Originally Posted by kissapig
Leave out the micros and freerolls part. It's all I can get in to while there is a ban on American deposits. I start to play excessively loose aggressive hands while waiting, and waiting, to try to look tight. Pick a spot and open shove preflop when there is a chance that whomever follows will fold. Stealing blinds and shoving against a single min raise. That's what I call small ball.
Small ball derives it's term from baseball. Teams that hit a lot of singles, a double now and then and work there way through to score some runs here and there. These teams have to be especially good at defense as they may only score 3 to 5 times in the game. In poker you need a LOT of chips to do this effectively (which we can get into later, once you understand what you are really doing), as the betting will be small as well as the pots.
LONG BALL - is hitting home runs. Knocking it out of the park and looking to score with one swing. Shove, shove, shove.
Now which are you doing???
Disclaimer - yes I know I way over simplified this but if this part isn't grasped there is no point in going further.