The live 1/2 tables near me can sometimes be very similar from what i have witnessed although never sat there myself. What i would first say is what bankroll are you playing with here? For what seems to ne a very aggressive game i would want a good amount of buy ins behind me and like you said i would be looking for optimal spots. I would recommend looking at mike caros book of tells
for an insight to some stuff you may find useful in a live environment. Also start looking for the regulars. I wouldn't sit at these tables as i wouldn't feel i had an adequate bankroll, i think that may be critical here if you are encountering these tables alot. Hope my 2 cents helped.