Ever heard the expression”izable risk”? Stress, arguments, arguments. It’s from the Stress Science folks, and it has to do with giving a tip of the hand to the audience, in the form of an increase in the bet size when you are clearly on the losing end of the spectrum.
A key point is that we really don’t want to be in that situation. If you were a cop, if you knew a guy was involved in a triple murder and you knew the suspect was a habitual loser, would you shoot him? Probably, if the circumstances were reversed, and he was a habitual winner! (he’s a nice guy, yes, but he’s a little nuts.)
Sports betting is like that. Win, and you’re a winner. Lose, and you’re a loser.
It’s a three-edged sword, though. If you win, you feel like a winner. If you lose, you feel like a loser.
It’s a fine line to walk. If you’ve got a significant other who wants you to do well, fine. If you don’t, and this is especially true if you have a significant other who doesn’t want you to win…hey, so what? It’s like when you buy a new car, or a home, or a boat, you’re not going to suddenly go out and invent the wheel again.
But if there is a precipitating event, you have to work it out. You can’t sit there with a calculator and draw a conclusion: because the Royals are up, or because the Yankees are up, or even because the Blue Jays are up, it’s time to work out some arithmetic, and make sure you know what you’re doing.
There are players who equal-area bet the house. They are a clever bettor, and they take advantage of a situation over a period of time. That’s how they win.
There are also players who use their instincts. Over here, I’m talking about the guys who just bet because they like the game. Ah, well. They probably won’t even bother coming to the casino in the first place.
The players who think about the game, and especially about their opponents, are the ones who do well.
So, what do you do? Why, you need to do both of things. You need to be a smart player, and you need to be aggressive. Correct?
Your skill at the game will help you, but so will your aggressiveness. You will need to mix it up, and not play every hand the same way. But, at the same time, if you decide to play more than one type of hand, you need to tighten up on the lower pairs and loosen up on the higher pairs.
This is the essence of the No Limit approach: being able to adjust and adapt on the fly.
One final thought, for those of you who like baseball: the curveball is the equivalent to the knuckleball. If a guy can master the knuckleball, you can probably make a living off of a curveball. The key is that you have to master it to be able to make it work for you.
Baseball is a game of mistakes. That’s what makes it so exciting. TheOOH Line is the symbol for one of the many mistakes a baseball team can make at any point in a game.
Get ready, because it’s Ace-high!