Rule # 1 – Bankroll Management.
This is the most important rule. It is best to never buy anything over 5% of your funds available. I like pokerstars because they have sit n go’s that go all the way down to 2 cents. I recommend playing nothing but hyper turbos and stick to the 10 cent or 25 cent tournys as your minimum buy-in. Myself, I only buy in to things that are 1% off my bankroll. So if I have 110 $ i would be playing the 1.10 $ tournys as a max buy-in. This is a very strong bankroll method of assuring that I will never go broke. I am currently using this bankroll method using $ 1,200 and climbing. Sticking to this formula no matter what the best way to practice poker is to buy high stakes and build a bankroll at the same time.
Rule # 2: Play Strong or Get Out Poker IDN.
No matter what, when you have a hand bet. The only time I don’t have a strong hand with pushing is when someone is up ahead. Then its either all-in or get-out. You have a good hand when pushing out the Never Be Scared. In low stakes its far better to put people in a decision because more people will draw. If you have any experience of online poker, then you know about the suck outs. I don’t recommend going all-in with anything other than AA, KK, QQ when someone is pushing. Also the only starting hands when I play is Any Stakes Below 4 $ is AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, and AK. Once you get above 4 $ in stock, you will be more experienced in how to play and when you should bluff and when. Basically, just don’t bluff and you will win the long run. Hands that get you involved in the big and small blinds of the limp. The only exception is when you hit a strong hand like a pair of two or better, a hand that will be far superior to yours. For example if you hit two pairs and there are three spades on the flop, then it is best to play safe and get out. On the other end, if you hit two pairs with say ace x and there is no flush / straight, bet on what’s in the pot. The biggest thing to do is to play this strategy consistently. If every so often, this will be your biggest setback.
Rule # 3: Bide your time
The biggest threat to you at low stakes poker is your mind. Being a patient is the key to success. A good tip to decide which tournys to play is go and uncheck show registering only in the poker lobby. This will show you how long an average tournament will take you. Most take 1 hour + heads up so you don’t have to at least do that long, don’t bother playing. Also when you know this, you have the ideal and how long you have to last. Ultimately this is the only thing that matters is your making money until the end. Don’t worry about how many chips you have. I have had tournys where the whole thing may have played 10 hands and only got really involved in the 3. I doubled up each of these 3 though and stole some blinds on about 4 others. I took 5th place out of roughly 860 people and this was simply a very strong hand playing. Doing a key is also a great way to get people involved when ditching some good starting hands. When the final table at the folded kings 3 people went all-in ahead of me. Pocket 5’s Ak and aj were all ahead of me. Even thought I was ahead, on the flop a 5 flew and I would have ended up losing. Low stakes tournys are best played by just about any other people involved and when you are seizing pots. This will undoubtedly bring you more success.