1/2 and 2/5 NLHE cash games live - waiting for cards and making moves
so, i'd like to hear your opinions on what you guys value in full ring games at these stakes. I am of the opinion that patience is crucial and waiting for good cards and big hands to flop is one of the biggest virtues. it seems that there are always people that will pay you off with top pair or bottom two pair a lot of the time even with coordinated boards where you hold the nuts - just a pinch of trickiness can induce calls for value.
I hear so often that its not about what you are holding, its about outsmarting your opponent; you don't necessarily need good cards, etc. - play the man, not the cards. obviously, this is true up to a point - but up to what point do you think it stops? A lot of the pots you play in games like these have four or more people in preflop. obviously, you come to know your spots and you pick them wisely. other times you just know you are ahead or behind, or you know your opponent hates that card that just came off and you can push him off easy. I suppose the best players recognize these opportunities more often, and don't have to rely on the cards as much?