What kind of hands do you use to balance your limp-raising strategy in loose live games where nobody folds to the first raise? (From any position, limping or flatting with bad AA) I have been trying with some AsQsTx types hands. What do you think of that and do you have any other ideas to suggest.
Depends a lot on your effective stack size, and how wide the other players are raising/iso-raising you. The shorter you are, the less you need to “balance” really, and can just go for pure value (AA, good KK, good A high rundowns). If you are 100bb+ you can add hands that do well if the raiser ends up having AA himself and also cover some boards your AA heavy range would otherwise perform very poorly on (JT9,987,765,etc). Hands like J987ds, QT97ds, KJ98ds, and some A semi-connected hands like AT76ds and AJT7ds will perform quite fine both getting called by one or more players or getting 4bet.
The aforementioned AQTx hands have the big problem of performing very poorly vs AAxx and generally not giving you a lot of board coverage you didn’t have already (broadway boards are generally quite decent for your limp/raising range anyway). Focus on double suited and connected/semi-connected hands that do fine vs AA and can dominate some of your opponent’s hands postflop too (wouldn’t recommend limp/raising something like 8754ds too much for that reason).