ok this is my last thing on this topic, forever(or a long time at least). But seriously this thread is about blind play. I stopped posting on 2+2 because of the off topic bickering that came with each question I asked.
LAG vs TAG thing is just a matter of degree, right? I feel comfortable opening slightly more hands in co and btn especially with fish in the blinds. And since there are almost always fish at the table, I end up opening a few extra hands. When I say I'm loose, ptr says I'm looser preflop than 54%(vpip 28) of people at my stake. When I say aggressive, ptr says I'm more aggressive than 94%(I probably need to calm down a bit, cbet 70% isn't totally out of control tho but way above 4nl average) of people at my stake. It might sound like I'm displaying a LAG badge proudly or thinking I'm superior for opening more hands, but its not like that, I just feel this stake can be played most profitably with a wider opening range. When there is a 60/12 fish in the blinds who I know will call with 93s because he "already put money in the pot" or whatever, I feel comfortable raising my Q9 or K5s in lp, which isn't in the typical TAG range. I made a thread way back about opening my range against bad players and thats what I've tried to do(how best to do it is still in experimentation phase). My aggression is probably really high because I'm one of few people at 4nl who will value bet the river when the flush comes in(thanks to cc hand analysis) and one of even fewer who play draws aggressively, probably too aggressively against certain players. I'm still figuring out my game. I'm convinced that the biggest reason I can open so many hands is because 3 bets happen so rarely at 4nl(average in my db is 5.3%, just premium pairs and a few strong aces) and many fish never ever 3bet without kk or AA. Sure I've complained about getting felted by passive players but I'm starting understand the bet-fold(again thanks to cc hand analysis pages) which has allowed me to visit value town a lot more regularly. Sticking with the value-town analogy(its a stretch of analogy), theres more real estate available then just tptk. tp no kicker, even second pair, can make money when they'll hold onto their dueces for 3 streets because they decided before the flop that you're always bluffing
. I'm 100% convinced that if/when I move up stakes I'll need to narrow the range and there are occasions when I play tight at 4nl(against maniacs for example).
For a lot of the cc regs, its probably been a long time since you played with several really bad players at each table. Maybe make a challenge thread or something. But I'm sure you could help a lot of us newbs by taking a look at the micros and talk about adapting. I get that you're trying to drill in the foundations for us but a lot of the foundational stuff doesn't truly sink in until we see for ourselves why we need it. And adapting to poor players is part of that foundation, and I think I'm adapting well at 4nl. I for many months misunderstood TAG to mean tight opening range, cbet occasionally, otherwise just bet your tptk and fold when theres a chance someone has you beat. People don't stress enough how often the other guy doesn't have trips on a paired board(they do this well on the hand analysis page but less so on the newb threads asking for general advice) or how often your straight is worth another bet when the 3rd spade comes in on the river. That was the realization that turned my game profitable. It had little to do with sticking to the opening hands chart.