I have been playing live 1/2 NL in local casinos for about 5 years now. For a while I thought I was doing fairly well but in the past two years I've lost about half of the money I had made and I can't seem to make any stride. In fact, except for occasional good size wins due more to luck than skills I've been losing an average of 7 or 8 BB per hour. I've been training regularly on this website for almost two years with decent results (I'm averaging a 110 poker IQ with over 40 BB wins per hundred hands. What I find is that at a live game I tend to be tighter that a lot of players and that I don't see as many flops as I'd like to. However, I cannot resign myself to calling 6 or 7 BB raises with small or medium pocket pairs or medium suited connectors, even with 4 to 1 in pot odds. I've also tried various raising approaches when dealt good pre-flop hands: 3 or 4 BB, which gets me a lot of callers, or 7or 8 BB which narrows the field to 1 or 2 opponents but leaves me with very expensive C-bets. Nothing seem to work. People call with all sorts of crappy hands (like 8 9 offsuit) but somehow end up hitting hard while i'm completely in the dark as to what their holding is.
Has anyone experienced this issue and figured out a way to handle these loose passive players in a cost effective way?
Any input would be appreciated at this point. Thanks
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