I have a handful of poker friends. I come up with new plays, new ideas, new concepts. I have a great winrate online. Shit I even play super LAG @ $25NL FR for fun and I'm profitable just to test things. I have a good winrate live despite my negative variance this year.
But most of my poker friends don't share my enthusiasm. About 1/2 poo, poo my new plays when they have valid consideration, I test them, and I prove them. Every year I get better than the last by a fair margin which surprises me.
Some of the visiting pros I speak to about concepts they simply can't get out of their static box of thinking.
Like last night I sat with this very nice guy from out of town who had been playing for 10 years. He bet right, he played right, he had the right amount of aggression but he seemed static. He made this beautiful turn semi-bluff raise right out of the text book and followed up with a big river bluff when a scare card hit. The problem with play is that while well orchestrated it was poorly timed considering a lot of factors. I spoke to him about it and what I saw that he failed to perceive about his hand and I got poo pooed. When he raised the turn I knew what he was doing considering all the combos and plays possible for his raise. If I had TP I would have frankly shoved on the guy considering the pot size and his range. Afterwords I spoke to him about the hand and my thoughts were dismissed. We were away from the table. Guy is out of town, never seeing him again so I don't mind talking shop with him. We werent getting in each other's way.
of all the serious players I know only 3 have serious discussions with me and return ideas. But many of the rest just follow case and point data and don't critically think expanding their minds.
There are some concepts I discovered on my own no book or pro has ever taught me. There is even a bad idea that paved a path for a different good idea. Yet I rarely get cooperation?
I don't know if I am better than I think I am, I am a crazy poker scientist, or people are just not as good as I think they are.
I feel like I'm Michael Faraday and I need to find an Isaac Newton to prove my experiments.