re: Poker & How do I beat the maniacs?
Agreed - this guy was a bit of an oddity, and perhaps not the best example. He was certainly a maniac pre-flop. He would raise / re-raise / cap with pretty much anything. Post flop he was inconsistant. One hand he would bet like a maniac, and the next would switch o calling station. It was very difficult to get a read on him. Maybe he as better than I gave him credit for then!
This is why you want to get in with the best hand against him and this is why playing against him will be more swingy/wild than agaisnt your average passive fish who you know when he wakes up with a hand. Nonetheless, your preflop range should stay the same, but the range of hands with wich you want to go to show down with/value-bet should broaden IMHO.
Against a passive opponent who raised UTG and wich you reraise OTB with AK, when you hit your K but the passive guy c/r you on the turn after bet/calling your flop raise, your K is probably no good. Against a maniac, your K is probably still good and you should push to make him pay if he is on a draw for example.
I'm glad you mention this, because it's something that I am conscious of, and realise that I need to address. It feels natural for me to play aggressively post flop, but for some bizzare reason I do not feel so comfortable raising pre-flop with anything less than premium hands.
It appears that I have a definite issue to address here. My original point about the maniac was based on his pre-flop play, and the point that you have raised is about my lack of aggression pre-flop. I need to have a serious thing about this, as I seems to have a problem with pre-flop aggression, both my own (lack of) aggression and my oponents who ARE aggressive.
Thanks for your comments.
And yes, 4.7 PFR is very passive preflop considering you're not a total rock (VPIP of 15.8 is solid and not too tight). Please to be bumping that to 8-9+ because:
3-betting your good hands proves to be cheaper than flat calling a reraise and getting your c-bet countered. For example:
You have AK UTG and you raise, MP who is 30/7 reraises. The correct move here is to 3-bet to try to take it down right now. If he 4-bets, fold. Flat calling here makes c-bet costly because he can have med PP wich are in his raising range, but since he is pretty passive preflop, you can give him credit for a monster and safely fold (he plays loose but raises pretty tight).
Raising more pre-flop also makes you more difficult to read, unpredictable. If opponent in the previous example was 17/11, you know is starting hand requirement are high, but that is raising range is actually looser, so folding to his reraises might actually be wrong (he could have JJ, QQ or AK).
Also, your numbers indicate that you might not be stealing/squeezing enough: against a passive table, stealing the blinds can accoutn for a large % of your hourly. If CO open limps and he is a passive, non tricky player, even K7s might be good enough to raise because:
a) He will be scared to play back at you and might flat call or just fold. A c-bet will often take care of him if you can get it HU.
b) You will get action for your big hands. Not getting predictable is important here though, if you just raise every time somebody limps, you'll get slaughtered.