Great story israelibadamm. Glad your aces held up! Wish I could say the same right now. But my aces are getting cracked by lower pocket pairs, suited connectors and the old Q10o. I'm playing online MTT SNGs these days and I'm taking a beating. All those aces were all-in pre-flop too. OUCH!
My 25NL game is hurting too, played about 500 hands on 4 tables today. Played positionally loose aggressive game, got aces 3 times and NO action. I'm tired and done with poker for today I think.
I had a chance to go to the same live cash game on Sunday but these beatings are getting to me. The 200NL live cash game is also running right now, but I'm too tired from working today. Tomorrow's another day of gutting out a basement, smashing down tiled walls and hauling the garbage upstairs.
I like drawingneardead
's strategy for tight players at loose tables. "No set=no bet", is a great little saying that I'll keep in mind. Sometimes the game gets so heated up, especially in the last few hours, that the ridiculous pre-flop raises make hard to play low to medium pocket pairs. But we must stay alert and look for our chances to sneak in at the right price and implied odds.
I was using the check/call strategy a few times that night too. This is a good place to pick up reads too, studying how the other person reacts and hopefully using it to make a correct decision later on. A lot of the times I doubled up was on the river, when I had a short stack, it was a good spot for me to push since it looked desperate and the check/calling was sending weak signals.
I will make a note to cue in more on reading other players when I have a solid hand.
Thinking back, I went all in at least 3 times that night and got called each time and doubled up. Very loose game.
I never thought of just limping with AK in early position, calling or reraising pre-flop. I will add this play to my game next time.
About the AA and KK reraise. Makes total sense, especially if they see a tight playing like me reraising pre-flop. It would give away too much info, so it would be good to disguise AA and KK by just calling a raise pf. I remember that night getting reraised pf with my KK by reraise that screamed AA. He gave me way too much info. He also reraised with AA again against my friend with JJ. When I looked at him I could see it clearly, but of course I couldn't say anything about it to save my friend from being doomed. I also would like the chance to be invited back to their game. So basically disguise your AA and KK, but don't let more than 2 players in on the flop.
So basically playing leading hands weakly, check/calling, double-checking my cards, etc. has a good chance of my aggressive opponents trying to make me lay down my hand. And while doing this, I should be studying my opponent's mannerisms to gather reads.
When you talk about not playing suited connectors until I have doubled-thru, do you mean when I have doubled my short stack of $100 to $200 or $200 max buy-in to $400? I would guess you meant once I have $400 in chips. Given the overly aggressive nature of the game, and how much easier it would be to lose chips quickly trying to hit long shot monster hands. If they would make standard raises between 3-4xBB with implied odds I wouldn't mind calling with suited connectors with $200. The 6-10xbb raises have me folding instantly with $200 though. If I had $400 and one person raised to $20 with $400 in chips and another called with $400 in chips, regardless of the hugemungous, I'd be obligated to call with say 89s. Any pocket pair I would call in that situation and look for a set. AA or KK depending on who's in the hand I could disguise by just calling.
Good tip on loosening up my game later on. Once I've made enough profit, throw out some raises with hands I wouldn't normally raise with having intentions of throwing them off and just dumping the hand. And If I happen to get lucky and win a pot with a showdown with a junk hand, well all the better I guess as they catch me being loose. Would it be wise to take down a pot if I knew I could, without a showdown and showing my junk hand to let them know I can play loose? This could also bring me more action later on if I do get dealt a premo hand later on in the game.
Anyways thanks for the initial advice, I'll definitely be taking bringing with me to my next live cash game.
GL to everyone.