Joined: Mar '09
Age: 52 (M)
Usually when playing against better opponents you can become better because you're learning from the stronger opposition and learning to play against tough situations Do you agree with that or playing against tough opponents does it make you more prone to losing money and putting yourself in bad situations?
Joined: Nov '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 61 (M)
What !!! so you mean all those lucky bastrds who have taken my money / chips were actually good players. i'd never have thought it. No i know what you mean,if someone who is better than you is showing you what to do,it can only benefit you if you can see that.
Joined: Aug '14
Age: 37 (M)
I agree that when playing against better opponents you can become better because you're learning from the stronger opposition. But I would not play against better opponents for big money. That would be just stupid.
Joined: Nov '09
Age: 49 (M)
One of the biggest advances in my cash game play came about two years ago while watching the pros playing cash games on television. It is a tactic I have rarely seen discussed or mentioned in poker books. I have also had the opportunity to play against some good cash game players before they hit it big, guys like joeingram1, wobbly_au and kiwikaki among others, and learnt a lot from them.
Personally I think it's better to find tables with weak players (especially the loose ones), and learn how to take their stack before someone else does (learn from what they are doing, and spot their leaks quickly). Mostly it's bad for your winrate to play against strong players (it's not just that they can hurt you, but you get little out of them when you do have a good hand). The learning part is always limited by not getting to see most of their cards, maybe watch a video made by a good player instead, and let them explain what they are doing, and what their thinking is.