The difference between Tom Dwan and JC Alvarado was, I believe, a matter of two players. For example, if I were playing, say, Texas Hold’em, with Tom Dwan, I would almost certainly have a good game. It would be very difficult for him to hold a high cards advantage, and it would almost certainly be very difficult for him to call my straight draw.
Now, if I were playing with JC Alvarado, the difference would be that I would have an implied disadvantage. JC Alvarado would be playing the position of a weak player, someone who has no obvious or proven skills, who is yet again trying to play poker and stay in the game. I am not sure how many of you know this, but if you play poker for any length of time, you will come to realize that there are no guarantees.
JC has probably had many experiences of holding on to the winning hand and failing to get it. This is certainly something that you will have to learn the hard way if you want to get it right.
In any case, this is what is going to make a great game of poker. JC’s inexperience is going to give him an edge, as well as his opponent’s inexperience. These players are going to be giving each other all the respect they can handle. In fact, that is what is going to happen, as you watch and listen to the scene.
Any time you see a tight game in the close games, you will hear the same thing. JC is the guy who is so confident that he is going to win that he is prepared to bet everything he has on the table!
This is not a one-time occurrence in poker. You will find this play in many games, but when you are looking for poker games where there is a high edge, you will find that JC Alvarado is the player that you should be watching out for.
Poker games where there is a high edge, are probably the ones that you should bet against, if you are looking for a good game. JC is probably not alone in this view. There are many others that might have the same opinion as JC, and they are going to be giving their opponent’s every chance they can.
Be aware that these players will try to be as tough as possible. They will almost always be bluffing. If they are betting everything they have on the table, they are probably bluffing.
The problem is that it will be quite easy for you to tell when this is happening. If you see that they are going to be too tight for any reason, then you should act accordingly.
JC is like a bull, and once you start to get close to them, it is going to be a very difficult task to get away. His bluffing will look awfully like an aggressive approach to the game. This is going to put him in a position where he is playing against himself, and he is probably going to fail at poker every time.
Take note that JC and most other similar types of players are going to offer you a very hard time. Once you have noticed them, you will learn the limits of their ability to challenge you.
Even when you have seen the worst of the players and are ready to let it go, you must be prepared to really test your mettle and your skill level. You should remember that if you want to succeed in this game, you are going to have to be willing to really face things head on. It isnot going to take long before you can see the first signs of the real test, and you should be prepared for it.