after a 4 month break i've started back at my local casino playing $1/$2. today was my 3rd 4 hour session and i've noticed a few things. if you use pokerstove my range pre is 12-14 or so depending on my pos. i use this range the entire session because i feel it keeps me out of trouble against multi-way pots against fish that will call anything to see a flop. i raise or re-raise my stronger hands but i rarely flat a raise w/ my stronger hands in all pos. i don't call $16 dollar pre raises w/ multiple callers w/ AJo-88. i feel if its good enough to call i should be raising etc...... today a lot of the fish were hitting there hands after making stupid calls pre or after they drawed against odds. unfortunately i only had 4 hours to play and i was making strides in my reads. i started to use my reads and i was making some good plays but i had to leave once the fish began to spew. my question is should i stick to my explained strategy or should i use a different strat for when players call pre regardless of the price just so they can see a flop? how do u deal w/ the daily play of $1/$2?
Every table is different and even then 1 player can change the whole game. Ive quit sitting down with an "ABC" plan of how im going to play and try to adapt to what the table will give me. Limping can be highly profitable at some tables , making "bad" plays can be what gets you the money sometimes. Adapt your game to the table. The fish will make bad plays everyday, they will only get lucky some days.
This is a $1/2 game , people will gamble. All you can do is use your skills to get the best of it and let the results even out over time...
I was pretty much going to say what allynlong said in his first sentence. You play vs the table. Having a default strategy isn't terrible but it will hurt in the long run. Why are you calling with 22-88 with multiple callers for $16 pre? With multiple callers and a potential set you have so much value in calling because when you hit you're looking to stack someone for more than 100bbs. I'm not quite sure why you're not set mining in those spots unless there was a misunderstanding somewhere along the line. Play vs the table or the individual.
It's fine to be a nit but it seems to me as if you may be missing out on some very valuable spots.