Originally Posted by NvrBlufn
Here is what always worked for me.
I would show up to my normal session playing 2-100 spread limit (its like 1-2) and sit down with 3-400. I would let the blinds go around the table for about 20 minutes playing SUPER tight-aggressive poker. Nothing early position but QQ+, nothing late position but 10s+
By the time people realized I was winning every pot that I entered they all pegged me as a rock and giving my raises tons of respect, winning me more pots. Now with the momentum from the first or second legitimate showdown win, I am able to open up my range and play my aggressive game (with more chips mind you than most if not for one or two players).
How long are your usual sessions? If you sit at a table do you stay there for an hour? 2 hours? 4+? The reason I ask is that the longer I sat, the more people started to go after me the way you've described. The opinions about me changed to "This is no rock. This is some LAG *%&* Kid who really thinks he can play!" At that point it is time to leave.
My usual session when I hit my stride was 75 minutes (I live less than 5 minutes from the casino) and in that 1hr 15m I averaged between $100-200 profit. I could tell it was time to go because I was getting called down lightly, chased after and bluffed at on the river. But those hero calls responsible for doubling my stack... mmmbaby!
Next question, are you usually playing at the same casino cardroom, same limits, and regularly encountering players who you can recognize and more importantly recognize YOU?
If the answer is yes maybe you should switch it up a bit. Drive around and look for opportunities to play against fresh opponents. It might be just the change you are looking for to reinvigorate your whole game. Meanwhile let those hams at the local casino forget your face and everything that they think they know about you. When you come back it will be a whole different beast they're up against.
My usual sessions are 3+ hours. I will stay and continue to play as long as I am playing my A-game (and have an edge at current table).
And I do play at primarily 1 casino. A lot of the cats there know me, and I know many of them.
Like many online players keeps notes on opponents, I have notes in my mind about many of the guys/gals at the card room.
And finally, I guess really thinking about my image, my opponents would tell you different answers (depending on who you ask). Some of them would say I am a rock. Others would say I am a maniac. I play different depending on the table, my chip stack, and other dynamics.
I play a lot of suited connectors/ one gappers. I exploit position often. I mix things up. Sometimes I may raise UTG with 7-8s, and peel someone's cap. I guess you could say I am a lag - once I get into the groove and build up a stack.
I have thought about going to other card rooms. However, motor city is simply the best game in town. So many fish, so much money, 24-7 action. Also, I really like the dealers, some players, and the atmosphere. And I like knowing some of the peoples' patterns and styles when I sit down.
But in general, I suppose I can do what I do anywhere. I just like motor city.