This is a discussion on Recreational Players within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello friends, I would like to know some tips for playing against recreational players, as they often open hands and like to see the flop.
If they are often seeing the flop then they have a super wide range of cards and can pretty much have anything on the board each time.
This means they could be playing a lot of A2-3s, K8, 4-7, etc.
Playing premium hands will allow you to take advantage of this since If you see the flop with say Ace-Jack and you hit the board, but they have an ace-X card as well. You will likely have the stronger Ace and win a good amount of chips from betting since he isnít folding that ace but doesnít realize an A3 is relatively weak and will lose to just about every other A-X card.
Of course if they call to the river then shove thereís the possibility that they just hit a mister hand and want all your chips now. Iíve called enough times to see this as an often scenario.
Them checking often postflop will also likely tell you when they donít have anything or they would be betting because theyíll think they have the best hand with only a pair
Just some experience Iíve had against these players
Get in cheap and play as many hands as you can with at least decent cards. Most of these players will call a lot of chips with 2nd or 3rd pair. Trying to bluff players like this is generally a bad plan. Lose small and win big.
Punish them pre flop in position, increase pre flop raise size. You'll get a TON of value pre since they wont 3 bet enough, they will still call with weak Aces and broadway hands. You'll be playing a larger pot in position since you sized larger pre. Value bet them to death and do not slow play your strong hands. Don't double barrel without good equity. Three bet their pre flop raises with premium hands, they will still defend too wide.