Live game question

accessdeniedx2accessdeniedx2 Red Chipper Posts: 35 ✭✭
I play mainly home type games that are open to the public, but on the down low.

I recently went to a casino and played. It was pretty wide ranges. 3 bets were only aces or kings though. Bets were 8$ in 1/2. A bunch of older guys. It just seemed ABC poker. Any bet was top pair or better. I watch some vlogs that talk about good and bad tables. I always wondered what that meant. Is this an example?

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  • TheGrindersCookbookTheGrindersCookbook Merrimack, NHRed Chipper Posts: 68 ✭✭
    I think what you experienced is typical for my local casino games here in New Hampshire. The 3-bet ranges are super narrow, so I would tend to agree with that assessment. Personally, I don't think that good vs bad can be summed up with ABC style poker, My idea of a good game starts with the people around me and if i am enjoying the atmosphere. ABC can make you money at most of these games, but theres always an exception. I would classify bad tables as either super tough opponents or super annoying opponents who insult the other players style. Thats just my opinion though.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,027 -
    I think a useful definition of a good table is one at which you can quickly determine what your opponents are doing and develop the perfect exploit, I personally try to avoid short stacks.
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  • MichaelBMichaelB Red Chipper Posts: 211 ✭✭✭
    I play mainly home type games that are open to the public, but on the down low.

    I recently went to a casino and played. It was pretty wide ranges. 3 bets were only aces or kings though. Bets were 8$ in 1/2. A bunch of older guys. It just seemed ABC poker. Any bet was top pair or better. I watch some vlogs that talk about good and bad tables. I always wondered what that meant. Is this an example?

    The poker room I play in is the only one in the city and on the busiest night of the week will have 61 tables open, which includes a spread of $1/2-$5/10/20 NLH, $1/3-$5/5 PLO and whatever tournament is running at the time.

    So not only are there very different games going on, but depending on the night, you get a very different player pool showing up.

    Some nights, I'll be the only serious poker player on the table, other nights there'll be 6 of us on one table with all the 3betting and squeezing that entails. You don't get too many fish on the weekdays, but still plenty of bad regs.

    For any of these to be a 'good' table, you need to know how to exploit the line-up to your advantage.

    The only table I consider bad is when there are at least half nits and the rest bad regs who are trying to be winning players. A table like that is still profitable, but it'll just take longer and will require you getting a lot looser and more aggressive than you normally would.

    If you think going card dead the minute a maniac sits down at your table is frustrating, that's nothing compared to running like god on a table full of people who don't ever pay you off.

    In general though, don't automatically shoot down a table full of old guys playing ABC, give it at least an hour before deciding whether to change it up, OR play like maniac for an orbit to shake their games up a bit.

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