June 14, 2008
Filed Under (Poker) by crumble on 14-06-2008
While I’ve been waiting for my confidence to re-appear to resume my cash game mission, I’ve been playing some 2c-4c and 5c-10c 6-max. True micro-limit: the lowest games spread on the B2B network.
These tables don’t follow normal poker rules.
All styles of play are there, all combinations of passive and aggressive pre- and post-flop play, but the two things that nearly all tables have in common are that nearly all the players play too many hands and take many of them all the way to the river.
Standard stuff like stealing and continuation bets just don’t work very well. Bluffing is rarely effective.
It took me a while to work it out, but the answer is obvious:
This is why a really tight aggressive style can work: enough people will pay you off to make up for all those lost blinds.
It’s also why a slightly less tight passive/aggressive style can work: you aren’t scaring off many people pre-flop but can still make money down the streets.
I kind of knew this already from an EatMyStack challenge last year, but I had forgotten how to do it. I remembered halfway through a session on Saturday and suddenly everything started to work. The session graph immediately started to recover:
Did I mention these games are pretty swingy?