This is a discussion on What to do before the maniacs within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; When you have a strategy that works and is profitable, and you notice how you beat even very good players, but suddenly maniacs will appear
When you have a strategy that works and is profitable, and you notice how you beat even very good players, but suddenly maniacs will appear even in real money games, how should you handle it? Stick to your strategy steadily, or should you adapt to deal with those who don't have a reasonable rule or strategy? That you thought?
I keep pretty good notes on the bad players that I encounter. But I don't bother keeping notes on good players for one simple reason. Good players are capable of changing up and will do so when necessary. While might start out with the same basic strategy, I am going to constantly adapt it to the players at the table. If I notice a lot of passive play, then I'm going to turn up the aggression. If I see a lot of aggression, then I'm going set more traps. I am going to constantly try to adapt.
None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with all of you. All of you are locked in here with ME!
Of course it is important to adjust your game. When I have maniacs in front of me I like to raise to 4bb (SNG). Or against calling stations you can bet 2/3 pot directly with a good hand instead of maybe only 1/3.
On the other hand, I would never bluff against maniacs. Except semi bluffs. And you may have to adjust your raising range preflop if you have a maniac at the table that play a lots of 3bets.