Originally Posted by CerberAcE
At what level does table selection really become important? I guess it becomes more of a factor the higher the stakes you climb. But at 2NL and 5NL does it rly matter that much?
Well put it like this, if EP and MP are very loose and you hold QQ, you get 4 or 5 limpers so you either have to raise such a large amount that it folds out all hands you beat or you have to play a multiway pot with QQ which is a hand that plays better in a HU or 3 way pot.
So even though you have position with a big PP the board comes K67 two tone. Ep1 bets and there are 3 callers before you, how good do you now feel about your hand.
If you selected a table with tighter players in EP-MP then you would be less likely to find yourself in this situation.
Lets put the fish in EP and move the tighter players into late position.
Fish 1 and 2 limp, Tight player raises in late position, now you are asking yourself the question, is he repping a big hand, or is he isolating those fish? If he is isolating, do I isolate him by re-raising. If I call are those fish going to then call because they think they have good implied odds
, because I dont want to be playing QQ in a multiway pot.
Basically having better players in between you and the fish blocks you from them a lot of the time.
Put your loose fish in the blinds. Now you can value raise, sure, but you cant steal the blinds because every time you raise with ATC, the SB calls and the BB calls because of the price he is getting.
So yes table selection is very important at any level.
Put Durr on a 2NL table and he will cush it. Put Durr on a 2NL table like the one in the diagram and he will crush it for a higher amount.