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BLOG: Lucky Donk

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Blog post published on 27 February 2014, written by The Prince of Freerolls.
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The Prince of Freerolls
England, 22 years of Age.

Working at a busy casino in one of the UK's major cities understandably means that you get large amounts of rookie players making their first timid steps into the live poker world.

I enjoy it. To be honest, it's the only time when I'm dealing for players that are less knowledgeable about the game than I am. I make sure they use the right chips, play in turn and know the etiquette. I try and keep them safe, from the nefarious sharks circling them.

Often times these players emerge from these waters with a huge stack of chips though, with the regulars shaking their heads and complaining about how badly they play.

You only have to deal a couple games like this until you wonder, are they playing ‘badly' or do they just want to be seen that way?

I keep banging on about this, but I'll say it again: Poker is a game about information. We win when we've got enough information on our opponents, and we lose when we don't. Everything stems from this knowledge, from the correct bet-size you need to push a player off his hand, to whether or not you should call on the river.

Garnering information elevates you from a student of the game, to the master of the table. This isn't the only way to rule a table though. Feeding misinformation to your opponents can be just as powerful.
Whilst we can look more of a threat to the table by correctly predicting your opponents hand as you fold, or telling a war story of your last big win, there are also advantages to making yourself intentionally weak.

Most of us do this already without thinking about it. We do this when we're begging for a call, or when the board runs out 3-4-5 off suit.

The problem then can be that our table image widely fluctuates between hand, from strong to weak to strong. The information becomes scrambled, useless.
Whilst this is useful in situations where you want your opponent so confused they have to fold, you will never be able to build a decent-sized pot if you can't convince anyone to call your bets.

The weakest player will always get the most calls, and every value bet will get disregarded as just an undersized bluff. The weakest players can also take many lines throughout a hand that a regular player may not.

Most players will check to the raiser if they hit their hand on the flop in order to mask their hand, but by doing so you also lose an opportunity to extract more chips from a player.
Just because you call it a ‘donk' bet, doesn't mean that it's useless. The same people that call it a ‘donk' bet also underestimate their opponent, usually complaining how lucky they are when they fold on the river after three continuous bets.

‘Donks' are often able to steal pots should the board be either incredibly dry, or wet. A bunch of picture cards on the flop? Lucky donk. A bunch of garbage on the flop? Lucky donk. Donks never bet with ace-high, either. No, never. They haven't got an idea of what a bluff even is.

Again, Poker is a game about information, but the information that you give out can be carefully regulated by yourself and your actions.
By playing a way that regular players disagree with, you can also let them start think that you're a weak player, and unable to pull of the kind of moves that you normally be able to.

They will begin to underestimate you. And this, is where you can see the true power of information. This is where you can stroll up a table full of regulars, and trick them all.

 


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8 comments for "Lucky Donk"

 lukasb27/02/2014 09:05:56 GMT
Nice read m8 thanks.
 Mysik8627/02/2014 09:50:29 GMT
Yeah, I agree... It's very nice article.
 gufra2027/02/2014 10:36:34 GMT
Excellent Blog.
I also think that poker is a game of information, that is why on many occasions I put notes to my opponents and I keep on the computer, and then use them as you receive inaformacion of play.
What ever is done and play with any software, because I do not feel comfortable playing with software.
Will that still do not understand how these software work, but I'm sure that would be the best way to get Information.
Now do not know if this information serves to play Freerolls because there is played in a very very different but lso tournaments with entry fee.
well that's my opninion.
and sorry for my English which is not even very good.
 doubletop77727/02/2014 12:48:12 GMT
Information is very important but sometimes i wonder if you can have an information overload and over analysis every hand when its best to go with your gut feeling. It depends on the player i guess
 Theapple27/02/2014 22:29:24 GMT
yep thats why i always lose money on purpose too. So one day, maybe, ill be able to get it back and maybe even win some more on top of it.

Tongue

but yea im sure some people do that on purpose, especially in live play. I also know about people who do it online too, entering shortstacked and shoving all kinds of hands, i think that might be to trick the tracking software so once they lose a few short BI whoever is using any software (and most are anyways), will automatically label them as a donk.

not that i would have to do such a thing, im a donk by default, so dont have to act it (D:
 teddybears7327/02/2014 23:58:27 GMT
Posted by Theapple:
yep thats why i always lose money on purpose too. So one day, maybe, ill be able to get it back and maybe even win some more on top of it.

Tongue

but yea im sure some people do that on purpose, especially in live play. I also know about people who do it online too, entering shortstacked and shoving all kinds of hands, i think that might be to trick the tracking software so once they lose a few short BI whoever is using any software (and most are anyways), will automatically label them as a donk.

not that i would have to do such a thing, im a donk by default, so dont have to act it (D:




you and me both mate
Big Smile
 Heskor01/03/2014 16:46:23 GMT
Yeah very good players does that, enter ting a game and playing like a donkey so stats are skewed, some players play differently for some time and let people adjust to the wrong play and they then make profit of them because they adjusted wrongly. That's a nice strategy, also some people don't like donk bet, and always think it shows strength and folds to it and some never folds to it and play back aggressively!
 Fakiry03/03/2014 13:35:02 GMT
You know how to resume a story. If information is the most important thing for a poker player when on a table, then misinformation has got exactly the same value, and the best player at the table will be the one who better judge all the information that is shared along the game. Donks sometimes end up being the best, not because they read and understood correctly everything that was transmited along the game, but because their hands and the way they played them was above any kind of signs that may have been passed before and during each hand won that made them get to the end alone at the table. Perhaps, when reading this last line again, we can conclude that may mean the the good "readers" weren't good enough against the one who wasn't reading anything. It happens!

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