Blog: BlackRain79 - Micro Stakes Poker Strategy

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Author BlackRain79, BlackRain79,
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Jul 15 2020

21 Texas Holdem Tips the Pros Don't Want You to Know

People often ask me what my top Texas Holdem tips are these days. Texas Holdem is a skill based card game played by people from all over the world in casinos and online. It is particularly popular in America which is also the birthplace of the game. Many people dream of winning the World Series of Poker Main Event which crowns the unofficial...

Jul 11 2020

The 105 Best Poker Quotes of All Time (Voted by Pros)

There have been a lot of great poker quotes over the years from legends of the game like Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, superstar players like Daniel Negreanu, and even from famous poker movies like Rounders. And I don't know about you, but even as a professional poker player for many years, I have still always considered myself to simply be a fan of...

Jul 07 2020

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Pocket Aces Got Cracked (Again)

People complain to me all the time about how their pocket aces got cracked, yet again. It happened to them 17 times in a row, they told me, and 3 times last Sunday! So I figured I needed to finally put on my detective hat here and find out why so many people are getting their pocket aces cracked so frequently. Now let...

Jul 06 2020

The ONLY Poker Courses You Need [2020] - Voted by Pros

People ask me all the time what are the best poker courses. And I know it can be difficult with so many options out there these days. Also, many poker courses are aimed at different skill levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. As a 10+ year poker pro I have studied many poker courses over the years to improve my own skills at the...

Upswing Poker Postflop Game Plan Review [2020]

I get a lot of questions about the Upswing Poker Postflop Game Plan little mini course that they offer. As many people know I already recommend several other Upswing Poker courses to take your game to the next level in 2020, including the Upswing Poker Lab. You can find my full review for that right here. And that is because Upswing Poker's main...

15 Proven Ways to Beat Micro Stakes Poker in 2020

People ask me all the time how to beat the micro stakes poker games. And honestly, while the games have gotten a bit more difficult in the past 5-10 years, it still doesn't require a rocket science degree to beat them. Micro Stakes Poker Definition: The "micro stakes" by the way typically refers to NL2 to NL50 cash games online. These are the...

Jul 03 2020

What Am I Doing Wrong in Poker? (Pro Advice)

People often ask me these days what they are doing wrong in poker. Why can't they win? And believe me, I understand your pain. I struggled for a long time to develop a winning poker strategy. And some of my early years as a poker pro were a huge struggle. But I eventually figured out what I was doing wrong in poker that...

Jul 01 2020

Is PokerBros Rigged? (Here's What You Need to Know)

PokerBros is a new mobile poker app that has quickly gained a lot of popularity since it was first launched in 2019. It is now attracting players and clubs from all over the world including America. And this is because PokerBros is easy to start playing poker on, has many fresh customizable display options, and tons of action across many different types of...

Jun 30 2020

Can You Run Bad in Poker For Months? (It Might Surprise You)

People ask me all the time if it is possible to run bad for months on end in poker. The term "running bad" by the way refers to a sustained period of bad luck. For example, your pocket aces get cracked over and over again, you lose flush over flush, they hit their miracle cards against you on the river seemingly every time,...

Jun 20 2020

How to Beat PokerStars Zoom Ante Games (Step by Step Guide)

Recently PokerStars has begun trialing antes in it's Zoom games on the .com platform for NL2, NL5 and NL10 in both No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha. And a lot of people have been asking me about this. How should you adjust your strategy in these Zoom ante games? Are Zoom ante games more profitable or less profitable than regular Zoom games?...

Jun 12 2020

Make Your 4bets THIS Amount (Used by Pros)

People often ask me what is the correct bet sizing when you are making a 4bet. A 4bet by the way is a preflop situation when there is a raise, a re-raise and then you choose to re-raise again. This is an extremely strong play and at the lower stakes in particular it often represents a very strong hand. So it is extremely...

Jun 03 2020

How to Count Your Outs in Poker (The Easy Way)

This article was written by blackrain79.com contributor Frank Reese. Learning how to count your outs in poker is especially important for micro stakes beginners. Even many experienced players don't know how to count their outs properly though. The reason why this is so important is because knowing how many outs you have to make your draw for example, helps you tremendously in knowing...

May 31 2020

BlackRain79 Winnings - #1 Winner of All-Time 2NL & 5NL

I have played A LOT of online poker over the years. I am talking well over 10 million hands at this point. So, trying to figure out my total career earnings is difficult because hand histories got stored on different computers and compiled by different programs: PokerTracker and Holdem Manager. Before PTR stopped tracking the games at Pokerstars they had me listed as...

Good start

I was pretty sure this first real post here was gonna be a downer post about losing some money. I started off running pretty bad and playing even worse. The most notable of my terrible play was raising AQo in EP, 2 callers, button (180bb) and SB (30bb). Flop AQK rainbow. I told myself not to play a big pot here. Nothing I...

New Beginnings...

Hello, This blog will be mostly concerned with poker. I have been playing online for about 2 years now and it was my sole means of paying the bills through about half of that time. That is no longer the case and I'm fine with that. Playing for a living can be very difficult mentally at times. I have no plans on going...

Goodbye NL50

Well I'm done with that limit now as I have achieved the bankroll requirement I set. I will move up to NL100 tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting in that game. I actually have more hands at NL100, than any other limit, throughout my poker career. So its nothing new. Tonight things went decent. I made quite a few big hands. Its a...

Hello NL100

So I moved up to NL100 tonight. Moving up always makes me a bit nervous b/c if you run bad at first it really sucks. I mean, I have a huge bankroll for the game and wasn't going to move down given one bad night. But luckily that wasn't the case anyways. I ran better than I have in weeks and killed the...

I Am BlackRain79

I am opening this blog up to the public. It has in actuality been public for 3 years but I have never revealed my screen name until now. I am BlackRain79 on PokerStars (and elsewhere). I have gained a certain amount of "notoriety" in the poker community since PTR began tracking my play in October of last year. I currently have the #1...

How To Deal With Tilt

I had a good question in the comment section section yesterday that I will just answer here. The question: I have a question for you, if you have the time. In one of your earliest posts you stated the following: "Fuck this game. It makes no sense at all lol. How the hell is it not rigged, seriously? " I'm wondering how you...

Epic Post, Thanks, and July Goals

Thanks for all the supportive comments guys. Even thanks to the one guy trying to troll me lol. I am still trying to getting used to all of this. Nobody gave 2 shits about this blog for years and now I get double digit comments every other post and hundreds of unique hits every day. I am the one who decided to reveal...