Blog: BlackRain79 - Micro Stakes Poker Strategy

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May 31 2020

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...

There is no such thing as a downswing in poker

Yesterday I came to a boiling point for about the 879th time along this bad run of cards that I have been having for the past month or two. The difference this time was that I got so mad at my perceived bad luck that I felt unable to continue playing for the day and just quit. I reviewed the session and its...

Graph, Spew etc

The above is my graph over the first week or so at NL25. My winrate is only 1 BB/100. I am not happy with that at all. I have been pouring over the hands again and again in HEM. I haven't played that bad, but not great either (see below). I have been getting set over set nonstop. I am losing big with...

6max Swinging

I switched over to 6max recently. I am really enjoying it so far. It is a lot more fun to play than full ring. The swings are pretty crazy as seen by the graph above but I am starting to get used to it I think. I am only 25k hands in. I am killing NL50 for 5BB/100 and getting smoked at NL25...

LOL Variance - NL25 versus NL50

NL25 6max so far NL50 6max so far Everyday I play them both at the same time. Every day I get crushed at 25 and do some crushing at 50. It makes no sense at all. It just goes to show how meaningless sub 100k sample sizes are. Heck, I think 100k isn't good enough anymore given the smaller winrates in today's games....

Supernova Dreaming - NL25 Poker Swings

Gotta play like a madman cuz I've been slacking again and I need 25k VPP still for Nova. No room for error now. Gonna be playing a sick amount of poker from now until years end. Still rocking the NL25 and NL50 full ring for now. Doomswitched for life at 50. Destroying 25 everyday. Tied my record for most hands ever played in...

Mission Accomplished - SuperNova on PokerStars

I am now Supernova on Pokerstars! This was one of the sickest things I have ever done leaving it this late as I basically had to play 10k hands per day for 3 weeks straight. Pokerstars even CAPTCHA'd me today to make sure I wasn't a robot! This month I returned to full ring and played 236k hands which is my second most...

A Really Bad Day for Poker (Black Friday)

I'm sure everybody has heard about "Black Friday" by now. I guess I will say a few things about it. I am not a lawyer. What follows is just the opinion of someone who has been fairly involved in the online poker industry for the past 5 years. I guess more than anything I just feel bad for the American poker players. Especially...

Coaching

2018 edit to this article. I am no longer coaching. I simply do not have the time. It was a great run with all my students in the past though. And I wish you all the best of luck at the poker tables. Unless you are on mine of course! :)

How to Win at Poker!

From a hand discussed in the comments of the last post. Expert analysis below in blue. Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 8 Players MP2: $3.18 CO: $0.74 BTN: $2 SB: $3.31 Hero (BB): $5.05 UTG: $1.17 UTG+1: $2.24 MP1: $2.98 Pre-Flop: 8 8 dealt to Hero (BB) 4 folds, CO raises to $0.04, BTN calls $0.04, SB folds, Hero calls $0.02...

When To Fold KK Preflop

So I alluded to wanting to post more and grow this blog again in my last couple posts. Since I am not very focused on my own poker career these days (I just play destroy NL2 for a couple hours a day), I am mostly going to be posting advice or suggestions to help you guys out. I believe most of my audience...

The Importance of Playing Poker With Fish

This is another pretty ridiculous hand from NL2. But I think there are still some important points to note. In the future I will post a variety of more common spots as well as hands from higher stakes. Quick Side note before I post the hand: People often ask me how I maintain such a high winrate at these stakes. Honestly, sit with...

Table Selection with Holdem Manager

Hey guys, trying out another idea here for the blog. Continuing with the main theme from the last post about the importance of sitting with fish, I decided to make a short video to show exactly how I game select with Hold'em Manager while playing a lot of tables. It kinda goes without saying but I forgot to mention that I am constantly...

Using Position to Win Poker Pots

This is actually going to be two hands. Both are from NL2 again. And both illustrate a similar point. Take advantage of weak play Things to note: All villains are nits. I am in position in both hands. Nobody has shown any interest in the pot by the turn (read: nobody checks twice with a good hand). I take down both pots with...

Having a Plan for a Poker Hand

Anyone who has seen any of my videos at DragTheBar knows that I continually preach the importance of having a plan for the hand. I learned this concept primarily by watching the videos of world class players like Leatherass9 So what does having a plan for the hand actually mean? It means that you formulate a course of action, usually on the flop,...

How To...Reinstall Holdem Manager?

A couple of months ago I decided to try and figure out what my lifetime earnings were in Hold'em Manager. I had to request a couple million hands from Stars lol. They were amazing with it as expected though. Within about 30 minutes they sent me a link to a password protected FTP server to download everything that I had asked for. Reason...

Playing Long Poker Sessions

I had a commenter awhile back who talked about losing more frequently when playing longer sessions. He went on to say that he wish he had the ability to grind out more hands. Finding the right session length for YOU Like most things in poker there really isn't a definitive answer that I can give to this kind of question. It really depends...

The Number #1 Skill That Every Successful Poker Player Must Have

Knowing how to separate a fish from his money with maximum efficiency I talk a lot about the importance of playing with fish. I also wrote the "guide" on how to find them and get on their left. Sitting at the right tables will do far more for your winrate than any strategy advice you could possibly learn. However, I don't want to...

How to Set Up Your Poker HUD - Part 1

Having the right HUD (heads up display) setup is very important to your success as a poker player. I only clued in to this concept a little over a year ago. I have actually played the majority of my five million+ hands without any HUD at all. Really dumb idea. But to my defense, pretty much everybody was a terrible calling station fish...

How to Setup Your Poker Hud - Part 2

[Note: I now have a much more comprehensive and up to date blog post on how to set up your HUD which you can find here.] Assigning colors to your HUD stats can help you quickly sort through information. As mentioned in the comments in Part 1 of this post, it is probably best to use the familiar green (go), yellow (yield) and...