Originally Posted by c9h13no3
Back the truck up. Why are you loosening up when they're going to call you with pretty much anything? Hate money?
And you would do well to post some hands in the HA forum. Just from reading your post, you've got some holes in your game.
You're right, in hindsight that might not make sense, and makes me look impatient, which I'm normally not -- I'm happy to fold hand after hand, and my VPIP during a 100 hand session hovers around the mid-20's, sometimes as low as low-teens. Either that was a poor choice of words to describe the situation, or perhaps there was a bit of impatience in seeing them win pots with high cards that caused me to want to get involved with more marginal hands than I usually play. Which probably resulted in the weekend downswing where I netted about a $60 loss. At least it ended on a high note with this small profit and finishing a SnG ITM.
But in this specific example, I didn't think raising TT from LP to an unraised pot was loose at all, especially when getting no action on the flop (or turn, or river). I thought I was aggressively betting, and responding to their weak calls properly, but obviously I missed something. Then further observation revealed this pattern in their play, and I was trying to figure out if it was out of ignorance or was it overzealous trapping. It was unusual enough to throw me off my game.
And I'm certain there are LOTS of holes in my game, that's why I'm still at lower limits, and posting here for advice. And I guess what I'm asking is what you alluded to -- how to take advantage of slowplaying at lower limits once you recognized it. But isn't it important to figure out *why* they're slowplaying?
I've improved greatly from my initial attempts and I'm doing pretty well where I'm at -- when I first started playing online a few months ago I wasn't prepared for the difference compared to live play (which I hadn't done in a long time anyway), and so I felted about $150 in deposits before I caught traction and started winning. As of this weekend I was up to well over $300, playing strictly single table rings no higher than 50NL, and SnG's at no more than $5-$6. No, I don't "hate money" and I've been aware of proper BR management too, but still tend to probably risk a little more than I should for my BR size; however money isn't really an issue so I can deposit as much as I need to (so my "virtual" BR is much bigger) -- it's just become a matter of pride now to grow my BR and not have to make another deposit.
Still, despite my thirst for knowledge and study of the game since then, from books, videos, and gleaning what I can from here and elsewhere, I'm fully aware there's still tons of room for improvement (which I'm reminded of every time I toy with stepping up in limits). So I'm throwing myself out there for ridicule and advice. Keep it coming. I'll dig up some hands to post in the hand analysis forum too.