In live NLH games (like at a casino), is there much of a difference in the way one would play at a $1-$2 table versus a $1-$3 table?
I'm used to $1-$2 NLH and I see that I have an option for $1-$3 NLH which I didn't take cause I wasn't sure how much of the dynamics of the game that changed or if there would be a difference in the caliber of player (and I speak mostly to the fact that the big blind is now $3 instead of $2 while the small blind has remained unchanged at $1).
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance
flakydorf Poker Apprentice
I've played a good amount live and haven't noticed a change in the skill of players between 1/2 and 1/3. The games do tend to play slightly different though as the stack to pot ratio is often a fair amount smaller. Also, assuming preflop raise sizes are the same you can mathematically defend a bit more from the BB. The largest change I'd make though would be to loosen up quite a bit in position and try to steal the blinds even more than normal, especially if they aren't paying attention.
Thx -- I def. appreciate the input.
If you don't mind me asking -- do you find $1-$2 or $1-$3 to be beatable/profitable over the long run between the rake and people just kind of calling with any kind of pair on the board no matter what?
I found that the lack of strategy makes it more difficult and handcuffs me -- I eke out minor victories but nothing really substantial.
Do you have a good win rate at those stakes (live; not online)?
BuckWild Administrator Poker Pro
I've seen a lot of games switching to the 1/3 or 1/2 with 5 bring-in format...
Played in quite a bit of 1/3 in the past in Vegas and it was quite similar to the 1/2 game besides the obvious bigger max buyin and bigger opens and such...
Do you find them (live $1-$2, $1-$3) profitable and worth it to play in between the rake and sort of "less strategy" involved?
I'm considering $2-$5 but I don't want to jump under the potential false pretense that the $2-$5 will be auto-more profitable and worth it.
flakydorf Poker Apprentice
I've found the games to be extremely beatable. The caliber of player is such that they'll often chase without the odds, they are extremely predictable in their own betting patterns, and you're able to bluff them when they don't hit their draws. You can play extremely exploitably but make a good profit because as a rule players dont adjust. Examples of this are raising larger preflop with your strong hands, betting when checked to in position, stealing blinds every orbit etc.
Thx flakydorf -- I appreciate the honesty.
Unfortunately I guess that means that I still don't have the skill/talent/experience to win at those stakes yet in the live arena. I'll keep studying/practicing.
EZGAME Poker Trainee
At the live small stakes games lag it up a little bit more than normal, respect all OLD peoples raises, and be aggressive. Profit.
My apologies for the late response -- I just saw your post.
I def. appreciate the advice. I think my main problem is that I'm way too conservative. Maybe I'll experiment with being a little more loose-aggressive in late position and on the button; get a little more aggressive post-flop if the opportunity looks right.
Thx for the advice
maloosak Poker Newbie
I think in casinos allowing deep stack 1/3 such as the Bea in Biloxi or Harras in New Orleans, the games are very profitable. In those games, you should really know your players. Don't underestimate the players just because they are at at 1/3 game. At Bea Rivage, I generally play the 1/3 with 750 to 1000 BB. Most fish sit there with 100 BB or even less, but your profit comes from unsufisticated players who are deep and overestimate their own play.