to grasp other's views so I can understand their thinking, and with that new gem, I will undoubtedly be able to apply it to any future games I may play.Actuary - I understand your point in saying that A4 can be disguised if you're raising with a wide range of hands. However, like I said, hands are also well disguised by just simply limping, or calling. Not everything has to be done with a raise. Obviously, since this is one hand, I can see where you're coming from, but let me assure you that I raise more often than not with a hand like this than limp. But to be truly unpredictable and just not hyper-aggressive, I believe limping from time to time is a move to really consider.EDIT: Sorry, that was really unorganized, but I've been up for 28 hours, so I'm not really able to construct a proper paragraph. >>