While patience revered as the most important virtue in poker, will protect your chip stack, patience alone will not win a sit n go poker tournament. Aggression, on the other hand, is the flip side of patience. Patience is about waiting. Aggression is about acting. And, it is aggression that wins poker tournaments. And, it wins at almost everything else in life, too.
So, what is this mystical, magical, valuable poker commodity we call aggression? Tournament aggression is the unified application of a finely honed set of skills – a deep understanding of both probabilities and psychology, together with knowing when, where, against whom, and how much to most effectively bet.
In the context of relentless, suffocating aggression, our definition of aggression includes all of these possibilities:
- Bluffing, semi-bluffing, continuation betting, and betting and raising with air.
- Doing all of those things, but with a legitimate hand. And,
- Exotic moves and plays, against strength or weakness, with or without a hand, against any number of opponents, and in position or not.
Does this mean that you should bet and raise every hand like a maniac? Nope. You must still carefully pick your spots and targets, that is part of the skill. But, when you do decide to play, you usually play very aggressively 부달.
All of the preceding describes the obvious, mechanical side of aggression. The visible output, so to speak. Now, for the good part. The mental side of aggression. Learning how probability affects aggression, and how aggression affects psychology.
Before you can become naturally and suffocatingly aggressive, you must first gain the confidence to overcome your fears and uncertainty about aggression. That is where a deep understanding of probabilities comes in. Poker probability favors aggression. So, let’s talk about the counter-intuitive science of probability.
Most aggression seems counter-intuitive. Indeed, it may seem like throwing good chips after bad. You are concerned, and concern is a natural instinct. Your brain wants to protect you, it does not want to see you hurt yourself. So, you cannot help but think:
- What if my hand is beaten?
- What if I are walking into a trap?
- What if I run out of chips during the hand?
- What if I get unlucky?
These are seemingly legitimate concerns. So you are hesitant. Consequently, you are inclined to wait patiently for a solid hand, rather than to act in a way that seems unwise. In a very real sense, achieving the ability to aggress, is mostly about learning to overcome your fear and uncertainty – fear of the unknown and fear of losing. Fearlessness, in this setting though, is a learned skill, not blind maniacal behavior.
When you have been stopped by fear, you are failing to appreciate that the probabilities are actually with you. This is because, probabilities often seem to, and indeed often do, work counter-intuitively.