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List Of Suggestions To Preserve Game

1. Refer Mason Malmuth's suggestion: In his book, Poker Essays and Poker Essays Volume II, he provided many ideas and concepts which relates to the topic of game preservation. To summarize, he discusses the significance of playing quickly and abstaining from such time consuming practices as demanding for deck changes and the new setups when there is nothing wrong with the cards. (Players might get bored or irritated and quit the slow game.) He indicates the unfavorable effects of criticizing weak players, explaining the strategy at the poker table, asking to see another player' hand, pulling angle plays and making plays which can bring a weak player down. Further, he warns against insisting on technicalities and complete buy-ins for the weaker players who are not trying to take the benefit of the rules. To have brief discussion on these kinds of ideas and concepts, it is recommendable to read Malmuth's essays.

2. Develop a friendly environment at the poker table: This is an enlargement of the idea that it is dangerous to the game to criticize, or to be hostile toward weaker players. Some expert players try to avoid such behavior but a few incorrectly believe it to be their benefit to act in the reverse manner towards better players. They truly believe that if they are calm or rude toward better players, they might take the advantage of driving them off, and then keeping the "lives one" all to themselves.

This idea contains two serious flaws. Firstly, expert and other professional winning players account for an important and stable part of the player base that keeps a game going from week to week. Driving these players off (which should not be easy to do, as most experts have learned to tolerate a number of strange behavior on the part of some of their rivals) can take the backbone out the game and pressurizes is termination. If you are a professional player, you have to accept that playing with some other experts at the table is a small sacrifice you must make in exchange for having a regular game to play in.

Secondly, being intolerant, rude or unfriendly toward any player whether they are weak or skilled creates an environment of resentment which is witnessed by all the players at the poker table. When a recreational player comes across to this game, do you think that he is going to stay in the game or will often come back in future? Probably I guess not.

Additionally, people tend to feel relaxed in a social environment that they perceive as friendly and welcoming. A game that is silent, with nothing but an atmosphere of cutthroat competition waving in the air is not going to feel this way to the new or inexperienced player. Therefore, my advice is to do your part to create a warm, friendly, sociable environment at the poker table. Play hard but be friendly to your rivals. Maintain a little interesting or humorous conversation. (But do not bother players when they are in a hand or push it to the point of annoying anyone who would rather play silently.) If you are stuck and feeling depressed or frustrated it is better to say nothing than to speak angrily or ironically to another online poker player. If you are not an outgoing person you can still be calm and can make an effort to be at least more social than you may normally be. Look at it as a part of your work.

This is best to strive for. Though I make an attempt to follow my own advice, I prefer to think and observe a good deal at the table. Likewise, I also spend a good deal of my time playing silently. As far as game preservation is concerned, I try to maintain from my side an environment to which people would not hate to return.

I have concentrated here only on promoting friendly social relations. You may improve the health of your game by thinking of other different ways to make it pleasurable atmosphere for the players.

3. Consider the impact of stack size: There is a debate as to keeping a large stack of chips in front of you. The reason is that this will persuade players to think you are a winner and will threaten them so that they do not shots at you, or instead play as aggressively against you. I do think that there is some reality in it. I have truly heard people express the belief that players whom I knew played a distorted game were great winners just because they had big stacks of chips placed on the table. (Remember that you should not develop misperception about your rivals when you have adequate knowledge of the game to evaluate their skill from watching their play. Without this poker knowledge, you are at risk to being persuaded and often deceived by irrelevant information such as stack size. For more discussion about this topic see the essay called "An Illusory Winner."

However, if you want reduce other player's perception of your downswings, place a big stack. It is a second way to show that this will affect how they play against you. But sometimes it may develop some kind of advantages stated above.

On the contrary, there are other consequences of stack size which have great issue of game preservation. For example, any sign that you are a winning player (that is always keeping stack large) may keep weaker players away from the game. Meaning if they are threatened by you they may not want to play in your game. It happens very often. An average kind of player looks at a game with a seat open, ascertain the lineup, and passes on the game.

I don't think that his concern is always about having to play poker against winning players. In such a case, average player sees this game as fairly "tight," a quality which he may or may not associate with winning players. But some players do have little connection with it. While others think that in a zero-sum game there can be losers if there are to be winners. Thus if they find you as a winner, they have to conclude that you do not do much for their chances in that game. Hence, to the extent that you are seen by others as a winner, you are showing a quality which does not tempt them to your game.

This brings to the conclusion that when you are thinking about game preservation, a small stack (which you can keep, by starting smaller and "coloring up") may truly be better for your image than a large stack. The small stack will force others to think that you are less likely to be a winner, thereby making your game more attractive to them. This is preferable to being seen as a winner, but having no game in which to play.

There is some debate on other side of this. Some state that there are players who are interested in a game where there are large stacks. This is because they see what they believe to be a good chance to take a small stack of their own up against some large stacks and win more money. They certainly fail to realize that a small stack in front of a good player is similar to that of tip of an iceberg. The expert's bankroll gives much extra money that he can and will convert into chips would be a downswing within a particular session needed it. Players who have less knowledge about the poker are not supposed to think of it. They prefer to play at the current stack size, thinking what is present for them to win in the current game.

However, there is one debate which holds that a small stack is favorable to the game preservation and second which supports large stacks for the same purpose. I guess that each one has an authenticity. Some players are affected one way and other players another way, by variations in stack size. The purpose would be to identify how specific players are persuaded by variations in your stack size. You should take into account, among other things, your status with various players, what they know about you, how long they have played along with you, and how refined are they in thinking about the game. You can then be able to decide what kind of stack to place upon.

I don't think that any of these consequences of stack size is strong. If you fully neglect them, it will not make any difference. (I presented this topic simply to be comprehensive. I will confess that I generally keep stack size big so as to give reasonable insurance against the unskilled from having problem to buy more chips.) Anyway, if you want to keep your routine poker game surviving till last you should certainly think about them.

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