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Is the subject matter of poker betting a ‘stand-alone’ issue, or is it interwoven with any number of other poker considerations?
To answer, let me assure you that if it did ‘stand-alone’, I’d never be at the opposite end of the spectrum with the WAFABA members who are always trying to make their case as they’re playing the game, or when they’re discussing the game….their pursuit of ‘stand-alone’ validation is a near-constant at free poker sites such as wixtips.com
Wait….I owe you an explanation! Since all of you are ‘quality’ players, none of you have ever even heard of the WAFABA group; my apologies. Clearly, there would be no cause for any of you to have ever been in contact with them.
That being so, you are completely unaware of who they are, or what words the acronym shortens. It’s ‘World Assembly For Alpha Bull Associates’. And, presumably, while unknown to me, they must have some useful purpose!
We, on the other hand, have a well-documented, well-defined purpose; winning money. Plus, we know that the words ‘when’ and ‘why’ are of major consequence. Moreover, we fully comprehend that betting is, in fact, dramatically interwoven with many other poker considerations.
Remember, the ‘turnip truck’ is long gone. Or, we never had a need to get off the truck….because we were never on the truck.
Our ‘advantaged’ view tells us that all of the following are closely tied to betting:
(Editors note - If you are not familiar with any of the above or below then you are to far ahead and need to go back to the earlier Vadnais articles in the awesome “Building a Bankroll” series…learn how to play poker online basics to intermediate where you walk then jog, then run and then jump in a rocket and go orbital)
Moreover, our ‘advantaged’ view brings the words ‘when’ and ‘why’ into a synergistic, and forever constant, association with the various types of betting that are available to each of us. There are very valid, profitable, and rational reasons for our use of:
On 8 to 10 handed tables, when our ‘Flops Seen Percentage’ exceeds 20 to 25%, we’re calling the Big Blind bet way too often.
When our ‘Flops Seen Win Percentage’ is less than 50 to 55%, we’re calling pre-flop bets way too often.
And, in both cases, especially in light of the ‘STATS’ box available to each of us at WixTips we know full well that an adjustment is required in our game play. We’re not looking to become members of WAFABA, we’re looking to re-instate big profits and a winning discipline.
Damn! Where these four questions would send WAFABA members into a dizzying spin, they send us into an arena of unparalleled confidence.
We know that each answer provides us with an increased ability to win money….and, money is the primary motivation for all of us to be playing the game.
When Pot Odds, Implied Odds, Flop Texture, and Consistency of Focus….combined together….dictate to us that the actions of Bozo, Pinhead, and Dumbo are going to significantly add to our stack, we’re delighted; and, we fully comprehend, over the long-term, that our net worth is going up.
Plus, we’ll be maintaining our Return On Investment; likely in the area of 50%….or, we’ll be getting our ROI to 50%; then maintaining it.
Why do Emotions Management matter to us?
Clearly, we understand that if we’re not relaxed at the table, it’ll be difficult for us to win.
And, why would Premium Membership be important to us? Well….it’s a source for increased profits; additional money to be added to our respective bankrolls. And, ‘Expanding Your Bankroll’ is not only the title of this series of Articles….it is the ONLY goal tied to the reading of these Articles.
Premium Membership, increased profits, a large ROI? Any of that ring a bell? I hope it does….because back on May 17th of this year a mini-article was posted at WixTips that detailed the reasons for becoming a Premium Member.
The mini-article explained why a Premium Membership would vastly improve your Return On Investment (ROI). And, I wrote about a very good player. I specifically said that the player “is an individual who wins with a consistency that almost all of us would be envious of, almost all of us would look to be duplicitous of”.
Plus, I said “it would be unfair to identify the individual by name. Therefore, the screen name will be held by me in anonymity”; both statements remain in place as of this writing.
Further, I explained that the player uses the monthly allotment of 30,000 Bonus Chips to participate in 500 FreeD Bonus Chip freerolls….with a 2,000 Bonus Chip buy-in.
But, I would like to update the statistics associated with that players results over the most recent 90 day period of time; thus the following summary:
The end result remains the same….every 1,000 Bonus Chips used by this player produces 37 cents of winnings.…or, a total of approximately $11 per month.
Which, at $7.95 per month for Premium Membership produces an ROI of 38%. At $4.95 per month the ROI is 122%. And, at $2.95 per month the ROI is 272%.
Per the mini-article, possibly, none of us can replicate the ‘quality of play’ held by this individual; yet, I doubt that. As previously written “there are way too many ‘good’ players on the WixTips site”. Then again, maybe none of us can attain a monthly win rate of $11; maybe the win rate will only be five-eighths as good; something like $7 per month.
If so, if the win rate ends up at $7 per month, not $11 per month, the Return On Investment still remains a very positive number; it’s 41% (versus the annual Premium Membership cost of $4.95 per month).
And, the 41% ROI takes into account the assumption that the ‘good’ WixTips players are only about 60% as ‘good’ as the ‘really good’ player who wins the $11 per month. Should you become a Premium Member? The question doesn’t mandate a whole lot of thought. Does it?
Fortunately, for all of us, we long ago came to realize how important Pot-Size betting is….how it helps us to attain our ‘winning money’ goal.
Metaphorically, it is our Bible, Koran, Torah, or agnostic template; we can’t be true believers in poker, or poker’s goal of ‘winning money’ without an absolute commitment to the strategy of Pot-Size betting.
If we hold a hand that’s worth betting, we’re most often making a Pot-Size bet.
We’ve used it so frequently that it has, in combination with patience, defined our game….in combination with Pot Odds, delineated our game….and, in combination with Implied Odds, distinguished our game.
It’s use almost always puts our opponents in the position of having to decide between being a gambler or being sane and sensible; and thereby folding.
Yet, from time-to-time, in the interest of alternating our style of play, we are forced to include other types of betting in our battle-ready tactical strategies.
Not necessarily as substitutes for Pot-Size betting, but, rather, as betting that fits with the composition of our pocket cards and the Flop Texture that has been displayed on the board.
On occasion, we need to make use of Value Bets.…
Plus, the Value Bet, acting as an inducement to siphon money away from the competition, serves as an alternate to our ‘Slow-Play’ strategy….we require diversity in our game, and the switching back-and-forth from Value Bets to Slow-Play accomplishes a small measure of that desired diversity.
Anything we can do to keep our opponents away from ‘reads’ on our play adds to our advantage.
Sometimes, we need to make use of Over bets….
For example, we hold pocket Tens, and the flop showed 2/5/9.
Plus, to insure that our opponent will not get useful pot odds, the Over bet has got to be very specific.
Again, he’s not calling. Unless, of course, he’s a WAFABA member. And,
we have no aversion to politely remove chips from the stack of a WAFABA
member; frankly, it’s one of our obligations, one of our
Rarely, will we ever entertain the thought of Continuation Bets (CB)….
However, at some point in time, through WixTips.com, we’ll get an Article posted that deals with Heads-Up play….then, you’ll be consumed by Continuation Bets; it’s one of a half-dozen keys to winning in Heads-Up situations; whether the play be in a 2 handed ‘sit-n-go’ game, a Heads-Up multi-player elimination event, or final table play between the last 2 players in a tournament game.
Last, we need not discuss ‘Slow-Play’ (the no bet) or ‘Bluffing’.…we’ve already done so in previous Articles.
Nor, do I believe that we need to discuss ‘All-In’ betting; not necessarily because we have already discussed it, but because it’s something we perennially keep ‘on the back burner’.
We don’t ever initiate an ‘All-In’ bet, but, when we’re holding a ‘nuts’ hand we do call an ‘All-In’ bet. And, when we make those calls, collect the pot, expand our bankrolls….we’re always grateful to the WAFABA organization; without their members we’d be in possession of a lot less money.
Best of Luck at The Tables.
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