Originally Posted by rh69
I would put this in the beginner forum, but I think the responses may be too basic.
Not really. Many good players browse the beginner forum looking to help. And this is a pretty common beginner problem. Like the #1 beginner complaint is "Oh my god, these people raise like every hand, they're crazy, they never let me see a flop, how do I beat these crazy loose players?"
If your home game is anything like mine, you need to be playing very tight preflop. Your opponents are playing too many hands, and you need to exploit this mistake by playing good hands & playing them hard & fast. If you played nothing by 88+, AJ+, KQ, and just raised at every opportunity preflop, you'd probably show a decent profit.
Yeah, tighten up preflop, and stop limping. Limping isn't so bad if the blinds were, say, $0.05-$0.1 and you had a $30 stack. But when you limp with blinds being a big portion of your stack, it adds up quite quickly.
At my home game, we play $0.05/$0.10, but there's tons of loose money, and most players have $30 in their stack within 45 minutes or so. So that allows you to play looser, and avoid the boredom that tight play in a live format entails.