How Should I Play Card-Dead Periods?

The players who for a long time do not get playable cards, it is usually said that they are "card dead". For sure, everyone faced such manifestations of dispersion, when for hours on hand comes the absolute rubbish. Moreover, many players at, experiencing the negative effect of such a manifestation of dispersion, begin to make various unreasonable, if not stupid, actions in view of boredom and the absence of any game action. In this article, professional player and author of poker books Ed Miller will tell you how to behave at the table when you get into the card-dad situation.

Playing in an off-line game on a limit of 2-5 $, I played just a few hands for three hours. My stack was shrinking, and this problem had to be solved somehow. So I made an open-raise with 7 ♣ 6 ♠ from the middle position and got two calls from the players after me, as well as a call from the player in the big blind.

On the flop A ♥ 8 ♥ 4 ♠ I decided to put a counter bet, depicting an ace, but with just a gutshot. Two players are folding. The turn comes full form, I put it again and I get called again. The river falls happy 5 ♣, and I take the stack from the player holding A ♣ K ♠. Of course, I was just lucky, and despite the fact that then I felt that I should play this way, in fact it was just a disgusting game on my part.

1. The card-dad period may end at any time.

It is necessary to understand that each new hand does not depend on the previous one in any way. So, if you hand over the garbage 15 times in a row, it will not affect what you are given next time. Since each hand is dealt in an absolutely random way, you can get anything: again garbage, premium-pair or suited connectors.

If you get bad cards for a long time, sooner or later, you start to get used to it, and in time you think that this is in the order of things. As if the laws of mathematics are distorted like space-time, to keep aces away from you. And the reason for this, most likely, lies in how our brain learns: by studying frequencies in practice, you will master the material much better than in theory.

However, the reality is that the laws of mathematics are unbending, and the concept of card-dad does not exist at all. In fact, there is only "I did not go" and there is this only in the past, ending with just every new hand. In each new hand you have exactly the same chances to get a good hand, as always.

If you are good at math, then, for sure, you will agree with this statement. Of course, bad cards can not pursue you in the future, since their appearance at the table is chaotic and random order. From my own experience I can say that it is much easier for our thinking to believe in a card-dad than in the fact that "I just did not go."

When playing poker in every possible way try to avoid negative thoughts about card-dad situations, since only a factor of mathematical randomness drives the cards. Constantly remind yourself that the concept of a card-dad does not exist at all, and even more so it can not be related to the future of the time.

2. Do not overestimate your own image at the table.

The second advice is not as universal as the first, because it primarily depends on the person. Most players tend to overestimate the influence of the imaginary card-dad on their image in the eyes of opponents.

"Since I have not played a single hand in half an hour, now the opponents must clearly respect my raise," unfortunately, this is not true. Most players at the table only vaguely realize that you have not played a single hand before this time. Moreover, if you are lucky enough to find players who pay attention to such things, there is a high probability that they themselves are perfectly aware of the fact that any player can catch such a gap when he simply does not pass a single playable hand for half an hour .

Therefore, if you think that your opponents will respect your raises, if you have not played a single hand for a long time, you think that you are playing against ideal players who pay close attention to everything that you are doing and quite forget that after a card-dad, most players show a bad game, because they are bored and it seems that others began to consider them very tight.

Do not make such a mistake. Always keep in mind that if you have not played plastic cards for a long time and you only had to fold, then the likelihood that your rivals are so strong and considerate players that adjust to your game is extremely small, if at all.

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