Aggression in Live Small Stakes NLHE in Europe (Berlin)
I've been playing online micros about a year (.10/.25 for the past few months). From what I've read, live small stakes games ($1/$2) should bring roughly equivalent players to what I'm used to. I've also read many places that live games at this level tend to be very passive. So I went out to the Spielbank Casino at Potsdamerplatz in Berlin on a Saturday night thinking I'd be up against some limping tourists. But, man, that was not the case at all. I sat at a 2/2 euro table (the lowest stake in the house) and brought a full stack of 200. But the raises and reraises were so aggressive that 200 basically gave me the chance to play only a couple of reasonably good hands beyond the turn. I'd have pretty much been forced to shove any hand playing passed the turn! Whereas online I feel like a standard opening raise will be between 3 and 5 bb, here they were minimum 8. Is this normal? Is the passive live play I've read about an American phenomenon only?