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Learn how to make in the micro stakes!I used to play $20+ SNGs .. But
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Hello Fellow Poker Entutiasts,



After having spent the past 5 years studying poker strategies and playing (a whole lot of) micro stakes SNGs, I finally got the idea why people are using the MZone and the Slansky Groups to make my tournament play more profitable. 

In my Hold'em Manager, I have more than 1 mio hands I have played LIVE myself, so I believe that my strategies have some basis, since this is NOT based on probability or math alone, but on a combination that I call P3eV.

My own Poker Philosophy - P3eV:

The P3 stands for Probability, Profitability and People, eV well it stands for EV .

So I have combined all the math (Probability) with all my own stats from LIVE play (Profitability) and combined them with an understanding of Human Behaviour and Psychology, that my many hours at the only tables have taught me (as well as my Master in NLP).

Recently I have turned to The MZone and Slansky Groups for more precise - in action - advice when the adrenaline is pumping and you feel like a shark in attack mode. This helps me calm down and be more analytical in my approach to my decision making process, in the heat of the moment.

So let's get to the good stuff ....

Whenever I am faced with a tough decision, I turn to my M-Zone chart:

("Google for MZone and Slansky") ("Admin asked me to remove the external link")

My strategy is fairly simple for the first 2-3 hours, when I am in the Green MZone, I only RAISE with my hands, when I am first to enter the pot and ONLY with 99+, ATs+, KJs+, QJs, and JTs, all other hands I FOLD. If someone raised the pot, I will ONLY 3BET with JJ+, all other hands, I fold.

Basic Strategy ...


I never CALL (i understand Implied Odds, but playing at micro stakes has taught that that doesn't fly with donks and fish, the simply don't consider anything else than the magnificent Ax, Str8 or Flush draw they see before them, and therefore it is way to risky to start playing pots with them, the variance and suck outs you will experience are staggering, in my experience anyways. Donks and Fish will call off their whole stack on an 18% chance of hitting the Str8 or Flush on the river, no questions asked. So solid ABC poker and NO CALLING!!. 


I only CBET in a pot on the flop IF I have flopped Trips and there is a Str8 or Flush draw on the board, then I overbet the pot by 125% and hope that they will fold (which they surprisingly seldom do, which sometimes makes way for major suck outs or huge won pots). All other  hands like Top Pair etc, I check down to keep the pot low, just in case .

I either RAISE or FOLD, pure and simply. My thought process is "Is this hand good enough to shove All-In with or not?". If the answer is YES, I RAISE with the hand, if NO, I simply FOLD.


I never CALL off my whole stack PREFLOP with AK(s), AQ(s), AJ(s), or AT(s). It's way to risky. If the pot is UNOPENDED I will RAISE it 4 x BBs, if it is LIMPED by 1, I will 3BET and if it is LIMPED by 2+ I will fold.

I only CALL All-Ins with AA or KK, or if the pot odds dictates so, with other strong hands. And I ALWAYS SHOVE with AA or KK myself preflop, no matter what the situation.

Detailed strategy ...


Unopened Pot: If I have JJ+ in EP or TT, 99 or ATs+, KJs+, QJs, JTs in MP or LP, I will push RAISE 4xBB.

Opened Pot: if I have JJ+ I will 3Bet, and all others I will fold.


Unopened Pot: If I have 99+ in EP or ATs+, KJs+, QJs, JTs in MP or LP, I will push RAISE 3xBB.

Opened Pot: if I have 99+ I will 3Bet, and all others I will fold.

RED MZone:

Unopened Pot: If I have 77+ in EP or Axs+, K9s+, Q9s, J9s in MP or LP, I will push All-In.

Opened Pot: if I have 88+ I will 3Bet, and all others I will fold.

I find this strategy to by excellent, and as you might have read, I finished #40 in the Sunday Storm recently and today #50 in The Big $3.30 on PokerStars, so the strategy seems to work, for me for now at least

Please feel free to challenge my thinking or ask questions/comment on this subject.


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