The staffer handed me a laminated card with 238 on it. Minutes later I was in action for the first time in months, and I wasn’t even excited about it. I didn’t have time for that. I had a movie to catch up on. That’s what it feels like now, every time I join a game in progress. It’s like coming in halfway through a movie. I’m desperate to figure out who these characters are, and what I missed. Who is winning? Who is losing? As the movie plays on, I watch every scene, and I send out my tilt feelers, because the main thing I need to know is: Who is content? Who is agitated? By constantly updating that information, I can make better reads, better bluffs, better calls.” – Tommy Angelo
The acid test for any starting hand is the Miracle Flop Test. Take any [hand] and imagine what the best possible flop would be for that hand: If you wish you’d much rather have something else, then your hand is probably trash.” –Jeff Hwang, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy
I had pot odds, is also often heard at the poker table when a donk makes a bad call. Most of them wouldn’t know pot odds from a tuna fish sandwich.” —Dave “Memphis Mojo” Smith
In poker there are good bets and bad bets – the game is simply a way of determining who can tell the difference.” –Tom “TIME” Leonard
The wider the gap between VPIP & PFR, the more crap he fits into his poker calling ranges.” –Sky Matsuhashi, SmartPokerStudy.com
…tight-aggressive (or TAG) players. People have written entire books attempting to explain how to play this way. I’ll explain it in twelve words. Stick to good hands preflop. Bet when checked to. If raised, fold.” – Ed Miller, Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top
Screw defending your blinds, looking to play more hands OOP is not a good way to improve your win rate. Stealing more, on the other hand, is where it’s at.” — from TwoPlusTwo poker forum.
If you set your goal as making money, you tend to play poorly when you’re losing, because you’re focusing mainly on outcomes. However, if you set your goal as being a good decision-maker, it won’t matter whether you’re winning or losing, because all that matters—all that matters—is the quality of your decisions, not the outcomes of those decisions.” – John Vorhaus, on results vs. decisions in poker.
You were born broke, you die broke–everything else is just fluctuation.” –John Vorhaus on variance and the long-run.