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Through the system

By: ketchup143 @ 13:51 (EDT) / 317 / Comment ( 0 )

No hand of poker is played "independently" of the others in a session/single tournament. It's not about raising with a specific hand in a certain spot, but WHY ur system of play TELLS u to make such a move. in other words, ur play should be multilayered, where hands are combined into situations. this mindset broadens ur understanding of the action taking place before u, which slowly begins to allow u to play more hands in more spots with confidence over time.

Oftentimes, the very inexperienced players on the microstakes repeatedly make the same moves over and over without any though to changing it. they are quite stubborn, which makes them the true "donkeys" of the poker world. they may not be losing, but they're certainly only winning if a good spot appears out of nowhere. they are unable to create their own spots for value because they are so attached to the cards. oftentimes these players never raise the button headsup, a huge fundamental error. or maybe these players have the same pattern for value betting. maybe they fit the role of calling station to a t. in any case, these players need to be attacked with controlled aggression. those pros that say bluffing is impossible at the microstake level are quite wrong, and probably came up through the poker world 4-5 years ago, when there were a ton more maniacs out there. microstake play is just like any poker, except that u'll see a lot of hands being played for small amounts. this is tight-aggressive (TAG), but i don't like putting labels like this on people. i look for how they respond when i make my action.

the gist of good play is realizing that bluffing can work at the micro level because ur generally going to be playing ur bad hands the same way as ur good ones. the way u choose to implement a difference in ur raising size is another part of my stategy (value-centered) that i will talk about in my next post. but an opponent that looks like they actually care can't read ur hand. therefore, if u can get ur actions to mesh with their actions, u can take advantage on every hand, regardless of who gets dealt what. rarely will ur opponent constantly have the goods--but they are usually so bad that u can attack them with a smaller chip stack anyway. u can generally avoid sticking situations by being the aggressor, and making ur opponent constantly think twice about raising u. if u keep firing flops with the right texture, especially in holdem, then u can pick up a lot of dead money without even having a pair--and ur opp will have no idea, and can only raise u if they have a very narrow range (maybe top pair, maybe top or middle pair, whatever u begin to put them on as u continue to play against them).

micro stake play is played on 2-dimensions: rarely any re-raising preflop or postflop (without something like KK vs QQ, or AAJTds vs A234s in omaha hi/lo). once 3- and 4-bets are introduced, the game goes to a 3rd dimension. therefore, u r never in danger of losing ur "grip" or "initative" in a hand because ur opp is not usually going to try and outplay u with a reraise. u might try a reraise at certain points, but u better be sure that 95% of the time, ur picking the pot up right there, unless u have the nuts. simply put, the action is much more "flatter" at the microstakes, but that doesn't mean there isn't room to gain an advantage. in my next post i will show u how to analyze ur hand preflop using a "value" system, and how an opponent's image can help guide as u play ur hands postflop.

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