At the 2-4 limit, you won’t see any professionals. If you think the person is a shark, he or she isn’t. I can guarantee it.
Why? Because if you’re playing professionally you simply won’t make enough money at the 2-4 dollar tables over the long haul to make it worth your effort. And if you’re a professional and can’t compete at the higher tables, you’re really not all that much of a professional anyway.
That’s not to say there’s any shame at playing 2-4. I’ve played everything from nickel-dime to 20-40 and if your goal is to just have fun, then that’s what you’ll do. All I’m saying is to not be scared of the sharks. They aren’t there.
What will happen at the 2-4 tables is that you’re going to have to show down the best hand to win. $4 isn’t going to get anyone out of the hand if he’s that curious to see the next card. My best advice: play better hands and you’ll win more often. It sounds so simple as to be almost ridiculous, but it’s the only way to play. Still, with more people in the hand, you can start playing small pairs and Ax suited in early position knowing that you’ll have more players in and that raises the pot odds for you.
This doesn’t mean you can’t bluff either. Just know when to pick your spots. Here’s a really great one that works at all levels but especially at the hard to bluff low limits.
You’re in the blinds, see the flop and it’s been checked around. Turn card comes and it pairs up the board, especially the top pair.
Bet. Even if you have nothing, bet. I can’t tell you how often you’ll get the table to fold for that bet. Why? If they have something and they’re in mid to late position, they would have bet, right? They didn’t. They have nothing. Even if they think you’re bluffing, they can’t call you knowing that they have nothing themselves and it takes a really tricky player to raise-bluff, something rare in the 2-4 games. So they’ll fold.
Or they’re on a draw and will call you. Bet the river. If the draw didn’t come in, they’ll fold.
I’d recommend actually some of the festive places for 2-4. The excalibur used to have a wheel you spun for prizes if you lost with AA or KK. They might still have it. That’s a good way to make money right there. But, overall, the Bellagio is the way to go. Great poker room and you can watch the 200-400 games from afar.