In my first article on this site, I mentioned the types of players found on low limit 7cs tables. Actually I’ve heard that you can find them many times at higher limits also. But they are more in evidence at $1-5 and $5-10 games. Rammers and Jammers are an interesting type of player. The other types of players, kitchen table, money is no object and the gamblers usually are in the same category throughout a session. The Rammer and Jammer (R&J;) however can be one of the other types who all of a sudden starts to be an R&J.; As I like to call it the R&J; comes in three distinct models. These models are:
- The higher limit player who fines himself on a low limit table. Many of them fancy themselves as a $10-20 or $20-40 player but in reality may be an adequate $5-10 player. They usually end up on the $1-5 or $5-10 table when no higher limit game is available, usually late night through early morning. They feel they are better than the peons playing at $1-5 and $5-10. Most times they have been playing too long and want to make up for some losses. R&J;’s want to steal every pot. You’ll see them raising almost every hand acting as if they have a big pair on third street. Obviously they don’t have such a hand each time they raise.
- The second model is a higher limit player who is on tilt and sits in on a low-limit game to try and make up for the bad beats suffered on the higher-limit table. He differs from the model 1 R&J; because he’ll usually make some really poor plays and stay in the pot even when he appears to not have a chance to win. Now there are higher limit Slot Gacorplayers who will sit in on low limit games simply because there is no other game available. These folks are not on tilt and you can learn a lot from them. Much of my early training at poker was gathered from an aspiring pro who just couldn’t stop playing when the $10-20 or $20-40 game broke up. He played an excellent game and was nice enough to give me pointers that helped me supplement by reading and playing experience. He never went the R&J; route.
- The third model is not a high limit player. Yes, my friends he is one of us. You’ve seen him at $1-5. Something happens that not only puts him on tilt but also makes him an R&J.; Now this model is very easy to spot. All of a sudden he is throwing $5 bets in on third street. Raising on fourth street and generally building pots every hand. Excessive grumbling and mumbling usually accompanies the R&J; type play.
Be aware that these types are around. When you spot them the first rule is MAINTAIN YOUR DISCIPLINE. Do not be sucked into a betting war. Don’t feel that this guy is causing you not to play some good hands because of the raising. Yes your going to fold some hands that you might bet for value. But remember why you were betting them in the first place. Because they were cheap to get in and only for that reason. Don’t make those hands expensive. Don’t get mad that the R&J; has destroyed the fun aspect of the table. If it bothers you that much get up and leave. BUT when you get the hand that can compete no matter what the R&J; may be betting, be aggressive as you can be. Raise and reraise the R&J.; Soon he will realize you have him beat and will leave you alone. Wait for your opportunity and when it comes, take advantage. Then again you may not get a chance to take some of the R&J;’s money. That’s fine as long as you haven’t thrown away several bets just chasing his style.
In summary, the three models of R&J;’s play the same. They have different reasons for becoming R&J;’s but the play is the same. Learn to spot this type play. Get conservative when they are playing this way. If you have a problem staying disciplined in this environment LEAVE. Always remember a bad bet not made is the same as winning that bet. Your profits will increase if you can recognize this type player and adjust your play accordingly. Sometimes the adjustment is merely leaving the table.