Texas Holdem MicroLimit Strategy
In some games, the limits are so low that you will see a large number of callers preflop. In addition, many will call you all the way down to the river, especially in limit games. Here are a few ways to succeed.
The basic idea is that you need a better hand to win, so your drawing hands become stronger. In loose games such as these, the following holds true:
- Big pairs go down in value - with people seeing the river almost all the time, you'll probably need two pair or trips to win
- Suited aces should almost always be played - unlike normal games, calling a moderate sized raise isn't such a bad idea. With a flush, you will have the nuts.
- Play almost all suited connectors 54s and above - because 3 (not 4) suited cards on the board will most likely give you the nuts
- Play every pair - get your trips, but be aware of other draws as well
- In shorthanded play, be sure to bet or raise your draw hands, especially in no-limit
- Loosen up in middle position - with a normally weak hand like 98 or 87, if you can see the flop cheap go ahead and try for your straight draw
While you should be playing a bit looser pre-flop, remain tight post-flop. If you are on a flush draw and don't receive any help, don't stick around with middle-pair. You won't survive.
Remember that your pretty-looking hands like AQo, KQo, AJo, etc will go down in value because your top-pairs with a good kicker just don't hold up as well.
Good luck, and don't get too stressed out when the river takes down your aces :)