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Much has been written about exploiting opponents on the felt. This is a critical part of the game. If you can’t identify and exploit the weakness in opponents, you’ll rarely have an edge and ultimately you won’t be successful. I’m quite sure every winning player spends a great deal of time and energy on this aspect of the game.
What is less certain is how much time and energy is spent on a related aspect of the game: making yourself less exploitable by opponents.
Take a minute now to do some soul-searching and ask yourself how much time and energy you spend working on exploiting others vs. working on preventing your exploitation.
Be honest. I’m guessing you spend more time on the former. There’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t believe an equal amount of time needs to be expended on both or that there’s any right percentage.
Every player is different and should play to his strengths to maximize his profits. However, I do think players at every skill level could spend more time and energy working on making their play less exploitable.
So, how do you do this? Mixing up your play and not being predictable is obviously a good starting point. However, poker isn’t played in a vacuum.
If you’ve been super tight in a tournament and find yourself getting short-stacked when everyone folds to you on the button, you may feel your tight image has built some fold equity for you and it’s time to make a move.
July 21-24 marked another successful tournament series at the American Legion Post 615 in Tinley Park, IL. The Main Event played its Days 1a & 1b on Friday and Saturday, respectively, with 32 players returning on Sunday, June 24 to play down to the final 6.
At left, the final seven players, from left to right - Stephen Kidder, Nader Mohebbi, Arthur Britton Jr, Gary Carr, Dave (Fishy Fish) Backstrom, Mike Kleinstub, and Ryan Hickey. Britton Jr. bubbled the TV table in 7th place.
The final table will be broadcast live on Chicago Poker Club on Sunday, July 8, starting at noon, and hosted by Windy City Poker Championship host, Jason Finn (that's this author.) Additional details can be found on the site as available. The final table will be filmed at The Charley Horse Restaurant in New Lennox, IL (901 E. Lincoln Hwy.) Spectators are welcome, so come on out and cheer on your favorite player, or discover a new one.
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What's up World,
I have been slacking on the blog I know. My POS computer died in Miami and I have been lazy I guess. Anyways, I'm sitting at the restaurant bar in the lobby of Harrah's St. Louis at the moment. I'm watching the Bulls vs Heat on 1 screen and Hawks vs Coyotes (Game 4) on the other. I came down to eat and write this blog. Theres 2 other chicago area poker players I know, Manny and Dylan, sitting at the bar watching the game too so I joined them. Its been quite a nice ride the last few months. After winning the PLO tourney in Chicago for over $40,000 and a seat to the Main Event, I played the Main there and busted on day 2. We went out for Lawton's birthday that night in Chicago but stayed home no longer, as i left for Atlantic City to pick up some WSOPC Points that I needed. I only played 3 tourneys there, and had no cashes. i did go out a lot however, partying with Kurt and Jacob Bazeley. We had a really good time away from the felt. After AC I flew down to Miami to play the tournament series at the Isle in Pompano Beach. I stayed with my good friend Steve Karp. He has a nice house on North Miami beach w a pool and an extra bedroom. He also had an extra car for me to use…. Thanks Steve.
The first tournament was the day after I flew in. the $570 $75k guarantee. The field was made up of 20% great players and 80% bad players, and this was a 1 day event. To make a long story very short I won the tournament in 14hrs for $22,000. This was the 2nd time in 2 weeks that I flew into a city and won the first tournament I played. With my newly found fortunes I felt it was ok to skip the rest of the small tournaments at the Isle and basically just play the Main Event. (another Chicago grinder, Zal, had showed up at the bar to watch the games and joins me on my right. I've always liked Zal) My brother and Kurt came down for 2 weeks and stayed with Steve as well. We went out and did a lot of stuff. We went down to South Beach and partied, went to Space one night until 6am, went to 2 Heat games and was court side, did the beach a bunch of times and some dining,and shopping, etc, etc.. (wow, Hawks just tied it up 2-2 w 2 goals in last few mins!!! 1:26 left in the 3rd) I played the $3500 Main Event and busted. I spent the next 2 weeks playing cash games. i decided to skip going to Council Bluffs for the circuit and just stay in Miami and grind.