Originally Posted by smokeyjoe
I've recently started playing some live cash games at my local casino, and I'm having some trouble with figuring out appropriate bet sizes relative to the size of the stacks and the pot.
The max buy-in for this game is $200. Blinds are $1/2. Preflop raises of $8-15 are common, and there are frequently multiple callers. So, for example, if there is a PFR of $12 and there are 3 callers, that's $50 in the pot before the flop ever comes, which amounts to 1/4 of my entire stack. I like to make 1/2 to pot sized bets depending on whether I'm trying charge people for drawing, take down the pot right then, etc. etc. The problem is that after a couple of streets I could easily be all-in with top pair, which doesn't seem like good poker.
Does anyone have any advice for how to maneuver effectively in this type of game?
Ahh dude. I had EXACTLY the same problem. I was playing at Star City super casino in Sydney a couple of weeks ago and I bought into the 1/2 games with 100 dollars. Im only 19 but I figured I could afford to lose 100. Anyway, at first I assumed that all these proportionately large (in comparison with stack size) raises pre flop meant huge hands and I was constantly folding. When I did get a hand I would bet and then get raised and raised and I thought that my tptk must not be good, anyway I went right down to 30 dollars after only 40 minute or so. But then the cards started going to showdown and I was watching how every one play and I realised they were retarded donky's so I rebought for 100 giving me 130 dollars starting stack. And I played only premium hands and when I hit I raised large and hoped my cards held up. They did.
I had a risky start tbh, JUST after I rebought, I landed my self pocket aces. So I raised to 20 dollars pre flop and to my surprise I got 2 callers. After the flop I bet hard with 30 dollars I checked the turn, noob bet, I called. Then the river gave me a third ace. He bet again. I called. The idiot had called a large pre flop raise with 4-5 offsuit. He flopped 2 ****ing pair. I won the pot on the river. After that I was lucky that my TPTK Held up and I was able to almost triple my buy in.
In total I played about 1 hand an hour for the 5 hours I was there. I got pocket Aces twice, Pocket kings, which I had to fold :/ and Ace King and King Queen. I won all of the pots that I entered into.
My advice, if it's good would be to wait for premium hands, not to bluff. Because if you are patient and finally make a hand, you WILL get paid off for it. These idiots are calling 40 dollars with bottom and middle pair :S