LETS TALK ABOUT ALL-IN PRE-FLOP
I have seen several blogs commenting about how many players go all-in pre-flop, and asking why?
I want to take a few minutes to look at this from a little different angle.
First, let me say, "As a poker player, I can't stand having 3-4-or even 8-9 pre-flop all-ins" In fact I refere to this as "Pokertard Pingo"
BUT, When I step back from being "A poker player" and really break down what these first second and third hand all-in fests are, I come up with some surprising facts.
Lets start with some basic information about when and where we are most likely to run into this kind of play.
Free Rolls, or very low buy in sit-n-gos and tourneys.
Very early in the game, 1st hand being the most likely time to have the most players going all-in pre-flop.
The higher the buy in, and the more hands into a game the less you should incounter this.
The reason for this is very simple.The players have very very little to lose. Little or no money invested, not more then a minute or two of time spent. NOTHING.
Now lets weigh that against what they have to gain,
If everyone else at the table is actually playing poker they would all fold when the first player goes All-in Pre-flop, they steal the blinds.
If there are other players at the table who think like them, they will call, THE MORE CALLERS THE BETTER, and heres why, lets say we all start with 1500 chips,against 1 caller I can double my money, BUT against 6 callers I can turn my 1500 into 10500. HUGE REWARD.LITTLE OR NO INVESTMENT.
Now another thing having more callers does is dilute the better starting hands, the simple truth is players (even pokertard pingo players) are more likely to go/call all-in pre-flop with the better starting hands. The more 10-Aces dealt pre-flop the more callers you'll have,BUT what does that really mean? It means, the more callers there are the more likely they need each others cards, if 3 callers have 10's they don't have 3 outs to pair up, they have 1 out, and if they catch it everyone else pairs to.
THE MORE CALLERS THE STRONGER ANY TWO CARDS BECOME.
With 4 or more all-in callers hands like low pairs, any suited connectors, mid-hi suited cards, become more and more playable.
So with 5 all-in callers you can win 5 times your stack, lose NO investment, and with that many callers almost any two cards are only a few percentage points away from even,( Instead of 5 people with 20% chances, you have 5 people with approx 15%-30% chances)
This experiment is what really opened my eyes.
Take a deck of cards and deal two cards for 5-8 players (Just deal face up) then deal 5 common cards, then see which position wins, Do this 30-or better yet 100 times and see what results you get.
With enough callers almost any two cards have decent odds, HUGE REWARD, little cost. It is actually a LOT better bet then just about anything else you will ever find.
Is it gambling? HELL YES! Is it a sound bet? It can be...Is it Poker? NOT even close.
Any comments or questions are always welcome.
I am just saying lol