Originally Posted by takethepain
Hi guys, I'm new to this website and reasonably new to training to play poker with the motivation of being profitable rather than just gambling. I've been trying to build up my bank roll at 0.01/0.02 full table NLH but my frustrating keeps getting in my way.
What typically happens is that I'll play for say 50 minutes, and in time time more often than not I've gone from $2 to $2.20 - $2.30. Somewhere around there. But I get frustrated. I see guys come in and with one (sometimes marginal hand), double up even triple up their chips and make more profit than I would playing for a day so inevitably I go all in with a reasonable hand (say AK, AQ, that type of thing) aiming to get the profit and wind up going broke.
So my question is what is a reasonable profit for a beginner at playing poker for profit at this level? Is 20-30 cents good? I guess if I knew I was on the right track I wouldn't be so apt to 'gamble' at getting more profit!
I do not think that is the correct play for microstakes.
Have you ever tryed to reed Ed Millers book "Small Stakes Holdem"?
1. You need patience. Avoid donk mistakes(chasing flushes without pott odds
, chasing trips, overrating big pairs etc.)
2. You need to play more hands when the table allows you. If they let you limp with small pairs than limp. If they let you limp with suited connectors than limp. If you hit for a small price than you can kick the pot hard to value it. Pott odds are the most important thing that tells
you if it's worth to see the next card or not.
3. If you have Aces or Kings or Queens reraise. Do not let donks get a set or make their hand for free.If they are curious than they have to pay.
4. If you hit the flop bet for value. Some donk will follow you.
5. Do not bluff often. Here is where a lot of money are lost.
6. Do not go all in with AK, AQ, AJ. In a multyway pot these are just regular hands. One of the biggest mistakes at smallstakes. See the flop than decide. Only AA , KK are huge favourites in a multyway pot.
There are a lot of things you can do. Do stop only at the preflop play. Read the entire book.
And patience again. Most money are lost postflop because ppl do not fold when they should do and are there is no patience to wait for another hand.
And again. Read articles, read books, there are a lot of strategies to beat the micros.
The usual things do not work on micros, but it is still poker.
I am a beginner just as you are, recently i hit an year since i first played on facebook I did not made millions but i could cash once 700 dollars that i spent for a new computer, and i have now Brs from 5 to 100$ on every possible site all made from scrap and no deposit bonuses playing micros ,small buy-in SNG, freerolls
. What i can say is that it is not easy, but learning , experiencing and having patience makes you a better player. I am jealous of the ppl that started playing 4-5 years ago and talk about thousands of dollars. But at the same time they are the ones from whom i get advice. Important thing is to learn something from them.