Originally Posted by Shwiggler
Actually Leak Buster shows the optimal range for PFR% to be between 15.5 and 21. I agree that you can play outside of any range and still be profitable, especially at higher stakes, but you still may be leaking money in this area. Also to be fair, this is only one category out of many. Most winning players are outside the optimal stats in a few areas, but over all the biggest long term winners will be within a specific ranges.
You can have a PFR of 21%, and raise stuff like 27o and Q4s, while folding aces. Sure all the long term winners have that stat range, but do you know how to obtain those stats?
My last statement might seem like a joke, but its really not. When you're on the button with a hand like KJ, and someone else opens, all 3 options are decent (raise, fold, call). Knowing you're supposed to be a 21/16 isn't going to help you determine which the best course of action is in this case.
Also, I'd say your ideas are opposite. For microstakes, the players you're playing against are worse. So you can easily deviate from "optimal" stats in order to play a more exploitative game. At high stakes, your opponents do not suck, and they know how to properly punish you for doing things like raising 75% of your hands from the button.
I'm not saying leak buster is pointless, but save that for after you work on all the hand reading/hand analysis skills. They're just going to give you stats that are averages, against the average opponent. But knowing how to deal with situations against fish, regs, stations, ect. so that you eventually arrive at that successful average is really what plugs leaks.