logged a bootyload today. 38 DoN's is a lot for me anyway. i am 8-tabling them now w/ no problems. ROI is 16% through 560 of them. has me up $450ish overall. the ITM is about 60%, give or take a point or two.
i am watching some regs i find during the day, and during the night through sharkscope.
if you read the strat articles, you will find the advice is to sit like a rock and play the bubble with a midstack. i am starting to disagree because it is what EVERY OTHER PLAYER is also doing. the way to make money in poker, from what i have found, is to do THE OPPOSITE of the masses. if they are tight/aggressive, you should almost play loose/passive and let them bluff off all their whiffs. if they are loose/passive, you should run tight/aggressive. and, so on. rocks are great for the maniacs. and, maniacs are great for the rocks and stations. the trick is to know which person is which and adjust yourself accordingly.
although, in these DoN's the trick is more aggression than playing loose or tight. and, the aggression must be timed rather well.
back to my point...sorry. the nitty regs all run <10 vpip. some WAY under. that is what the articles will tell you to do, but it is so wrong. a lot of these players are getting smarter and you cannot simply fold your way to the money.
here are some regs (hiding names of course), their games played, and their ROI's.
XXX 4294 7%
XXX 2885 9%
XXX 1744 6%
XXX 6881 18% (this guy appears good)
look back up for my comparison.
not that i have many tourneys, as compared to these guys, and there are still a lot of players with MANY more played. i will check them tomorrow.
point is: playing 8/4 or 6/5 or 10/8 isnt going to get the job done if you are weak/tight post flop.
here are some tips i have figured out based on reading and a bit of adjusting (not that i am great...not a brag by any means). but, i post them here because no one will find them and i am not educating any fishies...lol. so, if you like any of them, take them for yourself and dont share. shhhhhhhh.
- early stages, play uber tight. premiums only. steal very little. dont cold call ever. dont bluff.
- taking a 200 pot does nothing for you when you will be trying to steal 100/200 blinds later. so, why risk it with dominated hands?
- mid stages, start to steal a bit. look for the super multi-tablers and screw them over. if they dont 3bet you, they will likely fold the flop. they believe in ICM and "fold to the finish." take advantage. if they call you, give up...they have it.
- maintain your stack. you will need it for the bubble.
- dont be afraid of getting aggressive here. if picking on the right people, risk is minimal, and the benefits of taking blinds pays off when you whittle others down a bit causing them to push earlier with speculative crap.
- late stages, must be aggressive now. if you are short, you need chips. if not, you need to be so ridiculously patient it will bore you to sleep. let the others fight. but, generally, push when you want to play pf. and, never call a push unless you have bullets or a super deep stack.
- if you arent last in chips when it is 6-handed, dont play. wait for the blinds to force you to get active. but, when you need to remember: 49o and JTs are still generally a 70/30 dog to AK. so, dont fear getting called. you need to get in first and force them to call you with the goods. they wont call with crap, usually.
when pushing, avoid dominated crap like QJ and KT. i would rather push 46s into a nit. if he calls, i am live. A6o sucks to call raises with so let the others do it.
i see A6o call a 7Jo so often it will scare you. dont be Ahi because it will tilt you to lose to trash. most people dont realize the equity you have with the right ATC. it looks like you took a horrible beat. but, when you run it through pstove, its rarely as bad as it feels. use that in reverse when your M goes under 3.
more later. not that you limit guys care. but, if you want a quick G....try them out. they arent hard. right now 8-tabling is making a 25/50c and 50/1 player about $9.75/hr. i cant beat that on the LHE tables.