In 6-Max Poker Strategy Mistakes – Part 1 I talked about the most common 6-max strategy mistakes regulars and beginner poker players make. I talked about playing ace rag, calling 3-bets with too many hands and assuming other players think like you. In part 2 I hope to highlight the mistakes I see happening in today’s games and various different tips you can take away to improve your winrate.
A lot of players who win slightly but don’t crush the games play a set style. They sit down and play X hands from early position, X hands from late position, C-bet certain boards, give up on certain boards and double barrel on certain cards. This is all fine and good, you need to know these things in order to be a winning poker player.
However, if your not adjusting your play dramatically based on your opponents different tendencies you are leaving a lot of money on the table. For example, the following adjustments need to become automatic for you in order to get the largest winrate possible:
Whenever I start a hand and goto the flop I immediately check out my HUD and look at there fold to continuation bet %, there raise/checkraise flop %, there fold to turn and river bet %. If I am the preflop caller I am looking at there aggression frequency based on each street. Against “one and done guys” you want to be peeling a lot of flops, against people who have high turn and river aggression frequencies you need to be making your turn and river decisions before you call a flop bet. All of this stuff needs to become automatic and part of your decision making.
This is in a similar light to my last point. In today’s games, especially at mid stakes, fish are a rare breed. You are definitely leaving money on the table if your not making a conscious effort to play lots of pots with the weak players. I would go as far as saying that you need to be making -EV preflop vacuum decisions, IE calling with weaker hands because your equity disadvantage preflop will be made up a ton by all the postflop mistakes the fish will make.
A simple example of this is say a fish raises from early position and its folded to me in the blinds. If I know they are very bad postflop I am making the call with hands that are very weak such as T7s or q6s which I am always folding 100% of the time against a regular. My postflop advantage is so huge and my opponent will make so many mistakes I can play very weak hands, without position, very profitably.
I wrote a great article about table selection that you need to read. You need to be looking for tables with fish on them and specifically looking to have tight players on your left, loose players and fish on your right. There difference between a good table and a bad table can be the difference between winning and loosing. The difference between a good seat and a bad seat at a table can be the difference between winning slightly and crushing the game for a huge winrate.
Part of poker when you get to a certain level is being in the right place at the right time to beat the fish. Good table selection and consistency in your play can negate a lot of poker skills. That is why you see players like Leatherass9 who just seek out the best games, play consistently, don’t tilt and have huge winrates. These types of players are good players, they are not world beaters but the manage to maximise there dollar per hour and really, that’s all poker is about. There are no medals for going to war with LAG regs, at the end of the day its all about money won and not about being the best player in the world.
Stats can only tell you so much, different players have different ideas, for example, two different players could have high turn aggression frequencies, one of the players might attack paired boards as bluffs, another type of player might attack turn overcards and always give up on turn paired boards. Recognising this and making a note that he plays a certain way on certain turn cards with his bluffs can mean the difference between an automatic fold and an automatic calldown
Another two players might have 7% 3-bet from the button, these players might 3-bet the same value range but could have dramatically different bluff ranges, one player could 3-bet offsuit shitty broadway like QJ, another player could 3-bet shitty suited cards like 95s. The only way to tell the difference is to play with both of them and take notes on all the hands that get to showdown and how they played them. Its especially important to note anything that you see that is “non standard”, that way, when you see someone do something different to what you would assume is the correct play, you can note it and bare it in mind for future decisions.