Not sure what else I can do?
I've been playing poker live for about 8 years now, and just made the move from a fairly successful part-time live game to Pokerstars
Before I made this move, I researched the differences between online play and live play and worked out a few strategies that I find work great in bigger fields live so might transfer quite well onto the internet forum.
Basically I play enough poker to know my strategy is mathematically and strategically sound, and my decision making process is serving me well. I did notice that -lots- more people will call or even re-raise cont bets and even when the range you could be put on is beating their hand 90% of the time, they'll still call or re-raise. The respect factor is non-existent, even after playing 1 hand in about 60, I still got called on my all-in re-raise from the small blind holding AA and got busted out.
This is just one example, but really I don't get angry at the few hands that don't go my way because it happens. Losing is poker, you have to take that on board and I completely do, but lately i've either been running bad or maybe I just don't get online poker.]
One example: I'm in the small blind, short stacked and pick up 10-10. 3 callers, I raise 4.5 BBs and get a caller in mid position. Flop comes 10-4-K rainbow, I cont bet and get re-raised very timidly so I push. Guy calls with Q-4. Turn comes Q, River comes Q. Bad beat but I can sort of see why he called. Onto the next hand!
Im on the button and get KK, 5 callers so I raise it 6 BBs to make it look like a steal and have someone re-raise me all in. No re-raise comes, but 1 caller under the gun. Flop comes 5-8-J rainbow, I bet, he raises, I go all in and get called. He shows 9-Q, you can guess the rest.
Now, these are just examples of bad beats right, everyone gets them, but i've been making the right decisions (like i have 8 BBs in my stack and im on the BB, guy raises to 6 BBs, I have an ace so I shove but lose the hand) from a mathematical and online perspective. I'm having issues trying to understand why people play like donks, which is fine, but when I'm losing almost every tournament to someone calling a 10BB raise with 2-6 off or something very similar, it gets a little frustrating.
Is there a trick to playing these microstake tournys? should I play tighter or gamble gamble? I try to adapt as much as possible, but it just seems like when i go all in with AK and get 3 callers, one with Q-6 off, one with 3-3 and another with A-7 off that the world is going mad. It wouldn't be so bad if this wasn't an EVERY TABLE occurrence, that people just seem to love the gamble aspect more than the poker aspect.
Should I play in bigger stake tournaments? These are costing about $2 each atm but I can head up to $20 if the difference in playstyle is worth the migration. Any thoughts?