How to get to a basic, solid winning game at micro's
I was originally going to just post this in micro thread but it seemed a little big and maybe it's better to make a new thread to keep the micro thread kind of clean and not have this disappear in all the chatting.
I've been working on my game some to become a winner at 25nl and I thought I'd lay some points out here to get a basic, solid winning game that should get you winning at the micros. Probably not that great for 50nl+ as you will need some more fancy play.
Note: this style will get u controlling the pot more and winning more medium sized pots as you're trying to get to showdown more often.
It's a sort of weak-passive type of style.
Here goes and fwiw it's working for me so far (small sample):
- When OR*, cbet 100%
- When called, check 100% of turn when you don't have 2 pair or better
- You can barrel scare card** turns, or check turn and barrel scare card on the river
- When set mining with low and mid pocket pairs, don't continue on low boards, even when they are paired. Just check/fold them if you don't hit your set because you will get in trouble with them.
*OR= Original Raiser (it means you opened the pot preflop).
**Scare cards are mainly broadway cards.
eg.: Hero has AsTh on the button, he raises to steal the blinds, sb calls.
Flop comes 5h3c8d. Hero cbets and sb calls.
The turn is a 6h. As said above, we check and sb checks behind.
River is a Ks, that is a scare card, so we bet because his range mostly includes all low pairs and weak 1 pair type connector hands.
- When being 3bet, only play premiums.
- With QQ/JJ/AK we fold to a 3bet from a full stack
- But we 4bet/shove with them against short/halfstacks
- Obviously 4bet KK/AA
- In bvb* try to get JJ+ and AK in
*bvb= blinds versus blind. But if you are button and think the blinds aren't giving your raises respect, you can probably get JJ+ and AK in there too.
This is a basic, solid style designed to get you out of marginal spots as much as possible. We don't want to be playing hands like AQos to a 3bet because we don't know where we stand even if we do hit. It's just better to fold and not put yourself in the tricky spots. There is enough money to be made playing a straight forward ABC-style of poker, at least at the micros.
I think I covered the basics here. I didn't include a hand chart for positions because I think that has been covered before and most people should not really have a problem with that. At least I don't .
Hope this helps, and if there are faults in here or I forgot some crucial stoff please let us know .