Originally Posted by Henry Minute
It is true that the levels of donkishness are far higher at lower stakes and even more so in freerolls.
With respect to the 7-2 thing in particular, I think it is because of the desire to be able to tell people that they have won playing it. They of course don't realize that going all in with it is not 'playing it' it is simply playing bingo.
I'm disagreeing. I have very close friends that are otherwise pretty smart people, but they suck at poker.
We used to play live (we ended up stop doing it because there were 2 people at the table that actually wanted to play by the rules against 5 or 6 who didn't even wanted to play using position, so everyone would talk out of order and eventually it got into a big mess) and I used to play against these 3 or 4 guys who you'd just sigh playing against. And 2 of them ended up going online and losing in their first section that lasted for 30 minutes, tops.
Most people at microstakes (including these guys I'm talking about) have a philosophy that any 2 cards can win. They don't want to boost about it, they just KNOW that 72 can flop 777, and it can. I got my AK all-in called by a J2 and lost to a 2 in the River. Albeit it's not a bad beat since I was never a big favorite, it goes to show the mentality. One of my friends actually came up to me after this hand and said "You only win online because people fold too much, and they don't know that every hand can win".
Another one of my friends would fold when he could check because he claimed "It's much easier this way", even if he had 2 overcards and a gutshot.
The mentality of these guys is that poker is not a game of skill (unless when they win). It's a game of luck. So when they win, they say they are pretty good, when they lose, they say the deck is against them. These folks are abundant in microstakes.
I also had a hard time adjusting to micros, because I was used to live 10€ BI tournaments where people actually played. Changing from that to online micros killed me. I got a $4 all-in with KQ in a KQ4 flop and lost to one of those guys with AT and then had him laugh at me. It's not abnormal by any means. He drawed to a gutshot with less than 2-to-1 odds
, so I did my part.
At micros everyone want some action. The PFR of most players is around 70-90%. They are there to play and have fun. They are gamblers, not players. General recommendation is that you play tight, follow pot odds
, and get it in with the best of it. They will call you with anything, and most of them won't bluff or make huge bets. But they will call huge bets, so don't slowplay and don't bluff. Just wait for good hands, go in with them, play fit-or-fold without any fancy plays. Standard reads (for example, if a player is nitty or too tight) are good: you can try c-bets against very tight players Heads-Up, but even this is risky.
Word of advice, stay away from micro Zoom. You'll get the same maniacs raising constantly pre-flop, so you are forced to play fit-or-fold with an extra bet in there.
Best of luck!!