Learning the big lessons of smaller stakes strategy

I went through a bad time a couple of years ago with my NLHE. My game stagnated and the games became tougher which is a fatal combination for potential profits. As I have already said then I managed to get some really good coaching recently and last week showed my first 30 hour poker week in ages. Gone are the days when in 2003 and 2004 I was grinding 60 and 70 hour working weeks playing $5-$10 and $10-$20 limit hold’em.

Limit just got so much tougher and the best players at levels like $30-$60 were amongst the toughest in the world. The solid pros who were underneath them moved down into my levels and multi-tabled them. I didn’t have the same dedication and suffered as a result. These days I figure that profits can be guaranteed at no limit hold’em under three conditions…..firstly your game is solid.

When I mean solid then I mean that you make no big errors. Secondly that you play lower levels and thirdly that you are not greedy. Trust me when I say that $100,000 per year is possible without being a great player. That is simply $50 per hour playing 40 hours per week. If that sounds a lot then imagine $5/table per hour playing ten tables and suddenly it sounds a whole lot easier. NL50 is a solid level filled with regs and technically proficient players……but they are not the “All Stars” and you don’t need to be Tom Dwan to defeat them either.

Come and play free poker with Carl at www.pokerstars.co.uk/poker/getting-started/free-poker/


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