I said I could do this on an index card, but while I'm at it I figured I'd just explain everything bc questions will be asked.Any Starcraft players here? If so you remember those bastards who always picked the Zerg race and rushed at you with 5 bagillion of the cheapest minions and their entire strategy was to crush you with volume and zero thought
. Annoying little pricks aren't they? Well the concept is applicable to the lowest levels of online poker and is extremely effective in getting your bankroll started.I would not personally use this strategy past .05/.10NL, but it may still be effective higher up... I just haven't played FR at those stakes in forever. The basic idea is that micro players in general make 2 horrific mistakes: 1) They play way too many hands preflop 2) Top pair is the nutsWe are going to exploit this by sizing our stacks so we can maximize these errors without having to play beyond maximizing these errors. While profitable, the edge isn't tremendous. However, it is so simple to exploit these mistakes that we can make up for the edge being small by playing 16-20 tables at a time. This will also make variance fairly low and teach players what good volume really is.Ok, the games you will be playing are Full Ring NLHE, I recommend Pokerstars for this because of the abundance of tables. Rule 1: Shortstackers have a natural mathematical edge on early streets, exploit it.
You will be buying in for 40-50big blinds. For $.01/.02 you should buy in for $1. For $.02/.05 you should buy in for $2 for .05/.10 you will buy in for $4. That's right, you're a shortstacking little prick, get over it.Rule 2: When your mathematical edge is gone we no longer want to play
. Good lord we're hit and running too? That's right, once you get up around 75 big blinds you are leaving that particular table. Screw ethics these are penny tables and you won't have time to pay attention to chat anyway.Rule 3: We still like to profit, don't get too short
I could never get the auto-top off feature to work, but when your stack is below 35 big blinds it's time to reload back to 40 big blinds. Stay alert and kinda memorize the mouse movements because this can get tricky when managing a lot of tables. Also, the auto-rebuy feature is the nuts.Rule 4: Tight is right.
If you can't read this chart have someone else explain it for you.
Stack off doesn't mean shove, it means these are the hands you're willing to go the distance with preflop heads up. If it gets multiway you should default to UTG's Cat 1 hands.Rule 5: Punish their mistakes now not later
This means your open should be 5BB + 1 for every limper. If you can get away with more then do more. You're going to be playing a lot of tables so I don't suggest sitting there and counting every limper, just learn to ballpark it, click the slider a few times, and get it where you want it to be. Your three bets should be at least triple the opener. If you have a raise and call in front of you with a Cat 1 hand, just shove.Rule 6: When in doubt, fold it out
If you're in a tough spot preflop and you're not sure whether you should be playing defaulting to a fold is fine. That is unless, you have half of your stack in preflop, in which case it is almost never correct to fold any two.Rule 7: Preflop aggressor is usually still ahead
Unless you have a super multiway pot (4 or more players), if you were the preflop aggressor you should be betting again. Your bet size is by board texture. Naked boards = half pot. Boards with a draw or two = 2/3's of the pot. Superdrawy boards = pot. If any C-bet leaves you with an awkwardly small turn bet, just shove.Rule 8: Top pairs is da nuts
Well it is for them at least. Your goal should be to stack off every time you have TP/TK or better. If you reach the turn and have TP/TK or better, shove please. Also, if you get a "big blind special" just keep potting it. I'm assuming a BB special is 2 pair or better.Rule 9: Don't Slowplay
. If I catch you slowplaying you must send me your entire bankroll. Slowplaying is stupid, don't do it. Minor exception if you flop quad
aces.Rule 10: Keep focus on having your 16-20 tables up
. If you feel you can't keep up with managing the tables you are probably playing too many hands. There are some times where you go on a rush of good hands at like 10 tables, but if you're consistently timing out you are probably spewing. It takes some getting used to with all the tables popping up in your face, but after the first hour you should have the hang of it.Also, a couple words of advice. Play the tables as they pop up and do not use quick buttons (they cause massive misclicks). Let the tables open where they lie don't try to arrange them or drag them around. Stop watching your all ins, you don't have time to. Just know that you probably made a good move and if you are unsure review it after your session is done. You will get your money in behind sometimes playing this nitty, don't worry, that's part of poker. You will be getting it in good often enough.