Long gone are the days where you could fire up a few tables of micro stakes cash games and routinely expect to dominate all of your opponents.
The wealth of information out there about how to play better poker has increased the skill levels of players at all levels, including at the lowest stakes. But that’s not to say you can’t still win big at the lower end of the buy-in spectrum — you just have to learn how to dominate micro stakes poker.
How to Dominate Micro Stakes Poker: Table and Seat Selection
The saying goes that there is no point in being the sixth best poker player in the world if you are only going to sit at the same table as the top five players. While there are merits to playing against opponents better skilled than you, for the most part you want to play against opponents who are weaker.
Weaker players make more mistakes, and you benefit from these mistakes, even if it doesn’t seem so immediately. Look for players playing 40% or more of their hands and do everything you can to sit to their left, because doing so makes it much easier to relieve them of their stack. This may mean moving seats and tables several times during a session, but at least this is easy to do online and it will help increase your win rate.
How to Dominate Micro Stakes Poker: Play Fewer Tables
There are poker players out there who would advocate playing more than a dozen tables simultaneously and try to grind through the micro stakes with pure volume. This may work for some, but if you adopt a quality over quantity approach to the micro stakes then you will stand a better chance of dominating. Read Full