Playing in really soft games can be a bit confusing. You see everyone around you playing terrible hands, bottom pair scooping $300 pots, and no end in sight. This episode discusses five tips for playing better in these insane games by answering a question that was sent in. Matthew G asks:
I have started playing some local live cash games where the players are absolutely shocking but have money to burn. It is basically just a crapshoot and none of them seem to even care that they are throwing their money away.
Can you recommend some general guidelines for tackling these sorts of tables. It seems like a hugely profitable opportunity but I need some advice on overall strategy.
A soft game doesn’t mean you can sit back, relax, and rake in the profit. You’ll need to play your A game just as much as in a tough game, or you’ll be leaving value on the table. Plus, losing in a soft game can be tilt-inducing like nothing else, so don’t let your guard down.
FIVE TIPS FOR BEATING SOFT POKER GAMES
SplitSuit’s tips for maximizing value at a soft game fall into five categories:
Stay Focused On Value
- Play a strong range vs. opponents playing too many hands
- Bet for value
- Take advantage of implied odds
- 3-bet lighter than normal vs. marshmallow players
Bluff Less (But Still Look For Bluffs)
- Fewer opponents folding in soft games
- Don’t auto-C-bet bluff when you miss flops
- Keep looking for bluffs, but be more selective
Bet Size Better
- Tend toward 2/3rds or pot-sized bets vs. marshmallows
- Exploit inelasticity with larger bet sizes
- Don’t worry about bad players noticing your bet sizing
Keep The Atmosphere Light
- Whatever you do, keep ’em smiling and setting money on fire
- Being fun and social will help with the boredom of playing tighter
- Don’t make any negative remarks, keep a positive attitude
- Make conversation, reply to questions, be friendly
- Don’t let others make the game less fun
- Whatever you do, stay focused and friendly
- Expect suck outs and make sure you have a plan for not tilting
Want some more tips on this subject? SplitSuit wrote even more about this topic and gives some specific preflop advice for dealing with a table full of spewy players: Adjusting To Fishy Tables
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