In the intro chapter to Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book, he writes that great poker players share five qualities. Here’s a summary of those qualities:
(5) Always improving
By aggressive, he does not necessarily mean playing every hand like a “jackal”. (Phil Hellmuth’s animal designation for a player who calls every bet, regardless of their own hand.) But he does say, “[checkers] and callers usually don’t last very long.”
In fact, quality (2) suggests that you want to wait for “profitable situations”. The good thing is that you can learn all of these qualities.
The fifth quality is, in my opinion, what differentiates great Cheri Casino poker players from acceptable players. As Gordon suggests, always work on your game, read books, talk to other players, and analyze your own play.
To “analysis”, I’d add learning about hand odds pre- and post-flop, because that gives you one more important skill in your repertoire – a skill that actually helps you develop the patience to wait for profitable situations.
Armed with all this knowledge, I watched two older tourneys this past weekend with a new perspective. The one match I’d like to focus on was the WPT Aruba Poker Classic Tournament, Season 3, which took place in Aruba, in the Carribean, from Sep 26 – Oct 1, 2004.
The hosts were Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. I particularly like these guys (and Phil Gordon, when he hosts WSOP tourneys) because they know the game and they are actually excited to be hosting. It makes watching more enjoyable.
The prize pool was $4 million, with the top prize being $1 mln. The tourney started with 647 players, all with 6,000 in chips. The final …