Sometimes a table is just too juicy to leave – even if you’re starving! PartyPoker recently gave me $30 to play with online and I’ve been playing the $0.10/$0.25 NL ring games and doing well. I sat down at the table with $20 and my own ‘strategy.’
The idea I play ring games with is really loose preflop and tight aggressive post flop. What that means in simpler terms is I love to see flops and will call raises with hads like 75 suited, but if I don’t hit it big I’m out…but when the flop comes down 4 5 5 then you had better watch out. The beauty of this style is that when you flop a big hand you’re often against a higher pocket pair, not to mention players who can’t get rid of them…
Side note: I just played a hand with Q10 and the flop came down Q 10 10 and bet out $2. The player to my left raise to $6 and I reraised to $12… he called! The turn brought the Jack and I thought (hope he has AK) and bet $16… he raised all in for $4 more and I called, he lost and mucked AK! Seeing lots of flops loses you respect, and that’s a good thing in cash games, and then when you hit a huge hand you can get paid off handsomely. With that hand I’m up to $130, so it is definately working.
One player in particular leading up to this has given me $70, at least. I beat him with my 75 suited against his KK and he doubled me up. A few hands later I knocked him out again when I had AQ, two pair and he had QJ two pair.
Later I had 97 and called his raise and the flop was 9 7 4, I raised his bet to $3 and he called, the turn was an ace. He checked raised me all in and I called. He ended up mucking KQ high, drawing dead. The beauty of my table image (even though I’m winning alot they think I’m just lucky) is putting that guy on tilt. I’ve been wise not to say anything in the chat box about him blowing up, but he’s obviously mad enough at me not to respsect any of my bets, even though they are huge overbets, guess I won’t complain.
Next time you’re in a cash game try the loose style preflop, catch a few lucky flops and get paid off. When most of your big pots come from seemingly ‘lucky’ hands (while in reality you’re playing so many it is only a matter of time until you catch something) the table will lose respect for you and start calling a lot of your bets, good luck!