back from a weekend getaway to the wonderful city of Portland. (i live in canada)
I'll answer a bunch of questions at once I suppose.
Here's the deal. I play a lot of tables, generally 10-12. I table select very well. Why? I look for fish - Period! I make my money as a professional by bumhunting for fish, and always always looking for the most profitable tables where I am able to play mostly in pots against the fish. I tend to stay away from playing a lot of difficult pots against other regs. Why? Because making $ from fish is 100x easier than regs.
I don't want to sit at tables where I can make a slight profit off weaker regs, when I can ditch the table and find one with a fish, or even two, that are just going to give money away.
This is my style, and it has been for about 6-7 years.
I don't care about winrates, I don't care about becoming a better reg than most of the regs I play with. What matters to me is $ / hour played, it's pure and simple. It's business. I don't care if I'm not a great reg. I'd consider myself better than 50% of regs at my level, one of the main reasons being that I don't tilt away and I tend to not make huge mistakes in my game.
Why come up with tighter ranges preflop? It's easier to play, easier to memorize and it's slightly fewer hands to play. I played with poker stove and basically picked hands that I WANT to play from each position based on how they would play post flop, and the overall value they have. I like a style that's very very tight in UTG/MP, a little looser CO and looser yet from the BTN.
I pick a 'default' range for each position so I know how to properly defend each range from each position properly, so I can't instantly be exploited by better / aggro regs. This is why I picked 35% defence (since historially I have been in the 70-75% fold-to-3bet area which is too exploitable).
I tend to leave tables where there are very aggro regs to my left. Why? It's hard to play against. It increases variance, it can lead to a bit of frustration and the only easy adjustment is to play super tight. That means I'm playing less hands vs the fish. So it's more profitable to find a better table.
Does this mean I play a little like auto-pilot? Absolutely. But I don't mind, since the end result for me in poker is a decent volume, producing a lower variance game and generally extremely consistent resuts.
My red line is brutally attrocious? My blue line is very consistent. My winnings are very consistent.
I'm 32 years old, married, mortgage the whole works. I've been a professional "gambler" since 2005. I don't have a desire to be the next big thing in poker, I don't have a desire to play high stakes, I have no problems just grinding a living from bum-hunting. I hope some of you read this and can somewhat understand my style due to these factors.
Nevertheless, there's always things to learn, and of course I can still make adjustments and learn to play more exploitatively, and learning some regs' weaknesses if they consistently do something very poorly. That's why I'm making posts and asking questions.