Sure, we all want to win the big pots, rake
in hundreds, thousand and millions of dollars with each winning hand. The reality however is much different, we all
must learn and develop which means that starting with micro limit games is a
necessary evil. Now don’t be confused,
there is plenty of money and I mean plenty of profit to be made at the micro
limit tables. So what is a micro limit? Basically a micro limit is a game where by the
blind level is structured at anything less than $0.25/0.50. So micro limits or
micro stakes, whichever you want to call them enables players without a major
bankroll to get involved without the fear of losing a bundle of cash. This is where you come in, you may feel that
you are better than this level (and you may be) but with so many fresh and
amateur players floating in and out of these tables, the ability to achieve a
nice profit is staring right at you, think about it, with lots of new players
learning and gambling freely, you can increase your win expectation dramatically. Sure, luck will be more of a factor and the
swings may be greater, but remember that the better player will always win over
the longer period. With this in mind it
is vital that if you are wanting to beat the micro limit games then you apply
and stick to a winning strategy, playing at these levels can often allow you to
become a loose gambler, the theory of it’s only $0.25 or its only $0.75 to
call, why not? Is not a winning strategy.
Leave your ego at the door!!
Now this is the first rule for a
reason. As I explained earlier, the type
of player that make up your opponents at these levels are not playing based on
reads, pot odds and the like, they are gamblers, hoping to hit the 4 outer and
chasing their ever popular flush draw.
DO NOT try to out play them, it is a stack killing strategy to try and
bluff and outwit these players. They are
the gambler who figures they will have a look for $0.75, you cannot bet them
out of a pot. Trying to represent trips
or top two will enviably always get called by a bottom pair flush draw, it just
isn’t worth it.
Don’t try to run
Even if you can run fast, even if you’re
the better player and are levels ahead of these guys, do not run. As a player at a micro table, you will be
chased, and not only by one player but by a mass of players. Your opponents at these tables build their
game around chasing, there are 5 community cards potentially available, they
are going to want to see all of them nearly all the time, regardless of odds
because of the “what if” factor. What if
I hit the only other ace in the deck?
What if a spade comes on the river? They don’t compare losses with wins,
they only see the win. Sure you want and
need your opponents to make bad calls with the lure of hitting their flush on
the river, but make it profitable for you and be able to back your play with a
winning hand, top pair or two pair rarely is good enough at these levels. Pick your hands and be particular, be selective
and only get involved in multiple player pots with a strong hand raking, never
play marginal hands, winning at this level Is a true test of patience and
Come in stacked
With so many loose and gambling players all
on one table, you need to be expecting that there will be a lot of calling and
most all in bets will be forced to a showdown.
Each time you buy in at a table it is so important to buy in for the
maximum, you need this to allow you to profit the maximum from each
situation. Always allow yourself to have
the greatest possible chance to maximize profit by being fully loaded at the
table, by getting all your money in when you are holding the best of it allows
this. With this in mind only ever put
all your chips in play when you are holding the best of it, there is no room
for gamble when you are wanting to win regularly at this level. Obviously you can rarely be holding an
unbeatable hand on the flop but making correct judgments and putting all your
chips in when you are well ahead is the most profitable play.
Ease up coach
Table chat, many love it but it can bring
you unstuck at a micro stakes table. If
you take an horrendous bad beat from player who chased his one outer to the
river (this will happen), don’t vent at them, don’t criticize them because next
time you will actually want them to do the exact same thing against your
flopped set, then you want them to do it again and again and again. You want them and everyone else to do it
every time that the odds dictate they shouldn’t. If on the flop your hand holds an 80% likely
hood of success, why wouldn’t you want them to try and win out on you 20% of
the time, over the long run knowing you will win 80% of the time is fine by me,
how about you?
Don’t be a sheep
When sitting at a poker table, many
different personalities and playing styles are present, this is however not so
at a micro table. The micro table, due
to the low buy and stakes predominately presents you will similar opponents
playing similar styles, mainly gamblers.
Now in these environments it is very easy to follow the leader, become a
sheep and change your game, you won’t do it concisely, it will actually happen
overtime and you won’t even noticed its happened. Limit your play time at the table to one hour
blocks, take regular breaks every hour and refresh, review you play and the
game over that past hour, this enables you to re-group and come back recharged
and refocused, limiting the chance of you falling into the bad habits of your
By the book
I can’t focus enough on how important it is
at these levels to play a tight, solid and by the book game. Tricky and fancy play will only bring you
unstuck at these tables, often the opposition are not good enough to read your
play and work out what your bet sizing and pot size manipulation is actually
trying to achieve, bring your rock solid and bare bones playbook, it’s time to
practice how strict you can be and just how much patience you have.
Got a hand have we?
A micro stakes players will often feel a
lot more comfortable just calling than they will feel raising. With this in mind if a player open raises or
shoot me down re-raises then be prepared for them to be holding a monster. The basis of most micro stakes players is to
see as many flops as possible, hit a huge flop and bet big and take it
down. Majority of your opponents won’t
care less what hand you actually hold, all they are playing is their hand and
the flop, thus the reasoning they often call decent bets and raises with bottom
pair or a dodgy draw.
Ban the Bluff.
Basically this point relates to the earlier
point about playing a bare bones style of play.
Put the bluff away, don’t open that chapter of your play book. Your opponents will not read you, therefore
they will call with draws and bottom pair and catch you without a made hand,
the pot sizes do not warrant the risks involved in trying to win hands using a
bluff. Simply, do not bluff at a micro
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At a regular table it is super important to
represent a certain playing style and then mix it up and manipulate it to suit
certain situations. This is not
important at these tables, do not fear that by playing premium hands and using
basic betting strategies that you will be typecast and your playing style
documented. Players here rarely remember
previous hands, they are even less likely to remember your hands and the hand
history. Just dumb it down and play simple ABC poker, you will be rewarded.
So these are some simple basics for
entering in the micro level games, by no means is this a sure fire and
guaranteed method of success. The key
here is to use the micro level for developing your game, making a profit
although it won’t be huge and test aspects of your game, mainly patience.