Hello SOP Forum,
I just sent Bart an email, but figured I'd open it up to the forum too in case anyone else had anything to add.
Have you ever covered playing against a LAG? If so, I can just start by listening to that podcast(s). I have access to most of the Dueces Cracked podcasts. Also, if you know a good thread on TPT, or elsewhere (books, vids, etc) lemmeno. I posted something on TPT already hoping someone can point me in the direction of some content.
My specific goal is to play optimally against 1 or 2 of the LAGgier players in my pool. I play 5-5 ($1k max) on the east coast, taking shots at 5-10, and will sometimes drop to a 2-5 game if it is deep. I am a winning player. Here's my general situation:
-It's usually only one at the table at a time. There are 2-3 characters I am thinking of specifically.
-They open wide, from all positions. One seems to like to open from early position for some reason. He plays bigger usually, so I don't think he cares about the stakes. They 3 bet, but not a ton actually.
-Most times, they get at least one caller, usually multiple. This bugs me. The players at the table definitely notice, but their reaction is to start calling lighter. I don't think this is optimal, because the LAG can remain the aggressor, and takes down a lot of raised, uncontested flops. My thought is to shrink my calling range and open my 3 betting range to something like all pairs >88, and suited connectors >89, and most broadway cards. Something like that. Maybe make my 3 bet sizing a little smaller like 2.5x. Thoughts?
-Where's the best spot at the table to sit? At first, I was trying to get exactly left of LAG, but recently reconsidered because I actually like to open a lot of pots, and the LAG was stopping me from doing this. So I ended up playing tighter, and 3 betting more, increasing my variance, shortening my stack size, and generally not playing MY game. I certainly don't want him on my left. So maybe just as far away as possible? Also, there aren't enough 5-5 games to just get up. Thoughts?
-It's worth mentioning these guys aren't fish. I am not sure if they are winning players, but they are experienced, give people fits, and have big swings. They make decent reads and are aware of their image. I actually like them at the table because they induce action, but I tread carefully when in pots directly with them. Very Harry-esque.
Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. If you haven't already covered this, it might be a good idea for a topic. Of course, any hand with Harry involved comes to mind. I subscribe to crush live poker also. I recently saw the ep where almost all hands involved Harry. Good stuff, and certainly relevant to my issue.