Sunday, March 11, 2007

A system

I'm playing on Full Tilt right now, and am observing a guy who seems to have some sort of system in place.

He starts at 3/6 limit and buys in for the default 10BB ($60). He doubles his money (or so) by playing crazy-insane aggro-donk. VPIP 64%, PFR 47%. As soon as he doubles, he leaves and logs into a table the next limit up, buying in again for the minimum. He did this on 3/6, 5/10, and 8/16, before starting over again at 3/6.

Anyone ever heard of such a thing? Bizzare. But he's making money. He's not at any one table for more than 10 or 15 minutes, and I'm sure people are more inclined to fold to him initially, not knowing if he's just on a hot streak or is really a maniac. And just when you get out your colored markers to tag him as a maniac, poof! He's gone! (I had jotted his name down in my scooby notebook so as to follow him to his next table, but that's when I discovered his little system).

It's definitely not "poker," but sure appears to be one way to exploit the nature of online play.


  1. Mr Subliminal said...
    This is known as rampaging, the term generally attributed to RGP's XaQ Morphy. The blogger FellKnight has also written about it. A search on 2+2 or RGP should yield a few interesting threads.
    Shelly said...
    Thanks! Looks like I'm in for some interesting reading.
    Dave said...
    If you think about it, just as you described it, he has a definite method. As a new player, you may give him a few hands early on due to his aggressive betting. Then he leaves. And why not? He can only get away with those continual aggressive moves for just a short time before anyone catches on. But by then he moves on. Works the same in big MTT freerolls too, you play uber aggressive and get folks to lay down early but then your table breaks up and you do the same at the next table. I've seen it done all too often. But these days, many players are often doing the same thing at the same time and it all becomes a race. Not the way I want to play poker, but if that player has a chance to scope out a table first, then he picks one that looks fairly tight and can get away with it.

    Makes sense, after the UIGEA ordeal that cut off funding options. People are playing more tight these days - one way to counteract is to play uber maniac-like with Hit n Run tactics. Bound to work a fair percentage of the time at tight tables, but as fads evolve, players will watch for that.

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