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Blackrain79 Breaks Down 5 Biggest Micro-Stakes Mistakes (VIDEO)
Nathan “BlackRain79” Williams is one of the most experienced low-stakes online poker pros in the world so listen up as he breaks down the five biggest mistakes he sees at the micros every day.
Williams has played millions of hands of online poker and is the author of the definitive micro-stakes strategy guide Crushing the Micro-Stakes. His new book, Modern Small Stakes recently hit the shelf and you can pick it up via BlackRain79.com.
For almost a decade Williams has been destroying opponents at these stakes by taking advantage of the five mistakes he explains in this video.
If you're a beginner, or having trouble playing poker profitably at the lowest stakes online, there's a good chance your game is suffering from one or more of these leaks.
#5: Over-Playing Over-Pairs Against Passive Opponents
A lot of Williams' strategy relies on understanding the players at the micro-stakes and he says that when most players at this level start raising and re-raising you on the turn or river, they've got a big hand.
That means that if you're value-betting an over-pair like pocket aces or kings, and your opponent is willing to play for stacks, chances are you should be folding.
#4: Too Much Slow-Playing, Not Enough Value-Betting
Williams says he sees players trying to slow-play their big hands way too much at the micro-stakes.
Instead of getting fancy and trying to trap your opponents, Williams advocates value-betting as much as possible.
“You can't win a big pot unless you build one against these players,” says Williams.
#3: Deciding On the Flop If You're Playing a Big Pot
Williams says that if you find yourself calling down every street with a marginal hand and losing a big pot when you didn't even intent to play one, you're leaking money.
It's important to decide on the flop whether you're going to play a big pot, play the hand aggressively or just fold.
#2: Bad Pre-Flop Decisions That Lead to Tough Spots Later in the Hand
Williams says everything begins before the flop and bad decisions in the first stage can make the rest of the hand very difficult.
Williams says you should avoid calling out of position with “trap hands” like king-jack or ace-eight that can be easily dominated.
#1: Recognizing Tilt and Being Able to Quit
According to Williams the biggest mistake he sees people making at the micro-stakes is going on tilt and losing a ton of money.
Indicators that you're on tilt include playing more hands than normal and a pessimistic attitude about your chances of winning.
Learn to recognize when you're on tilt and develop the discipline to log off with your bankroll intact.