May 5th, 2011

Bad beats and stakes

Posted by pokerlover in online poker

I know, I know, you’re tired of all the bad beats in your $.10/.25 game, and your $.50/1.00 game right? We hear it all too often.

How in the world are you ever going to put together a bankroll when you’re constantly taking these bad beats? Top-notch professional players have written dozens of books on how to win at poker. Many of these books are fantastic for helping decent players get to the next level.

However, when do you suppose was the last time Barry Greenstein played a $.05/.10 game online? What about Doyle Brunson or Howard Lederer? Do you think these renowned player have ever needed to use a code marketing pokerstars or any other type of poker bonus or promotion. The answer is…probably never.

Most of these books discuss strategies that are beyond the mentality of the players in micro/low-stakes NL poker. Sure, it’s poker, but the game that pro’s play is completely different than the game we’re talking about.

What we don’t hear enough about is the mentality of low-limit players, and that’s what we’re going to discuss. We call it stake stereotyping. With any discussion about poker, you must always realize that there are often infinite situations that call for different styles of play and making the correct adjustments.

For example, PokerStars is known to have more solid, tight competition than most other rooms. This is because they have a huge bonus that takes some work to get through, and players want to break even at the tables while making a profit from the bonus. In most cases however, low-stakes games are very loose in comparison to higher stakes games. For that reason, we will use the typical loose, low-stakes game for this discussion.

What do we mean by stake stereotyping? Well, we’re talking about using the game limit to help determine proper strategy. There are plenty of poker strategy articles that discuss playing the player. However, in online poker the strategy in many cases needs to be more generalized, and that means before you sit down at the table.

“The Mad Genius” Mike Caro has explained the importance of stereotyping players in a live game, but what about online where clothing, jewelry, grooming, and other obvious information is not available? For online, low-limit play, you need to take Mike Caro’s idea one step backward and realize that these micro-limit players play very differently from whatever is considered good poker.

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