To The Right Of The Maniac
by Roy Cooke | Published: Oct 16, 2013
Maniacs present a whole new set of problems, requiring significant changes to your strategy. Many players grumble about playing with maniacs, reflecting on the difficulties they create rather than the upside potential they generate. Played correctly, they will add a lot of positive expected value (EV) to your game. After waiting what seemed like forever, I finally got a seat in the live $40-$80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. A maniac on total tilt was blasting away at the game, tilting others and creating extreme confusion even amongst those still somewhat emotionally stable. Of course, the seat I obtained was to the maniac’s immediate right as all the players shifted to the best available seat to acquire position on Mr. Maniac. Sitting to a maniac’s right presents a different set of issues than if you have position. Without position, you are highly likely to get raised preflop and on ...
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