Originally Posted by akaRobbo
Ive tightened up my play a heck of a lot recently, but I fear im playing too tight for 6max. Reason is because im not opening up enough from the CO and BTN. BUT the reason im not playing garbage from there a lot of the time is because fish/calling stations and aggro players are often to my left in the blinds and BTN.
Do I just need to embrace the inevitable bigger swings I will get by playing pots vs these players?
Im not really breaking into the 19 or 20+ VPIPs, so im getting little action from regs and average players. The fish and donks still play back at me because loads dont use a HUD and are just terribad.
Results are decent, as the bad players keep me ticking over, but I see that my VPIP and PFR are considered too nitty at 6max. After a really good run, I think im wary of loosening up too much and losing bigger pots, then ill think to myself, why the hell didn't I just keep playing tighter.
Cheers for any advice.
Not that I believe VPIP really tells
the tale, but you probably want to be somewhere around 22. Tight but with a somewhat wider range.
6 max is a little more personal than full ring - so how wide you should open, 3-bet, and what spots you should flat are very much dependent on who's on the table.
If my guy to my left is aggro and strangle-calling the blinds, I'm looking to open hands that are just generally ahead of the average holding from the button. K9+, Ax, any pocket pairs, and I'm going to up my opening bet to at least 3xBB, 4xBB if I can get away with it. None of that 2x or 2.5xBB stuff. Cause think what they're calling you with: Q5off, 78s and 78off, A2, J7... basically Paint-Rag, connectors, and suited anything they feel at the time. You're going to go into the flop with a range that's ahead of your opponents AND position. That's very ideal! Average hand hits the flop 1/3 times, so if you are ahead of your opponents range you can be c-betting for value against your opponent almost every flop.
Remember, if you are in the pot with A5, and the flop comes K 6 9 rainbow you are actually ahead of your opponents range. All Qx (exclude AQ, QQ, KQ, Q9, Q6)), Jx (exclude AJ, JJ, J9, J6, QJ), A2-4, 78, T8, T7s, 75s are behind you. Kx (exclude AK), A6-J (exclude AQ), T9, 98, 76, 97s, 86s, PPs are ahead.
Hands ahead: about 400.
Hands behind: about 300.
Given, you have to modify this line of thinking for the board and your cards, but against a loose caller from the blinds (an aggro guy) - you are a 4:3 favorite, so c betting abstractly is +EV. Especially if you are c betting enough to start getting called when you do hit top pair.