The Reid Option: Week 4
Each week, Sammy Reid will break down each position in detail, pinpointing his favorite plays at various salary ranges. Who should we be focusing our core on this week? Read below to find out!
I have this buddy – we’ll call him Martin, because well, his name is Martin. Anyhow, the thing that you need to know about Martin is that he’s a fish.
We’ve known each other since we worked at the same restaurant in San Diego in the mid-2000’s. And like most male 20-somethings around that time, we were very into poker. The online landscape was booming, and every jackass under the sun was depositing money and trying to strike it big.
Martin was no different. He was a delivery driver, and every week he’d deposit his hard-earned delivery money on to PokerStars and get in on the action. (I’m kidding of course – he was lazy as all getout and his money was not hard-earned. But I digress.) Anyhow, good old Martin wasn’t a real poker player; he just liked to gamble – and poker was an ideal outlet for it. He didn’t study the game, didn’t put in work off the virtual felt to improve, didn’t read books or go on forums or anything. He was the type that would do things like stack off with top pair/good kicker and insta-shove for 2x pot with a set.
Most Mondays he’d show up for his shift and tell us stories about the bad luck he ran into that weekend. If anyone tried to talk him through the hands and offer a way that he could have kept himself out of those bad situations, he’d just brush it off. In his mind, he always played it right. To this day my group of friends will still exclaim, “but I played it perfectly!” when something goes wrong, in honor of ole Marty. Any time he lost, it wasn’t anything he did – it was just bad luck.
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