This is a discussion on Cash Game Stakes Question within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; I have played poker for about 2 years on and off for fun with the freerolls some sites offer. Recently I decided to take the
I have played poker for about 2 years on and off for fun with the freerolls some sites offer. Recently I decided to take the game seriously instead of just messing around. I have started studying, reading, and watching to improve my game. I have played a little in the micro stakes from the $.01/$.02 up to the $.25/$.50. My question is about gameplay and competition. Have you guys noticed if there is a certain point where gameplay starts to become more traditional or is the gameplay wildly erratic at all levels? As I consider myself a newbie when it comes to poker, at what level have you guys had success as a starting player? I am not expecting to make a profit or even break even at this point in my poker career. I would like to know at what stakes would be the best to work on my game to become a better player. Common sense would say to start at the $.01/$.02 tables, but common sense doesn't always equal reality. Any input you guys have would be greatly appreciated.
10NL is fine level to start if you have the poker experience before and fine bankroll (I would guess 50BI minimum and enough to fill it up if you lose given online is new to you), that said 'erratic' is not the reason to skip 2NL or 5NL and you find 10NL erratic too. Problem with 25NL is that many villains probably see you 'erratic' there; hopefully at 10NL not that many feels so about you. If game would not be erratic sometimes, no-one would make profit in long term due rake.
14th November 2017, 10:35 AM
Poker at: pokerstars
The rule of thumb when it comes to cash games is only move up stakes when you have leaned to beat the stakes you're currently at that your bankroll will permit.
And related to your question, bluffs don't work unless you know you can pressure your opponent into folding, which rarely happens in the micros.
14th November 2017, 11:06 AM
Online Poker at: pokerstars
if you want big win, then you must play at higher stakes :P
14th November 2017, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by Wgorham
I have played a little in the micro stakes from the $.01/$.02 up to the $.25/$.50.
You played at 50NL and continue to ask these newbie questions? I can't beat 5NL, very different from 2NL, % of fishes and madmen falls tenfold...
14th November 2017, 8:05 PM
Anatoliy Tolik 
re: Poker & Cash Game Stakes Question
In cash games you have to choose a bet that will not be difficult for you financially if you lose. It's better to train in tournaments like me with small buys
15th November 2017, 1:27 AM
@TryTo not 50nl I don't have the bankroll to play that. 25 cent/50 cent games a few times. I have openly admitted that I am a relative newbie to poker. As a newb it seemed to me that 25 cents and 50 cents was not that much money. As a newb that was less money than games I have played in person. Little did I know how quickly the online game moved opposed to a live session. So any help is appreciated. Thank you to everyone that has replied!