WelcomeMy name is Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams and I have been a pro or semi pro online poker player for over 10 years now.
If you are new to the world of online poker or you are struggling at the micro stakes then this page was created for you! It contains all of the information that you need to quickly start playing with confidence and success.
Success in PokerBefore we start with anything though, let's talk about what success in poker means. Success to me in poker is a long term positive win rate.
What do I mean by long term? Well it depends a little bit on how often you play and how many tables but in general several months at least for most people.
I want you to understand above all that poker is a long term endeavor. There is no quick buck in this game. Success in poker requires a solid work ethic and the commitment to consistently improve. Then, and only then, will the money start to roll in.
In the video below I discuss the 5 biggest keys to success for new and struggling players at the micros. Having played millions of hands at these stakes I can tell you that all of the biggest winners know them.
What Success in Poker is NOT1) Success in poker does not come overnight.
As I mentioned above, this is a long term game. Poker is not a get rich quick scheme. Those who succeed in this game focus entirely on monthly and yearly progress, not day to day or week to week.
2) Success in poker is not easy.
Those who are the most successful in this game also tend to be the ones who work the hardest. This means studying away from the tables to improve their game. This also means putting in the hours at the tables even when they don't feel like it or things aren't going their way.
3) Success in poker has nothing to do with luck.
Poker is a game of skill in the long run. There is a reason why you see the same faces and names at the top of the leaderboards, money lists and final tables year after year.
It is not luck. It is dedication and a deeper will to win than the next person.
Here's the bottom line:
Please understand that I don't say all of this to scare you. I say all of this to "be real" with you. If you have a deep passion for poker and are willing to put in the effort then believe me, there is big money to be made in this game.
Yes, even in today's supposedly "tough" environment.
Why? Because there is always a pecking order in poker. If you are at the top, and maintain your place there, then playing this game will always be like printing money to you.
How to Crush the MicrosAlong with my free poker ebook, I have also written countless strategy articles for this website now based off millions of hands with some of the highest winrates in online poker history at the micros.
If you are just starting out in your poker journey or you are having trouble finding your way at the micros, then I think there is probably something here for you.
I have organized some of my most popular posts below according to skill level and experience. I will be frequently adding to this list in the future so feel free to bookmark this page and come back later.
Beginner47 Things That I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started Playing Poker
The Biggest Key to My Success at the Micros (It Might Shock You)
Why You Need to be More Patient at the Micros in Order to Succeed
The Ultimate Guide to Table Selection for Today's Online Micro Stakes Cash Games
Moving From NL2 to NL5: What to Expect
Can You Win at Online Poker Without Using Math?
Can You Win at Online Poker Without Using a HUD?
How to Play Against the Fish Who Doesn't Fold Anything
The Complete Guide to Bankroll Management at the Micros
How to Value Bet Effectively at the Micros
The Top 5 Signs of Bad Poker Players
Starting out in Poker (The Right Way)
Tilt at the Micro Stakes
Overplaying Top Pair Hands
NoviceHow to Beat Online Poker in 2017
The Step by Step Guide to Dominating in 3Bet Pots
Zoom Poker Strategy - The Essential Guide
15 Mental Tips That Will Double Your Results at the Micros
How to Play More Online Poker Tables
When Should You Move Up the Stakes in Poker?
Moving From NL5 to NL10: What to Expect
How to Play From the Blinds
How to Play Draws at the Micro Stakes
The Art of Bluffing at the Micros: When to do it and Why
Bluff Raising the Flop
7 Ways to Improve Your Mindset When Playing Poker
Ego and Poker
How to be a Bully at the Poker Table
How to Approach Donk Bets
AdvancedHow to Optimize Your HUD for Today's Micro Stakes Cash Games
How to be a Poker Shark - Getting Ahead and Winning Big
Fixing Your Red Line: 9 Simple Ways to Increase Your Non-Showdown Winnings
Don't Get Left Behind: How to Outplay the Regs and Win More Pots
How to Effectively Conduct a Poker Session Review
How to Conduct a Poker Database Review
Optimal Bet Sizing Strategies at the Micros
Beating the Regs
Triple Barrel Bluffing
CBetting the Flop at the Micros (Modern Evolution)
Online Poker Timing Tells and Betting Patterns - How to Read and Exploit Them
Balancing Your Range at the Micros
Professional Poker PlayerHow to Kick Ass in Poker, Business and Life - 12 Simple Actions Steps
Online Poker Players Living in Thailand
5 Lessons That I Have Learned From Moving to Thailand as a Poker Player (Two Years Later)
The Top 3 Poker Tools Used by Online Pros
Becoming an Online Professional Poker Player
The Professional Poker Player Lifestyle
Good Winrates for Micro and Small Stakes Online Poker Cash Games
How Much Do Poker Players Make?
Interview With 2x Supernova Elite Sit & Go Beast Aaron "abarone68" Barone
Interview With Small Stakes Crusher Kieran "KieHa" Harding
Interview With Rising Poker Talent Willian "Khaldragon" Mates
My Strategy BooksI am also the author of two popular strategy books which focus specifically on micro stakes cash games.
- Crushing the Microstakes (NL2, NL4 and NL5). To learn more click here.
- Modern Small Stakes (NL10, NL25 and NL50). To learn more click here.
My Strategy VideosThe NL2 Mastery Course is a 9 part video series where I show you exactly how I created some of the best results in history at these stakes.
This is a great companion to my first book (Crushing the Microstakes) which gives you all of the theory and strategy. The NL2 Mastery Course is about putting that into practice at the tables so you can see how it works yourself
Click here to learn more.
If you want to know the software tools that I use to crush the micros as well as which educational materials I recommend, you can find it all on my Poker Tools Page.
If you want to know all the fishy poker sites that I play on to produce some of the highest win rates possible, then check out my Poker Sites Page.
I Appreciate You!
I just want to let you know that I am here for you as a guide, mentor and a friend. I know that the path to success in poker can be a slow, painful and lonely one at times. I am not somebody special, I am not some poker genius. I am just a guy who works hard at this game to get the results that I want.
Make sure you pick up my free poker ebook in order to learn the strategy that I have used to create some of the best results at the lower limits in online poker history.
And lastly, if you have made it this far, come say hi on my Facebook Page. Cheers and all the best at the tables!
Let me know how I can help you improve at the micros in the comments below. What spots are causing you the most trouble?