Originally Posted by Mase31683
I'd add that you can play a lot more speculative hands generally, since most flops will be taken for $2. If you haven't played live before, I really can't explain to you the amount of limping that will occur. It's like nothing you've seen. So a lot of times you can limp 65s in early position, because most of the time you're going to go to the flop for that $2, and also get 5:1 or better immediate expressed odds with approximately 1,443,665,579:1 implied.
Hrm. Even at a full table I don't see myself getting 140 million times my limp. Maybe I don't understand implied odds preflop.
Some tables will let you limp. Know who at your table will call a big raise with what they'll limp with. This especially becomes helpful when you get a tell. If they limp for $2, you make it $9, and amateur looks at their hand again, makes a face, and calls you, either they're a damn fine actor and putting too much effort into disguising the strength of their hand, or they just called you with a bad hand.
When these people limp into the pot, know that you can raise them big and they'll call with less-than premium hands. This will pay off in the long run, especially since such a player is prone to have a short-stack in front of them and doesn't understand pot-odds and might fold their last 4 BBs so they don't have to call them into a pot of 24 BBs.
It's much easier to target players live, most of them are just out having a good time on the weekend, and while they might play in a weak homegame once a month, haven't ever considered online poker and are frankly expecting to lose the money.
This is especially true in touristy areas on weekends.