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If I have one problem in poker, it is the fact that I have a small problem with being TOO patient.  I have no problem letting my chips shrink down on the table if I'm not getting cards.  But as we've discussed before, sometimes you can wait so long that even when you double up with a monster hand, you still don't have enough chips left to really work with.  And on that same topic, you can let your chips get so far down that people will call you with nothing on your all in, and just get lucky and bust your Aces with 2-7. 

So there has to be times when you just need to take a chance.  As a good friend of mine is known for saying, You can't just fold your way to the money.  Well, you can, technically, as I have done many times, but the money you are folding too is usually your money back or a little more.  So I'll modify him and say "You can't just fold your way to the BIG money". 

Now, you can take this to an extreme that is unhealthy, and that is my main point here.  At some point you can go from being aggressive to just plain stupid.  I play regularly against one such player.  He was told a while ago that he was too passive, and that he needed to amp up the agressiveness.  He took that to mean "Any time I put a chip in the pot, I'll just put all my chips in the pot."  And now he gets mad when he goes all in with 5-5, and gets called with A-9.  Against most players I'd agree that the A-9 call was bad.  But against him....well lets just say I called him one time with 7-8 suited, and I still had two over cards on him....and won the hand. 

So you have to balance your aggressiveness with intelligence.  Also, you need to ensure that your table image is such that people don't know if you've got A-A or 2-2.  Check that:  They need to always be scared that its A-A, even when its 2-2.  If you are known as the guy that just plays any pair for all your chips, or even any two decent cards, you are going to win occasionally, but you are going to lose far more often. 

So two of the last three tournaments I've played in, I've gotten caught in the "too cautious" zone.  I was folding hands I surely should have been calling with, if not raising.  But sometimes its like Shane Falco talked about in The Replacements:

Shane Falco: Quicksand


Clifford Franklin: Aw, s**t yeah. Quicksand's a scary motha, man. I mean, first of all, it suck you right in, and even if you scream, you get all that muck in your mouth...

Shane Falco:You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink.  Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like quicksand.

Yeah, that was just an excuse for this....Brooke Langton....but you get the point.  Folding is like quicksand.

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