Dealing with Bingo Players in Poker
Man, if there’s one thing that I don’t know, it would have to be bingo players. You’ve got a decent hand, and you’re looking to make some hay…and here comes the bingo players going all in. What’s a savvy poker player to do? Well, you could get mad. I used to get super mad at bingo players. Then I realized that they’re really just another species of fish in the overall poker pool.
If you’re going all in, then you need to make sure that you’ve got something that’s worth going all in with. Sure, you might get some lucky draws and win some pots. But long term? That’s a good way to go bust. We’re not fans of going bust if we don’t have to. So you have to think about long term playing. Keeping your chips is the name of the game. Managing your bankroll is the name of the game. Sure, the bingo players will get lucky…but they’re going to eventually lose out eventually.
If you’re playing real money poker, then bingo players are going to be there still. What you will need to do is make sure that you’re waiting for premium hands. Let other people take the risk of challenging the bingo player. Let other people give up those pots. If you’re going for something in a tournament, you need to realize that time is ultimately on your side. Time is going to be take care of you better than anything else. A lot of people don’t believe this, but it’s perfectly true. You have to make sure that you’re looking out for your own interests. You have to make sure that you’re trying to wrap things up and finish in the money. You can’t do that chasing the bingo players.
Bingo players are indeed annoying, but you have to feel a little sorry for them. They will always be a slave to luck. You are a master of skill. You are strategic. Just who do you think is going to make more money in the long run? You can’t let bingo players or bullies bother you. You’re going to find them everywhere. It’s how you treat them that makes the difference. If you’re really worried about bingo players, you need to make sure that they realize that you mean business. Do not bluff a bingo player at all. They will call anything, because they want to ride on luck. They will hope that the river holds some gold at the last bit. And you know what? They might get lucky. We suggest avoiding the bingo players because you will end up getting mad, and that takes away from logical poker playing. You just need to make sure that you are keeping your head up in these situations. There is nothing worse than losing your cool at the poker table. Even though they can’t see your face, they can definitely tell if your gameplay starts getting very erratic. You’re on tilt, and everyone will be able to detect it … and use it against you, naturally. Fight back by keeping cool and you will earn respect from players at the table and beyond.