Too much action...
Hello all. It's been a little while since I posted.
I play live alot, and just recently started playing micros again online. I have a question about my play.
I guess you could say I am a very aggressive player. I don't limp often, and I bet alot. I c-bet almost always.
I don't know why, but people just never believe me. I am trying to understand their mindset. I get called down so light, I just can't believe it sometimes. It's great when my hand holds up, but......
It seems that people become very annoyed by aggression, and they just get fed up. It seems that these people just want everyone to let them limp into every pot with J-4 and the like. It is like there is a little meter above everyones' head, and the more you raise, and put pressure on them, the meter fills up. Everyone on the table has meters (and it seems they all get full). I just play poker the only way I know how to, but people always wanna bust me it seems.
I only raise preflop with hands that have potential, and I know how to range opponents well. I am very aware of position, and exploit the benefits of it.
I don't talk trash at the table either. I never bitch about getting sucked out, or berate other players for their awful play. I just say "nice hand", or nothing at all. But that doesn't stop them from bitching when I river a 5 high flush to beat their kings.
I learned much of my strategy from here. But lately, I get so much action, I am encountering quite a bit of variance.
I will raise $20 at a $1/$2 and get 4 callers. I will hit the flop, and have people chasing to river with all sorts of crap. They will even say things like "I knew I would get you" when they suck out. Calling with bottom pair, and they say "I thought you were bluffing
." when they suck out on the river with 2 pair. It is almost like they are a little embarrassed when they see what they were up against, and how bad their call really was.
Is it human nature to think everyone is bluffing? I never show my cards unless called.
I get so much action, I don't like it lately. Especially if I build up 2 or 3 buy-ins. Then it seems everyone is gunning for me.
I was just wondering are there some tricks to get a little more respect from my raises? Show a monster once in a while?
I bluff somewhat frequently (not very often, not a blaster by any means), and I would like it if people weren't so stubborn. Is there a way to manipulate my table image so my bets are respected more?
Do I want this type of attention at a table? Should I be glad to play with people like this?
Multiway pots are tough to play. People always trying to trap me (due to my aggression I am sure), outdraw me, bust me... Perhaps I just play amongst horrible players.... Who knows.
I like action, but I don't like playing 5-way pots with aces.
I just want to know if I am supposed to play this way always (aggressive, applying pressure when I think they are weak), or adjust due to dynamics...
I notice most of the other live players are much more passive than me. Online players too. That is how I know when someone is a good player - they raise and bet.
The rest of these fools raise a super thin range, and rarely show aggression unless they have a huge hand. They are easy to read. I do not want to be easy to read.
Like I said before, it seems like everyone thinks I am bluffing all the time. It is tough to play with so much action (sometimes, but I have done well lately in spite of this). It almost seems as if some people regard a raise as a challenge or something...
As I type this, it is starting to seem like a stupid thread. However, I have been thinking about it a bit lately, so I decided to ask for the advice from the fellow members of CC.
Thank you in advance.