Originally Posted by pokerman27
Hi! I'm really after some regular $2NL crushers or people that have crushed this limit to give me some pointers.
I'm really struggling with effective aggression at this level as I seem to be called down continuously by players that will usually hit some lucky hand and beat me.
Firstly, blind stealing. Is there any point in $2NL? Raising for value on the button or cut off with a good hand is fine of course, but making a play with a marginal holding barely works as you'll be donked into or your c-bet will get called.
I think I limp far too much and my stats off the top of my head are (no PT3 here at the mo) 20/10. I know that's a huge gap but it just seems limping for cheap then getting out the way when you miss is better than raising and getting called and losing what has taken you an hour to achieve.
Please request any PT3 stats from me so that you can analyse any of my leaks. Any help here is greatly appreciated.
I'm one frustrated Pokerman.
I actually played some 2NL whilst testing out a layout for someone.
It was funny.
People limp way too much, people call way too much. So just fold until you have a premium hand then look to get the money in very quickly.
On an K72 board they could have 77,22,K7,K2 but far more likely is KT,K9,K8,K6,K5,K4,K3 QQ JJ TT AQ AJ
So you wait for a premium hand like AK and then look to get the money in fast. Raise preflop, then look to shove the turn.
The mistake people are making is to call too often and too light so don't play hands that are tricky postflop.. you want high Broadway, high pocket pairs and thats it really. Anything else will be getting outdrawn too quickly.
Once they see you start shoving and showing premium hands, then you can steal blinds.
The other thing is play in position.
QJ is a terrible hand in EP-MP and you are going to struggle in a game where people limp too much and don't know how to fold because you are forcing yourself to play fit or fold out of position.
TP 3rd kicker is a monster on the flop in this game. A lot of players look at their cards, see they have TP and dont think about the kicker. So just get the money in. People seem to think that large raises are bluffs and love to call them. Dont bluff.. ever! just value bet light. TP 3rd Kicker has value in this game. people love to chase draws, if there is a draw on, stack off... let tem put their whole stack in and loose rather than just a bit of it on the flop and turn just to fold when the draw dosent come in on the river. If you have a hand on a flush board on the flop stack off!! They will call and draws miss more than they hit! Just make sure you have a reasonable hand.
Just play tight and play in position and get your money in with better hands than they tend to get their money in with.. thats it really!