Originally Posted by Stu_Ungar
No I honestly find it better to have a few decent player in the mix.. fish are profitable, but they are more profitable when they are cooled down a little by decent players.
How can that be? When fish go against fish they throw a lot of money around. If you have an advantage you want to play for these big pots. Yes, you will have more severe swings, but overall you will make more by tightening up and letting them destroy themselves on your big hands.
That is, instead of playing for a $3 pot when I'm 60% to win PF, I'd rather play for an $8 pot when I'm only 30% (because of the larger field) to win PF.
And with implied odds... Fish have trouble letting go of big pots. So if you can catch one with TPTK you can often stack them.
The swings might suck, but you make more money. Heck, the swings probably *help* you, because people sucking out against each other puts them on tilt, which works in your favor.
As for having good people at the table... when money shifts, I want it to go from a fish to me. Or from Fish A to Fish B. I don't want it going to someone smart enough to hold on to it, or use it against me. I also don't want someone to exploit me exploiting the fish (IE, chasing me off my isolation bets and such).