Originally Posted by ggnoobs
You can learn a lot by being a nit.
When you actually try to play nitty and "exploitable" you will see that your tight image makes players less likely to try to bluff you in many spots.
Simply put, this will make it easier for you to learn how to assign & narrow ranges down since there's less craziness involved in general. You won't have to worry about players adapting to your incessant plays, trying to trap you all the time, and all the leveling and game flow considerations.
You will also come to realize, in a very controlled fashion, which spots really suck even for nits, which will make you better at lagging it up.
I agree with this. I'd rather start out being a nit and bum hunt than being a LAG and play against the army of regulars. If you want you can always shift gears later and play a different style or open a new account(at a different site) and establish a new image. If you can find fish in today's games, it won't matter if you are a nit or LAG, they'll still consider you a worthy adversary.
However, you are talking about optimal playing style in general. In that context, being loose is a lot better than being tight for sure. I mean if I could not bum hunt, someone like me(a nit, for instance) would be forced to play looser until my money runs out(which is a scary thought). It is simply almost impossible to stay above even playing a nit style if you could not game select well in today's games.
I actually think that a player who masters every style, Rock/TAG/LAG/(may be even Maniac), while his or her stats look and seem somewhat sane, like between TAG and LAG probably has the most optimal style. That's what I notice when see so called big winners online. That style is almost a mystery imo, because it's always changing and I have a hard time figuring out what dictates the change; crowd, mood swing, or weather perhaps? It's the fact that they can shift gears and play a unpredictable yet a balanced style that makes them so successful. At least, that' my impression.