Do we Cbet or check. You only addressed not Cbetting when we have nothing on wet and coordinated boards. Hey AJM, This is why I write entire poker books : There are far too many factors involved to cover everything in a short little blog post like this. However, in general, yes you should still be CBetting the large majority of the time on wet and coordinated boards versus one opponent.
The stakes that I am playing will also influence my decision making because I use more exploitative strategies at the lower limits and mix in a bit more GTO at higher stakes. I hope this helps. And I hope it helps you understand the complexity of the situation. Every situation in poker is different. Thanks for the quick reply, and thanks for going into more detail on Cbetting. I switched too playing low occasionally mid stake MTT'S 2 years ago.
I seem to come in 2nd more than 1st. Nice to see you cover MTT's in your book. Getting thin value by forcing your opponent to call with a lot of his range. He also knows you are getting a cheap price on bluffing your weak hands. Your opponent has some hands he has to fold pretty much regardless of your bet size, because they are just too weak. This is especially true in situations where your opponent has a range containing many weak hands E.
Folding out these hands is usually good for you because, even though they are weak, you still gain protection. By betting small you fold out the equity of this hand while not risking many chips if he does have a strong hand.
Your flop decision becomes easier. Since you usually bet most or even your entire range, you do not have to think much about whether or not you want to bet a certain hand. You thus almost automatically make fewer mistakes with your flop c-bet.
By betting small with almost all hands, you avoid such a dilemma! Seeing the river more often. Thus you would have to check. Your opponent will likely probe be t turn fairly often, forcing you to fold and preventing you from seeing a river. Most players check-raise the flop and donk-bet a lot less often than they are probe turn. This size is especially good against players you suspect pay little attention to bet sizes, since you give yourself a cheap bluff.
While you still win the pot, you win way less than you would have with a bigger flop c-bet sizing since your opponent would very likely have called a bigger size. This is especially true against players who call way too much. Losing more with a weak hand against a slightly stronger hand. You bet a lot of your range with this size, including a lot of hands with which you would be very interested to see a turn card.
But when you re-open the action, you give your opponent the chance to check-raise. When that happens, you have to fold a lot of these hands before the turn. Playing future streets and defending correctly versus a check-raise is tough.
You may have an easy decision with your c-bet, but after that things can get complicated. You have to figure out how to correctly play turns and defend against check-raises on the flop with such a wide betting range. This is something that comes with experience and study. Signup today for free poker strategy, exclusive discounts, and be the first to get notified on new updates.
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From experience, I have found that continuation betting is almost a complete waste of time and chips at the micro stakes sit n go's. It just seems as if opponents don't give you any credit for a hand at all, despite how tight you might be playing. They also like to float a ton with all kinds of hands, even hands that make no sense at all. It's just creates more sticky situations than it's worth.
However, if you feel the absolute need to c-bet in a micro stakes sit n go, then you should do so using the following criteria:. Continuation betting will be much more effective heads up as you are more likely to succeed in taking down the pot uncontested. C-betting a board like A rainbow is going to be much more likely to be successful then c-betting boards like A-T-J of two suits or A of the same suit.
The difference between what is ok to c-bet and what is not is how connected the cards are. An A rainbow flop has no immediate flush draws and hits very little of your opponent's likely range. The other example A-T-J or A hits your opponent's range hard, as there are tons of flush draws, straight draws and aces in it.
It would be almost impossible to push him or her off their hand if they had this kind of draw. I avoid isolating limpers with my bigger hands for the same reasons outlined above for why I don't c-bet that often. Because of this, I avoid isolating for the most part. Again, there are exceptions to every rule. Here are mine for isolating at the micro stakes sit n go's. Nothing sucks more than trying to isolate only to be flatted by the button and having to play your hand multi way and out of position.
If I'm not on the button, I generally won't iso an opponent unless I'm positive the player on the button will fold. If I am on the button, I really prefer the blinds to be tight and almost sure to fold or they're fishy enough that I know I can get value from them if I hit the flop well. Aces are definitely great cards to hold, even more so when they are accompanied by a second ace or a jack, queen or king.
However, keep in mind that no ace is invincible. What I mean by this is that you should try to avoid overplaying your aces. Also, you should avoid playing your mid to lower aces early on even if they are suited to avoid being dominated later on in the hand.
Long story short, it is ok to fold an ace - even AK. You will find that there are plenty of times where it is in fact the best play. Bluffing , like c-bets and iso-raises, are going to be less effective at the micro stakes sit n go's simply because a majority of your opponents were given defective software aka they have no fold button. Or, they simply look at their own two cards and cannot seem to realize they're beaten. Either way, most of your opponents will call you down super light which makes bluffing rather ineffective.
So, in most cases don't even bother. Flops that are paired are great to bluff on because it's so unlikely that your opponent has connected with it at all. Additionally, it scares them to death when you bet because of the fact that they think they are so far behind.
So, whenever you see a board of Q-Q-x, x, A-A-x or whatever pair-x combo, be sure to bet it. You'll get folds more often than not and when you are called, you can easily slow down and go into pot control mode. Assuming you only play hands like AA and KK, even less competent players will notice you only play these hands and will fold or play their hands knowing exactly what you have.
That's why we play a range of hands -- hands that are good enough to play but that leave our opponents guessing about which exact hand we have. It should be clear that you don't play many hands from early and middle position. There are still lots of players to act after you so chances someone else has a big hand are strong. You also probably won't have position post-flop. That doesn't mean we can play weak hands, but considerably more hands compared to early position and MP1 and MP2.
Does this mean you can play every hand from this position? No, but still roughly three times as many hands compared to early position. There is a small difference between the hand ranges you should from the cut-off and the button. A standard raise size from most positions is 4x the big blind.
The same ranges count for when there are limpers callers in front of you. When there are limpers in front of you this doesn't mean you should limp behind. The only adjustment you should make is to not play the bottom lowest part of your range. Reason for this is the chances are high the limper s will still call your pre-flop raise. Before we discuss the different options, remember the importance of having initiative.
You want to 3-bet or fold much more than you call since calling is a passive play that gives the advantage back to your opponents. You want to 3-bet or fold much more than you call but there are situations where calling is the best option. Three particular exceptions are important. When you have a pocket pair and you want to set mine. Sets are a big moneymaker at the microstakes but 3-betting with small and mid pocket pairs is often not ideal, since we can't call a 4-bet and don't hit the flop often enough when we get a call.
When you have a hand good enough to call but will lose value in case of a 3-bet. Although you'll often 3-bet with hands such as A-K or J-J, there are situations where this isn't the optimal play. Take for example a nit who opens from early position. His range is so strong that in case of a 3-bet he'll fold his hands we want to play against and he continues with hands we'll be the underdog against.
When you have a speculative hand and a fish has entered the pot. First of all, in this situation there is one "must" before you even consider calling: You must have position. Playing against a fish can be very lucrative with hands such as suited connectors, suited aces and broadway hands, but you want to keep the pot small and play in position. In almost every other situation we should always choose to 3-bet or fold. Before making that decision we should first consider a few things.
This is important to make an estimation of the range of your opponent. In general a raise from early position means more strength compared to a raise from late position. Just look at our own play to understand this. In general we should play tighter against an early position raiser compared to a late-position raiser.
Besides position we can also look at the statistics from the original raiser -- or when you don't play with a HUD, the image of the raiser. It's obvious we should give a tight player who raises from early position more credit for a strong range then a fish who plays almost every hand. To profile your opponent you should try to answer these questions:.
Considering the factors above you know can estimate the range of your opponent and your situation post-flop. This is a very critical and distinct point for microstakes poker that BlackRain also makes clear in his book. There's no use 3-betting fancy hands as you'll only get yourself into unnecessary trouble spots. Yes, at higher limits you should balance your ranges with 3-bets and 4-bets, but at the microstakes level this isn't the case. A 3-bet should almost always be for value. If it isn't then folding is almost always the best option.
Besides your equity against the range of your opponent you should also look at the playability of your hand. Ideal would be of course sitting in position since you are in control. Being out of position against an aggressive player who calls your 3-bet a lot and plays agressive post-flop, it might not be a smart plan to 3-bet with a hand like J-J when you wouldn't feel comfortable playing the hand post-flop.
Remember, pre-flop is the moment to lay a foundation for your post-flop game so try to always think ahead with regards to the playability of a hand in combination with position and the type of opponent. If you think you will get into a trouble spot then it might be better to call instead so you keep the pot small.
Sometimes it's even better to fold a hand if the other two options don't feel comfortable. Three-betting without a strong hand is called "light" 3-betting. At higher limits this should be in your arsenal but this is not the case at the microstakes. When you 3-bet light you mostly rely on fold equity, so to maximize your fold equity the situation needs to fit the above-mentioned requirements.
Don't get fancy in the microstakes when it comes to 3-betting light. Three-betting light can be a nice addition, as long as you pick the correct spots, so you can balance your 3-betting range a bit. Besides the above requirements you can also 3-bet light with hands that won't get you into problems post-flop. Assume you 3-bet light with a hand like A-4s and the flop comes AT. You make a continuation bet and your opponent raises. This is a tough spot for a lot of beginners since they have top pair in a relatively big pot.
Although it is a clear fold, if you have trouble folding this hand you shouldn't be even playing this hand. If these hands are hard for you to fold as well you'd be safer to 3-bet light with suited connectors examples of suited connectors are 98s, 87s and 76s.
With these type of hands you don't hit the flop often and it's way easier to fold in the face of aggression from your opponents. Another advantage is that when you do hit the flop you often win a big pot since your opponent will have trouble putting you on those kind of hands. If you don't have trouble laying down your hand post-flop in case of aggression you could 3-bet light with hands like high cards, suited aces and suited connectors.
Logically you can also count small to mid pocket pairs to this category but why this isn't the case you can read above in the exceptions to call a raise. In this case we first look if you have position or not. When you're in position you should raise 3x the original raise and when you're sitting out of position you should raise 4x the original raise.
If you open-raised and your opponent 3-bets the play is almost always very straight forward in the microstakes. In most cases a fold will be the best option.
This is especially true in situations where your opponent has a range containing many weak hands E. Folding out these hands is usually good for you because, even though they are weak, you still gain protection. By betting small you fold out the equity of this hand while not risking many chips if he does have a strong hand. Your flop decision becomes easier. Since you usually bet most or even your entire range, you do not have to think much about whether or not you want to bet a certain hand.
You thus almost automatically make fewer mistakes with your flop c-bet. By betting small with almost all hands, you avoid such a dilemma! Seeing the river more often. Thus you would have to check. Your opponent will likely probe be t turn fairly often, forcing you to fold and preventing you from seeing a river. Most players check-raise the flop and donk-bet a lot less often than they are probe turn. This size is especially good against players you suspect pay little attention to bet sizes, since you give yourself a cheap bluff.
While you still win the pot, you win way less than you would have with a bigger flop c-bet sizing since your opponent would very likely have called a bigger size. This is especially true against players who call way too much. Losing more with a weak hand against a slightly stronger hand. You bet a lot of your range with this size, including a lot of hands with which you would be very interested to see a turn card. But when you re-open the action, you give your opponent the chance to check-raise.
When that happens, you have to fold a lot of these hands before the turn. Playing future streets and defending correctly versus a check-raise is tough. You may have an easy decision with your c-bet, but after that things can get complicated. You have to figure out how to correctly play turns and defend against check-raises on the flop with such a wide betting range.
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If you are unfamiliar with the basic poker strategy fundamentals and the basics of proper starting hand selection, betting and folding, then I would like to recommend you to read the poker strategy guides on First Time Poker Player listed below. Otherwise, by all means feel free to skip them. I know it is a lot of reading, but I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't honestly think they could be very helpful in grasping this guide and eventually could lead to some serious micro stakes ownage although I understand I'm slightly biased here The poker strategy guides above provide you with the knowledge needed to understand why a certain play would be better or worse than another.
This should help you to not only make fewer mistakes yourself, but also to recognise mistakes of other micro stakes players at the table. And it's these mistakes of your opponents to which you have to adapt your poker strategy in order to beat the low stakes games.
The majority of your opponents at the micro stakes have a pretty poor understanding of the basic poker strategy fundamentals. They don't pay attention to their and your position; most low stakes poker players are way too passive and love to slow play; they often don't read the board very well and they don't pay attention to pot odds. And if these players try to pay attention to anything of the above, then there's a great chance they're doing it wrong. And if they do happen to notice some mistakes in your play, then they probably don't know how to exploit that and punish you for it anyway.
Therefore a raise often means what it looks like: a strong hand. However, this does not necessarily mean that micro stakes players don't bluff much at all. There are also plenty who like to bluff in the worst possible spots when they are given the chance to do so for example when you 'show weakness' yourself by checking to them. Note that having an unpredictable range of hands does not mean that your opponents at the micro stakes are therefore unpredictable themselves.
When they start raising then it is still very likely that you are up against a strong holding. Whether that is a slow played set or a flopped bottom pair rivering trips does not matter! Of course, this list of characteristics of the majority of the micro stakes players is quite a generalisation.
You will encounter players who are very too tight, but play their good hands aggressively. You will also encounter players who actually know what they are doing and have a nice win rate, but don't feel the need to move up. Now you know how a lot of the bad low stakes players play poker we can take a look at how to take advantage of their mistakes. Because micro stakes players play too many hands and often call too much with them it should not come as a surprise that a successful micro stakes strategy can completely revolve around the following two key aspects:.
Although this is really what beating the micro stakes is all about, I suspect that the above two lines did not cause you to have that 'aha moment' we're after yet. Therefore we will take a closer look at the following aspects and tactics:. Proper starting hand selection is a crucial aspect of the micro stakes poker strategy mentioned above, especially when you still need to improve your post flop play.
You can create a big edge on your opponents and avoid a lot of marginal situations just by playing tight. Certainly with all the loose opponents at the micro stakes it isn't difficult to consistently see the flop with better hands and create situations in which you are generally way ahead of the range of hands of your opponents.
This highly reduces the risk of you making a costly mistake. So, with a tight starting hand selection you can manoeuvre yourself in situations where you know you have a great edge on the range of hands of your opponents. Step two in your poker strategy should be to get as much value in these situations as possible and for that, you have to value bet. You are value betting when you think that you are ahead of the range of hands of your opponent. As long as that is the case then you are value betting, even if your opponent happens to have a hand that beats yours.
You should especially be looking to value bet in situations where you expect to be way ahead of your opponent's range of hands. If you think you might be ahead, but only slightly so, then you don't have to value bet thin. Just check and see what happens.
By the way, you can also value bet pre-flop. Every time you raise or reraise your opponents with a great starting hand, then you are essentially value betting. Remember that the majority of your opponents at the micro stakes are too loose. They'll call too much and too often, so don't be afraid to value bet three streets after the flop with a hand like TPTK. Also, make sure you always buy-in for at least big blinds and re-load when you fall below that to be able to take full advantage of your good hands.
Because you'll often get called when betting for value, there's very little need for slow playing at the micro stakes. Often slow playing a strong hand will only result in missing out on a lot of value from draws or strong second best hands which became worthless when scary cards or scare cards so you will hit the board. Therefore you should not slow play a big hand when:. Example 2 from the previous section about value betting would be illustrative for both these conditions.
This doesn't mean that slow playing should not be part of your micro stakes poker strategy at all, however. Sometimes you flop a hand that is just so big that it will be the nuts on the river regardless of the cards that come and your opponent is unlikely to have hit anything at all. In such a situation slow playing could let your opponent 'catch up' to a second best hand with which he or she will donate some money, or it can induce a bluff from your opponent.
This is also a reason to be more inclined to slow play versus very aggressive opponents who like to bluff you off of your QQ or KK on an A-high flop, when in fact you're calling with top set and a big smile on your face instead. Don't think that, when you flop a monster like in the example above, slowplaying will be too suspicious, because you would have made a continuation bet otherwise in other words: that you need to 'balance your play' so that you're not only slow playing monsters and c-betting all other non-monster hands.
Most of your opponents at the micro stakes just don't pay attention to your playing style enough for that to be an issue. Contrary to slow playing, folding is an essential part of a successful micro stakes poker strategy or of any poker strategy for that matter. You can only avoid marginal and unprofitable situations by folding enough.
We have already seen this when discussing starting hand selection and post flop it's essentially the same. A lot of players at the micro stakes don't play back at you and don't bluff when they raise you, they simply have it.
Just fold. There's just too little value in continuing with the hand unless you know you're up against a total clown. The same goes for top pairs with a medium kicker, top pair on a paired board etc.. Those are all marginal situations at best when you have to start making decisions for a big part of your stack.
Sure, you'll sometimes be folding the best hand, and this weak approach is probably not the optimal strategy. But it'll save you money more often than not, and the real profit should come from the hands where you know you have a big advantage anyway. If you have already read some other poker strategy guides or tips for beating the micro stakes, then you have undoubtedly read that you should not bluff at the lower limits at all. In fact, you should be bluffing at the micro stakes all the time.
However, before you start shoving those chips in the pot with all your no-pairs and missed draws, it might be advisable to first keep on reading. Firstly, continuation betting sensibly is an important part of playing winning poker, also at the micro stakes. And since c-betting with your missed hands to take advantage of your initiative will often enough be a bluff, you should be bluffing a lot. Continuation betting sensibly does not mean that you should be firing away on the flop by default when you were the pre-flop raiser, however.
You have to look at the board, the number of opponents you're up against and the playing style of your opponent. Be less inclined to c-bet when you completely missed against more than 2 opponents, very loose opponents or on very wet boards 9hJcTh, for example which have very likely hit your opponent's range. Also, when your c-bet gets called, just shut down.
Don't keep on firing in the hopes of getting a fold, that's just a waste of chips. Very rarely you could try a second barrel when an ace or king hits on the turn, but your default play should be to shut down. Secondly, there will be plenty occasions at the micro stakes where you can semi-bluff with draws , especially on the flop where you have the most equity to win the hand.
It is important to realise that most draws, even big combo draws, lose a lot of their value when the turn card is a blank does not complete the draw. Thirdly, there will be a lot of situations where you are up against an obviously weak hand , but you are unlikely to win when going to showdown.
Then a little 'stab at the pot' might be effective. You might have noticed that most of the bluffs are not 'big and ballsy bluffs'. Those are really unnecessary at the micro stakes and will probably get called too often to be really profitable.
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