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I always recommend Phil Gordon's Little Green Book to new players.I think it's written well for a beginner audience and really helps you understand the thought process you should be using whenever you sit down to play.Next, I would recommend picking a format to specialize in - sngs, tournaments, cash games, mixed games, etc.I find sngs are pretty easy to learn how to beat. There are great books on sngs too. Videos too, if you have the cash to sign up for a training site liek PokerVT or CardRunners. Learn about bankroll management. Put it into practice.If you play cash games, make your top priority table selection. Playing well is actually secondary to table selection. Play against the worst players you can find. If you can't find a good game, don't play.Don't play tired, drunk or if you're in a bad mood.

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That information is to basic need something besides reading Phil Gordon's book.
The only thing I can tell is to play tight and play even tighter at the lower limits. It's tough to bluff a new player off of a $0.50 pot at very low levels. Maybe it's just me but I see a lot of chasing and loose calls even at $1/$2 NLH which is pretty high stakes for me. It's great when they miss but Hell when they don't. I don't play any differently online than I do live. I just pay attention to table selection and you can get all the information you need about that in the book you don't want to read.
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The basics should be all you need to beat micro stakes. The less fancy your play, the better.There are, of course, better books- Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big with Expert Play. Pretty much anything by Sklansky.You're asking about which hand to play from which positions, etc. Those are basic questions which even Phil Gordon can answer :)Nothing is going to beat experience, however. Post some hands here and get some feedback.

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Here was one of the hands. The history was to far back to get but I think I can explain it.9 handed .50 $1.00 blindsUTG: Raises to 3 dollars with queensMiddle postion(me): Aces reraises to ninefolds around to utg calls. Board: Q62 (rainbow) He checks I bet 16, he mid raises to 32, I shove. He snap calls.It seems like its shove or fold here what is correct? First hand at the table you know nothing about opponents.

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Here was one of the hands. The history was to far back to get but I think I can explain it.9 handed .50 $1.00 blindsUTG: Raises to 3 dollars with queensMiddle postion(me): Aces reraises to ninefolds around to utg calls. Flop: Q62He checks I bet 16, he mid raises to 32, I shove. He snap calls.It seems like its shove or fold here what is correct?
Don't tell us what he had, and we need suits of the board and reads of opponents to give best response. I'm sure most of us put our stack in the middle after the min. raise. Sorry your AA got cracked by QQ.
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What do people like better online, Omaha or Holdem for micros. What should you do if you break even every time you play?
Be glad you are not losing and focus on spots where you could have won more or lost less.
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How would I go about transfering money from Pokerstars to Full Tilt?
Ill swap with you....depends on how much..you would hafta xfer first since you are somewhat new here..there are guys in the sports betting thread that can vouch for me
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Here was one of the hands. The history was to far back to get but I think I can explain it.9 handed .50 $1.00 blindsUTG: Raises to 3 dollars with queensMiddle postion(me): Aces reraises to ninefolds around to utg calls. Board: Q62 (rainbow) He checks I bet 16, he mid raises to 32, I shove. He snap calls.It seems like its shove or fold here what is correct? First hand at the table you know nothing about opponents.
If you need to ask this, then you are playing way over your head.Also, try being a little less vague in your original post. You don't even state what games or stakes you play.
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Question about online table selection:Which is the more important factor:High percentage of players seeing the flop? Hands per hour?Or average pot size?This is at the .10/.20 level on Pokerstars.

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Question about online table selection:Which is the more important factor:High percentage of players seeing the flop? Hands per hour?Or average pot size?This is at the .10/.20 level on Pokerstars.
Personally, I want high percentage of players seeing the flop. it means they are seeing the flop with crappy to so-so cards, which means when I play my hands, I will have the best of them and more money for me!Kosin Trouble
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Somone give me some winning stategies for playing online? Hands to play, postions to play them in, trying to beat these micros limits but its a struggle.and other random online advise :club:
I always recommend Phil Gordon's Little Green Book to new players.I think it's written well for a beginner audience and really helps you understand the thought process you should be using whenever you sit down to play.Next, I would recommend picking a format to specialize in - sngs, tournaments, cash games, mixed games, etc.I find sngs are pretty easy to learn how to beat. There are great books on sngs too. Videos too, if you have the cash to sign up for a training site liek PokerVT or CardRunners. Learn about bankroll management. Put it into practice.If you play cash games, make your top priority table selection. Playing well is actually secondary to table selection. Play against the worst players you can find. If you can't find a good game, don't play.Don't play tired, drunk or if you're in a bad mood.
That information is to basic need something besides reading Phil Gordon's book.
If you ask a hopelessly vague question like you did in your OP and someone like potatoman takes the time to type out some good advice, then this is not how you should reply.
Here was one of the hands. The history was to far back to get but I think I can explain it.9 handed .50 $1.00 blindsUTG: Raises to 3 dollars with queensMiddle postion(me): Aces reraises to ninefolds around to utg calls. Board: Q62 (rainbow) He checks I bet 16, he mid raises to 32, I shove. He snap calls.It seems like its shove or fold here what is correct? First hand at the table you know nothing about opponents.
Given the questions you have asked in this thread, the only real answer is: drop down to 1c/2c.
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Alright some of the advise so far is good some is terrible. I'm playing micros at Poker Stars. Latley its been 5 cent 10 cent blinds. I'm still not sure if its possible to get a good flip before you get blinded out a buyin or two. So is it possible to win in the long run at these low limits, not counting people hitting two outers and sucking out. I have $380 what should I be playing?Eric

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Alright some of the advise so far is good some is terrible. I'm playing micros at Poker Stars. Latley its been 5 cent 10 cent blinds. I'm still not sure if its possible to get a good flip before you get blinded out a buyin or two. So is it possible to win in the long run at these low limits, not counting people hitting two outers and sucking out.Eric
Yes its defenitly possible to win at the micro's. I have made $80 at the penny tables, once I hit $100, I will move up to the .02/.05 tables. Maybe you are starting out at too high of tables? Are you playing too loose? Have to remember at the micro's dont try to get too fancy with your play. the mass majority of the people there dont understand it. They only play their cards and what they see. I have only been playing a couple months so i am by no means an expert but what are you using to track your hands? Take a look at where/what hands are losing money and try plugging those leaks.Kosin Trouble
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Alright some of the advise so far is good some is terrible.
You're going to get nowhere in strategy discussions with this attitude, trust me.You can get away with playing 5NL and build through that to 500, then move to 10NL and actually start looking at semi-real play.
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So you read that link and insta-become a winning player? I knew all those training sites were for suckers!
lol hmmmm.I found doyles book to be an excellent read (must have read it 50 times lol) howeer it covers so many different forms of poker. The next best (actually equal......i think) ive read is daniel negreanus, all texas holdem and covers short handed cash, high stakes cash, as well as different styles to play tournaments for both beginners and experienced players. Also the latter having the advantage of being more "up to date". Todd Brunsons section for high stakes is an excellent read as are all the others players' sections. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL POKER PLAYERS IMO. No advice, book or whatever is going to make you instant success but the more knowledge and practice you have the better odds you gain of becoming successful.
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