Originally Posted by F Paulsson
This is so untrue it's not even funny. If I could find a table where the players treat their chips like monopoly money, I'd set up a tent and never leave.
You want stiffer competition? Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
It's only partially untrue, FP, based on my personal experience. The sad truth is, you will find almost as many donks at the higher levels ($5/$10 and up), as you do at the nickel/dime micro rings. You also find a lot of bullies who can afford to try to muscle you out of almost every pot you play if they don't know you, regardless of their own hand strength. And try they will. That's why you have to be absolutely certain you're not playing over your head stakes-wise. If you're more concerned with affordability than the hand you're holding, you're in too deep.
My observation is that 90% of the "players" hanging around the dime/quarter-or-less ring games DO treat their stacks like monopoly money. But you can capitalize if you look for those micro rings that display +60% hand participation and be a rock. You'll take an occasional suckout, but since the maniacs slow down for no one, over the course of a session you can usually turn a profit. There's also a frantic amount of turnover at these tables, so there's constantly someone new joining the game who doesn't know you're a rock.