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#1 Mindset Flaw of Small Stakes Players

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Feb 05, '18


A while back in preparation for my book Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games, I spent some time playing live $1/$2 no-limit hold’em. I learned so much from the games that I hosted an in-depth 4-hour long webinar explaining my findings. Near the end of the webinar, I discussed many mindset flaws that most of my opponents demonstrated. If could teach my opponents one thing, it would be to stop caring about losing money due in common, routine situations.

Early in one of my sessions, I was dealt As-Ks from middle position. I raised to $7 and a tight, passive 50-year-old guy went all-in from the small blind for $60. I made the easy call. My opponent showed 10-10. The flop came A-8-6-4-10, giving the pot to my opponent. Continue Reading ...

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Jonathan Little is a two-time World Poker Tour champion with more than $6 million in tournament winnings.

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1 year ago

I think your analysis is 100% correct. Here is the real problem. Most amateur or recreational players play poker only occasionally. AS we all know, variance only revert to true percentages over potentially millions of hands. When you are a 80% favorite and lose, as a professional, you can reasonably conclude that the percentages will equal themselves out over time because you play thousands of hands. For those of us who play a few hours a week, we see these kinds of beats differently because professionals will see more hands in a week than we see in a year. Low stakes recreational players play in a straightforward manner because we cant afford to play a hand when the pot odds are right but we are a 80% dog. Over time, professionals can because they will get a lot closer to true odds by volume than recreational players ever would.