Originally Posted by Filyaga
Give advice to beginners, which is needed to start the stack cash games?
Depends what stakes we're talking about.
Assuming micro's I suggest/recommend you apply to the newsletter of BlackRain79 and read his blog..
It will teach you a no-nonsense, quite simple approach to the lowest limits.
Let's call it a KISS-method.
In the micro's you really don't need to know the meaning of terms like stop 'n go or floating, or whatever.
What you do need to know, is how to identify the bad players, because they are where the money comes from.
This shouldn't be hard because there's plenty of bad players at 2NL and 5NL.
In higher stakes we have to be aware of our image because people will actively watch and analyse what we are doing, they will look at our stats, probably try to find some bet-sizing tells
Forget about that in the micro's.
Although, we ourselves are trying to find the weak players, most of our opponents have no clue and don't care about what we are doing.
So, if we're quite sure we have the best hand, valuebet the sh*t outof them.....you'd be surprised what they'll call you down with.
Avoid those who we think are good players unless we have a really strong hand, they are not our targets.
Instead, search for confrontations with thos we tagged as bad.
For example, yestarday I was at a table (2NL) with someone full-stacked, auto-topping and stats VPIP/PFR something like 20/16 (not mentioning other stats to keep it simple).
Not going to say it was a good player, but he looked quite decent.
I just don't play that guy, unless I'm very strong.
On that same table a new player sit down with $ 0.80 (minimum BI), who immediately paid a BB (instead of waiting for the BB to come to him).
Wow.....red flagg ( I colour code bad players red).
That's the guy I want to play against, as he most likely has no clue what he's doing.
Although he just had a small stack, I still wanted to take it.
So, it was a matter of waiting for a decent hand and that's all she wrote....I indeed won most of his stack, just value-betting.....no fancy play, just straightforward ABC poker.
Another player had a fold to 3-bet % of 100 %.
I 3-bet him 3 times in a row when the opportunity was there and everytime he folded......easy money.
Fourth time he responded with a 4-bet.....me with a marginal hand, easy fold for me, because most likely they had a very strong hand.
I mean, most likely he wasn't playing back at me because he noticed I 3-bet him a lot....I would be surprised he even realised.
Long story short...in the micro's, keep it simple....bet for value with strong hands, find the weak players, avoid the good ones (should be easy as there's not so many good ones).
And last but not least....never ever try to 2- or 3-barrel bluff a calling station while you have air.
Their bottom pair with which they'll call you down will still beat your A-high hand.
Avoid big confrontations while having marginal hands when played back at you, just reward them those pots when the pots are still small.
Value bet and build that pot when having stong hands.
Pretty often they'll give you their stack.