Smallball in live games

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Ok, I play primarily online due to the lack of live games in my area.

I multitable 10NL-25NL 6Max, play a wide range and use small betsize until of course I catch a hand on the flop. In those games that approach works really well for me, since everyone is so passive and nitty so I don't need to risk a lot to get folds.

Now I want to get into live games on the weekends. online poker is so asocial and I want to have some people around me.

I read about live games that raising preflop and betting size is much bigger, often 4x-10x pre and 1/2 - 3/4 potsize on the flop. I wonder how it is possible to get any consistency into live gameplay without only waiting for premium hands that don't necessarily hit the flop.

Is any live game player here who can explain his playstyle a little?
 
MemphisGrind

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Ok, I play primarily online due to the lack of live games in my area.

I multitable 10NL-25NL 6Max, play a wide range and use small betsize until of course I catch a hand on the flop. In those games that approach works really well for me, since everyone is so passive and nitty so I don't need to risk a lot to get folds.

Now I want to get into live games on the weekends. Online poker is so asocial and I want to have some people around me.

I read about live games that raising preflop and betting size is much bigger, often 4x-10x pre and 1/2 - 3/4 potsize on the flop. I wonder how it is possible to get any consistency into live gameplay without only waiting for premium hands that don't necessarily hit the flop.

Is any live game player here who can explain his playstyle a little?

Well, I primarily play live. I wouldn't say my online play is much different from my live play... other than the way I play 1-3 (300NL) live is the way I play .02-.05 (5NL) online My open is 5x I have a balanced C-bet range. The rest of the hand plays dependent on all variables that go into the hand. There isn't going to be as much "consistency" in live games because you have SOOOOOO much more information available to you.. so every hand there is so much more play room as far as the line you take. It's much easier and should prove to be a much higher win rate. As far as telling you what range you should play I can't help you there, we probably have two different styles. My range live is wider than online because I have an edge on the stakes I play, and I am a better post flop player than most at my local casino therefore I am not afraid to mix in some "odd" hands out of my opening and 3bet range for balance.
 
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Spewster

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Well, I primarily play live. I wouldn't say my online play is much different from my live play... other than the way I play 1-3 (300NL) live is the way I play .02-.05 (5NL) online My open is 5x I have a balanced C-bet range. The rest of the hand plays dependent on all variables that go into the hand. There isn't going to be as much "consistency" in live games because you have SOOOOOO much more information available to you.. so every hand there is so much more play room as far as the line you take. It's much easier and should prove to be a much higher win rate. As far as telling you what range you should play I can't help you there, we probably have two different styles. My range live is wider than online because I have an edge on the stakes I play, and I am a better post flop player than most at my local casino therefore I am not afraid to mix in some "odd" hands out of my opening and 3bet range for balance.

I think I understand now. The fact that you have less volume is balanced by a bigger edge. Thank you very much! Feeling better now :D
 
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