Originally Posted by reverie
In my experience at small stakes the player pools have been so large that I rarely get chance to exploit a read I have noted. That, and when you do sit down with a player you have notes on, he's either changed his game or you don't understand the note . On balance, its still worth it as a good read can save you several buy-ins.
I actually find I run into ALOT of the same players (ie. on Fulltilt 45-plyr. SNG's there are a bunch of regs. who are very good players making a decent amount in them... AND.. they're are a bunch of reg-spewtards in them as well (along with some randoms obv). It's great to know the difference prior to playing a hand with them.
I also find alot of players will play similiarly over time. If they have a tendancy to be passive... they'll stay passive. If they bet their draws aggressively on the flop in position.... they will most often continue to do so. If they bet scare cards hu in pos., they will often continue to do so, etc. etc. etc.
I find taking notes is also great for improving one's hand reading skills.
sidenote.... still planning on posting on this thread.... "I have ALOT of notes on 'taking notes', lol"