I used to play this way in the beginning. I figured that the flat call or completing the SB made sense since it was such a small amount of money. And two cards that are suited are so pretty. And when I catch a piece of the flop, push hard to get the other person to lay it down. And when the person lays it down, cheer about how smart I was. I played this way a lot. Seriously.
I lost all my money.
Basic truths if you want to become a good & profitable player at the limits that you can afford:
- Don't play this way.
- Losing .05 ten times in a row with poor starting cards is more expensive than only playing 1 decent hand in 10 (math is a bit off, but the point is there).
- You need to have a tight range of starting hands that you're even willing to play.
- Good starting hands mean that the decisions after the flop are easier.
- Those other players betting into you are bluffing SO MUCH LESS than you think. Really.
- Fold. Fold often.
I know that the excitement of playing loose and hitting your cards is great. And if that's what you want to experience, play that way as much as you want. Get ready for lots of people to ask you where and when you play so that they can play with you!
If you want to improve your game and earn some money, you have to change your ways.
Either way. It's up to you.