Anxiety And Resignation
This is the most complicated phase for players. You really do not know where you are, sometimes you get bored like an oyster on tables with little action of rock players and other times the table is too aggressive and crazy for the way you play. It is difficult to choose where and when to play and also your level of play is not very clear.
You start experiencing bad spins and you are not clear how to manage them. You realize that playing well does not earn so much, do not pay exorbitant bets because the odds are against you and you know that in the long run you will lose a lot, you have to think about the “little by little” and your anxiety betrays you sometimes .
Your way of playing is very obvious to other players and you have to change strategy and stage often with the physical and mental fatigue that entails.
At this moment poker has made you a way of life, your closest environment, but still does not approve accept it with resignation, you do not live poker but at least it does not affect so much of your economy (with clear exceptions).
You no longer play with your cards alone; Psychology, strategy, tells of other players, are powerful weapons that add to the way you play. You learn that each player has to play differently depending on the reading you make of him.
Your mentality has changed; Now you play to win and not to hang out. If the table does not interest you, you get up and leave. It does not affect you so much when you make a butrón or recrimination to a mediocre player who has paid you an illogical bet that you lost with 80% in your favor because you know that player has a short-term promissory note with your name.
You usually have many ups and downs; Sometimes you decide to leave it because it is not as beautiful as you thought. The loneliness of night is usually your faithful companion and you even miss the warmth of your own and the everyday things you used to do before being a player. But remember, you are intoxicated and have not yet invented the antidote to cure this evil.
In this phase you acquire Level 3 , that is, to know what your opponent thinks you are wearing . It is not easy; You have to make your opponent think the opposite of what you really carry. If you carry a monster hand, you have to make it think you have a mediocre hand and vice versa.
Example: you have JTo and you pay a preflop bet to a player that only comes up with Premium hands, the flop is AJ7 with two spades, your opponent bets 80% of the pot, you pay in the hope that the J is doubled or the 10 even knowing for sure that your opponent is carrying the ace. The turn brings an 8 of diamonds. Your opponent bets 50% of the pot. It scares you to take T9 because he knows that your range of paying hands is quite broad. Now you’re also worth the 9 for a tripod ladder; Paid. The river is a 6 of spades. Your opponent passes as the color is completed and there is a possible ladder. Then, you close your eyes, you become crazy and you go all-in convinced that your two cards are spades. You just have to throw balls and be convinced that your opponent will pull his hand 8 out of 10 times.
In this level you will find 20% of the players.