By Tommy Angelo
When these people try to guess the reason that drives me to do something in particular or weird, they always end up by screwing just because they know that the priority of a poker pro is to make profit. On the other hand, for me, this is rarely the case.I am the kind of person who we imagine a reason behind every action. If I start chopper blinds after spending a long time without doing, is that I have a reason. And these people are right. I have one.
When these people try to guess the reason that drives me to do something in particular or weird, they always end up by screwing just because they know that the priority of a poker pro is to make profit. On the other hand, for me, this is rarely the case. For example, limping the button, I never do it. But the reason has nothing to do with the cost per hand or something of the sort. Or when I immediately a rebuy. This is not to intimidate, simply because I want these tokens now. When I'm waiting to play $20-40 and that I have the choice between playing the $6-12 or the $9-18, I will always choose to play $6-12. Is not that the game is weaker, but just $ 3 tokens of $9-$18 where I play are too ugly.
Sometimes, my reasons are complicated and philosophical, other times, bent. It happens when someone kindly pointed me out that I take too much time to reflect on my hand. Which brings us to the question of the chop. One can wonder why a player who only chop not start chopper. There are several reasons for and against, and here are the reasons why I don't chop more.
When I moved to California, the first thing that prompted me to not chopper is the way in which the House was working. All of $20-40 in which I played required $ 3 to the button. In this way, we would end all exhaust our stacks.
Simple things are well. Chopper is not simple. Specially in the parts that move many and where there is a large rotation of players. I was often ask: ' what do you chop? '' It's more complicated that there were multiple chop variations according to the players. Some chop with four players or more, others with 5 or more and some even with 6 players. We must remain vigilant and it requires a lot of energy.
For this reason, I stopped chopper. And in the usual, people are wrong on the reasons that make that I don't want to bust. They think that I don't chop not because I have an advantage to play blind versus blind. It has never been a factor. Where they imagine that I will not, later, let me steal my blinds by a player attempting a game against me. I have to say that it is rather rare that a Player attempts to steal the big blind when the time comes to chopper.
After several time to meditate on the question, I decided to stop chopper even if long hours to ponder the issue can also make want chopper. The average limit on which I play has changed its rule of 'you pay button' by 'you pay by half hour' which makes it less interesting the blind vs. blind.
Why waste his energy to remember that has got with whom and how often? I don't mind it. I prefer to trust players to take care of everything and to study. Also chopper makes it to look more friendly and this is what I love.
How do I know when chopper and when not to do so? It has the meaning of not chopper when the table is shorthanded, but I don't really see a good reason to stop chopper 5, 6 or 7 players. So I mug whenever there are more than two opponents. And because there are always more players to my tables, my point of reference has no importance. It's simple.
Take a decision on the poker is like taking any other decision. Must be weighed, thoughtful, reasonable, rational and identify its priorities. When you buy a car, bet a hand, choose a dish or say, 'choppons,' it is important to know your priorities. Why Joe bought the blue car instead of the red car? Because the car was bigger and better suited for him. Why is Bob playing poker until 4h00AM? Because it is more pay as sleeping!
Some gestures that I have no reason. It is correct. I do not I do. They have their reasons.
* CHOP: When all the players before the blinds folded, the blinds can come together for 'chopper', i.e. resume their initial blind and move to the next hand. The hand is somehow cancelled and the button will advance to the player who was on the SB.