Originally Posted by AcesFullOfDonks
.Part of the reason for my downswing is due to a change in style of play. I generally play a TAG style, bordering on even being classified as a NIT. However, I was stalling. My winnings were almost non-existent for quite a while. I decided this was because my play was very transparent. i.e. Betting when I have it, check-folding when I don't.
This isn't something you really want to do. Chances are that your villains don't know -- or care -- that your play is "transparent". These past couple of days, the nittiest player on the site hit a couple of big scores. I know how this guy plays, yet he kept getting calls from nearly hopeless hands that were smashed before the flop. These other players just handed him their money. He'd put in a big raise and I would instamuck pocket queens and watch as another player stacked off pocket jacks against the pocket aces I knew he had from the get-go. They'd just keep calling and calling -- they weren't paying the slightest bit of attention.
Anyway, I decided I wanted to incorporate more into my game play. More check-raising, more double barrelling, more bluffing, playing my draws in different ways. Balancing my three betting range more with bluffs, suited connectors and small pocket pairs. This has not been a fruitful experience. However, I do not wish to go back to playing the way I did before as it was painfully apparent that my opponents could read me quite easily.
I'm trying to play my opponents more than my cards now, but I seem to be doing it in the wrong spots (yes, I am fully aware of positional play).
This is "fancy play syndrome", and it's a very real leak. Don't be making plays that depend on thinking opponents. They're not thinking, and are mostly playing group solitaire. At 10NL, I can think of three villains that I can level with, double and triple barrel bluff. The rest, no, just no. You either show 'em a hand, or you're done. Doesn't matter that "one and done" is easily exploitable because your opponents aren't exploiting you at all, even if they noticed in the first place. The vast majority of opponents aren't
reading you. Hell, they're hardly paying attention. There is absolutely no reason to try to balance ranges against opponents that think "range" is an appliance you cook on or where cowboys work, and that "equity" has something to do with real estate.
Yeah, a nitty TAG style isn't exactly an exciting way to play. You have to decide what you'd rather have: their money or your excitement? You know what worked in the past, so go back to doing that and watch that BR grow. Worry about the fancy stuff once you get to the higher stake games where you will encounter thinking opponents.