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Subtle Losses of Judgment- II

Some of the factors that cause subtle damage to judgment in play poker were discussed in part I of this section. I listed habitual play, subtle tilt and misinformation as "dangerous threat of sound judgment." Furthermore, I will discuss some of the mistakes players make as a result of these factors. Let's look at the mistakes one by one.

Typical Resulting Errors

•  Playing extra hands . This is one of the most common and easy mistake made by the players when their judgment is bit destroyed. There are various reasons for this. It is very easy to knock out poor hands in hold'em no limit . You can tell yourself, "The very best players play some extra hands and I'm really a good player. I should definitely play these hands." You can give little credit to your rivals, thus convincing yourself that they are so unskilled that you can play more hands against them. It is also easy to give in to an attraction with a bit sub-average hand in the expectation of turning around a downswing.

However, adding to any of the above factors to sub-standard hand selection can be misinformation, or a sufficient lack of knowledge. Even good players sometime lack adequate poker knowledge of hand selection to make correct decisions continuously in less normal situations. The result can be that mistakes which seem insignificant pre-flop are compounded as to get into some problem on the later streets or are made so often that their cost decreases into your hourly rate.

•  Calling rivals down too much . This is another common effect of sound judgment in poker play. It is a good example of the kind of play that can become habitual. We obviously enjoy picking off a bluff, but it is possible to get into a mode of thinking your rivals are trying to steal the pot from you. So you become something of calling station whenever you have a hand like medium or high pair. How does it develop? In hold'em poker the success for its development is learning that none of the players in a pot flops much. Having successful attempts in catching bluffers can set the tendency in motion. It may also result from subtle tilt. Distressed, you put the desire to win pots ahead of the goal of playing well, and so you begin to "call'em down," trying to win any pot you possibly can.

Becoming a habitual caller will prove very costly. When you are playing with your correct judgment you carefully pick your spots to call a player down with a weak hand. When your game judgment fails you may do it more tentatively. For example, in the big blind you have:

The small blind and the other two players call. The flop came:

The small blind bets. He is a player who bluffs much when he's stuck but here he is not stuck and is playing his "A" game. You raise. The other players fold. Now the small blind re-raises. Given no further information, if you are a good online poker player, playing with sound judgment, you will either fold now or take a card off and fold if faced with another bet if you haven't improved. However, if your judgment has eroded and you have developed the "call'em down" condition, you may very well go to the river. Maybe with the rationalization, "This player really bluffs a lot sometimes. He should be on a draw." Then you are probably likely to see a hand like

Or two pair.

When your judgment is accurate it is easy to see the foolishness of such habitual calling. But when you are far away from such accurate judgment then such play never seems far wrong at least when you are engaged in it. You are aware of taking a risk, but you can justify (i.e. rationalize) it and you know one thing would be certain: You might win the pot.

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