This is a discussion on Can you recommend how to play 2nl 6max on Pokerstars these days ? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; 100,000 hands at 2nl 6max on Pokerstars and still lose. I have take course + read books + read so many article on Internet and
re: Poker & Can you recommend how to play 2nl 6max on Pokerstars these days ?
Do you use some type of tracking software? Can you post some stats? Do you have tilt issues? Zoom or regular tables?
I play 2nl zoom and am far from a good player but I feel pretty comfortable at 2nl and seem to beat it at a fairly decent rate so here's my thoughts on the subject.
2nl is fairly simple: just play fairly tight and always bet for value when given the opportunity(never check value hands or get too fancy; in majority of spots at 2nl betting for value vs most of the playerbase is always going to be the greatest +ev play.)
One important part at these stakes is to pay attention to the regs and how they play:
a) way too nitty
-fold way too much preflop,
-too aggressive on the flop due to their strong preflop range and will often put bets in on flops that are not ideal for their ranges so adjust accordingly (dont be afraid to call or raise bets on the flop in single raised pots now and again on certain board textures)
(they like to give up on turns when they don't have a strong hand regardless of their range)
-often have fold to steals in the 70-99% range so steal vs these players 100% of the time whether SB or BTN. Open a wider range from other positions especially the CO when these players are in the blinds except for when you have stationy/fishy players or expect a call behind. Give up when they call or 3bet and/or the flop isn't in favor of your range.
-It's okay to overfold vs these playertypes if they are putting a lot of money in post flop on multiple streets. (top pair or middling pair type hands, overpairs as well)
B) TAG's who aren't as terrible as most other regs.
-Most often these regs will be the most "solid" of all regs although they are quite easy to play against.
-They will often also have high fold to steal %'s, pretty much never bluff and have low 3b percentages and 4b ratios.
I like to try and beat these regs by squeezing or 3betting them often in position when possible, they will often fold to 3b at a high rate so 3betting them light in position is often fun but fold when they jam and exploit their capped ranges when they call. Once again just fold if they are trying to put stacks in on turns and rivers unless you are near the top of your range also.
c) Whale regs (my fav):
-These regs have aggression factors and frequencies that are wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too high which enables us to do all kinds of things to exploit them usually both preflop and postflop.
-They basically are betting way too often preflop and postflop and doing all kinds of things for no reason at all other than to try and get you to fold. Pay attention to boards, your ranges and how much equity you might have vs someone who is always going to bet and just call them down. Play smaller pots with middle and top pairs and anything beyond that just let them barrel away a few streets before jamming it in their face.
-There are often a lot of easy bluff spots vs players like this as well because their range is so wide and they are betting the entirety of it for 2+ streets sometimes but dont get carried away trying to bluff these players and most will tell you not to bluff them at all.
-Just remember they wont often bet all 3 streets without some kind of equity but will often continue 100% of their range on every flop and will have tons of airballs and low equity hands on flops on turns. If they check a flop be careful because they pretty much never check.
and again bet for value against fish and passive players / stations.
One other thing is to pay attention to bet sizing, the player pool has a tendency to bet quite large when they've made or already have strong hands. Like betting half or less pot on flops and or turns and then bombing turns and or rivers out of no where. These random larger bets will almost always be because their hand improved or because they have the nuts and think because you called one half pot bet that you will all of a sudden call down pot sized and over sized bets on turns and rivers. ( ASK ME HOW I KNOW LOL )
anyways I feel like I've rambled enough and I apologize in advance if none if this advice is good or understandable.
I guess after all of that the most important part is DO NOT TILT! Play your game, don't overdo it and force anything. Play right and eventually cards and heaters will fall in your favor and you will crush the stake. It is possible to go on long breakeven or losing stretches even at 2nl and I think that is what most people will struggle with the most (myself included).
See you out on the tables and gl
Also very important, as Keith mentioned, pay attention to relative hand strength and board textures and ranges when deciding on bets/calls/raises and folds on all streets.
This is very strange, at this limit there is a very weak playing field. You need to carefully examine the banks in which you lose the maximum amount of money and disassemble your game in all positions at the table with the amount of money won or lost. I propose to begin with this, and then analyze the data obtained myself. If you can not independently contact the coach or an experienced player.