Starting to beat 2nl, I think I know why! Still want advice however.
I have been playing poker since March. I made a post 4 months ago on this forum about conquering my fear of betting, I was not even half the player I am now, but alas im still average at best for my stake.
Here is the thread i posted before
It took me 3 more months until I was able to finally plug some of the leaks which were making bleed alot of money (My worst point was -203 dollars). I want to try and help people who are in the same dilemma I was a few months ago. But I also want some advice, because I know i still have big leaks in my game. I wish to crush the stake rather than merely beat it before moving up (Like Blackrain). I'm winning at aprox 5.01bb, play 100bb, and 9 tables. and I have been able to substain it for this month.
My leaks (as far as I know, correct me if Im wrong about any of it)
The biggest leak I had was calling 100bb flop or turn donk shoves with top pair top kicker in position. At 2nl when someone does this, it means at least two pair almost every time, fish or not. This may seem obvious but you would be suprised how many 100bb stacks you can lose by such calls. Overrating the value of top pair can get you in big trouble, especially in multi way pots. Just lay it down everytime fights back at you, even the crazys. The only time I may call it is when I have AK and im in position. and the board comes something paired like 5,A,5 I would maybe opt to call a donk shove by a maniac. Otherwise im out unless I have some good read.
Not knowing or thinking about my outs, and playing good draws weakly. Outs are how many hands in the deck that can improve your hand, you should take this into account while building a pot and playing in the hand. You should also consider the likleyhood of stacking off if you do hit the out required and how much you can win. I will post a graph i use while playing below. You would be suprised at the percentages if you don't know them already. And people you think made a bad call, were sometimes ahead on the flop because of the amount of outs they had.
Playing In position
Something I really thought I was doing the whole time, but if you were like me, you would be suprised how many times you do it without noticing. Hands like AQ AJ A10, KQ, QJ, they look shiney (especially suited lol) and I would call oop even against tight players betting as high as 16c preflop, and I would get myself into trouble alot. You must really ask yourself if you have been activally trying to do this, have a plan when you call something AQ oop, and think about who you are calling down and what his range is.
Changing game type constantly, and stack size.
This was something I done alot, i switched between 0.80c and 2 dollars and 6max and full ring games constantly. 6 max and full ring are very different games. Stick to one game type and stack size no matter what happens. For me, suffering 1 or 2 bad beats in row would make me change game type or stack size. Also consider the lower the stack size you play, the less hands you should play. Because bigger hands pay off alot less but you will still hit them at the same rate. I never took this into consideration when playing 40bb and bled alot of money.
I never table selected at all, at least I thought i was. Pay attention at who is at your table, if they are All 10/5 nits and the only fish at the table has a stack of 53c and hes got positon on you, leave. I have 9 tables open at any given time, but im always leaving a table and trying to get into a better one with higher stacks and action. Try and get into tables where you have position on fish most hands and the stacks are at least 100bb deep (implying you are playing 100bb stacks)
I have been in tables with 70% players to the flop which I intially thought was good, but was unaware the average stack size was 76cents across all the fish, for example. You dont want to be in a table with stacks this low if you play 100bb. You do want people to call alot, but you want them to pay you off when they do. I could be wrong about this, but I have less success playing against fish with less than 40bb stacks rather than ones with higher than 40bb.
There is alot of players at this stake but its still advisable to mark as many as possible. I mark Reg/nit by red, blue as fish, green as a degen(free money basically) light blue as a bad tight reg (the types who cant lay down top pair) Orange as a good loose agressive and purple if someone is clearly crushing the stake. it helps you understand the table dynamics alot easier, makes multi tabling easier too.
I may be wrong about some of the insights above, I just wanted to contribute some of my thought process before asking for help.
Now im looking for some advice! I will post my pokertracker data for this month. If you need anything else, ask! if you notice any blantant leaks which I assume they probably are, please say! Iam determined to get as good as I possibly can.
Oddly, I have not made any money on the button this month, I have no idea why this is happening and it really concerns me. The - 13 dollars on the blinds also have me very worried, any advice would be great.
Anyways, thanks in advance!