How to Play this Home Game? I am getting Frustrated, Should i quit poker?
I have been playing this home game. The SB and BB are .50 and $1. Buy in is $60 to start and No cap for re-buyin. Usually, we will play for good 6-7 hrs. If you see after 3 hours, Most of them would have bought for 200 and have chips atleast $150+ , Some will be playing with very short stack like $40.
Everyone will be limping in with almost with any suited hands and Broadway ( Even the strong hands AA, AK also limps in most of the time by some players). People are playing for set mining and also checking the top pair to trap people.
The elimination bet in here during the beginning of the game is $10+ or else everyone will jump into the pot. The same becomes $30+ during the end game. If I bet 6 during the initial period, It will be a limp fest. The same will happen towards the end of the game with $10 bet. There will be an open raise but very less(maybe 3-4) 3 bet and never a 4 bet. The pots are usually 3 way or 4 way. Heads up are very minimal regardless of the bet. Bluff rarely works, There is always some or the other will be calling you.
As i play less than 30% of hands, I play strongly, Am I? I open raise with core's Tight chart and only 3 bets with AA, KK and QQ, I never go 3 bets with AK as I will have to commit to almost 1/3 of my pot . I limp in with Mid or High Suited connectors and small pairs.
I am mostly beaten by a 2 pair of a drawing flush/straight. I always felt short stacked, I am frustrated waiting to get a monster hand. Playing the waiting game and seeing people open with any suited hands, I start showing that as aggression ( Maybe its what tilt is) with my overpair going all in to make the other fold but get busted.
I know there is a lot, But I'm getting beaten game after game. I love this game and I want to improve this but not sure whatever offline work I am doing is helping me. I have gone through Core Level 2 twice and doing level 2. Also implementing the learning is hard, some time at the heat of the moment i do a lot of mistakes as calling over the pot odds. Neven putting an opponent in a range and just playing with my hands ( when i have premium hands). I am aware of the wet and dry board all the time but don't give thought to the bet sizing for Set mine cards are drawing flushes.
There is one player who beets this game consistently, Some of his big wins came from Hands he called Pre-flop raised pot with and hitting Flush. Pair of 5 even after a heavy bet in preflop and turn and hitting set in turn. He always bets more than pot size when he hit a set or a flush or a strong draw. he never loses big but makes money mostly
I categorize the above player as Loose Aggressive and a maniac player who has good awareness of Board textures. I am completely out of clue when i play against him.Even if i hit my top pair with good Kicker Like AJ and hit my A.. His over bet make me think he has a 2 pair/set /of a flush draw and i fold. Not sure how to crack this and what should be my best strategy to win on the long run against this player.
Also what should be my best strategy in this type of game?