I feel that the game of poker is very unpredictable, and while playing the percentages in any given hand will increase your chance of winning, sometimes you just have to throw that "percentage handbook" out the window and trust your instincts. I've come across a lot of online poker players of late who will chastise you if you "play the hand incorrectly" against them. From my experience, they are these "college kids" who think they've got the probability of hands down pat; to go against the odds will only lead you to failure. I enjoy taking their money EACH AND EVERY TIME they feel so strongly about this too.
I'll give you an example of a recent game I was involved in. I had an A 10, and noticed that my opponents at the table were playing on the conservative side. I usually play somewhat conservative myself, but in this case, I felt taking an aggressive approach was to my benefit. I raised the big blind (I don't remember what the blinds were) and was re-raised all-in by one of my opponents. The person next to him called all-in, and everyone else before me folded. To call the all-in and lose, I would have been left with a couple hundred chips. For some reason, I felt my opponents had low pocket pairs, so I decided to call with my A 10.
They both revealed their cards; one opponent had K K and the other opponent had Q Q. IMMEDIATELY, I was being ridiculed for calling with such a "preposterous hand"! This was before the hand even finished. The flop came down, and neither one of them caught trips; K K was looking even better to my A 10 now. On the turn, an A came up. Boy was this guy fuming!
Then the river; I could only lose with a K or Q. Neither came up, and I eliminated both players.
I'm very congratulatory when I play, win or lose, so I offered a gg (good game) to both players. The person with Q Q acknowledged my hand, and wished me good luck. The guy with K K, however, wanted to know "HOW I CALLED THAT ALL-IN WITH A 10?" I said "I felt good about the A". I didn't know what else to say? I trust my instincts; if I'd felt the guy had A A instead of K K, I would have folded. Sometimes my instincts fail me, and I live with my decision. Of course my instincts were semi-wrong in that I felt he had a low pocket pair, and not K K. You'd think the guy would get over his beat, and move on? NO- he continued complaining about it for nearly an hour. I didn't let him distract me, and most of the players who remained supported me, and told him to "quit crying".
Eventually this guy left, but not without throwing a few insults my way. From my experience playing poker, if you get in someone's head, you've got them. I continued playing well, but was eventually eliminated, finishing in 10th place out of 478 people. As soon as I was eliminated, guess who showed up to RUB IT IN?
He said to me "I hope you enjoyed wasting two hours of your time for nothing!" I said to him, "I hope you enjoyed wasting more time complaining about the time you wasted! And don't you have anything better to do?"