Thenuts, on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 12:59 PM, said:
Starting off... I love this game and am trying my hardest to learn everything I can so I can eventually become a winning player. Secondly I have no idea what to do in the situation i'm about to explain and would really like some help.Full ring game at a 1/2 nlhe brick and mortar casino. I bought in for $100 and sat down at seat 6.Didnt scout any tables , just put my name on the list so I didnt have to wait for very long.Seat 1 has about 500 in front of him, seat 3 about 200 in front of him, and seat 8 about 400 in front of him. At any given time seat 1,3, or 8 would make it somewhere between 14 and 17 to go preflop almost everyhand. I understand its hard to find a table where 3x the big blind is standard anymore but how do you combat this? It kind of took me out of my comfort level and I stayed for a couple of hours playing only a few hands that were limped hoping to flop a set when I got the chance but it never happened. Bascially I was forced to play scared poker. I ended up leaving with half my buyin and puzzled as how to neutralize the situation. Making a stand is necessary at some point I think but I never picked up a hand where I would have been comfortable doing that because there was a large amount of action after the flop and unless I hit it hard I really had no room to maneuver. Any thoughts, critisism, or suggestions would be helpful.Thanks
This was exactly their goal and it worked.Sort of reminds me of one of my very first threads when I started posting at this Forum.
I am still "working on my game" and find that my comfort zone is $100 max buy-in for $1/$2 Blind NL TxHE - Casino Live GameRecently I was playing against a guy who at a full table (seated directly to my right, so he was always acting immediately before me) would raise $10 literally every hand preflop. This was an obvious attempt to eliminate limpers and then concentrate on out playing others after the flop. Initially, it really took me and most others at the table out of our comfort zone, so while annoying, it was effective.I found this annoying because basically what he was doing was turning the "kiddie table" into a $12 blind table. I consider that sort of bottom feeding. If he is man enough to play at a higher stakes table then he should go sit at one instead of pushing around relative beginners at the $1/$2 table.His strategy worked well for a couple of orbits and he built a good sized stack. However after getting a little annoyed, I found a strategy that semed to work against this loose/aggressive style. First I set him up with a couple of well timed bluffs to steal his pre-flop raises. Then I quickly tightened up, only playing VERY quality hands. He turned into a calling station. A couple of other guys quickly adopted the very tight approach to break this guy.Any obesrvations on this guy's approach and strategies to combat it?
...and of course I got some well intended responses such as:
Zach6668, on Sunday, August 27th, 2006, 4:01 PM, said:
Man, thinking that his strategy is low is just retarded.It's poker. He's there to make money. His strategy was effective because he found a table full of people playing scared, apparently.The best way to defend agaisnt this guy is to come over the top more often. If he's raising every hand, then you don't need a tremendous hand to beat him.You were on his direct left! I'd have a big chubby if I were in that situation. 3-bet to isolate baby! OR, take down $10 extra each time PF.- Zach
iggymcfly, on Sunday, August 27th, 2006, 9:51 PM, said:
I will never for the life of me understand people who complain about loose action. I mean, god, he's bored, he's doing the rest of the table a giant favor, and you're complaining about it? Give me a ****ing break.(Sorry if I'm a little testy, but where I play there aren't any live games higher than 1/2 most of the time, and I can identify with Mr. Preflop Raiser a lot more than you. You sir, are a prick.)
Royal_Tour, on Monday, August 28th, 2006, 2:35 PM, said:
No offence but i agree with IggyYOu're in a casino gambling. You knew what you got into, you shouldnt be playing with money you cant afford to lose, so with that in mind, he has every right to raise whatever he wants, regardless of limits.Kiddie table?? here is a tip, Dont Gamble
Bottom line is, this is a scenario that you can easily work to your advantage. These guys will actually do your dirty work for you.