Throughout the foreseeable future I'm going to be making my first real run at the micros, coming home each night to participate in online action on none other than the Merge network. This will be happening in the evenings, after having slaved away all day at my job the previous eight hours. Before now I had been studying the game, watching videos and playing a little micro stakes the past couple of months until taking a short two-month break before my recent return. I've only been back to the game for a week now and am currently a moderate winner (30bb/100 over a 10k hand sample) at 10NL 6-max but also struggling mildly at 25NL. My goal is to continue crushing 10NL and begin to actually start thinking about the game enough to move up in stakes and win at a moderate rate. I will be using this blog for my own random musings, posting hand histories and of course bragging about my lame micro stakes winrates.
The topic of the day is 25NL - what makes it tougher than 10NL? I can seemingly run the show most of the time at 10NL but once I sit down at that 25NL table I notice that the players are a lot more solid overall. I've been 4-6 tabling and trying to play a much LAG'er style lately - looking for spots to 3bet/4bet light, opening wider in position and playing aggressive postflop. Unfortunately, my post flop game needs the most work (I guess that's pretty normal) and really I'm currently a lot more exploitable than I should be. I end up c-betting too many flops and not paying enough attention to flop texture, triple barrel bluffing without knowing exactly why other than the fact that it's a dry flop and/or I picked up equity on the turn... and furthermore I'm really clueless about when check-raising flops and squeezing light is going to be profitable. To remedy my lack of thinking deeply enough about the game and about the math side of things I plan firstly to force myself to drop down in tables, limiting myself to a maximum of 3 for most, if not all of my nightly session(s). Eventually, I plan to hire a coach which I hope will push me to take my game to the next level. Until then it's grinding, discipline, studying and poker videos. Welp, that's it for this installment of my shitty blog. In my next post I'll do a comparison of my 3-tabling results and my 4-6 tabling results and we'll see what we can discern.
One day I hope to be crushing 100NL in the same manner as I do 10NL but until then it's back to the grind, back to the studying and back to trying to wrap my mind around this complicated game. Don't worry everyone, I'm working on it.