re: Poker & How to deal with guys betting big and hard on every street and often?
Originally Posted by ChipMountain
What is the best way to deal with guys who bet and raise often, preflop and post flop on every street? Where do I want to be sitting in congruence with them? They usually go with me no matter what their cards are, so do s that mean I have to put them hem in a position to call my entire stack when I read them to be weak, or when I believe to be ahead? Thoughts??
First off, I would tell you to make sure you're playing within a bankroll. If you're properly rolled for 200NL live, the minimum you should have in a bankroll is around $4k. This bankroll is to make sure that you can play big hands like this without taking much of a financial hit. If you're playing with money that's too important or you're not willing to lose, then you're playing "scared money" and will not be making correct decisions at the poker table. Which is putting you at a disadvantage.
In terms of how to deal with these players, if you can, always try to sit to their left or "in position". Nothing is more annoying than having a guy raise and reraise you in position all the time. Second, tighten your opening range. If someone is 3betting you preflop a lot, from any position, and you keep opening too loose and have to fold to 3bets a lot then it's a leak in your game. Also, consider light 4betting depending on stack sizes if they are really that aggro. Some players just 3bet knowing most people won't call or reraise without a nutted hand live, which makes it the perfect time to 4bet with a hand like JTs or 89s. However, I wouldn't get into a habit of this in live games, as it's only very rarely applicable and most of the time when someone three bets you it's normally a strong hand.
If the guy who is betting big and often on every street is doing it often, chances are he doesn't always have it. Sure sometimes someone will literally just be running that hot, but most of the time these players know that most other players will play fit or fold post flop and unless they flop big they won't fight back the vast majority of the time. So, you have to consider your range of hands and just simply not fold the top of your range to a super aggro opponent (i.e. top pair good kicker, TPTK, two pairs on certain boards, etc). Sometimes you just have to take a stand against a table bully and just call them down with your strong hands, and if they get there/suck out on you, then whatever it's poker. Folding everything but the nuts or a super super strong hand (i.e. set, straight, etc) is very exploitable and there are some players who will take advantage of players that will always fold top pair to a high amount of aggression. Again, this is all about your read on the opponnent (i.e. is he just running hot or is he just trying to run everyone over). I could give you more specific advice if you gave me more information, but right now, this is generally how I combat LAGtards and it's worked out well for me so far. Sure sometimes they flip over the nuts and stack me, but most of the time they'll just donk their money off with 8 high because they can't think I can call with top pair to their line.