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  • How to deal with reckless players?

    I was playing a 45 player Sit and go 25c buy in tonight and got to a point where I was doing fairly well, I had doubled my starting stack, was one of the big stacks on my table and was making quite good calls. Then things started to go downhill.

    One of the players said in chat that basically it was a 25c tourney and "what the hell" he started playing extremely recklessly and going all in clearing up the little pots. Now this usually doesn't bother me as I wait my time then take them when they get too cocky. However I had Ace / 10 off suit in my hand and had called, this guy then goes all in on me, another player calls him.

    So I'm sitting here thinking my hand is fairly good but why risk it, Im fairly certain he has nothing but neither do i and i don't want to drop half my stack when at this point i was positioned about 10th or lower in the tournament and right now my goal is to improve my game to a level where I can consistently beat 7th place so I'm winning back prize money.

    Anyway I fold out, I was playing fairly tight and I didn't want to take the risk, the cards come and i would have had 2 pair, the guy who called has Q J and gets nothing, the reckless guy has something like K 4 and ends up winning with a pair of kings.

    The guy eventually tried it one too many times and busted out, but how do you deal with a player that is doing this? And was I right to fold the A 10 ?

    Im curious because this player doing this really put me off my game tonight, there were quite a few hands I might have called on to see the flop as I was doing well but I had to tighten back up again because I felt I didn't want to loose money in situations I wasn't prepared to match his all in.

  • #2
    Originally posted by FloatableCat View Post
    Im curious because this player doing this really put me off my game tonight, there were quite a few hands I might have called on to see the flop as I was doing well but I had to tighten back up again because I felt I didn't want to loose money in situations I wasn't prepared to match his all in.
    That's the key phrase, you LET him put you off your game. Nothing he does in within your control, therefore it shouldn't affect you.

    Yes, I know this is easier said than done, but you can't allow someone else's play to control you if you want to be a winning player.

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    • #3
      I agree with what Joy has said.

      Its tempting to call off with trash as he is playing trash, but you already know he's calling or you have to call all in...so wait for that hand and go for it.

      Dave has a video on playing different player types I'll search for it.

      http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/art...ith-Aggression

      http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/art...r-exploitation

      http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/art...ice-by-Example
      I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

      13 Time Bracelet Winner


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      • #4
        let them win the small ones, but when you get a hand, have them double you.

        Players like this will give the chips back just as fast as they got them.
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        • #5
          I play a lot of freerolls on another site and have to face this many times in every game. 1st I like it when they keep putting their chips out there for me to grab. It makes my job of taking them so much easier. 2nd In the situation that you described I will always fold unless I have a PP of tens (sometimes I raise this to JJ or QQ depending on what I see from the maniacs holdings when he has to show his hand) or better or AK suited or not. The most important aspect of this IMO is that the maniac had already got a caller and this is why I would fold except for the stated hands. If there was no other caller then yes I would have opened up to any two broadway cards including the ATo you had. Key point is if the maniac gets a caller ahead of you or you are in an early position with the majority of the table left to act then it's a fold almost every time. evil:
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          • #6
            Thanks for all the replies, I'll look at the video links more closely today now its not so late.

            Thinking about it what annoyed me most about the situation probably wasn't that this guy was playing maniac, but more that he was getting lucky so often lol.

            Im also going to try the 1 table sit & go games rather than the multi tables till I can improve my game some more.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by joy7108 View Post
              That's the key phrase, you LET him put you off your game. Nothing he does in within your control, therefore it shouldn't affect you.

              Yes, I know this is easier said than done, but you can't allow someone else's play to control you if you want to be a winning player.

              So true. I have come to realize:
              What I control: ME
              What I don't control: EVERYTHING ELSE

              Holds true in non-poker life as well

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              • #8
                [QUOTE=Im also going to try the 1 table sit & go games rather than the multi tables till I can improve my game some more.[/QUOTE]

                IMO the .25c 45 man is the easiest game. Better then the STT.

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