strategy for playing at this table?
Hey guys, I needed some advice on playing at my home game. Apologies in advance for the lengthy post. The game is not high stakes, is usually 9 handed, out of which I along with another player are the only TAGS. The rest are absolute fish - I'm talking about players who will see a flop no matter what, who hit a pair and tag along till show down. There is an uncapped straddle and everyone except myself does so every single hand. The average straddle is 4xBB. My image at the table is that of a solid player and most of the time when I'm in a hand the betting is still somewhat sane compared to when Ive folded. I'm a tournament player and adjusting to this cash game is a pain for me. I'm up 90% of the time at this game , but I've gotten tired of constantly folding till I'm dealt premium hands. I've had terrible luck with AK , AQ at this table..I limp more often than raise pre flop with these hands and my game till now has pretty much been trapping and going all in..that is, I call a bet preflop, wait till its raised enough and then go all in and I get a few calls everytime.
i'll list a few bad beats to give you an example, I'll raise with AK, get called or even 3 bet, see a flop of 2-5-K rainbow, C-bet, get raised all in and get beat with 5-2 .. tonight, I raised with AQ, got 2-3 callers, flop was A-10-5, C-bet 3/4 the pot, next card was a 10 and the guy who took the pot had called with 10-3 ..this happens constantly. I tried playing low connectors today (2-3)..flop was 2-3-Q..this whale makes a pot sized bet , I raise, the guy instantly put me on a set/2-pair but still goes all in! ..he shows A-Q , the next two cards were 7 and another 7..and ofcourse his bigger two pair took it.. you may think these are just rare examples but they're not! this happens constantly.
my range is pretty much AA-QQ-KK-JJ-AK-AQ-AJ-KQ and high connectors 10-J, 9-10, 8-9 suited and off, I dont play Aces with kickers below 8 usually.
my style of play has worked so far for me ..like i mentioned i'm up 90% of the time, but its a boring game, I'll be down the first 3 hours or so, and then when one of my premium hands holds up i'll make it all back plus more.. The flop is always a nightmare if I dont hit because guys who'll have nothing will make huge continuation bets or hit some bottom pair and took large pots. I could get pocket Q's and raise 5xBB , get callers, if the flop shows an Ace some guy'll take it from me with A-2 or some other weak Ace.
how would you guys play at this table? should I widen my range? call these ridiculous straddles with weak holdings? should I still stick to raising pre flop with premiums or keep trapping? I cant seem to get the hang of this game.