Originally Posted by rowhousepd
And probably what's happening is that I'm just calling too much if UTG open limps -- which of course happens a lot in the micros. But your point is taken.
If some fish limps UTG (which only a fish will do), you can't really be calling. That's pretty bad. The idea is to isolate
the fish, you do this by raising. Obviously only with playable hands.
Sort tables out by most players per flop, join all the waiting lists/tables with the highest, and the lower the level you play at, the more high VPIP loose weak fish you'll bump into. Get these players on your right. If they're not a place or two or three to your right, leave. Mark these fish by right-clicking their names, going into player notes, and then picking a colour so that when you look at tables in the future you'll see their names.
Now just get on the left of as many fish as you can on as many tables as you like, and every time you get a playable hand and some fish limps, raise to isolate
, and take their money.
I'm sure you've probably heard a lot of this before, but this really is the art to beating the micros, and if you're limping along with UTG limpers, then all that I just said might be something that needed re-emphasizing, so I thought I'd say it.
Also, don't expect to just be able to take their money every single hand you do this. Some of these high-VPIP idiots will be able to fold flops to a pre-flop raiser, check their Fold To C-Bet. Against idiots that can actually fold flops, widen your playable hand range to include SCs, low-mid PPs, AXs and suited broadways. Against idiots that just can't fold 3rd pair or some long shot draw, tighten your range to just the premiums.
Some of this may seem very basic but if you're not crushing 5NL FR then I'm sure some of it may have been helpful.
Edit: (Sorry, just thought of somethin else to add...) This goes hand in hand with your VPIP-PFR gap, and your losses on your non-premium hands - by raising to isolate, even only with SCs/low PPs/AXs, you can represent decent hands on dry high-card flops. You'll be able to make a lot of money by c-betting air, but you have to have taken the initiative pre-flop by raising. That way you command respect. Particularly if a flop comes A22 or KK5 or even Q83r