Originally Posted by Swagbeamlazer
Hey guys hows it going, i was wondering if i could give you guys my strategy ill be implementing on my next cash game venture and i was wondering if you could tell me if im on the right track. Im a 19 year old player whos been taking cards a lot more seriously this last year playing at various venues around my local town learning the mentality of poker and learning the bare basics of reading my oppodents, i havr a social work background so that part is going well in good at reading but the actual startegy i think i need help with.
Last week i went to my local casino and there were tonnes of limper even on 3BB raises 3-5 people would still participate at the 1/2 table. So should i be raising over the top making my bets 10-15 Bbs while playing to get rid of competition early and make it heads up?? I know to not limp too often against all these players because ill hardly win.
I read negreanus book recently and i plan to implement the beginners style to the table because i feel itll work being extremely aggressive and tight. Obviously looking into position and ttying my best to analyze my oppodents.
In assuming itll limp central again and im really going to try and implement the style i said above. Any other advice?
Thank you very much again
Welcome! I started playing live casino poker a few months ago after playing years online (and like you I have a background similar, clinical psych which helps a lot with my reading ability and also ability to put off false tells
) and definitely agree with the tight aggressive strategy. You'll see a lot of "regs" who play super loose and aggressive and while they might make big wins, they often leave empty handed a few buy ins down because they fail to read who are the fish who won't fold and who are the tighter players who might fold to their aggression.
As for bet sizing, feel out the table when you sit down. 3BB is probably too small for most 1-2 tables, although other night I was at a table where 3-4BB was the standard. Generally though you'll see more in the 5-7BB range and occasionally some 8-10BB pre flop raises. I tend to open for around 4-6BB but if I keep getting too many folds and notice others opening for 3BB, I'll stick to 4BB. If I see a few aggro players opening for over the top 10+BB raises, I'll stick with 5-6BB every time just to keep it consistent. You'd be surprised how if you take control of the standard pre flop raise size, the table will generally follow suit.
You should, after a few visits within an hour of sitting down be able to roughly identify the following players: the rock, the loose aggressive reg, the "Fun" fish, the gambler, and the TAG(like you). Sometimes there will be multiple of each. Also listen to table talk. I always present as quiet and unsure of myself but as time goes on I open up a bit and talk and this helps ID the players who "understand" the basic strategies, which I can then exploit. I'll know I can occasionally steal from them or float them , whereas the rec players and fish I'll know I can't do because they won't fold often.
But mostly play tight, fold often, and occasionally play an orbit if you've been folding a lot. Some of the more aggressive players might make money quicker but then also lose quicker too. Slow and steady in 1/2 wins. I've sat for hours before making big moves and STILL get paid off. It's also good if you ID the "slightly better players" who will try to steal pots, float you, and bully you. When your OOP with a good hand, if you KNOW you have action behind you from one of these players, you can turn the tables without getting fancy and let them build the pot for you.
Definitely pay attention to hands you aren't in. See how others play. There's a lot of free info out there.