Originally Posted by K2AA72
There's a lot of factors going on.
- It's a live game and playing 20/18 in a live game is a lot more boring than online
- It's televised, so they can cultivate a loose image not just at the table, but worldwide.
- They are deepstacked and playing "speculative hands" in a deepstacked game is good, because while playing the hand would be bad in a 100bb cashgame would be a mistake, if your implied odds are potentially 500+ bb it might not be a mistake.
- Related to the third point: If there's (a) fish at the table playing looser preflop becomes more profitable because the fishes postflop mistakes will be both absolutely and relatively bigger...
EDIT: just saw that I named almost the exact same 4 points as post #2, that's what happens when you grunch...
it's the implied odds when playing so deep that make play with almost ATC possible (i.e. David 'Viffer" Peat). and even better with suited and or connected cards.
When playing suited connectors (or even non suited), 1/2 gappers etc., you need very good implied odds to make it profitable over the long term, and when you are over 200BB's deep, your are getting those implied odds.
It's can also be easier to play those hands postflop (esp. if you are a good reader like most of the pros on HSP). either you hit the flop hard, or you let it go if you encounter any real resistance.
I often see people in tournaments call or raise with hands like 89s, 9Ts, JT, 68s, 69 etc.. etc... and that is just a mistake when the effective stacks are less than 20BB's. there is no way those type of hands will be profitable in the long run with such shallow stacks.
if you are learning and don't understand implied odds or effective stacks, then look it up (or ask)