re: Poker & Table management strategies?
Picking the right tables to sit at can be as important as what level you are playing at. You need to look at how many see the flop, average pot and hands per hour. You will need to learn how to interpret those to see if you want to sit at the table to begin with.
A high % of players seeing flops means that you are having to outchase several players each hand. AA when facing 3-4 opponents will only win about 50% of the time. This can make a big difference in hand selections. I will play alot more suited connectors since the odds
will be there more often to call and pay off when they hit the straights or flushes.
Average pot size can tell you how many people on the table stick to their hands after the flop. A high % see flop and low pot size means several see flops but don't stick around much. A high ave pot size means that once people are in a hand they will all see them to the river.
Hands per hour can help tell you how many showdown are seen. An aggressive table won't see many showdown/river cards so you can get more hands done in an hour.
You should pay attention to all of these and see what kind of tables fit best for your style of play. Example for NL tight/aggressive players is you want low % seeing flop, high average pot and low hands per hour. I think you would want a fairly tight table with players seeing the flop around 25% (hard to find in micro games). You are playing pairs and big cards so you want to be against one or two players. A high average pot means that some players are making loose calls but can also mean maniacs going all-in. Hands per hour will tell you if these are calling stations or maniacs. Maniac tables will have a hands per hour in the high range since people are forced to fold faster and loose callers will see more turns and rivers so the hands per hour will be lower.
Learning these will help max your profits because you are now sitting at tables that are more suited for your style and not wasting time on tables not as profitable for you. You just need to pay attention to the stats when you sit at a table and learn what works best. You may find yourself joining a waiting list to get to the table you want but it is worth it if make more money.