As your skill level increases, you will begin to distinguish between great players, good players, beginners, and just downright awful players. For the latter of these players, we have a term for them.
Fish are your table’s ATMs if you play them properly and treat them properly.
This post was originally geared toward beginners, but all too often I see and hear about good players violating the topic of this post. So, this really is for everyone.
DON’T TAP THE FISH TANK!
What happens in a real fish tank when you hit or tap on the glass? The fish get pissed or scared and swim away.
Too many people feel it is their job to berate and humiliate the bad players at a table when they make a bad move against them. They get mad because they’re such a good and smart player and they can’t believe this fish just sucked out on them.
Well, if you’re berating the fish, you’re not as smart as you think.
First of all, why, at the poker table, would you want to tell someone how to play better? That’s just stupid.
You want the fish to continue to play poorly.
And secondly, why would you want to tap the fish tank? You want these players to stick around as long as possible. Berating their play and humiliating them will likely make them leave the table. Then you will be the one getting an earful from the rest of the table.
Look, Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matasow are superb players. Emulate their styles, their reasoning abilities, their skill sets; but never emulate their behaviors towards fish when they are at the table.
You want the fish to stick around. Unless they’re positive, keep your thoughts to yourself and the fish will stay.