Relay Poker Community Forum High Stakes Players in Low Stakes Games March 29, 2017
I don’t feel the same as you about playing against High Standing Players. Here’s my view–I only played a little bit 2 years ago & returned recently; I feel I need a lot of instruction and “feel” for the game. Playing against the HS players gives me an insight into some of their strategies. Holding a fairly good hand when they “blast” with a hair-raising bid, I may not like it, even despise it, but it’s instructive to me in the end–either for winning or losing ultimately. And I generally remember the incidents. I wait to play against them in the future if opportunities arise.
I’ll give you a more realistic example–I played tournament bridge for several years in the Los Angeles area as a beginner. I got better, initially with help from a unpaid pro-friend who to this day was the best player I ever played with and eventually a new husband. It was a treat to come up against real pros. And when they were disgruntled or even unsavory toward me or my partner, I made a notch in my head that I would GET him or her at the table the next time I played against them. And believe me, it happened time and time again. I waited for the moment and it came. I’d silently slice them to the core. I even had one of the outstanding
pro’s come up to me and say, “You really got us at the table…” I’m a very competitive person in many aspects, but I learned. I still made silly mistakes in playing some hands, my partner’s high points, but my bidding and doubles, strong aspects, got us tournament standings and wins that were unexpected. You can learn immensely from playing against the pro’s; believe me. They have three significant hindrances: under- estimating what they consider “weaker” opponents’ abilities, giving away their own “tells,” & denigrating opponents to their faces.
Cashmarket, think of playing against the tough players as a great challenge that reaps rewards.