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Ovalman's Micro grind

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I must be doing something right, 7 of my last 8 blogs have earned me a Big Bang ticket - pity the $5k game isn't every week   I'm glad some people find these of interest. I'm not short of idea's, I've a ton of stuff to get through.

Remember, these blogs are how I see the game, I'm an OK micro stakes player but I'm still learning. Gripsed said that  he learns by teaching and I like his method. Posting these blogs makes me think deeper into the game but remember,  there's more than one way to skin a cat. Take it all in with the bigger picture, attend the training, ask questions and try different things out at the tables, do what works for you.

Now onto our biggest friend - THE LIGHT BLUE WHALE.

Whale is actually a new term to me, I'm in the game 10+ years and I knew a fish was a bad player but a whale is something special. He's a guy that literally plays any 2 cards and aggressively. I classify a whale with anything over 40% VPiP and 10% PFR.

71% VPiP, 29% PFR, 19% 3 Bet.

When we plug the VPiP into Pokerstove:

It's easier to see the hands they don't play!

They like to splash the chips, they love to bluff and bully every hand but their range is so weak that our tight range crushes these players. Sure they'll wake up with a monster every so often but these types of players tend to play their strong hands differently.

We don't need to do anything special to beat these players, we can call them down when semi strong and just bet them when we hit a hand. They won't fold and are a great source for donating chips.

A whale is your biggest friend, they tend to build a stack quickly by getting lucky or get KO'd early but the good news is Micro Stakes are filled with these player types. Just be patient, play strong hands and be aggressive to them pre flop - they won't fold.


I played a few variant STTs in Limit form but things didn't go well. I've no records of how I done because HEM doesn't track these games but needless to say I dropped a few $$$ and have moved back to NL.

On the plus side, I played the Flippadonk tourneys on Full Tilt and over doubled my $25 bankroll. I'm going to create another blog on my thoughts of these types of games but I will say these are not just coinflip tourneys, they suit a decent player more than a guy who just wants to get lucky.

I also increased my Pokerstars balance, I moved back to $1.50 45 man Turbo's and won a few. I'm playing well in these, rarely getting my chips in behind and I'm rediscovering why I was in the top 1,000 players on Pokertableratings at micro level for a bit when I last played these.

I haven't played on my site where I'm freerolling. They never bothered answering a question so I never bothered playing but I will move back there in April, they have a weekly $1k added with low numbers for $11 and it's the reason I joined the site in the first place. Playing this game long term will be +EV for me.

I withdrew my balance on another site where I was playing $11 STTs. It was a Russian based site and I'm a bit wary with the news that Russia is clamping down on gambling like the US done 2 years ago. I'm in 2 minds on this, it was a good site with many blue whales and I done OK over there but I can't risk losing all of my cash if the site went under. I've 3 other sites on the go plus Pokerstas and now Full Tilt. I swop and change between them all but I'm not at the $11 level.

Until next time, good luck at the tables


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