Originally Posted by feitr
It is more about the whole making sure your acutal range is a good counter for villain's adjustments based on his perception of your range.
See, I think this is where it just becomes hard to apply this in your standard NLHE 6-max game. Generally you don't play a lot of pots with regs, so at a 6-handed table, unless you see a telling showdown or have abusing them with button steals or something, its hard to know what they think of you.
I think this should've been titled "manipulating our range in the eyes of villains", since we're not really balancing. We're just adjusting to them.
The main mistakes I see people making when it comes to having a balanced range in the eyes of their opponents is that they make bets that (for example) could never be a bluff against a player who would realize this.
So if we're on the river, and we have AT on an A8992r board, and we bet like 1/5th pot on the river, that's almost never a bluff. Or we put ourselves in a situation where we've got $10 behind and the pot is $30. If we shove in a situation like this, our bet HAS to be for value (since we have no fold equity). Situations like these where players take an unbalanced line are more what I see playing 50$NL.
Idk, I just think the situations that you're bringing up (reg battles where you know what villain likely thinks of your range) is gonna be tough for a microstakes player to apply.
Originally Posted by feitr
but you can still c/r with a perfectly balanced or wide range.
But that doesn't matter, because our villain will perceive our X/R as being polarizing. Unless you play a ton with villain and give them reason to think otherwise, the standard thought when you CRAI on the river is like "Oh, he has the nuts, or total air". What we're trying to achieve is to get villain to respond to our actions in the way that we want. So if villain makes hero calls, and we want him to make a hero call, we should take a bluffy/polarizing line. We shouldn't try to get villain to realize that our range is balanced when we CRAI the river by doing it with a variety of hands, because we'll never see enough showdowns or be in that situation often enough for it to matter.
I guess I'm saying the range of hands you take an action with doesn't matter when addressing what villain thinks of our range. I can check/raise my whole range of hands on a flop, but it will still be percieved as a polarizing move from villain until we have history to tell him otherwise.
Are we saying the same thing back at each other over & over? Cuz I'm all confused now >_X. I think we're arguing semantics... but I'm not 100% sure.