Originally Posted by holmfries
What are some good resources to learn live shorthanded play for mid-stakes games? I feel like online plays so different that a lot of what is on 2+2 doesn't apply. Situations I'd like to understand are full ring games that suddenly go 4-5 handed and how to adjust.
I wonder if your issue is that in online games you see people adjust to shorthanded spots by becoming more LAGTAG and in many live spots you see even reasonable villains adjusting by occasionally spewing, the old NITspewLAG? Basically, the default reads you see good micros players make don't apply because the villains aren't adding in hands one at a time off a logical ranking of hands, they just sometimes decide to three bet and win a pot with 54s or just never fold the BB when the table gets down to X.
Playing online and getting to be a good/confident shorthanded player would give you the skill to adjust to whack-a-mole ranges. I'd follow BBB's suggestions with SH DeucesCracked vids and WITHG -- anything BBB does is good, a lot of old stuff (5's a crowd) is still relevant. Your live player will be different, so you end up having to adjust to his leaks. BTW, being solid then randomly spewy isn't that bad a strategy 4 handed.
In the short term, think about all the hands your villain may have. Look at each street and ask if you can just commit to showdown (at least on some future boards). If you can, be aware of lines that turn your hand into a bluff -- that's bad. Hands become easier once they have showdown value, like hands in NL where you have committed. If your villain starts having a lot of ??? hands in his range, he becomes harder to value bet (unless he calls down T high) and somewhat easier to bluff. Last advice would be to avoid building large pots early with hands you can't show down.
Heck, all that advice applies to FR.
Poker is poker.