November 30, 2010
Plenty of poker bloggers (e.g., F-Train, Poker Grump, me) have addressed the "Don't Tap the Glass" maxim, which essentially states that it is stupid (i.e., unprofitable) to complain when people play poorly against you and win, because it merely educates them into playing better. And don't we have enough smart players out there already?
Today, Jordan at High On Poker stated this principle better than I've ever heard it before:
If a guy calls you with a 20/80 underdog and then hits, you can berate him and get him to fold all future 20/80 underdogs … and why would you ever want to do that? You already experienced the 20 side of it, so encourage the bad play and collect your damn 80!
'Nuff said. Now if only I could figure out why I get the 80 side less than 20% of the time ....