Originally Posted by duggs
flatting doesn't require you to outplay anyone? flatting is also cheaper, and initiative is very very overrated and theoretically irrelevant.
So you're saying you can profit by playing fit/fold poker after flatting from the blinds? A poker coach did a study about microstakes players who flat with a certain selection of hands (I think it was A9s, A9o, ATs, ATo and some suited/offsuit broadways), vs players who 3bet. The coach asked these players to look at their database for which play they profited more from and almost all said 3betting. Even though as the coach discussed, flatting is "theoretically" optimal with some of these hands, in practice
most microstakes players lack the skill and fine tuning to manoeuvre well postflop to compensate for the lack of initiative (and position in this case) when flatting. 3betting with initiative makes it easier to play these hands, since you can simply cbet most good boards and often take it down pre. I think at higher limits flatting should be used more often since there will be more of the "better regs" who can exploit you for 3betting too much.
This is just what i think, but i could be completely wrong so feel free to correct me.