First of all, a big thank you to everyone who's taken the time to read my previous 29 posts. At last check, I was at 5410 views for 29 posts, so I couldn't be more appreciative. Obviously some posts had more reads than others, but every one counts to me. If there's anything you'd like me to write about, please don't hesitate to make a suggestion.

Just wanted to wrap up the challenge from the last post. I last wrote about a challenge that I was participating in with a friend of mine where I had to win a certain amount of big bets at 0.02/0.04 limit hold'em over a 31 day period for the month of August. The bet came from a poker conversation we were having about whether limit poker was profitable or not.

Considering how erratic my schedule is because of work commitments and how confident I was in being able to win at those stakes, we set the bar at 250 BB's over 30 days. Didn't seem like a lot to me, but like I said in my previous posts, I grossly underestimated how well some of the players can be nowadays at the lowest stakes compared to when I first starting playing poker online over 10 years ago.

Well, the results are in and I won... 110 BB over 24 sessions. The only saving grace was that I was able to win 10 dollars from the Dream Team promotion for winning with J-J in a couple cash hands, so if I was to count that, I actually would have been up 360 BB! But rightly so, my friend was not having any of that creative math...LOL

Soooo....not enough to win the challenge and I lose the bet. Ah well, I had fun seeing what the play was like at those stakes and I might even keep it up when I don't want to be competitive and just want to play some cards. Not sure how much play I'll get in this month because of work and a commitment to be in the wedding party of a friend, but we'll see.

I didn't look up how many hands I played, but because of said work commitments, it wasn't nearly as high as other months, but I give no excuses. As I said before though, the play was better than I expected and I needed to adjust quickly to how much knowledge players at the lowest limit stakes possible had.

Some takeaways from my time at those stakes:

1) I can't stress this enough. There are decent-to-good players playing this low and will implement moves like check-raises, semi-bluff bets and other advanced moves and strategies. I was expecting just bets, bets and more bets and more of a bingo style of poker, but those kind of players were actually rare. And often times, they were taken out pretty quickly by the others at the tables.

2) As much as I give credit to these players, one of the major flaws of most players at these stakes is how much they value top-pair or even middle pair. Basically if they have either top or middle pair, they aren't folding. Now the math says that in many situations, calling down with these hands is correct, but in the situations where the pot is multi-way or a tight player is showing aggression, this is where the ability to read a player seperates a winning session from a losing one.

3) It's true what they say. A much tighter style will work very well at these limits, although there were some instances where I was able to bluff, but those only came after I had won numerous hands and continued to show down the goods. Anyone who comes into these tables with a loose-agressive style to start a session will need some help from the felt in order to come out ahead because players at these levels are not going to fold until you prove that you actually know what you're doing and will cause them to lose money with their calls.

Hope this helps a little bit if you find yourself struggling to put winning sessions together at the lower levels. I don't want to make it sound like I won every session either because I certainly ran into variance during the challenge, but you will come out ahead eventually if you play your absolute best.

Next up for me hopefully will be the Big Bang Main Event on September 12th. I've had the ticket sitting there for a while, so I might as well use it. Don't think I'll get a lot of play in at the cash tables though, but I'll be checking the blogs consistently to see what you guys are talking about.

Good luck at the tables!