11-30-05 [poker]It's really hard to play against bad players until you have a read on specifically how they are bad. Poker is all about estimating what your opponent has, which you can only do from their betting pattern if you know how they bet which hands. Given no more information, I have to assume they're a basic reasonable player, but that often burns me and makes me lay down winners.
Seat 1: bahbo112 ( $2647 ) Seat 2: TxHoosier ( $2649 ) Seat 3: hardg ( $1955 ) Seat 6: chukb ( $1232 ) Seat 7: natural0153 ( $570 ) Seat 8: perry998 ( $1300 ) Seat 9: Lacrs11 ( $790 ) Seat 10: joejamesjr ( $1067 ) Trny:17830262 Level:5 Blinds (50/100) ** Dealing down cards ** Dealt to chukb [ Jc 2h ] natural0153 calls . natural0153 is on the short stack, with an M less than 4, and he limps utg !!?? From a good player this can only mean one thing - a monster, like AA or KK. Now, I know he's not that good, but I can't believe he's limp on such a short stack with a really bad hand, it must be a pair or ace high or something. perry998 folds. Lacrs11 folds. joejamesjr folds. bahbo112 folds. TxHoosier folds. hardg calls . chukb checks. I check in the BB. ** Dealing Flop ** [ Ac, 6s, Jd ] hardg checks. chukb bets . I flopped middle pair jacks, I want to see if I'm good. natural0153 calls . natural0153 just calls !? Half his stack is now in the pot. He must have a weak ace, maybe something like QJ or KJ. Pairs lower than J are possible too. hardg folds. ** Dealing Turn ** [ 3d ] chukb checks. natural0153 is all-In  chukb folds. It's only a halfpot bet, but I don't think I can possibly be good. If he doesn't have an ace, my jack must be out-kicked. natural0153 shows [ Tc, Qc ] high card ace.
His plays were pretty reasonable if you ignore the fact that he was on a super short stack. I suppose on the turn I can still put him on pairs below Jack and maybe call for that, but there's no way I can put him on QT (I did think KQ was a possibility). This type of hand could be easily dismissed, saying he's a donkey, he's a bad player, but of course that's the point - I shouldn't be losing money to these guys. I've been losing a lot of important pots like this recently, where I have what's really a very weak hand, and someone playing very strangely pushes me off the best hand because I haven't got the right read on them. Simple bluffs are not that hard to pick off, the things that really trip me up are when people call in crazy situations.