Originally Posted by Likminutz
Is this an exaggeration?
I'm glad I could entertain you with my "crazy insane" playing.
No, its not an exaggeration. My VPIP when playing 4-max is around 35-40%, and it doesn't include trash hands like these when I'm UTG.
Even if these guys are TAGs with 18% VPIP (which seems unlikely given the stake level), then you have to get past 3 players. The odds
of that is 0.82^3 = 55%. So 45% of the time, you're going to have to play a hand with one of these TAGs out of position with a garbage hand.
Plus, when you do play a hand against the fish, A4o is just not going to flop enough equity. If you flop an ace, you're going to value bet wrong quite often since the fish will have a bigger one, and there's not much else A4 can flop besides 235. So you're going to be c-betting a lot of flops, the fish will call with whatever the hell, and you'll be left in a nasty spot against a guy who won't fold when you have air.
I'm not trying to be mean, I'm trying to make you realize how big a mistake this is. It may seem like a tiny preflop mistake, but it sets you up to make gigantic mistakes postflop.