I played a 9 seater non turbo holdem sitngo with a low buyin of 60c yesterday and right from the beginning, it was obvious who the fish was.
Needless to say, first hand the fish was all in and managed to knock two players out. He had a poor hand, in fact, he had the worst starting hand managing to beat AK and JJ with his Q6 offsuit. He hit queens on the flop and it held to the river.
I immediately made a note on him, the contents of which I cannot repeat here! However, I did make a note of his cards that he went all in with.
This player was raising every hand and players were folding most of hte time. On one hand he had raised pre-flop per his normal "routine" and one player called. The flop came down and the fish bet the pot and the opponent immediately folded. This guy seemed to be a bully as well as a fish.
At one point I was small blind and I was dealt A5 suited so I decided to flat call. The fish raised and based on the hands this guy was raising with, I decided to give it a shot and called. The flop came A 10 6. I checked rather than betting to see what he would do and he bet the pot, so I raised him and he called. The turn was an Ace and again I checked, he bet half the pot and I just went all in with my trips. He took a few seconds to make his decision but he did call in the end. The cards were shown and he was drawing dead with 10 7. It seems the RNG tried to give him the win by giving him the 7 on the river but clearly, two pairs weren't enough for my trip aces.
After losing this hand to me, he was a bit more careful if I was in the hand. In fact, I managed to steal a few blinds with utter rubbish as the remaining players were tight.
Within a few hands, this guy was out and yet he had 4,500 chips after the first hand. If he had played properly and played his cards right, he stood a very good chance of winning first prize but he failed to collect any cash from this game.
Now you are probably wondering why I titled this blog "the best of the worst". My reasoning behind it is with fish like this guy, the worst players, you can win a lot of chips and quite easily too. Just wait for those good hands, don't let them bully you too much - let them know you are not a walkover when it comes to your BB. Stand your ground and re-raise his raise whenever you can or whenever you think that you might be in front. Make sure you make plenty of notes of the rnage of hands this player goes with; it will serve you well for the game and also future games should you bump into this playr again.
These type of players never last long. They flourish at the beginning because the RNG wants to get rid of players but when it gets down to the nitty gritty, they never last. They will be knocked out and hopefully it will be you that knocks them out and takes all their chips.
The worst players but certainly the best for you.
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