Originally Posted by billybeartku
However, I think that the Venetian's plo is more action and crazier as the straddle is almost always on (1/2 and button straddles for 10), so if you're sitting there with 200-300 stack and there's a straddle, it's really really easy to play your big hands fast and not having to worry about post flop tough situation. The Aria game is very loose/passive pre, I literally see 7/10 players have vpip of 95% and just 2% pfr lol.
Just played each several times in the last couple of weeks, and i don't agree with the 2% PFR at all. Very lineup-dependent i suppose.
But the V structure (mandatory $5 bring in; round up to nearest nickel pre; blinds together count as $5; $200 to $1k buy-in) actually is more of a $2-5 game without the $7 in blinds, so it's suitable for short-stacking minus getting your stack eaten up by blinds, sort of the best of both worlds for my learning regimen. If I have $250 in the SB with A
, even with no straddle:
- Venetian: limper, someone else pots to $20, call, now I'm pretty comfortable potting to $90.
- Aria: limp, they pot to $15, call, then I can only pot to $69.
Note that in both cases, i usually found there to be at least one person at the table raising 30 to 50% of hands. Also the Aria forbids straddling in the $1-3 game, I suppose to be newb-friendly?
In both games if you flop the nuts, no redraws, you WILL get paid off by worse.