Being a beginner, I try to keep my mouth shut most of the time , and not vent or weigh in on too many things, especially if they are beyond my understanding. I gotta do a bit now, though, and am hoping I can get a little empathetic sympathy.
This has been said MANY times before, but why not again, I guess? Since when is betting and folding not a part of this game? Why do people get soooooo frustrated and offended with a little basic aggression? If you want to attempt to limp into a multi-way pot on every hand, be my guest, but I’m simply not going to allow it time and time again at the table at which I’m playing. I don’t want to constantly have 5 + players competing for bus fare in the middle. So, I do something about it. I don’t intend to sound cocky here; like I said, I’m a beginner (and quite frankly a very poor player if held to reasonable standards) and often get my ass handed to me by much better players. That being said, however:
I recently won a low stakes SNG. I tried to play a basic TAG style at this table, as it seemed to be effective. It’s not my fault if I’m getting dealt hot cards; I’m not gonna apologize for it! I’m going to bet for value on good hands and try to steal every damn pot I can, whether my opponents like it or not. Being aggressive and being a bully are not the same thing. There’s a difference between scratching your ass and tearing it to pieces. I didn’t suddenly jack up my opens to 10-15x bb or always bet the pot or more post-flop when I got a big chip lead; I just played aggressively because it was working to my advantage. God forbid I 3-bet a min-raise pre-flop when I hold AdKd IP.
2nd place said “GG” to 3rd place when 3rd got eliminated. I said “GG” to him/her as well. When I won I said “GG” to 2nd place and received no reply when he/she was still there. If you have good cards, re-raise me, trap me, throw some variation and balance into your games. How many times has a player like Steve-123, for example, robbed my stack and left me staring into space like a deer in headlights? People who have the goods need to stop being so afraid to try to do the same thing. And not get sooooo offended when you see it. It’s poker, not a dinner party.