Improve your Baseball Swing
Take a look at the sports page sometime. A well-known athlete (football player or pro golfer, for instance) is having a bad year. Think about that a bad year. You might also read about a major league baseball pitcher who started the year 12-0, but then his game unraveled and he lost every game for the next three months, finishing 12-14.
So you drove over to this high-class, upscale casino and walked into the poker room, and, luckily, you got a seat in a very beatable, cushy game filled with wealthy socialites in their mid-70s who were wearing a lot of jewelry but who had no idea at all how to play. In a matter of minutes, your chip stack was soaring. But then you felt an annoying hunger pang, and as quick as possible you raced to the casino deli to get something to eat. But quick as you were, you weren't quick enough, because in the short time you were gone, several of the wealthy dowagers disappeared and they were replaced by young up-and-coming poker pros wearing hungry expressions, designer jogging suits, baseball caps turned around backwards, and stereo headphones.
Strange as this sounds, it is relatively commonplace at low limits. The player employs various machinations intended to get himself back into that same wonderful flow. It's a little like a baseball pitcher who once pitched a no-hitter trying to do it again by touching his lucky hat brim over and over -trying to get the magic to work again, by doing it in reverse.
In baseball, smallball refers to a style of play that scores a lot of runs, one base at a time. The manager blends speed and alertness with bunts, stolen bases, hitting behind the runners and other such stratagems to keep the runs coming without the benefit of power hitting. Many of the great National League teams of the 60s, 70s, and 80s were exemplars of this style. The opposite style in baseball is longball, exemplified by the raw power of the 1927 Yankees (Ruth and Gehrig) or the 1961 Yankees (Mantle and Maris) or even today's technological marvels. Just pound the stuffing out of the ball and keep the runs coming in huge clumps.
Indeed the two types of play complement one another, and a good player should be adept at both of them. The check-raisc is a powerful weapon. It is simply another tool with which a poker player practices his art. Not al lowing check-raising in your home game is something like not allowing, say, the hit and run in a baseball game or the option pass in a football game. Without it poker loses a significant portion of its strategy, which, apart from winning money, is what makes the game fun. I'm much more willing to congratulate an opponent for trapping me in a check-raise than for drawing out on me on a call he shouldn't have made in the first place and ifl am angry at anyone, it is at myself for falling into the trap.
15 A baseball player, Smith, has a batting average of .300 and in a typical game comes to bat three times. Assume that Smith's hits in a game can be considered to be a Bernoulli trials process with probability .3 for success. Find the probability that Smith gets 0, 1, 2, and 3 hits.
In many endeavors the answer to the question, What makes someone good is at least somewhat transparent. You have to have quick reflexes to be a good baseball hitter. You have to be a good logical thinker to be a scientist. But what do you need to be a good no limit player It's not as clear.
In many competitive endeavors, people cultivate a serious, intense, or intimidating image to help them succeed. Football players try to look and act mean to get a psychological edge on their opponents. Baseball pitchers sometimes throw at or near batters to keep them off balance. Even in non-athletic competitions, like vying with colleagues for promotions or raises at work, people try to appear serious, studious, and intense to impress their managers. If you want to build an image, build a friendly and laid-back one. Small stakes hold 'em is a company softball game, not the World Series. It is not the place for war paint or brush back pitches. Do not charge the mound if a pitch hits you just take your base with a smile. If you behave like you are just playing to enjoy the game, your opponents will have more fun, and you will make more money.
Golfers visualize their putts dropping baseball players visualize the bat connecting with the ball basketball players visualize the hoop growing and the ball dropping through, hitting nothing but net. In your mind, watch yourself make the right plays at the poker table. When you're able to visualize strategies in action, you'll see your winnings accrue in the process. Keep showing up, play your best game, and keep moving forward. Remember that some of your opponents will be improving too. If you do not consistently move forward with your own game, you are probably moving backwards in relation to your opponents.
These are all psychological ploys, and there are an endless number of such ploys. Some people approve of them. Some don't. While they have a definite place in poker, they are not what we mean by the psychology of poker. They are psychological devices that apply to all games or, for that matter, to all forms of competition. Chess champion Bobby Fischer used them in his famous match against Soviet master Boris Spassky. Managers like Earl Weaver and Billy Martin use them on the baseball diamond. And the late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was notorious for using them as tactics of cold war diplomacy.
Players who are new to the poker scene might be puzzled by the sight of many players wearing hats (or sunglasses) at the poker table. For example, Amarillo Slim Preston probably wouldn't be recognized without his trademark Stetson. He, and many other top players, routinely wear hats - including baseball caps, sun visors, and cowboy hats while playing poker.
The rest of the team thinks our captain is lucky in his guesses and will follow him blindly.' Monty hesitated a moment. 'But I'll let you in on another secret next spring during baseball season. You should win some money.' 'More odd or even ' I asked.
Cloutier graduated from Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA, where he was a three-letter man. At 6'3 tall, he was the center on the basketball team, played football, and still holds the home run record in baseball. So, were all the girls waiting in line for a date with him Well when I was a senior, I dated Pat Kennedy, who later won the Miss California title, he modestly admits. We had a study group of 10 or 15 kids that ran around together, and high school came very easy to me. It was when I got into college that I found out that you had to study. T. J. entered the University of California at Berkeley on a baseball and football athletic scholarship, and played for Cal in the Rose Bowl in 1959 as a sophomore. But when his mother became ill, he. dropped out of college to go to work and help his father pay some of her medical bills. Then the army snapped him up, since he no longer was a draft-deferred student.
Baseball For Boys
Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.