Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More wisdom from Texas Dolly

While there are few things, in the world of cards, that can beat the exhiliration of winning a big pot in a poker game, the truly successful players are the ones who build up their stacks by winning small pot after small pot. Those are the players who have the chips to take a shot at a big pot and not have to worry about busting out. 

They understand that pocket aces and kings generally will either win you a small pot or lose you a big one, and that the best way to play a strong hand in the hole is fast and strong. Limp in with aces and you could be looking at disaster down the road.
"I've built a reputation as an extremely aggressive player. And I don't ever want to lose that reputation. It's what enables me to pick up more than my share of pots.

"In most cases, my opponents are afraid to play back at me because they know I'm liable to set them all-in. So when they don't have a real big hand, they let go of the pot, and I pick it up. The accumluation of all those small pots is a big part of my winning formula. It's the bonus I get for playing the way I do, and it's the secret of my success.

"If I win ten pots where nobody has a big hand, ten pots with let's say $3,000 in them, I can afford to take 2 to 1 the worst of it and play a $30,000 pot. I've already got that pot covered thanks to all the small pots I've picked up. And when I play that big pot, it's a freeroll." -- Doyle Brunson, Super System 2
Down at the courthouse it's great to hear a judge read "not guilty" from the jury's verdict form, but you stand to win more capital by playing your strongest cases hard and fast. Sure, a dismissal early on in a case isn't sexy and doesn't create same buzz as an acquittal at trial. But, with a dismissal you don't have to worry about the six or twelve folks sitting in the jury box and your client doesn't have to go through the private hell a trial can be.


John Johnson said...

Nice Doyle comparison. First time at your blog. Twitter is beautiful isn't it?


Paul B. Kennedy said...

Thanks for the comment. Twitter is a wonderful little thing.

I hope you liked what you saw and come back again.

Another PD said...

I agree--sorta. As Doyle said, they're scared to play back at him because he might set them all in. All in, in our world, means taking it to the jury. If they're not scared that you will take it to the jury, then they're not scared to play back at you. A strong and fast dismissal works ONLY if you already have the reputation as an agressive player.

You gotta play for the big pots sometimes.

Paul B. Kennedy said...

Thanks for the comment.

I do agree with what you're saying. My point was that you build a reputation by playing hard and fast with strong cases. Once you've developed that reputation, you can create your own breaks with marginal cases.

I've gotten marginal DWI cases tossed out or reduced because of how I've handled my stronger cases.