Monday, November 13, 2006

Another Pearl of Wisdom from Dutch

After busting first in the Foxwoods $10K event, Dutch Boyd posted a summary to his blog.

Near the end of the post - he makes another brilliant set of observations:

"If you're going to be great at poker, you've got to be able to fold pocket queens preflop and you've got to be able to fold a set on the flop. It's that simple. You can't blame losses on cards, because you really shouldn't be paying that much attention to the cards you've got in the first place. Starting with monsters, or flopping monsters, usually just gets in the way of a well-played tournament. The events that I seem to do the best at are the ones where I never pick up aces or kings."

"There's an interesting psychological aspect to tournaments, and it's this: you only feel good about a tournament when you win it ... and the closer you get to first place, the worse you feel when you get knocked out. It actually doesn't feel that bad getting knocked out super early in a big event. It's over and you can kinda relax. But anytime you're one of the first ones out in a major, it means you were playing longball poker, which really isn't the correct strategy in these things. Next time I play a big event, maybe I'll finally muster up the courage to try and take it down without ever looking at my hand. At least I'd last longer than I did in this one..."

8 comments:

smokkee said...

that guy is a freakin putz.

Michael Albert said...

And just after musing about not being able to lay down KK in the face of massive preflop action following my reraise, I'm rereading Harrington ...

Who basically says, you must always be willing to go all in with KK in an online tournament. Ok, so he does specify online, so it doesn't apply directly to the situation Boyd is talking about, but it made me feel better.

Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

smokkee's right Dutch is a putz, but that said, he's surprisingly lucid.

cc said...

For a crook, he has some insight for sure...

Anonymous said...

It's hard to call him a putz when he has better results than everyone here... combined.

I agree with his second paragraph completely, and agree with being able to lay down QQ preflop. It's not in all-in hand early in a major.

Chilly said...

"It's hard to call him a putz when he has better results than everyone here... combined. "

No its really quite easy. He is a putz. That doesn't mean he hasn't won poker tournaments. It just means many believe that he is a liar and a thief.

Barry Bonds is a great hitter, doesn't mean he's not a putz.

Also, posting anonymously makes you a putz.

HighOnPoker said...

I'm definitely Johnny Come Lately to this thread, but I have to say, Dutch is right. Too many player (bloggers included) think that it is okay to go bust when you have a strong hand and are beat by a stronger one. Well, sometimes that's true, but there are times when you have to be able to lay down an otherwise good-looking hand. Harrington's comments re: KK were specific to online poker BECAUSE play is looser and the amount of information is less. But it doesn't apply as readily to live games OR games in which the action is beyond the flop.

Anonymous said...

ORRRRRRRR it means that you read blogs but don't write a blog, so you never created a Blogger account.

Nice deduction, Sherlock.