How to loosen up?

  • 5 replies
    • KeKNoRRiS
      KeKNoRRiS
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      Joined: 15.10.2007 Posts: 51
      You could start by stealing wider (any K or Q from the BU). This should result in looser stats I think.
    • w34z3l
      w34z3l
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      Joined: 03.08.2009 Posts: 13,295
      Greetings, here are 3 suggestions/concepts for you.

      1- As KeKNoRRIs says you can attempt to steal wider from BU (and also CO perhaps). Here is an interesting fact....if both blinds fold to steal 80% of the time or more, you can expect to make a profit by raising BU (3x) with any two cards even if you were to give up every hand postflop. In practice you won't be giving up every time; and also in practice it is unwise to steal with any 2 against opponents who will adjust. That doesn't mean you can't get away with BU open raising an extremely high frequency against the right players.

      2-Open up your preflop 3bet range. Specifically attack players with a high fold to 3bet percentage. This serves a secondary purpose of balancing your 3bet range. People won't immediately put you on AA-KK and fold to your 3bets, meaning a higher chance of value when you really do pick up a big hand. Hands such TJs or Axs make for good light-3bets. It is wise to be cautious though; 3betting a BU open raise from a loose player obviously has a much higher direct expectation than 3betting a tighter player who raises UTG. So pick your spots.

      3-IsoRaise limpers wider in position. This is probably the most underestimated in terms of how wide you can really go. If you have strong reads on players, (ie, they limp-call trash preflop and play "fit or fold" on the flop) you can really push the boat out and IsoRaise with hands like Kx suited and Ace-rag. In the case of the above read (in brackets) you could proceed to c-bet every flop and shutdown to a call/raise, and likely still have a positive expectation even if you never hit a hand. Again, like 3betting, caution is advised. Observant players who act after you may begin to 3bet more often when they realise you are IsoRaising lighter. So while theoretically you may find a situation where IsoRaising any 2 cards is profitable, in practice you want to pick your spots, as with 3betting.

      Hope it gives you some things to think about. Good luck with opening up your game.
    • conall88
      conall88
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      Joined: 02.01.2009 Posts: 1,715
      best way to profitably loosen up is to confidently map out potential calling ranges for each player type you play vs often. do this for short, medium and deep stacked, although the short and medium stacks are less important on cash where u can just reload/leave the table to stop having to play low eff stacks.

      the idea is, since you know their ranges, you can then remove the hands which play poorly against said ranges. for example if you know that a medium stack TAG type player is going to call u in mp with A5s+, you know you want to remove most of your lower unsuited aces, since theyre going to be owned by that range. inversely, if you want to loosen up profitable your going to be happy to play a few more high unsuited aces.

      hey i asked about widening , not tightening!

      yeah thats true, but removing the hands that play poorly and Replacing them makes even more sense! Remember against bad opponents you dont need to balance!

      if your up against thinking opponents, best hands to add are commonly suits broads eg Axs and high Kxs and so on. add 3-4 hands to your range, then play, then when you are comfortable rinse and repeat. after you have a decent sample with said range, you can always check how profitable the hands in question are later, and cut off the flab so to speak.

      as a yardstick a 21/18 strat seems to do well, but as always you gotta adapt.
    • vmarqui
      vmarqui
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      Joined: 25.01.2010 Posts: 4,816
      Thanks to you all! I've taken all the tips you said and managed to play a 1k hands 25 23 session, where I ended up 36 bb/100 above (too bad it was only 1k hands haha).
    • conall88
      conall88
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      Joined: 02.01.2009 Posts: 1,715
      nice =]