7 MOST COMMON AND CRITICAL ERRORS DONE BY PLAYERS AT THE MICROSTAKES
Very often we see microstakes players overwhelmed by information especially nowadays where the strategical sources have multiplied in comparison to 4 or 5 years ago and; among them, the free ones are even more popular.
And just to be clear, not saying the quality of these sources are bad I’m just saying that a its easy for a newbie to get caught up by all the media watching videos from big pots, huge bluff, etc., and just start duplicating this in a NL2 or in a NL5 table.
So I will try to define what I believe are the 12 most commonly see mistakes new players (and even those with a bit more experience) are making that have a huge impact on their results.
- They play way too aggressive
As stated above, many of the new players today want to mimic what they see on TV and or a YouTube video from their favorite poker player without realizing behind that “crazy” normally there is a well thought out analysis and a reasoning that justify that play. We can’t just launch a crazy bluff with 72 off just because we saw Helmuth do it.
For this I strongly advice newbies to just stick to the basic and master the fundamentals that would be enough to beat the microstakes player pool consistently and will teach them the habits they will need in order to add more advance stuff to their game in order to eventually move up.
- Play in a robotic fashion
I agree that the microstakes levels are soft but new players need to realize that it is just a phase for them to learn and master the game fundamentals to set the foundations for later on add more advance play to their game and beat higher limits.
It is not for the to try and maximize profits so lading 16-20 tables and feeling good about yourself for sustaining a 4bb/100 winrate shouldn’t be a reason to be happy about.
We are not playing microstakes just to crush and make money, we play microstakes to master the game fundamentals.
I often advice my players to not focus on the results while playing in the microstakes and/or are working on their game. Short term variance it’s huge in poker and not because you´re winning money it means you´re playing good and solid poker and viceversa. This is way its so important to focus on your game so much more than on your results especially while you´re working on your game and are trying to move up in stakes and get out of the micros.
- Underestimating the power of table selection
Now more than ever table selection have become a crucial part of every player winning strategy even at the micros.
Always looking for the best table to sit on will increase your winrate and that´s money you´re putting in your pockets, plain and simple. Increasing the likelihood of you winning money it’s something you shouldn’t be passing out instead it’s something you need to take into account every single day.
Every player needs to leave the ego out the door, this is a game of expectation and making money…why on earth would someone prefer seating at a table filled with solid regulars instead of seating in a table with weak players?
If your goals in poker is too prove you´re the best then by all means battle away against the best players but if your goals In poker is to make money without too much hassle and variance then you surely need to take table selecting a more serious consideration.
- You are an emotional roller coaster
In all my years in playing this game I’ve learned that one of the most critical, overlooked, underestimated and difficult aspects that separate elite players from breakeven ones is their mindset.
This is something I can’t stressed enough, you won’t believe me if I told you how many times I’ve heard players tell a story on how they went broke because they started playing above their bankrolls after tilting away during a bad session.
Bad beats and coolers are part of the game and if you want to make a successful poker player you need to cope with this before moving on because it will only get worse as the game learning curve gets more and more steeped every year with the inclusion of more, better and advanced poker software, more and more players improving, the passing of more poker legislation and potentially segregating more markets, etc.
- Afraid of loosing
The vast majority of new players and those that are stuck in the microstakes share this same “cancer” that is eating away all their ev.
It’s very common to see a new player feel afraid to value bet hands like middle pair, bottom pair, ace high, etc., especially on turns and even more on rivers and limit themselves to just value bet the very top of their range.
By doing this they are becoming predictable and will get crushed in higher limits very fast and easily by more experienced players. This is often an indication of poor hand reading skills and/or lack of confidence in their game.
- Not paying attention to rakebacks and bonuses
If you´re a high volume player this is something that cannot be unnoticed as it has a major impacts on your results.
Not saying you must play only on those sites that offers the highest rakebacks and bonuses cause in many occasions’ good and solid regulars will also be targeting those sites but you can’t just play on a site just because you like their software and have a better support services than the others.
We need to balance everything and come up with the best possible mixture of traffic, rakeback and bonuses, client software, quality of their support, etc., that maximize our winrate. I strongly advice to play on different sites to optimize table selecting a lot more.
- Not reviewing their own game
This is also a common practice among microstakes players and its playing 100k hands a month and not going over one single spot. This is especially true if that player is winning as results often mislead players.
I know it’s hard to go over your game without having a strong understanding of the game fundamentals because you won’t have an idea what to look for and even if you replay a hand where you made a big mistake you won’t be capable of detecting it but for that there are forums and active hand discussion groups all over the web.
I advise players to build the habit of always posting hands even if you had a standard spot and just play the “what if…” game, keep asking yourself what would I do if instead of having AA I would have had XX? What if instead having a XXX flop it would have been YYY? What if instead of 100bb effective it would be 50bb?
Just break down the spot as much as you can and understand how much each variable impact on your decision, that way you will be capable of properly adjusting when a similar situation comes in the future.