mk, on Monday, February 27th, 2006, 6:57 AM, said:
This depends completely on whether the player in question here knows what they're doing or not. If you play in some of the bigger tourneys, you'll run into LAGs who are really strong players. If this is the case, I try to avoid them as much as possible. An example: in a recent Stars $215, I started with Fischman at my table and he was lagging it up early, raising a ton of pots, and playing super-aggressively whenever he was involved. I played maybe one pot with him the entire first hour. But when I do play a hand against this type of player, I follow Harrington's advice and make a BIG preflop raise or re-raise because they will likely not want to commit too many chips preflop.On the other hand, if the player is a total luckbox and clearly has no idea what they're doing, I try to find any reason to play a pot with them. A specific strategy adjustment that I will make when playing aginst this type of player is to, again, increase the size of my pre-flop raises, because a lot of these players will call ANY raise preflop (especially if they've accumulated some chips), and in addition to hopefully isolating them, you get more money in the pot as a substantial favorite. Bizzle and I encountered just such a player in a Stars tourney not too long ago and we talked a little strategy. He could probably add more.
Woah, I do a search for my name within posts and this is what turns up. :)I do remember the player mk is referring to (and he was truly awful). He called early all ins preflop (like blinds 25-50, 1500-2000 going in preflop) with A6 A3 K9 and J7. With a player like this, three rules apply.1) High unpaired cards gain in value. Hands like A10, AJ, AQ, AK, and even KQ become hands I am willing to put in large raises or reraises with against this player, due to the odds that he will call my bet with a ridiculous dominiated hand. For example, if I hold A10 in the SB and there is an EP raise to 400, most of the time I will just lay it down because I don't want to play an easily dominated hand OOP against the raiser. Since I know he has a crapload of chips and his calling range is huge, I would strongly consider firing off my full 3k if I think it is likely he will call off with some ridiculousness.2) Medium pairs lose value. When your opponent will call any bet with KJo, 10-10 becomes a hand that you want to take flops with. Remember, the flop will miss them 2/3 of the time, so take advantage of that fact. Anything from 77 to JJ I will try to see the flop for a single raise if possible, and then fire out a very very healthy bet on the flop for which I hope to get the horrible 2 overcard call with.3) Patience and speed rule the day. Play very patiently-versus the donk mk was referring to, I waited a full 3 rounds to play a hand versus him at the 100-200 level. We had played several big pots prior to this, and I had around 5600. He raises in late position to 600 and I jammed out of the SB with KK. He makes the awesome call with KQo and I get a crapload of chips. Do not be afraid to make overbets at the pot versus this player, as you will get paid off more often than you think. However, if you get all of your money in with 77 versus their K9 and they hit...well, you got what you asked for.