Originally Posted by widowmaker89
So, lets say that your BB is a 3betting machine(or the button when you are CO I guess). Does this mean you stop stealing? Wouldnt it be better to just leave the table instead of tightening your ranges? What do you do if there is one of those lovely 82/4/1 who limp/call 75% of the time to your right and a aggro to your left?
Even the wildest 3-bettors (not including maniacs here, but the argument likely extends) don't typically 3-bet more than, say, 25%. And that's really wild over a large sample. In fact, I don't think I've played anyone with a 3-betting stat that large for more than a few orbits (the most likely scenario is that they're normally 3-betting light but get a few good hands early on so the stat is skewed upwards and then normalizes after awhile).
But against someone like that, I easily trim off the bottom part of my range. Exactly what I trim off depends to some minor extent on how he reacts to 4-bets, and largely on what he does when he doesn't
3-bet (does he fold often but 3-bets when he doesn't?), but what I do is I open up my 4-bets-with-the-intention-of-getting-it-in range to 99+, AQs+,AKo. That's a little over 4%, and if I sink my stealing down to 20% or so, that's definitely enough to still make a very healthy profit on the button, especially if it's just a matter of time before we stack him.
I've all but stopped 4-betting light with 100BB stacks. Too many people rebluff with 5bets and if they do that even rarely, the play really isn't all that profitable, if at all.
There's no shame in tightening up when you deal with an overaggressive opponent. The way to beat them generally is to play big pots with better hands, not to try to outwrestle them.