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Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams has been a poker pro for more than 10 years with some of the highest winnings of all-time at the micro stakes.

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Top 10 micro stakes poker tips

People often ask me about my best tips for micro stakes poker tips, which, by the way, are the games that most people play these days.

This would include both live and online poker cash games with a buy-in of up to $200, and all small stakes poker tournaments.

In fact, the best strategy for the micro stakes poker games is the No. 1 question I get asked by my students at

So, in this article I am going to give you my top 10 micro stakes poker tips, to help get you quickly beat these games on a consistent basis.

10. Learn a basic tight and aggressive strategy

My first micro stakes poker tip is to learn a good basic tight and aggressive poker strategy. This means playing only between 15% and 25% of all hands dealt to you, and playing them aggressively.

You should be entering the pot preflop for a raise most of the time and you should also try to play most of your hands in the late position seats (button and cutoff), as this will give you a major advantage after the flop.

Learning the right micro stakes poker strategy from the very beginning is absolutely key to your success in these games.

9. Pick the right micro stakes games to play in

When you are playing micro stakes it is really important that you choose the right poker games to play in. You don’t want to be at a table full of sharks.

So you want to make sure that you look for players who are limping into the pot a lot preflop, playing lots of bad hands out of position and betting very weakly after the flop. These are very likely to be recreational players, who are much easier for you to beat.

8. Don’t limp preflop

So, as I just mentioned, it is really important that you learn to play poker aggressively if you want to have success in micro stakes. This means that any time you are the first person to enter preflop, you should come in for a raise.

This strategy is more effective than limping (just calling the blind) because it gives you control of the pot right away, which is a huge advantage after the flop. As the person with the betting lead, you will very often be able to take down the pot on the flop, turn or river with a simple continuation bet.

7. Don’t tilt

My next tip is extremely important. And that is, you must not tilt. You are going to play against a lot of bad players at the micro stakes level and they will give you a lot of bad beats.

It is important that you remember this and don’t lose your cool. Always stay focused on the long run in poker and understand that you will be the benefactor of all their bad plays in the end.

Remember that poker is a game based on mathematics and the players who keep getting all of their chips in the middle with the worst hand, will eventually have to pay the piper.

They won’t keep getting lucky forever because if there is one absolute truth in poker, it is that you can’t keep fighting the math and expect to win over the long run.

6. Don’t bluff too much

At the micro stakes it is also important that you don’t bluff too much. And this is because you will face a lot of weak calling station opponents at these limits. They don’t like to fold bottom pair and they will chase every single draw against you also.

You really can’t bluff these kinds of players out of the pot. So it is important to learn to be patient and just wait for good hands and then start betting big.

Another big reason why you should not bluff too much at the micro stakes is because when they call you down, this will put you on tilt. This is why it is usually the best policy at the micro stakes to just not bluff very much, if at all.
At the micro stakes it is important that you do not bluff too much.

At the micro stakes it is important that you do not bluff too much.

5. Invest in your poker knowledge

By this I mean reading some good poker books, joining a good poker training program or even hiring a coach.

When you invest in your poker game by learning from somebody who is already very successful in the game, this will flatten your learning curve tremendously. Don’t spend months or even years spinning your tires at the micro stakes. Invest in your poker knowledge from the beginning and your progress will be much faster.

4. Value betting is extremely important

Value betting in poker is when you make a bet with a hand that is likely to be the best hand. In other words, you are betting for value, you want them to call.

Now, while you can’t bluff many of your opponents at the micro stakes (because they call too much), you absolutely can value bet them frequently and get paid off. So any time you have a decent hand like top pair or even middle pair, you often want to make value bets with it.

3. Don’t get fancy

One of the biggest reasons why many people do not have success in micro stakes poker games is because they try to get too fancy. They try to make big plays copying one of their favorite high stakes poker pros that they saw on TV.

This is the wrong approach. At the micro stakes you want to keep everything as simple as possible. As mentioned, just go ahead and bet when you have a big hand and don’t bother trying to bluff too much. This is how you beat the micro stakes.

2. Don’t try to go pro

One of the biggest mistakes that people make at the micro limits is trying to be a poker pro too soon. You need to take it slow and improve your game first and move up the stakes.

Because the truth is that you really can’t make enough to live a really good life at these limits especially if you live in a wealthy western country like the U.S.

This is why it is usually best to keep your day job and just work on improving your poker skills at the micro stakes. Once you move up to the mid and high stakes poker games, where you can start making some serious money, then you can consider becoming a poker pro.

1. Have fun

My number one tip for the micro stakes poker games is to simply have fun. Too many people take the game too seriously at these limits. Remember, these are low stakes games and most of your opponents just play the game as a hobby to unwind and relax.

It is important to always just enjoy yourself at the poker tables first and foremost. Whether you are winning or losing, you should be able to crack a joke and enjoy a laugh. Because winning in poker is truthfully a long term process.

And the micro stakes is just the starting ground for all your future poker success. Take it slow, have fun, and always keep improving your game.

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