I have a confession to make. I used to have an EPIC TILT problem.
In fact, here’s a short highlight reel of the most entertaining (and costly) moments from my tilting career.
- After bubbling a $5 satellite to a $50 MTT in college (baller status), I angrily sprinted onto the porch and chucked my brand new iPhone into a pool 50 yards away. IT WAS THE PHONE’S FAULT!
- Six months later, after getting two outed in a $10 STT by a guy playing OUT OF HIS MIND, I marched out to the same pool and threw my laptop like a frisbee into the center of that very same pool (ok this one really hurt – now I couldn’t grind anymore!)
- Several years ago while playing a late night session at the Aria, a crazy old guy got SUPER tilted from getting felted for his 10th buy in. Amazingly, he proceeded to grab his hand off the table, rip the cards in half with his teeth and throw them back at the dealer. The best part is I admiringly looked him in the eyes and told him “I know how you feel man – I’ve been wanting to do that for YEARS but never had the courage!”
As a recovering sore loser, I can officially say that although I don’t recommend taking your anger out on your belongings (why are the most expensive things so soothing to destroy?), I’ve discovered the source for much of my anger – and I imagine it’s yours too:
Getting stacked by aggro maniacs.
Here’s the thing…
Often the first step in a player’s development is learning how to filet the schools of passive fish that frequent the low/micro stakes tables. You can become a consistent winner pretty quickly by feeding off these straightforward players, but typically I’ve found one of the biggest obstacles to players moving up in stakes is their ability to combat the aggressiveness of midstakes+ games.
Realistically, aggressive players are just as easy to beat if you know what to look for – you just have to gain some experience and success against them. That’s why I recorded this short video outlining a few tips you can use in your next session to profit off of maniacs in both live and online play.
Specifically you’ll learn:
- Which bet sizing tells give off the most information about your opponent’s hand – so you can take down pots even without a good hand
- Why you don’t always want direct position on the maniac – can you think of why?
- The board textures maniacs hate to get raised on – and when to apply pressure in single-raised pots
- How to choose which hands to play preflop based off of VPIP/PFR – so you can avoid spewing off chips with weak hands
I love creating these short videos for you – but I want to hammer on the topics you want to hear about. So drop a comment below with any requests you have (consider me your PLO DJ!).
My goal this year is to connect with as many players who are as passionate about PLO as I am – is that you?
I look forward to helping you achieve your goals in PLO.
John “KasinoKrime” Beauprez