September 26, 2011

Your Redline and Your Non-Showdown Winnings – part 2

So far, we’ve made it clear that a sharply downward sloping redline is caused by one thing: by the putting of money into the pot and then folding. In this piece will take a look at a few of the actual mistakes players commit to destroy their redlines.
C-betting is a great way to pile pressure on the opposition and thus to win non-showdown pots. Like every bluff though, it can also backfire when one gets to abuse it, C-betting way too often and in bad spots. C-betting also hides another potential pitfall: when someone takes a one and done attitude towards it, it can also kill that player’s redline.

Playing out of position is generally detrimental for everything that’s poker. Well, your red line will also suffer if you play the guessing game too often.
One of the biggest problems that inexperienced players struggle with is the way they play draws: they tend to be too passive about them and they often fold in the end when it becomes obvious their draws haven’t filled up.
The way one plays weak made hands also falls into this category. Bad players will call with weak made hands only to have second thoughts and fold when faced with additional pressure further down the line.
Calling three-bets too often and folding too many flops is also part of the problem. Playing passively as the aggressor in three-bet pots and checking then calling with weak hands like two-pair draws completes the picture.

What exactly can a poker prop do to avoid a downward-sloping redline? First of all, you should cut back on multi-tabling. Most players commit the mistake of engaging in play at too many tables. The sheer volume of the action will then force them to go on TAG auto-pilot, and that’s pretty much a one-way ticket to downward sloping redline-dom. I can’t tell you exactly how many tables you should play. Too many is a different notion for every player out there. There are people who can handle twice as many tables as others, and there are folks who can barely handle two tables when paying full attention to what’s going on. Remember that in order to avoid losing money in non-showdown hands, you need to be able to identify and shoot down bluffs and you need to be able to pull off bluffs of your own. When TAG auto-piloting, you can’t do any of those things.

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