I love the fish, because it's only a matter of time until they sink their jaws straight into my hook. The River often runs shallow, and when it does, the water will not even be deep enough for their gills to breathe when they called my bet of ten times the blind after the turn to see an inside straight draw that never came to be.
I call it the, "House Advantage," the same way as the casino
has the house advantage and will ALWAYS win in the long run with their own slot machines
. I talk those guys all the way up, I congratulate them on the hand, in a genuine sounding way. I tell them how great of a play they made and how, "Gutsy," I think they are for standing up to me and staying in with that kind of draw. I tell them all about how I wish my stones were that big, but I'm just too tight of a player to call that kind of money on a draw.
Do everything you can to make those guys feel good, because when you are the one WINNING the hands, you never notice it is that same guy who called your bet after the Turn with absolutely nothing and ened up with absolutely nothing after the River, because he folds before the show-down.
8/10 or 9/10 times that Draw doesn't go his way. That's what I call my, "House Edge," he's going to continue to make that play forever and ever and ever and will continue to give me money 80-90% of the time. I only have to pay him out at 10-20%! If a casino's slots only paid out 10-20% of the time, nobody would play, this guy is eager to play with me for that 10-20% payout!!!
You don't see the hands he folds after the River comes, and he folds a great many. You only ever see the Hands where the fish sucks out on the River on an abyssmal play and beats you. He'll give you more money in one session (on average) than you'll give him in five. Embrace him, encourage him, and always have the patience to understand that he will beat you sometimes, but not nearly as much as you will beat him.
There's no better player to have at the table, and there's no better player to get Heads-Up.