I'm pretty new to FLH having played quite a lot of NL online in the past, both in Sngs and cash games. A lot of the videos I've watched here on DC mention the rake as being a factor to influence some of your decision making processes but don't (as far as I can see) go into detail very much about how to alter your style of play based on site, stakes, etc. As far as I can gather playing on Stars as I do the rake isn't as severe as as on other sites but I would appreciate some advice on the following areas:
Game selection: At 1/2 I am pretty much tableselecting the tables I see with the highest players to the flop and then sticking with the table if I see at least 1 player making preflop mistakes or buying for lowish amounts and not reloading. Are these games good enough to be playing with the amount of rake I pay per hand or should I be really strict and only play when I have a good seat on the fish or when there are 2 fish.
Opening/Isolating/blind defense ranges: Looking at the preflop ranges danzasmack suggested for small stakes FL in 2008 in 'The Price is Right' I am naturally playing a fair bit looser mostly in steal/defend situations as I feel I can make better postflop decisions than my opponents for the most part. I would like to know whether this is reasonable with rake considerations and what danzasmacks (in my view) fairly nitty ranges in those spots were based on. Was it that you have to play very tag in almost all low stakes games as rake is so high, or that playing this tight was far better rewarded in 2008 as games were in general far more loose passive in general and you got paid with strong hands more often.
I'm assuming that playing 1/2 having slightly tighter ranges in general is going to be better than in some of the 5/10-15/30 videos I've had a look at but if anyone could possibly make up some examples of how to quantify these adjustments it would be great. For example could you tighten a CO stealing range from K6s to K7s/K8s.
As you can see I am not sure where to draw lines for myself considering that I have to compare wanting to play looser to make more postflop decisions against relatively weak players, to wanting to play tighter as I have to pay a higher proportion of the pot in rake. Any advice in these areas is welcome bearing in mind that I'm more looking for practical advice on how to approach situations rather than a list of numbers of how many BB/100 I have to pay in rake at each stake. Frankly I wouldn't have the faintest clue about how to use that information practically.