Originally Posted by deedbr
I don't focus as much on how many minutes the levels are. It does make sense that the change in levels will make a difference. If you like to jam it a lot and your foes have become more patient/selective with a slower blind structure they might pick you apart.
I try to pay more attention to stack sizes related to blinds and antes.
Right, because If you like to open UTG with AA,KK,QQ,AK,AQ suited...20 min levels can see enough of these hands to open with in early position, so you will be alright. Once it gets down to a 12, 8 or 5 minute levels game, you have to widen your opening range accordingly or get short stacked by actually not playing enough hands! (I use ! there because most players play too many hands).
At three or five minutes it's real tough, you end up opening UTG with just about any two cards that are paint, even A-10, K-9, etc., if you want to stay alive. IOW, you have to "gamble" more. This could be a big reason that when you are in a free roll with 5 minute blinds, you see more UTG limping and the calling of raises out of position after that limp. They want to see a cheap flop if possible w A-10, K-9 UTG, so they limp in and just call any raise. They fail to realize that if you plan on doing that, you should have raised UTG anyway
Now, if it is possible for you to only raise early
in the game UTG w a "proper" starting hand (20 or 5 minute levels) then do it, because after the other players see that, then when you raise again UTG this is what they will often "assume" you have, but you will not! You are raising UTG w 44, 67, 89, etc. and they just fold to you because they think it's AK, etc., and they do not have a big ace. Keep in mind, if you do this, you need to be prepared to fold to a 3-bet when you get "caught" with that 44 UTG for 3x coming in; doing so, you make it look like maybe you had A-J or something and did not want to get mixed up w AK. Doing this, you are maintaining your "table image"and have "shifted gears". They will probably then only 3-bet you with that (AK) or better (AA,KK), because of the image you have created, they know you cannot have AK every time, but only you know you have opened up to a much wider range than they have. If they think you are a "nit" (only play big hands), you can play smaller ones and catch them off guard. If they think you are "loose" (bigger range), you play only big hands and still catch them off guard!
Whew, I love poker!!!!