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Knowing the table / people

When is it good to really start playing poker, it’s seems here lately that I seem to be always catching up. I set down at the table and find myself playing good however they always a better.

When is good to say you know the type of table your playing?


  • FuzzypupFuzzypup Posts: 2,433Subscriber
    Simple. If within 30m you can't spot the fish......... Ok seriously now.

    Just sit at a table with players worse than you that have 100bb stacks or as close as possible. If the players at your table are better than you move. If you have too many aggros on your left move. No shame. Pick the best table. There is a player that plays at one of my casinos for a living. He is only of the worse tight players I ever met. He never beats me unless it's some retarded miracle card and then he doesn't bet enough. But he always picks the best tables and he is patient as hell.

    If you want practice read all the books even the older ones. Why older ones? Because they still have plays for specific spots and situations. They allow you to mathematically examine those players to figure out why they work vs who and why they might not work or apply now OR if an older rec is using these plays.

    Practice online @ the $10 tables or $25 tables. That is about what 1/2 is.
    If you play 2/5 then $50 NL and $100 NL.
    5/10 = $200 NL.

    Play online full ring that way it matches the experience.

    Do homework on the game. Get flopzilla and use the hell out of that tool
  • hustlin Posts: 299Subscriber
    wut Fuzzypup said.

    Also with experience you can just tell and feel.
    Also note that the game sometimes changes. from slow to fast. and Vice versa. if you following the game you can see these changes as its happening.

    ex. one guy can be playing sooo tight for whole session. he losses a hand or two. he may go crazy tilt.
    same with a crazy loose player. lost 2-3 buyins. he may tighten up on his last buy in. As he doesnt want to bust.
  • FuzzypupFuzzypup Posts: 2,433Subscriber
    Yea, be dynamic and flowing with the table adjusting as you go. Talk and pay attention more to those on your left than on your right.
  • hustlin Posts: 299Subscriber
    on the left?

    shouldnt it be to the right. because thats where the money will be coming from?
    Fuzzypup said:
    Yea, be dynamic and flowing with the table adjusting as you go. Talk and pay attention more to those on your left than on your right.
  • FuzzypupFuzzypup Posts: 2,433Subscriber
    No. Playing vs recs on the right is easy. Having position is an enormous advantage of more accurate information. You want the players on the left not to make moves on you, to show you their hands, and they haven't acted yet. You get to see what the players on the right do.

    So say you have AA and you look left seeing the player behind you look at his cards, raise his eyebrows, and look at his chips then look away. You might consider limping and letting him raise trapping all the limpers. If he was on your right it wouldn't matter.

    Or if you intended to iso-raise with 98s and saw this.

    Or if you see players on your left make actions that indicate folds. Now you can remove those positions from your position. I do that all the time. Im in the HJ and see CO and BUT signal folding I consider myself OTB and raise/limp accordingly.

    Also consider this about position. If you played a clone of you called hustlin2 heads up and gave him the button all night who would win? hustlin or hustlin2? The latter clearly.

    You should be nice to everyone but focus more on your left. I can't tell you how many times I befriended people at the table listening to their stories and they fold hands to me they shouldn't or show me their cards giving me information. The play predictable, bluff less at you when they like you. Much harder to hit a hand than to bluff.
  • hustlin Posts: 299Subscriber
    holy crap. This is some next level stuff here.
    Makes sense. Learned something new today.
    This I guess is a special element of the live game which u can use to your advantage.

    Wowzies.. I feel like I just +1 BB my hourly rate from using this Info.

  • FuzzypupFuzzypup Posts: 2,433Subscriber
    lol... yea lots of psychology in this game. I find so many "play for a living" pros never use it.
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