People at micros are calling stations with pretty much any pair or better. Having a good preflop strategy will help you a lot so you don't end up in weird places postflop. I suggest give a try to cash games, some like them others don't and you can't know your opinion without finding it out.
Study and play. Review your hands. Learn discipline. All about time and effort. Even a bad player can become break even or better with a basic knowledge and discipline at micro stakes. Many great learning tools out there, many are free. Be humble and start with the absolute basics. Learn what makes cash game poker different and focus your study accordingly. Also learn how to beat your stake/level, don't play the incorrect game for your stake, ie fancy play syndrome.
it's a different format that you have to learn. you have to watch strategic videos and be inspired by them for your game. personally I do not play on cahs games and I prefer to continue to play on MTT because I make more profits and I suffer less loss on this format.
also play micros and frees, I think we have to try to build a bankroll even if slowly.
but mainly trying to learn poker without worrying so much, it is our place of preparation for the future.
You need to have patience to make any winning. At micro stakes tables other players easily call small bets, so bluffing won't always work. When you bet try minimal 1/2 bets when you have a good hand+flop.
The most time when i make any profit is when other players make stupid fouls like they go all in when they have a straight while i have a flush with an ace. That are the best calls for me.
Learn about the game first. Play at low/microstakes as you do. Read "The Bankroll Builder" and the "The Grinder's Manual" for cash-game strategy at those limits. Practice disciplined bankroll management. A few dollars doesn't seem like a lot, but it's all relative to the size of your bankroll. Also, another great book, "Treat Your Poker like a Business" is pretty solid too. Jared Tindler's "The Mental Game of Poker" is absolutely essential for the cash game grinder. Jonathan Little has a bunch of great content on YouTube aimed at low stakes games as well. I could go on and on but a simple google search "how to be good at no limit cash games" will get you a ton of results to help get you started.
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