Originally Posted by xdmanx007
Well really depends on your goal. Are you there to win money or are you there to compete? If the answer is to win money then you HAVE to jump on the loose tables, Dork told you what to look for no need to repeat. NOW if you are a recreational player who really and truely is only interested in "competing" or simply looking for a good game then you should avoid loose tables and look for tables with lower flop percentages and players with relatively even chip counts in NL anyway this is not important in limit. So first thing is ask yourself what you want from the game and then choose your game accordingly.
I see what you are saying, x, as you won't win very many big pots against tighter players, at least not as many as you could against the looser players. However, my philosophy on the subject is directed solely towards long term gain. It is my opinion that only by fine tuning your own play against solid players can you improve enough to move up to higher stakes and truly make money. You are doing your game no good going up against inferior opponents every time out. It is my experience that you will eventually begin to play down to their level, rather than raising up to the level of superior players. If you are playing against super loose players, strategy goes out the window for the most part and luck is a much greater factor. However, I do see what you are getting at, and it is very sound advice for those looking to make money now
. And I also see how my advice from above can be miscunstrued as simply wanting to play recreationally. I am studying to go into coaching, so I look at my poker game
the way I would my basketball team (refer to the above allusion to basketball) To do well in the long run, you have to fine tune your play by playing quality opponents. That's why my beloved Oklahoma Sooners are playing teams like UCONN and Villanova this year rather than the Prarie View A&M's of the world. While an occasional 100 to 30 point win can boost the ego, and provide a win in the win/loss column, it will do nothing for their ultimate goal, a national championship. Even a close loss to a good team bodes well for them in the long run. Similarly, losing $10 to a very solid player may help you long term if you take note of what he did to beat you, and what you did to lose. Much more so than winning $30 on a hand from some yahoo that went all in with K4. Taking a few small beatings here and there can only help you if you pay attention to what you did wrong, and learning from those mistakes will win you more money down the line. Does this make sense at all?