The last couple of years I’ve been spending most of my time playing microstakes at the Zoom tables, mostly due to lack of time and the ability to just be able to jump into the tables as soon as I log in. It obviously has his pros and cons, which I’m not going to address here again since I did it last year, what I’m going to talk here is a couple of situations I’ve encounter that could really help you out if you are currently playing this type of game. I’m by no means an expert; I have roughly a couple hundred thousand hands and still playing 5NL Zoom trying to move upstakes, but these tips are things I’ve found very useful along the way (even though sometimes I forget about them during play), it also saved me a couple of bucks here and there. Let’s talk about it then.

A 4-bet usually means Aces or Kings. This one is mostly true against most regulars and tight-regs, some might add Queens and maybe AK to the mix. The fishy players can actually 4-bet shove with something crazy like T9 but that’s another story. In my experience a 4-bet means danger, at the micros people don’t usually worry about balancing their ranges so you don’t really need a 4-bet bluffing range yet. Obviously if the villains tends to fold too much to 4-bets I try to take it right there but most of the times I fold if I’m not holding something strong.

The smallish river bet usually means a mediocre hand. You open from early position and get a call, you’re holding a small pair on a King high flop, the action goes check-check on both flop and turn. You get to the river and the villain bets 30% of the pot, he’s usually trying to take it away since the action has been very passive so far. Sometime he has air or maybe a smaller pair so I tend to bluff catch a little more often, sometimes I’m wrong but not that many times. The hand I described is too general to be very realistic but it’s only to illustrate the point I was talking about.

Avoid calling too many 3-bets OOP. At the micros it’s all about making easy decision and avoiding complicated spots. 3-bets are general part of the game these days even at the micros, but being OOP really limits the plays you can make in order to win the pot if you’re not holding something strong on the flop. You’ll end up check folding if you missed the flop (which happens 2 out of 3 times), and if you do hit and donk bet the villain he ends up folding most of the times. Being in position give you more room to maneuver since at least you can float the villains (which I found very useful) or punish them when they’re trying to bluff you.

Simple is good. It took me a time to understand this one. You need to have a plan for the hand as soon as you hit the flop, if not you’ll be facing some difficult decisions on later streets. On top of that the time you get to make those decisions is shorter due to the way Zoom poker is. Make it simple; if you’re not sure and the pot is not that big just fold the hand, mark the hand for the review and post it later on the forums to look for a different opinion.

That’s all I have for now, this is only my point of view and I might be wrong somewhere along the way. Let me know what you guys think and if someone finds this useful I guess my work is done. Until next time, take care!