I found an interesting article at Optimus Poker (USA OK)
on being the table bully.
Now this might sound like a harsh way to play a game of poker
but it definitely does have it's rewards.
You've probably seen a bully at the table on many occasions. Aggressive play, blind stealing, heavy raising and just generally being very annoying and picking on certain players - usually tight players and short stacks.
Here are the tips as detailed by Optimus Poker:
1- You have to become the table captain. Whenever possible, take control of the table and dictate the size of the pot to make the rest of the action easy to read. In this way, you will know that when a player re-raises you they are likely to have a strong hand.
2- Always keep in mind who your opponents are as well as the size of their stacks. You are the table bully, not the table philanthropist so don’t help anybody double up.
3- You have to identify the players that won’t let themselves get intimidated and those who will try to ‘survive’ to the money. In either case, they could have so few chips that they will need to go all in with whatever hand they hold.
4- Your common sense should always rule over your level of aggression. No matter how many chips you have, you always have to place the right bet against the right player. Do not go for all the pots with any hand.
5- Being the bully can sometimes mean making decisions even if you know that you will lose some chips. Keeping in mind that your final goal is to kick players off the tournament, it could be good to call some bets even though the flop isn’t that favorable to you. You have enough chips to get to the river and if you get beaten up in the showdown, you can probably live with it.
Taking control of the table, studying your opponent, using your common sense… After all, being the bully doesn’t give you license to do whatever you want. Above all, you have to play smart poker.
Is this something you think you could do?
I'm not sure that I could actually be the bully for long although when it's heads up, it makes the job easy.
I'd love to hear your comments.