June 20, 2011
After stepping back into 10NL - after a 4 month break with a better game, one thing for sure has become apparent. At all levels of micro stake poker that I have encountered thus, there is no small edge that you exploit against opponents to optimize maximum value from a hand. I have read and watched numerous peeps discuss finding that small edge against an opponent and then exploiting and using this to win a ton of money. At the micro stakes there are no small edges to exploit. Realizing this is when you can really start to make some cash and quick. No opponent is every check raising your on the flop with a BDFD and a gut shot. You are never getting value bet on the river by 3rd pair. All the tricky stuff doesn't really exist, amongst most opponents. So you can stick to the baluga theorem with confidence but also look at bet sizing if they donk into you or if you check OOP. Look how close a bet is to the size of the pot and then look at the texture of the board. Sometimes it will be as simple as an over pair to the flop but other times it might be a NFD or 2 pair or a set etc Good size bets on any streets at the mircos usually means nutty hands. Sometimes they might be a bluff but you need to recognize a good thinking micro player (rare) vs a bad aggro fish micro player (common) workout what a bet of that size means.
This doesn't mean we just insta fold all the time to strength, it should mean our "spidey sense" should go off when we get c/r or bet in large by a bad opponent on a non textured board. It will often only be TP, sets, or slow played over pairs. On a textured board we should have a relevant equity to the perceived strength of our opponent to make an informed decision.