3 (Three) Steps to Increasing Your Profit in Small Stakes Cash Games

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Increasing Your Profit in Small Stakes Cash Games
Increasing Your Profit in Small Stakes Cash Games
Increasing Your Profit in Small Stakes Cash Games

Many people know me as the guy who has played millions and millions of hands at the very lowest stakes online. I have made tens of thousands of dollars in these games. I am talking about the 1c/2c, 2c/5c, and 5c/10c games in which many of you play.

Playing such a crazy amount of volume at these limits — often versus some of the worst players on the planet — has uniquely allowed me to understand what it takes to achieve maximum success against such players. In this article I am going to provide you with the three most important steps to increasing your profit in small stakes cash games.

Step 1: You Must Maximize Your Value
What do I mean by “maximize your value?” I mean that you get the absolute most out of your opponents when you have the best hand. Good hands don’t come around very often in poker, and one of the biggest mistakes that people make at these limits is slow playing or simply not betting enough when they do.

Maximizing value starts preflop. It is not necessary to get “tricky” when you wake up with hands like {A-}{A-}, {K-}{K-}, {Q-}{Q-}, {J-}{J-} or {A-}{K-}. I have achieved the most success in these low stakes games by just making the totally obvious play with premium hands before the flop, raising or reraising if the pot has already been opened. Read Full