Last Wednesday night, I was playing poker, Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, online at a $1/2 table. I started off playing shorthanded, actually, one on one or heads up until the table attracted more players. I was more than holding my own when we were joined by a couple more players. One of the new ones, I will call JJ, was pretty aggressive, always raising, which is what you are supposed to do, except that he liked to bluff.
Now, this is Limit Hold ‘Em and bluffing does not work too well when you can look someone up, see what his hand is, for just a couple of big bets. It did not take long and he eventually lost his entire stack of chips or about $35 dollars and then he left.
There were five of us left at the table and we continued playing. There was not any chatting going on, just serious play. All of a sudden the madman, JJ, was back, at a different seating position and starting with $35 in chips again. He continued his very aggressive action similar to the last time. This time half of the hands he played were not bluffs and he started to make a profit. By the time I had called it quits for the evening, he had more than doubled up, and had a chip stack of $80.00. I left the table, $8.00 ahead and was thankful for that. It was a very interesting session. About five of the six of us had seen our profits reduced by the “madman”.
Have you ever had that happen? Had someone at the table taken over the action and you could never tell if they had a hand or were bluffing? How did you combat that or did you just leave the table?