Monday, May 9, 2005 Ted Williams Batted .400...

Why are we talking about Ted Williams' baseball career on a poker website reviews site? Well, you should not expect to win every hand you play, and you should not expect to win every day that you play. While everyone wants to quit a winner, some days the cards just aren't going to go your way and you walk away with less than you walked in with. The important thing to understand is that you cannot control the cards you get any more than Ted Williams could control the pitches he saw. However, you can control which hands you play, just as Williams controlled the pitches he swung his bat after.

As your experience progresses, you will notice that some poker players seem to have an uncanny ability to always have their chips in the pot when they have an advantage. Often, those poker players take down handsome pots. But they don't win every one of them.

On average, your bankroll will grow if you take down about one out of every six to one out of every five hands you see late cards on, and that's playing somewhat loosely. If your game is tight and you only play with good cards in good position, you can win one out of four to one out of three hands in which you see turns and rivers. This is critical part of advancing your game. If you take anything away from this article, take this: It is a mistake to try to see cheap flops with bad cards. Even if you get some help from the flop, your chances of taking the pot with a garbage hand are about as good as a starting pitcher's chances of hitting a walk-off grand slam. You will always seem to be on a draw, there will always seem to be a bet to you, and you will always seem to be priced out of that draw. In other words, you will always seem to be behind on the count.




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Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... (Score: 1)
by terrier on May 09, 2005 - 09:42 AM
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"The Splendid Splinter batted .344 lifetime. That means he either struck out, grounded out, or flied out more than six out of every ten times he went to the plate. Some days, he went four-for-four. Some days, he went oh-fer."

This isn't totally accurate. You aren't taking into account walks or being hit by the pitch by using his batting average. With on-base percentage (OBP), Ted Williams is at .482 for his career (#1 for all of major league baseball lifetime). So, that means he did all those things you said more than five out of every ten times he went to the plate.  



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Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... (Score: 1)
by acesxhigh on May 09, 2005 - 11:02 AM
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Good effort on this article, but I don't agree with you. IYou can play any two cards preflop, and it all depends on how well of a post flop player you are. Some people are so great playing the flop, they don't need to look for a draw, or a hand to bet their opponent out of a flop.  



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Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... (Score: 1)
by PokerPlayer22 (MyFakeEmailAdress@HaHa.Com) on May 09, 2005 - 01:10 PM
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Well the point of the article wasnt ted williams terrier, it was the fact that you should not see cheap flops with crap hands. Why bother give up a blind with 2 7 when you can almost guarantee an overcards or straight possibility with either pair. You cant depend on trips, two pair or a sraight/flush obviously. I like to just throw crap hands away preflop, whether it's cheap or not.  



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Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... by waterboy515 on May 09, 2005 - 03:16 PM
Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... (Score: 1)
by MANTZ12 on May 10, 2005 - 01:30 AM
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great review i think ichiro can bat 400 this year  



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Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... by SDemurrGodin on May 11, 2005 - 11:26 AM
Re: Ted Williams Batted .400... (Score: 1)
by janes88 on May 14, 2005 - 04:59 AM
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WOW! What an article. This is the most intresting article I read yet. I like how you compared baseball to poker. Thanks for the tips and the entertanment.  



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