October 13, 2012
Just returned from a 5 month break from poker, mainly because I work and study fulltime and was struggling to get any games played.
I've watched some DC videos and read the books - I've always felt that what media is out there, although good, struggles to deal with the level of play at the $3.50 SnG.
Players are so random and irrational, or they just don't understand the mechanics of the game properly. I've read a lot of advice on Blind stealing in the late stages regarding push/fold philosophy and I really think that doesn't work in the micros - players are too apt to call with just about any hand. Small raises to pick off the blinds seems to work better.
After a recent losing streak before I stopped playing, I deciding to play how I felt was best, back when I was very profitable. Lots of min raises to steal blinds late stages, pushes only when holding a decent hand and avoiding pushing any two unless the player is 90% not going to call.
The strategy also included trying to outplay poorer players post-flop where I felt I had the advantage. Just played 4 games - two firsts and a third.
I'll keep playing the style I find comfortable - for know - and see how the results compare to the 'forced' style I've played the last few hundred games.