Originally Posted by Pafkata
It's standard to be ready to put your entire stack in SNG when you have top pair with top kicker or overpair, but cash games are different...
AK on a A73 flop is vulnerable and you should be happy to pick it up without resistance. Give credit to people for big hands and fold often. Micro cash players make lots of mistakes,so you actually win when you have a better hand and they pay you off... There's no need to outplay them. If you get raised on the flop - it's better to fold your top pair and give them credit for a better hand. You lose extremely small pot and move to the next hand. It's that simple.
You have the Bankroll for 2/5c games and I'd recommend to skip 1/2c and go directly to 2/5c tables. Never ever play a big pot with one or two pair hand if someone has raised you on flop or turn - more than 70% of the time -> they will have something that beats your top pair.
Focus on hitting sets,straights & flushes and put your stack in the pot
^ this is way too general, sorry. And if you do this it will be exploited, at least at 20NL.
Stoxpoker has a very good course on ABC poker, start with that and you won't regret it.
Now, you have to look at the types of players at those levels, there are alot of nits, alot of tags, and a large number of maniacs. Not too many lags.
If you start just 1 or 2 tabling, you'll be able to read them quite nicely and adjust accordingly.
Another obvius thing that somehow people left out, is blind stealing and continuation betting are hugely important, much more than in an SNG (disregarding the end-game there.) Also bluffing
, but that depends on the type of player you are.
I would start at 10NL and move down to 5NL if I lost 5 buy-ins.