Originally Posted by zachvac
Well I do agree in general that playing lag will net you more than tag, IF you are good at it. You have to be really good post-flop, willing to fold top pair without a kicker, and just in general be great at hand-reading. But if everyone at the table is also playing loose (not lag, just loose-passive or even attempting to play lag but they're just bad), then the answer it to tighten up and turn yourself into a tag. Poker's all about adjusting. If players are playing tight take advantage of it and pick up a few pots. If they're loose and calling too much then you just do it the easy way and play premiums and make money off it. That's why it's more profitable at the lower limits. When villain will call all the way down with his A high it's pointless to play a bunch of crap and try to outplay the villain, just wait for a hand and value bet it to death.
The higher up in limits you go though, and the tougher the opponents are, you need to loosen up a bit. No good thinking player will pay you off if your VP$IP is 5% unless they've got a monster as well. But as you go up in limits players won't think their mid pairs are the nuts, and you can often bet them off it. So if you can play well, imo the lag style in general is the most profitable. But when you run into some fish who don't fold, lag is a way to spew money. Know your villain and adjust to the game. If they're good they'll be trying to adjust to you as well. You've got to stay a step ahead of them.
Agree w/ everything, but I'll nit-pick one thing: If they're "calling down w/ A-high," then it'll also be profitable to play some
"crap," and value bet that too. If they're playing Q7o, you can profitably play Q8o.
I don't always agree with "if they play tight, you play loose... if they play loose, you play tight." If they play loose, I play one notch tighter (Q8 vs. Q7). I DO like, "If they play tight/bad,
I play much looser." If they're re-raising my AJ raise with AQ... my AJ is no longer good!
Yes, adjust... yes, stay ahead of them... but, one notch ahead is good enough. If we're on level 4, and they're on level 1, we just wasted 3 levels!