So for shits and giggles I decided to play the 1/2 $300 max at a new casino. I had to wait for a table so I was watching them for how people played. Table was just the right mix to play loose and tight predictable players. So I decided to open my game by raising lots of hands with semi-bluff power.
within 90m I noticed people getting frustrated with me. Some hands I hit and won that they saw were not optimal like 87o or 96s. Just hand reading and tells in mostly smaller pots. I was up a little and having fun. A couple tighter guys had 3b me at this point. I folded. It was a little more than the normal but it's fine.
Finally I got caught ugly with K9dd, King high vs 2 people all in winning 1/2 the pot vs the larger stack missed FD and losing to a shorty (which I had 7 outs. The look on people's faces were Kodak moments. But it was the right play with 2 overs and 2 backdoors.
So this is a hand that came ~10m after that. And I can tell players are adjusting.
V is an unknown to me because I haven't seen him play too loose or tight. He has seen me raising a lot and play post flop. He saw the K9s hand go down. Eff stacks $355
So comes around I raise AQo, I get 3b by V and call with position.
FLOP AKxxx no draws.
He bet large on the flop, I called
He bet medium on the turn, I called
He shoved the river 5/6psb, I called getting 2.2:1. He had TT and was very frustrated at my call.
IMO he had way more value combos than bluff combos. But how can I justify my call? I did it through reads, his bet sizing, and my image.
I am very adaptive to my tables adjusting my image but this one was rip for this style of play. It is a style I am not used to. So I have no grasp on how to manage it when facing playings playing out of their comfort zone and bluffing. I couldn't mathematically justify my call vs a relative unknown except reads.
How do YOU ALL make these considerations when it is not your normal style of play?
I think some of you have different answers, very different, due to how you play and where you play. I read Ed Miller's books and I have to adjust his strategies because they function differently from Florida to here on many factors.... or San Fran when I was there.