Posted by Dr Fro 8:00 AM
This weekend I got beat up in $5/$10 on PP, but the beating could have been much worse. In one hand, I guy kept betting into me and all I had was top-pair, King-kicker on the river. With a straight and a flush out there, I would have ordinarily folded (maybe as early as the turn.) But the notes I had on the guy said “bets on every street to run you off”. So I called and won. The second hand was when I had AJs on the button. I faced a raise that came from UTG and had to cold call or fold. My notes on this guy said “played with him for 4 hours, and he only played 1 hand – AA, and he raised”. I have very low starting hand requirements on the button, but I decided to trust my notes and folded. Sure enough, he had AA.
The point of this little ditty is to show the value of taking notes on players on Party Poker. My biggest weakness online is the fact that I have trouble putting people on a hand (a strength I have in spades in B&M games). The note taking function in the software helps to mitigate this weakness.
After all, a huge component of poker is playing the player, especially in NL and higher limit. Poker is a game of incomplete information; the player with the best information (or the best ability to process information) should come out ahead. Other players are taking notes on you and you put yourself at a real disadvantage if you don’t do the same.
(Postscript: I recovered 1/3 of my losses last night, thanks mainly to quad 5’s and an opponent that bets flushes when the board pairs.)