This is a discussion on From Freeroll Cash to NLHE Micro Cash within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; I have had this problem, i dunno, about 10 thousand times. I will constantly cash in long drawn out freerolls on almost any site, but
I have had this problem, i dunno, about 10 thousand times. I will constantly cash in long drawn out freerolls on almost any site, but then the payoff isnt much to start a bankroll with. So i'll go straight to a cash game, either NLHE or PLO, to try and make it into enough to get into a few tournaments. However, I have almost never made it to like even $3. I simply dont understand how to play a decent micro cash game when nobody folds. Its basically like im playing roulette or black jack or just flushing money down the drain. I mean i understand i should have a higher bankroll in order to play cash, even at the micro level, because if not its just gambling. I have also tried to play tournaments, but generally you will only have enough to play about 3-4 tournaments tops. So, is there any advice on what to do when you cash a freeroll and try to play a cash game? I have had a great deal of success playing high stakes tournaments and even higher cash games, but when it comes to low stakes cash i might as well flush the money down the drain. Even if i get in good, really good, like 80/20 omaha good, 90/10 holdem good, nothing seems to ever hold or get me anywhere. Does anyone have any advice as to what to do whenever i actually cash in my freerolls? Im guessing most are going to advise me to win several freerolls before playing anything else, which is the wise move, but it just is too tempting even at low stakes to try and make my 4 hours of work into something more than $1 or $2.
10th May 2016, 4:13 PM
The inevitable problem of not having enough money to make enough money.
A couple of suggestions for you (I am sure many more will follow).
1. When you are playing your micro stakes cash games, adopt a strategy that will win you more often than you lose. Playing premium hands and raising the right amount in the right position and re-raising when you are raised and have a premium hand. There are loads of strategy articles around that will guide you on the detail of how to play in this way.
2. Why not buy into a low stakes tournament instead. If you are good at tourneys, give the lower stakes ones a try. People will of course bang on about bankroll, but the detail is down to you. If you start with nothing you have nothing to lose. But you will get frustrated as you keep losing doing the same things.
3. Do some more reading about how to play each type of game. Cash is different to tourney. adopting and adapting your game is important. either way, don't get caught with mediocre hands and remember that bluffing at micro stakes is usually pointless, cos the players there generally don't understand that you shouldn't be able to win with 72o but will call regardless; and then hit the board with a winning hand.
Hope this helps a little.
10th May 2016, 5:35 PM
Poker at: TERMINAL
re: Poker & From Freeroll Cash to NLHE Micro Cash
10th May 2016, 9:46 PM
Online Poker at: ACR
Of course a bankroll is extremely important. Without a bankroll, any downswing will start you back at 0 again, but if you have a proper bankroll you can always recover from a downswing if you play right. Keep playing freerolls until you have a very minimum of 10 buyins for cash. But really should have 20 or more buyins for cash.
You can play microstakes tournaments but from what I've heard those are even higher variance.
So I think you should stick it out and keep playing freerolls until you've made enough to have a proper bankroll.