There goes the Gap Concept
Before I begin, does everyone know the basics of the Gap Concept? You know, needing to hold a better hand to call a raise with than it takes to make a raise with (basically). Well I've noticed, especially in the past year or so, that this seems to be forgotten.
I've been paying alot of attention recently to the hands of players who call raise then proceed to showdown. It's been very noticeable that a good deal, if not almost the majority of these hands have been "inferior". And I'm not just talking about calling out of the blinds with 8h 9h. I'm seeing limping with K 4 off, 7-10, 3-5, then calling a raise, usually OOP. These players are obviously hoping to hit the "invisible" two pair or hidden draw.
Now I understand there's mixing up your play, and early when you're deep, sometimes playing these hands can pay off. But there's an eerie trend towards calling raises with these hands for the same reason you'd want to get in cheep. I'm sure some of these players are fairly skilled at playing these situations, but most seem to either lucksack, or bust.
So anyone know of any reasons for this? Some trend that I am unaware of? Or is there just an influx of new players with more money than skill? I dunno, what do you guys and gals think?