Originally Posted by Beasty2k
Hi all, am new to this forum as well as to the game overall. Hope youhave time to answer a few of my newbie question. Have played live whilst underthe influence a few times, and decided to try online 2 weeks ago. I playmicro-stakes (0.05/0.10) NL cash games. I turned $100 into $150, playing an average 1-2 hours a day, which to me seems ok. Have a few questions I keep bumping into, please help. I am sorry if I don’t use proper poker lingua, but I am still learning (still having problems understanding the majority of the threads on this site!). J
QUESTION 1:Preflop calling/reraising. I tend to follow the traditional advice of “raise/fold”on early position (raise only with strong pocket cards), call/reraise on late position. But, how much? Let’s say I get TT in late position, UTG raises 3xBB; do I raise, call or fold? And if UTG raised 10x BB, do I still call? Trying to evaluate how good my hole cards are overall, I guess, but people tend to be so sloppy when betting preflop. And what to do vs people who always raise HUGE or reraise HUGE preflop?
Much of this will be suspect to who your opponent is, but overall, you're not going to fair well if you're calling 10x preflop with TT. If the villain seems to be positionally aware and tight and <200BB, I will be folding TT. If they have no concept of position, I may 3Bet and fold if 4B...
Many people are different, so just watch for it, I have notes on many people that if they open 8x or 10x pre then they will ALWAYS have AA/KK. Then there are the maniacs, which you see at the micros a lot, that will be doing that with anything just to gamble. All it takes is one time seeing this go to showdown to make that note when they have 38o.
QUESTION 2:Why was I called a donk? (note opponent had played very aggressively during 1hour or so) Early positioned opponent raises preflop to 0.35, I reraise Ts Ac to 0.60. Flop is Tc Qh Qs. Opponent checks, I raise 1xpot, opponent calls. Turn is blank. Opponent checks, I raise 1xpot, opponent calls. River is blank, opponent pushes all-in, I call and win 2 pairs, opponent has Js 9h.
What did I do wrong? An aggressive opponent, I tried to take control, if he had a Q he would have bet harder say at the turn (and I would have folded). If not, he could be slowplaying QQQ but quite odd since I was aggressive preflop, right(giving me 1 or 2 free cards would be stupid)? Was he bluffing (apparently!)?Was I really a donk? He did have straight draw but seems weird he would call a fairly big flop raise with only that. I did have a good hand postflop, correct?
First off, don't reraise ATo preflop, let alone with a weak bet. The biggest thing here is that you will get called a donk by many people that you beat when those people aren't thinking players. He set himself up all wrong for a bluff, assuming you both had 100BB stacks, his shove on the river was giving you 3:1 odds.
QUESTION 3:Which brings me to the following question. Let’s say I have TT and flop is xQx. Do I raise/call or do I have to check/fold only because I missed the flop? Sure he might have a Q, but I mean how likely is that? If opponent checks, that signals he does not have a Q, so what do I do? People always advise to never bluff in micro-stakes, but why not? Seems he doesn’t have a Q, so I might aswell raise some, no? Makes him think I have one, he might call and my semibluff is underway, or am I wrong? Or he folds, and I win the pot.
It isn't really bluffing, you very well may have the best hand, so the CB is more for value. If there is a call, then you can be more skeptical on the turn. If he raises, fold.
QUESTION 4:I try to calculate pot-odds vs outs as much as I can when having a flush draw etc post flop, but it is never necessary as everyone always raises too much. Saypot is 0.80, I have a flush draw, they will ALWAYS raise $1.50 or more. Is this only because people in microstakes tend to be sloppy / overly aggressive?
Are you talking that they make their first postflop bet $1.50 when the pot is .80? As in the are opening postflop action with an overbet? I barely ever see that and am guessing this is a pretty isolated case. If you're talking that their reraise after say a 1/2pot bet was to $1.50, that is no big deal.
QUESTION 5: Leads me to… do I need external software to succeed, or be a mathematical genious? To keep track of odds & pot odds? I try and use the above advice Ihave been told and it works ok on micro stakes, so far anyway.
Tracking software will help you out tremendously and if you want to gain a bit of an edge and more than likely get more on the same page as your opponents, then yes, get it. As far as software to track pot odds and odds of hitting, that's only for complete idiots imo.
QUESTION 6:If someone raises post flop, do you (experienced players) always think the person has a good hand? Let’s say you missed the flop, do you generally fold?(I know it’s hypothetical and depending on what cards are there, but still?).It just seems so static if people only play good hands. If everyone all the time plays only great hands, then no-one is the long term winner, right? Money will just go round and round. Guess question is, based on the very few things that I do know (see everything above), what is the main difference between a fish and a pro? Or maybe between a hobby-amateur and a pro?
Absolutely not, many people CBet between 60-80% of the time, and that is absolutely not how often they have the best hand. I look at each opponent for what I'm going to do when they do that. If they are CBetting too often, I might pop it up and they fold, if they never CBet, I will probably fold. One of the biggest differences between a fish and a pro is how to evaluate a hand based upon many different levels. A fish is primarily going to look only at their hand, a pro is going to look and their own hand, their opponent's past hands, their bet sizing, table dynamics, board texture, etc. Although, there are A LOT of other levels of players between fish and pros.
QUESTION 7:Based on all the information I have given away above, what would you call me –a fish, a donk or anything else?
A new poker player, take that how you want
FINALQUESTION 8: Talks of position… In micro-stakes, why is position important? The blinds are tiny and there is always more money behind. Why not raise everytime you have a decent set of hole cards, regardless of position, even in early position? Followers at the table ought to do the same, call/raise if good cards,fold if bad.
The blinds are always the same in relation to the stakes. 1BB at 2NL is .02, 1BB at 20000NL is $200. Position is important because of where you are going to be in the action. If you are in late position, you get to see how the whole table reacts to the flop before you have to make any action. If you're in early position, you have to make your action before you can see anything about the opponents behind you.
Thanks so much for the answers, and any other input or advice would be much welcomed!! J