Micro Stakes Basics

The micro stakes include all limits from 2NL (.01/.02) all the way up to 50NL (.25/.50). The games certainly change a little bit from one level to the next, but there are some basic characteristics that remain the same throughout. Learning each individual limit in poker is a task that will take a lot of time and effort, but you can get a general grasp on the micro stakes by simply reading this article. You won’t become a micro stakes master (probably) by simply reading one article, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Micro stakes players are just not that good at poker, and this makes it very easy to make money. If you are willing to put forth a little bit of effort you will have no problem profiting at the micro stakes. Remember, you don’t need to be the best poker player ever to make money, you just need to be better than your opponents.

Micro Stakes Pre Flop Tendencies

The micro stakes are overflowing with weak players. These weak, passive players should be your main target. There is no easier player to exploit than someone who is afraid to risk their money. You will be able to makeĀ  alot of money from loose players as well, but that takes less work on your end. Tight players will make you a lot of money, but it will come in small pieces. You will not strike it rich in one or two hands against the tight micro stakes players. The way to beat tight players is to pound them with aggression. If you are making raises instead of open limps you will have a huge advantage over the players who are sitting around and waiting for hands. Hand selection is going to be a major part of your pre flop selection in the micro stakes and all higher limits. You don’t want to be playing really tight, but you should instead be applying a somewhat tight and aggressive style. If you expand your range just a little bit more than the tight players you face, and step up your aggression, you will be in a good position to dominate the tight players. You should focus on making solid raises (no min raises), making a re raise when you should, and folding the hands that are never going to be good. Don’t unnecessarily risk your money pre flop because this will often snowball into major post flop mistakes.

Micro Stakes Post Flop Tendencies

The micro stakes players may be awful at pre flop play, but they are even worse when it comes to post flop play. Players at the micro stakes don’t have the slightest clue what they are doing, and sometimes it will seem like they are trying to give their money away. They have heard of concepts such as a continuation bet and floating, but they will either neglect them or implement them incorrectly. What you need to do in order to make money in the micro stakes is bet for value. It really is this easy to make money. If you are able to play your strong hands and abandon most of your weak ones you will be in great shape to make consistent money at the micro stakes. One thing you will notice about micro stakes players is that they absolutely hate to fold. This is great because it will make it easy to extract a ton of value from your strong hands. While you will have to throw away your weak hands, it won’t even matter because you will be raking in some huge pots when the other players can’t find the fold button.

Moves to Abandon in the Micro Stakes

Some plays are great at the higher limits, but destructive at the micro stakes. One general area to cut out of your game is bluffing. So many players think that the key to success in poker is being able to successfully pull off bluff after bluff, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bluffs are only going to be effective if you are able to convince the other player(s) that you have a stronger hand than them and that they should fold. If you make bluff after bluff they will become suspicious and start to call you down with weaker hands than they normally would. Bluffs are fine, but you have to make sure that you use them sparingly, particularly at the micro stakes. A bluff is only going to work if your opponent is able to make a fold, and the reality is that many micro stakes players hate to fold.

Open limping is a terrible move no matter the stakes. One of the easiest ways to drastically improve your poker skill set is to eliminate the open limp from your game. The alternatives to open limping are so much better. If you open limp you will look very weak and it will usually be pretty difficult to play the hand post flop. If you instead focus on making raises it will become much easier to play your hands. If you are unsure about whether to open limp it is almost always going to be a better choice to simply fold. If your hand is weak, just don’t play it. At the micro stakes you will run into players who want to play every single hand they are dealt. This is a losing strategy for them and it will be for you too.