Success in $0.02/$0.04 General Strategy Help

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CDMSF1

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Hi there,

So I have played a lot of play money poker and watched lots of TV and read quite a far bit and finally decided to make the plunge, I'm an intelligent person with a good grasp of maths and odds and believe I'll be able to make a little bit of money at least from all the calling stations you tend to find at lower limits.

I deposited $25 to play at $0.02/$0.04 (the lowest on empire poker). Have played 325 hands and am currently losing 22 bb/hour!!!! This is due to a few pots I have arsed up and lost a few dollars in. I know this isnt enough hands to make a true representation of my play yet but I'm interested in how to improve my game.

I think a few times I tried to be too clever, and I need to remind myself this isnt the wsop and I should only be playing premium hands against calling stations and take the profit thats there, and should be folding anything where I think I haven't got the best hand.

Looking at the summary on poker tracker, looks like 38% are winners 61% losers, I'm pretty sure I should be good enough to get in the top 25% at least when you consider the bad play regularly seen on these tables.

Also, I barely find raising at the flop for information worth while on these tables when you are not confident about your hand, it seems often you get a blind call and it does not help you instead of a fold or a raise to tell you where you stand. Am I being arrogant and not giving these players as much respect as they deserve? Or the opposite, would love to hear from some of you experienced low stakes players.

I tend to be posting quite a lot of these forums for advice and such on my play. Please give your thoughts on my strategy and any general advice anyone has for these low limits, thank you.
 
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Welcome to the forum.

Don't overdo aggression; they won't understand what it represents, and even if they do, they may not care because of the stakes. If you've got a hand, value bet to death, but don't expect just because you've raise preflop that J3s has folded. And if a 3 comes on the flop, they probably aren't going anywhere. Which is good if you have better, but bad if you try to continuation bet them off.

I tend to play loose/passive and then aggressive when I have something at this kind of level. Just my 0.02.
 
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At the small stakes the best advice I have is to value bet frequently, particularly with pocket pairs and try to keep your bluffing frequency to an absolute minimum. You will get looked up.
 
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CDMSF1

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OK I thought I was doing well today, then I lost all my money at the table in two hands!!! (this was after going from buying in at $2.50 and winning $2.50 more) bit of a nightmare, seems I win a few medium sized pots, then lose massive ones, anyone got any tips on this.

The two hands I am talking about can be found below, I would really appreciate your thoughts either here or in the appropriate threads below thanks.

https://www.cardschat.com/forum/cash-game-hand-analysis-50/0-02-0-04-qq-loses-straight-105935/

https://www.cardschat.com/forum/cash-game-hand-analysis-50/0-02-0-04-aq-loses-set-105933/
 
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phisig6057

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I'm far from an expert, but hately have been doing pretty well at the low limit tables. I play an extremely tight aggressive game only calling or raising with premium hands. Another thing that has helped my game immensely is learning the value of position. As far as I can tell learning to consider my position os the single most important aspect of my game. It has turned me from a consistant loser to a consistant winner at these low levels. Additionally, I agree with the above post about keeping bluffs to an absolute minimum. People will call with damn near anything. Good luck!
 
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CDMSF1

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is limping in with low and medium pairs acceptable in late position? and high suited connectors to try and hit a cheap flop?
 
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brewcrewearl

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I dont find myself playing the low limit games very often, but when I do I find that after sitting at the table for a few minutes you can guage the people there and I find that knowledge to be quite useful. I sometimes call mediocre cards when I see that some of the stronger players of the table have folded and I hope to cath something or push out some other weaker players. Im not saying to do this all the time but sometimes you go long streaks without any "good" cards.
 
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CDMSF1

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Since reading all the advice in this thread I have played another 200 hands and made around $4.50, obviously down to just 1 big hand but overall play has been way better, with 3 consecutive winning sessions. Thanks for the advice, I know theres plenty of bad swings to come but I hope I'm a bit closer to being on the winning 40%.
 
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vagas35

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Yes call in late position with any pair if cheap enough, raise with medium pairs and up, dump them if u dont hit to any raise post flop.
 
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