I played with this LAG for 3 sessions in my local poker room recently.
Two 2/5 and One 5/10 sessions. (These are the biggest games in my room)
Our room usually only runs two 2/5 tables (1 main, 1 must-move).
5/10 runs during weekends.
I've been paying close attention on his plays in the last 3 sessions.
There is not many open-limp on 2/5 usually, definitely not on 5/10.
But I noticed when he is on the table, the amount of open-limp increases substantially.
Mainly because if players do not a premium hand, but a playable hand.
They will open-limp, wait for him to raise, then try to play fit&fold on the flop against him.
I do not think this strategy works well because this LAG is not dumb, when players show a huge amount of aggression. He is able to lay down his hands.
His preflop plays:
Range: any suited (even small or big gap suited), any connected, gappers, pockets and up to premiums of course.
1. He opens raise (min. 10x)
- if someone 3-bets him, doesn't matter how big the 3-bet is (unless it's a ridiculous all in 3-bet), he will call.
- if he has a strong hand (doesn't need to be a premium), he will 4-bet
2. If player(s) limp before him
- He will raise 10-20x 90% of the time.
3. A raise before his act
- He will 3bet (usually $100+) with a decent hand 70-80% of the time.
- He will call the rest of the time.
4. A 3-bet before his act
- He will call 50-60% of the time.
1. He attacks weakness.
- If no one bet before his act, he will bet 80-90% of the time. Usually bet the pot.
- If a bet before his act, he will call 50% of the time and raise 50% of the time, if there is ANY reason he can continue with his hands. (e.g. over cards, backdoor)
- If a bet and call(s) before his act, same as above.
- He will laydown his hand if a substantial aggression before his act (e.g. a bet and a raise), unless he has a very strong hand or big draw.
*Overall, his bets are huge, people play fit and fold against him. So he is able to get away from a lot of spots.
I'm a winning recreation player, play once or twice a week. I make around $4-5000/month in the past 2 years.
He sees me as a TAG. If I show aggression towards him, unless he has a decent hand or big draw. He will let go.
But he did see me play with speculator hands (e.g. 5/6s and wongcouple times aggressively and he made comment about it.
So he knows I do not only play premium or strong hands.
When I was playing 1/3. If I encountered this type of LAG, I usually open my 3-bet and 4-bet range preflop wider.
Also, LAGs like this on 1/3 are usually bad, once you show them you will play back at them. They will slow down.
But on to this LAG, first the stake is bigger, bets and swings are bigger. I saw him one time bought in 8 times on the feeder table while I was playing on the main table. But cashed out $12k that night.