Originally Posted by Michal
You make some good points. How can I adjust to this? Usually when I raise with my good hands I get called by the worst player there, and then if the flop doesn't help me (lets say I have AK) I don't know what to do. Because he will call basically anything. One time he called down with Queen high. The good player that I was talking about though limps a lot. Should I too see more flops in shorthanded play? And how can I play aggressive when I have calling stations all around me?
Well that is the ideal situation - have a guy you will call you when you have a good hand. When you miss the flop (and you will about 2 out of 3 times) you have two choices - shut it down or continue to represent your good hand. At least with AK you will have two over cards to hopefully hit on the turn or flop.
But keep in mind that missing the flop two out of three times applies to him too.
Yes, you should see more flops in shorthanded, but maybe not as many as you, or a lot of players, might think. When it gets shorthanded you can adjust by playing good Black Jack hands (totals of 19 and above - so like A9, K9, Q9, J9, T9 and better - small pairs and SC also can have increased value shorthanded). I am oversimplifying this so you other guys don't crucify me too bad - just cutting to the chase.
You actually have a great opportunity to start focusing on reading the cards and your opponents. These guys are regulars that you face. At the very least you should be very familiar with their tendencies if not outright tells
I have a list on the regulars I face:
Charlie - always puts chips on his cards after his PF bet. He puts them down a little more emphatically when he has a monster. Softly when he is playing a spec hand.
Bill - ALWAYS grabs his chips well ahead of his turn if he is going to bet.
Jim - Blinks incessantly when bluffing. Stares straight away when he has it.
Kurt - If he says "Oh shit" it's probably a monster.
Gonzo - Has no problem 3 barreling with absolutely nothing.
Dave - Limp fold - limp fold - limp fold - never saw a spec hand he didn't love preflop - BEWARE a wet flop
Bill G - Seems to be on a mission to bust me and gives me no credence at all. I can raise huge PF and he will call me - even as much as 1/4 stack on first level (so RAISE BIG with monsters when he is playing after me)
Start your own list and you'll own these guys.
Being aggressive is good but even more important - especially in this case - it's all about the read.