If you’ve played poker you have most definitely run into this guy. The guy who min-buys every time he plays. The casino sets a min buy pretty low, like $20 for a 2/4 limit game or $40 for a 1/2 NL game and the min buy moves up with limit. $150 for a 15/30 game and $100 for a 2/5 NL game etc. If you have ever tried to min-buy you feel like your at a disadvantage, short stacked already and really feel you should tighten your game because if you see one flop your committing your whole stack. There are just a few of these min-buy regulars but they do it every single time they play. Over the years, as I always do, I profile these players psychologically with my own reasoning for their play.
First you have to understand how winning poker works. You have to be able to extract as much value out of every winning hand and lose as little as possible for every losing hand. Of course this is impossible. If you are at a huge advantage and get all the chips in and lose the maximum you DID extract as much value out of the hand and in the long run the more you do this the more profitable you will be. The min-buy and short stack for that matter have lost this ability. They have no way to protect their hand, they have no way to get more chips in when they have a huge advantage. The only thing I can see is they left their testicles at home with the wife, because undoubtedly she runs his life worse then their helicopter mom did. The reason I get a little edgy about the min-buy guys is that they are cheap, they win a pot(of course its not very big) and they give me that sad look saying I would tip but I’m short stacked. Of course you are short stacked you idiot you can’t turn 40 into 200 without a monster pot. With this mentality, when they do get chips they are so weak and timid they don’t know how to play a hand, how to risk the money that they didn’t even start with in the first place. I’ve said before I understand not tipping on a small pot, or if you’re short stacked or losing quite a bit. Here are a couple reasons TO tip on a desperation pot:
1. If it weren’t for me saving your ass, yes I saved it because you had no chips to protect your hand, you would be at the ATM or on your way home. Because of ME you are still here playing and giving yourself a chance to salvage your day or your latest buy in.
2. Since you are short stacked you will most likely lose all the chips anyways, I’m not being mean but if you can think of how many times you have made a miracle comeback as opposed to losing that little stack, wouldn’t you rather reward the guy who kept you alive with a dollar instead of giving MORE to the guys that have been sucking out on you all day? I did deal you a WINNING hand, since you’re short stacked you probably didn’t see many of those today. It will make you feel better knowing that the dollar will go to a great charity and not to those guys at the table that will most likely use it to fund terrorism or prostitution.
Quit being the min-buy guy who is scared to take risks and live a little, the world is a big place. Who knows you may actually win a big pot. It’s kind of fun, you should try it. Every one is thinking it at the table as you reapeatedly buy in over and over and over and complain about how your aces didn’t hold up.(It’s because he got to the river for free idiot).