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  • How do you pick tables

    I never bothered to pick tables to play, well no really true. I pick the lowest average stacks. I've been doing pretty descent without being picky with who I play Played with regulars, Supernova's and they don't scare me Played 53,885 hands since Jan 1st, profit of $395.37 and a BB/100 of 1.89 But what I want to know, is what are the criterias you would look for? I've been looking at my PT3 table tracker and I have no clue where to start looking. Any help would be appreciated umbup:

  • #2
    I don't use it, but some people have this add-on for HM2:

    It uses your database to recognize fishy tables so that your skill edge is confirmed before you sit down.

    I used to colour-code players whom I recognized as good regs so that when I looked at a table in the lobby, I could see how many good players there already were at that table. If there were more than I was comfortable with, I'd just pass on that table.

    If you do table select , it can improve your overall game, but from what I've read it does become very cumbersome and time-consuming if you mass multitable and try to switch tables once the fish leave. If you play lots of tables, all the time spent jumping from one to the next and waiting for the blinds adds up, and it can split your focus from your play.

    I think I've read Cookies talk about this subject before, and I think I might have gotten some advice on the topic from him awhile back. I'm sure a few people will have other tips to add.


    • #3
      Depends on how I feel like playing for that session.

      I look for three things.

      1.) Players to flop - Im looking for at least 25% and I tend to like it to be 35%+
      2.) Average pot - This stat needs to be high as well
      3.) I look at hands per hour - I like it to be around 70 or higher,not to high because that means they are not playing medicore cards.

      Pretty much it for basics.
      At 10NL I tend to leave if I have regs on either side of me or 4 per table.
      5NL I dont care and 2NL I start my own tables and sit with the other table starters to catch the donks on my own tables and then leave the other table. Its cheap but if you start your own tables you will pick up on people doing that to you as well. Its a way to hide your table from the donk that wants a quick double so he can play a tourney.I know I know,but you got to do what you got to do,


      • #4
        Here is my take on this fwiw:

        Things I look for at 2NL, 5NL:

        1. Players per flop. High as possible. At these levels there are usually plenty over 40%, certainly over 30%.

        2. At least a couple of "Single tablers". When I open a table I like to 'find player in search' to see how many tables each player is currently playing. Some hide from this search but many don't. I find that most of the real beginners/fish are only playing one table. I colourcode these immediately as potential fish, and will rarely sit at a table with fewer than 2 of them.

        3. Hands/hr. If this is too high (120+), it can often be that the stats are from when the table was 2 (or 3) handed and it has just filled up. This makes me less keen to join.

        4. Short waiting list. Much better chance of getting in while the fish are still there if there are not half a dozen regs already waiting in line for them.

        5. Average pot size. Higher is probably better, but I give this factor a very low priority. A table with high players per flop and low pot size sounds like there is a lot of limping and checking down going on. Could be loose passive heaven.


        • #5
          Hey All! I try to look for a couple of things. First is % to the flop... the higher the better, as that means that the table is playing loose. The second is the average pot size.... the higher the better here too, as that means that the table is being more aggressive. I really don't look at the player's statuses at the table. I've seen some novas that are not very good and I've seen some bronze star players that are very, very good. Hope this helps.umbup: John (JWK24)

          6 Time Bracelet Winner


          • #6
            hi Gamers

            1. i look all stacks.

            2. if small table i observe 10-20 hands before seat.

            3. always control prefloop % s.


            • #7
              I don't care who I play against as long as they have decent size stacks. umbup: 80+ BB on average stacks



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