The All-In Maniac can be out witted

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Postby Ouseetteled » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:19 pm

You sit down at the only table at a site you like. Only one seat is available to you. You really want to play and this is a nice low stakes NL hold 'em table. Your luck has been awful for the day, beat by quads 3 times, so you choose to sit at this table and relax and for a couple hours it is just that.....but low and behold the ever famous "MANIAC" sits at your table and suddenly it is no longer Hold 'em... it's All -in 'em! You fold 'em until you get a half way decent hand (in the blind, too!): AJ suited and he All-Ins so you call 'em! He has 92 off, yes you read that right and the flop gives him a 9, you don't improve, turn is a 9 and the river is invisible now because his hand is just too shocking! So, HOW DO YOU play a maniac? Just leave? Hold out until you get only premium hands and hope he doesn't keep his luck streak or...????
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Postby Juseenoth82 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:49 pm

I play the MANIAC the same as described.
It doesn't matter which hands you try to play against him (AJ suited would usually be one.) Any hand you play against him TENDS to loose.  I can't explain it, but I run into it at many a table.
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Postby Famembady » Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:58 pm

You have to just stay patient and wait for a premium hands.  A good way to play a maniac is to let him think he has more strength than you.  If you flop a good hand and first to act, check it to him.  Since he's a maniac he will most likely overbet trying to force you out.  Now it is time to come over the top and make him pay.  

If the maniac is just going all-in every hand preflop you might want to just find another table.  It's not really fun trying to play someone like this
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Postby Crivilt91 » Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:06 pm

I dont even acknowledge the presence of maniac players - its a simple of case of premium hands only and fold fold fold otherwise, just make sure you dont get caught
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Another hint

Postby Thernand » Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:39 pm

Dont get too focused on one player.. remember there are 8 6-8 others that are dying to trap this guy too... Let him get killed by someone else if your cards are cold.
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Postby Andounized » Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:56 am

yeah whats up with that ,i tend though to wait yes ill even fold JA usualy ur best chance against this type of player is a pocket pair and not just a pp but JJ or higher that way he defenetly has to get 2 pair or trips doesnt mean ull win but ull defenetly stand a better chance
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Postby Lart1994 » Sun Feb 26, 2006 9:42 am

I just try to wait until someone eventually takes them out.  
Otherwise I just wait until the AA, KK, QQ, or AK comes to me before I try to force him.
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Postby Youct1967 » Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:18 pm


Take a breath and relax.  You played fine but just got unlucky.  It's important to always keep things in context.  Poker is a game of luck and skill.  In the short term luck predominates.

Keep getting in with the best hands with a maximum of 5-10 percent of your bankroll in play at any one table and you should be just fine.
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Postby Pubjer2 » Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:23 pm

there was nothing wrong with how you played that hand, ur gonna run into maniacs like this in almost every game
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Postby Theirthe » Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:32 pm

i love maniac players. they are the easiest to take money from especially if they are on tilt
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Postby Upoctin » Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:54 pm

maniac players r the worst because everytime i play a tourny 1 of these clowns will go all in with 62 and i have a hand like AK and they will magically pull off trips or beat me with a pair of 6's
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The All-In Maniac can be out witted

Postby Whictime » Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:01 am

Maniac all-iners seem to be the problem in most Freeroll Tournaments; there's always an All-In fanatic. They either bomb out soon from their reckless play or they amass a large amount of chips with literally nothing in the whole. It's very nerve racking to sit by and be steamrolled over and over. You can use this reckless behavor to your advantage, if you are patient. If you get a good hand, you can try the check and raise approach. Fain weakness and let him  bet or go all in, you have a great hand and will come over the top and squash him!!!  It doesn't always work, but enough to get some chips out of him. He might even fold if you come back over the top. All-ins are a part of this game and something that you just have to learn to live with or take advantage of.  8)
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Postby Frook1971 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:29 pm

Just find another table when you in this situation. You moved down to relax why stress out playing against the donkey.
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Postby Conothe69 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:56 pm

Alot of times i have to fight the urge to stay in with junk just to be the one to knock maniacs out. On the flip side, i have been stomped on by staying in with junk trying to "teach" them a lesson.
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Postby Reak1974 » Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:14 pm

I agree, if it,s a ring table, just get up and leave. If your stuck at a tournament, you can lay low and wait for a table change. If you want to play though, your best weapon is the CHRCK/RAISE. Check and raise large and watch him fold his garbage hand!! It will slow him down quick !!

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