Need some help for live poker

    • PaTaPaTaPoNn
      PaTaPaTaPoNn
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      Joined: 26.02.2010 Posts: 99
      A little bit of introduction:

      I play mainly on internet and never played a real live poker with outsiders (only played few times with friends) so basically I have zero experience on it. The main reason is because gambling is illegal in my country (There's only one single casino in Malaysia, which doesn't have a poker room). I knew a few private poker room but I never visited them, until recently.

      I went there last week for the very first time of my life. My hands were shaking when betting, hell of an experience =D

      My question:
      The table is crazily aggressive and every single hand has huge action. How do I adopt to this kind of table? I can't play any decent hand as I will get reraised all the time. Should I just maintain on solid TAG play or should I loosen my call range a bit?
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    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
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      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Someone else can probably give you a better answer than this but...

      In the situation you're describing, where there is heavy preflop action, high card hands and medium to big pocket pairs increase in value, but speculative hands like small pairs and suited connectors become worthless. This means you need to throw away the 76s and 44, but play AK, AQ, AJ, KQ, KJs etc more aggro than you normally would. Also, 88+ become premium hands. If you find yourself being run over, you may have to pick one of these hands and go all the way. This advice only stands if your opponents are paying attention to you. If they are not, or if they are incapable of adjusting (if they are fish) then just wait for big pairs and push the nuts.

      If I'm wrong about the game, and the action is only heavy postflop, then the opposite is true. Big pairs and high card hands lose value, but small and medium pairs, and suited connectors gain value as they can make big hands and big draws postflop. Set mining and drawing becomes desirable.

      These are only general guidelines. The rest is opponent specific and also depends on how they see you. Sounds like a fun game though!
    • PaTaPaTaPoNn
      PaTaPaTaPoNn
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      Joined: 26.02.2010 Posts: 99
      Hey thanks for the reply!

      Well, their aggression maintain on pre and postflop. I can see players losing half of their stack nearly every hand.

      So what you said is, I should play even tighter and aggressive? I don't think I can get anymore aggressive since that will put any hands I play into all-in LOL.

      I didn't get enough information for the first day playing there. I only played for one hour, and didn't get to see much showdown. I noticed about 3 TAG player, while the others were super loose and aggressive.
    • CreamyGoodness
      CreamyGoodness
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      Joined: 18.10.2010 Posts: 229
      Like I said, I don't have a whole lot of experience with live cash games, but yeah, opening your range against super aggro players before the flop seems to make sense. If people are 3 and 4betting very light preflop, then hands like AJ become stronger than they usually are. Same for hands like KQ and middle pairs like 88, 99 and TT. Vs aggro players you can play a little looser. As long as your range is ahead of theirs you'll be good. If you see a guy showing down AT or KQ/KJ after 3 or 4betting preflop, then AJ becomes a strong hand vs him. Look around this forum and strategy videos to learn a little more about ranges.

      If they are loose passive preflop (taking lots of flops), but loose aggro postflop, then set mining and flopping big draws with suited connectors sounds like a good plan. Push your big hands (JJ+ AK, AQ) hard preflop.

      But if you've only played a couple of hours at this game I would put my advice on hold until you've played a few more sessions. One hour is not a big sample. You could have sat down in the middle of another players hot rush. Or one or two players at this table might be crazy loose, and the other players were just fighting to take a flop with him. One or two might have been tilting, and the others might know this while you might not. Bottom line is that these guys might have a lot of history with each other. They might play differently/well against you, or at least not make moves on you until they know you a little better.

      You should stay tight and very aggressive until you have observed the regular players in this game a little more. If they stay LAG over a couple of sessions, then start opening your range like I described above. By then you should have a tight image that you can capitalise on, making your bluffs a little more successful.
    • PaTaPaTaPoNn
      PaTaPaTaPoNn
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      Joined: 26.02.2010 Posts: 99
      Here's how the session went:

      The blind was $1/2 and I buy in $200.

      I didn't play a single hand for the first hour and a couple of minutes, paying $21 for blinds. The players were starting to realized that I was playing really tight, and all folded to my first pre-flop raise to 4 limpers (I had nothing).

      At the end of 2 hours session I'd won about $100, fun indeed ^^