Although provocative, I think this post, at heart, raises a good point.The poster claims .5/$1 lim is not poker and is obviously wrong because it's necessarily one level of poker, but his point gets missed entirely.I've tried .5/1 etc. when playing on-line and gradually worked my way up to a high NL game and higher limit games and anyone can tell you that at .5/1 drawing odds are against you. I don't mean you don't have the right odds to draw, I mean hand value goes down because everyone and their brother's children is calling you with their low to no pair 'til the good ol' river brings them their sunshine. It's all about adjusting your game to conditions. You don't want top pair, you want a flush/straight draw or a set. Obviously you will be playing your high PPs and be trying to get them to hold up, but they will only hodl up a small percentage of the time (compared to what you expect from other games). But the pots they win will be huge.
The point that the original poster missed, and perhaps you did a bit too, is that while it's true that these games are all drawing games, you need to be playing that
game TOO. You should be drawing a hell of a lot, though not with WEAK draws. That's why suited connectors and Ax suited (and sometimes Kx suited) should be seeing the flop nearly every time, if the table is passive. And not only should you be trying to flop draws, when you do, depending on how good the draw is, you should be jamming it.You'll have better luck jamming your nut flush draw vs 7 people than you will with AA on the flop (unless you've flopped a set). And again, if it's 7 people jamming KQ on a JT3 rainbow board is also a fine fine plan. If you don't understand this, and are only jamming AA/KK/QQ you're missing the point.
Are these games unbeatable? No. Are these games a good investment for your money? No.Depending on the definition of poker, specifically, if you want to play what is considered "winning" poker, and see efficacious results of your play, I would agree to a large extent that .5/1 lim is not poker, or at least not the "right" poker to play.
Where it's a good investment for your money depends on a lot of things. What are you trying to get out of playing it? If your goal is to increase your bankroll they're certainly a good investment, if all you have to put in is 300 bucks. Could you win more in NL25? Most probably. Will learning to beat .5/1 teach you a lot more than learning to beat NL25? Most definitely.