re: Poker & How do you beat tough regs at 1/2 live?
You are essentially asking us how to play poker.
However, here are some tips, they may or may not apply to you...
- Stop limp calling.
- Play very very tight in EP.
- Don't play too many hands. Seeing too many flops is probably the biggest leak people have. Don't let this happen to you.
- Set-mine more, but never do it without a minimum of 10x implied odds (prefer 15x+).
- Don't call raises with junk like A-8o. Try to think about what villain raises with, and only play hands that are either ahead of that range, or are hands that are live (like 7-8s for example). But don't play spec hands OOP.
- If you play hands like Q-10s, K-Qs, K-Js, etc, we are playing them to make 5-card poker hands, because you will often be dominated with hands like these when you flop TP hands. We want to flop huge draws to the nuts, etc. We don't want to limp/call OOP with Q-10s, hit a queen OTF, and call three barrels. Trouble awaits.
- Stay away from SCs in EP. Just fold them. You are playing full ring most times. Play really tight in EP (yup, I said this twice, because I see people spewing chips all the time doing stuff like this).
- When you are sitting there, like you should be, because you play tight, watch the action. Try to put people on hands, follow action, pay attention to bet sizing, lines people take, etc. Try and determine how people play, and use the info to exploit them. Don't just sit there zoning out and watching netflix.
- I wouldn't recommend chasing OESD with 3 or more villains in pot, when there is also a FD, unless you have the FD too. This is a common mistake I see people make. Don't do it, unless it's HU, and you just know your opponent has an overpair, and he is going broke, regardless of runout. This rarely happens.
I also recommend watching training vidoes on youtube, reading poker books
, and studying in various ways. You gotta put the work in to get better.
Read "The Mental Game of Poker" by Jared Tendler for starters.
Also "Excelling at No Limit Holdem" by Jonathan Little.
Those are both good books to start with. I believe John A (member here at CC) also has an E-book for free. It was also a good book. I read it a few years ago though. There was good stuff in there.
One other thing.... Become familiar with pot odds
, implied odds, maths, so you can know when to call with draws, and when to fold. Learn to calculate odds on the fly of hitting draws.