Cash Game Strategy @ Micro Stakes
New to this site so just wanted to post my cash game strategy and starting hand selection here to see if I could get a few pointers maybe. I currently play the £0.02-0.04 tables.
OK so I used to play the double or nothing sng's on Bet365
but found them to be some what like a lottery. Mainly as the blinds started to increase to 50/100+ after half an hour or so, short stacked players would start going all in with bad hands, taking a lot of skill out of the game imo, that is why I decided to switch to the cash games.
I like the fact that with cash games the blinds always stay the same and you get longer to make your decision. So I would class myself as a TAG player but am starting to think that maybe I play to tight for the micro stakes.
I also forgot to mention that I play at the 6 seated tables. The hands I play differ a lot due to position but I will try and be as accurate as possible for you here.
So there is 6 of us at a table so if I am in an early position say UTG here are the few hands that I will raise 3bb with, AA, KK, QQ, AKs, AQs, AJs, KQs, AKo. I do not like to raise anymore than 3bb as I do not want to scare everyone off, I just want to narrow the opposition down and build the pot up a little bit.
So now here are the ones I will only flat call with, JJ, TT, KQo, KJs, KJo, AQo, AJo. That's about is and as you can see a few small selection of opening hands for that position.
As we move to the middle postion UTg +1 or +2 I open up my range a little and just do the same as UTG but add these hands to flat call 99, KJo, QJs, A10s, K10s.
Then in late position after I know what everyone else is doing and if there is only me and the blinds left I I will raise all of the hands I flat call with in early and middle position by 2bb. I will limp in with all pocket pairs and most suited connectors. I also limp in with suited aces.
This is my flop play rule, If it hit top pair I will raise it by 100% of the pot, if I hit middle pair I will raise 70% of the pot and if I hit bottom pair I will test the water by raising it 50% of the pot.
I try not to chase flushes or straights at all unless it is cheap to do so and also if the pot is decent enough sized. I do not mind calling a tenth of the pot, so if the pot is £1 I do not mind calling £0.10. However I will not do this very often as as a rule I do not like to chase at all, because if you think over the long term I think you would loose more than you would earn by chasing flushes or straights.
I have been a victim of slow playing so many times that now when I hit something good on the flop/river I always raise by what ever is in the pot sometimes more and if it is called I continue to pot bet. Here is an example of how I have lost slow playing things and trying to maximise profits. Say I have KQ and the flop comes AQQ, I check it expecting who ever I am playing to think I am playing to think that I am showing my weakness and raise me, sometimes this happens and then this one time I remeber an Ace coming next, I check again and they raise, the next card another 2 I think. I check and am then raised again which I call and find they have A10. So my QQQAA was beaten by AAAQQ even though I flopped QQQ and could of put a big raise into take him of his AA before he hit the other Ace.
So that is why I do not slow play apart from the odd times when I am lucky enough to flop a Full House or Ace Flush and it is highly unlikely I will be beat.
That's all I can think of for now, if I have left anything out or anyone has any questions please ask or criticism please fire away. Forgot to add one of my faults is that I am very easily scared off by high raises.
Example if I had say Kh Qd and the flop comes Qh 2s 3c, if I was to act before my opponent I would do my standard pot raise say there was £0.24 I would raise £0.24, imo even if he has a QQ like me my kicker will probs be better than his, Ace being the only kicker than can beat mine but if he where to re raise me to £0.28 doubling my raise I would have to fold putting him on either QA or 222 or 333 or Q2 or Q3. Am I playing to tight or am I write to fold with still 2 cards to come ?
I question myself if I play to tight all the time as a few times when in early or middle position I have regularly folded say 77 or 66 pre flop and then a 6 or 7 has come on the flop which would of gave me trips that not many people would have put me on.
Anyway, please let me know what you think and where I might be going wrong, hope you are all having a good night.