Originally Posted by R1ace
oh and is there any point trying to hand read in lower stakes such as 2NL 5NL etc? if so from which stakes should i start to read opponents hands
You should always try to be reading opponents hands no matter what stakes you play at. It's just players at this stakes will be harder to read because most who play at this level are calling and lagtards. However, bad players will be pretty transparent in their play. Example if a calling station starts betting and raising you can always put your money on it and feel pretty safe he has some kind of made hand. Some things to keep in mind when reading opponents is these factors but i wont elaborate to much on them i will leave that for someone else.
VpIP: Is he tight or loose? Tight players will normally play AJ>99+
Board texture: Is the board wet or dry?
Betting patterns: Does this player bet big with his made hands? And small with his weak hands? Or is he tricky and prefers to slow play and check raise.
Your instinct: Do you have a feeling that you weak? Or your opponent is strong? This can be a very good indicator as you subconsciously process the information or something to make a normally logical decision.
Table dynamic: Is the player tilted? What is the stage of the game? Is he opening up his range with more hands or tightening up towards the bubble or whatever maybe. This often influences the hands people play:
Without writing a book i hope this post in some way shape or form. I am sure there are other knowledgeable members who can help you out.