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How to deal with a bully.

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Had a guy like this at a cash game at Casino Del Sol here in Tucson last night.  I found myself just avoiding him, but I laid down a couple of hands I would've liked to play - like a weak King that wound up flopping a set... except I'd folded pre-flop after he opened with $20 (on a 1-2 table).

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What about 'in game?' I just left a table (it seems the best thing to do with these a-holes) were some level 3 dude was going all in EVERY hand (. It pissed me off too because I had a very nice stack built up at this table and was farming things pretty well playing super tight...now back to not having the chip lead.../ugh!  Everyone just kept folding and I was not about to bet my stack on some random cards. 

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Unfortunately, you will run into these people quite often.  In this case, it may be better to find a new table.

I posited in another thread that there should be a limit on the amount of times that you can go "All-in" (AI) in a row.  At the least, there should be a warning and a sit-out penalty.   All the usual suspects came out and said that it was a bad idea.

Pre-flop AI maniacs like playing Russian roulette.  Poker is not Russian roulette.  Even with AA, it's not a safe bet that you'll win.

I tend to stay away from rank 20 and under players anyway.

Good luck!

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The hard part about PP is that the chips have no value.  No sane person would go AI all of the time.  Maybe they are the same ones who would bet their rent/mortgage money in Vegas? 

Here's another cool video by Daniel Negreanu on dealing with poker bullies:

 

 

 

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good video,  but like you said, these chips at PP have no value.  I have noticed that poker games like this one always seem to hand out bonus chips for simply logging into the game on a daily basis .   I think the number of bullys and even maniacs could be reduced by eliminating the daily cut, on the other hand, having bullys and maniacs at your table can really make your bankroll grow too.  Both of these player types do exist in real money poker too and you will become a better poker player too once you figure out how to deal with them.

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I had a jerk go "all in" at every hand. He made the game unfun and caused my anxiety levels to soar because every time I had a decent hand that I'd normally hold to check out the river and here he comes "all in" and I'm not risking all of my chips to find out if he's bluffing. I even threw great hands down because of the "unknown". This was years ago and my playing skills have strengthened and I'd love to see that guy again just to have peace of mind. Ha!

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What's frustrating for me is running into a bully or a maniac in a heads-up tournament.  Not being able to leave or rebuy essentially forces me to take gambles that I would normally prefer to avoid.  My last opponent must have looked at his cards at most twice during a heads-up tournament, yet he would jam *every single hand*.  What was worse was that after the first match ended, I tried another ranked game... and ended up with the exact same opponent jamming every single hand.  Knowing that my opponent is going all-in with virtually garbage is small comfort when I'm dealt 87s, 72o, etc.

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4 hours ago, W4Gamer said:

What's frustrating for me is running into a bully or a maniac in a heads-up tournament.  Not being able to leave or rebuy essentially forces me to take gambles that I would normally prefer to avoid.  My last opponent must have looked at his cards at most twice during a heads-up tournament, yet he would jam *every single hand*.  What was worse was that after the first match ended, I tried another ranked game... and ended up with the exact same opponent jamming every single hand.  Knowing that my opponent is going all-in with virtually garbage is small comfort when I'm dealt 87s, 72o, etc.

You're going to lose anyway, so just go all-in,  You'll have a 50 % chance of winning, which is better than slow death.

Here's a way to practice aggressive play:

Go to "solo play" and play head to head with " The Boss".  He'll have a bankroll of 50k and you'll have 10k, when you lose, it's not deducted from your bankroll yet you get to keep any winnings.  Keep playing and you'll eventually win.

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3 bet is how you take pre flop bullies chippies.   If you want to go all in every hand. Well that's no limit poker folks.  I celebrate when he sits at my table.  I just stack off with top 10 hands 

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