Originally Posted by bob_tiger
And last most important thing is the intention of our 3-bet, it's very profitable and to balance your range to 3-bet people with weaker mediocre hands but you have to always consider the person you are 3-betting,
I think it is most profitable to play quite straight foward and not worry about balancing your range at all @ micro stakes. The players simply will never ever catch on partly coz you won't have much history, but mostly because they just aren't going to be good enough to make any correct adaptions (don't think you see this until at least nl100). So that means you 3B light players who either have wide opening ranges and but don't call 3Bs that light and even players who have a tight range, but have a super tight 3B calling range, coz they aren't comfortable playing in 3B pots without a monster and coz since they themselves are tight, they will give your 3B alot of credit. So you should cbet all day vs ppl who will fold and you should not cbet vs a loose passive player who will never fold the flop if you know your hand is unlikely to get to showdown ahead. You should steal the blinds of a nit 100%, but not bother vs an 80/2.
But in general, i don't think you should try to 3B light until at least nl50. The main focus of a micro player IMO should be to concentrate on good straightfoward tight play, paying great attention to range analysis (preflop and every postflop street of every "player type" - for instance with what type of hands is a 40/20 fish cold calling preflop, how wide are they continuing on the flop (gutshots, bottom pair, etc.), do they fold any of their flop range on the turn and if so how much?, etc. and from this range analysis learn how to get thin value when you know villain is calling light. I wouldn't focus much on trying to bluff, coz micro stakes players leak horribly because they call too much, so you are better off learning how to get thin value and that will put you miles and miles ahead when you start to move up (and then you can focus on trying to learn how to bluff alot more, as the games get more aggressive). I can't stress how big an advantage you will have when you move up if you can play good solid ABC poker and extract thin value from bad players. You need a solid basis before you want to start adding "big plays" like 3 street bluffs, etc.