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My name is Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams and I have been an online poker pro for over 10 years now. I have also written 3 best selling books on the game and coached 100's of students to success at the lower limits.

If you are new to 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 achieving real profit at the poker tables.

What is Success in Poker?

Before we start with anything though, let's talk about what success in poker actually means. Success to me in poker is very simple: long term profit

Anybody can get lucky and win a tournament or go on a heater at the cash tables.

The real pros are able to keep winning month after month and year after year though. This is how you know that their success is no fluke. It is the byproduct of skill instead.

Blackrain79 micro stakes graph
Your poker graph should look like this 

So I want you to understand above all that success in poker is a long term endeavor.

There is no quick buck in this game. If you are looking for a "get rich quick scheme," you picked the wrong game.

I didn't start creating profits like this overnight. And you probably won't either.

But if you are willing to put in the work to improve your game and stay patient, I can teach you how to make long term profits like this, and quite frankly a lot more as well.

What You Also Need to Know

1) Success in poker doesn't come easy.

Top poker pros tend to be the ones who work the hardest. I have played millions and millions of hands of poker and spent countless hours studying away from the tables as well. This is why I have been able to turn poker into a career.

2) 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. The cream always rises to the top in the end.

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 instead.

If you have a deep passion for poker and you are willing to put in the effort then believe me, there is big money to be made in this game.

Here are some recent winnings of mine:

Blackrain79 poker winnings

Yes, that is tens of thousands of dollars in profit. And almost all of it was made at stakes that most people would consider to be very low.

I did all of this from my laptop as well, while traveling the world, or sitting seaside at my condo in Thailand.

If you want to know my full poker story by the way and why I decided to turn pro and move halfway around the world, check out my 10 Years as a Poker Pro post.

The key takeaway here for you though is that anything you want is possible in this game. You have to be willing to work for it though.

How to Crush the Micros

In order to produce these kind of results you need 3 things:

  • The right poker strategy
  • Play in the right poker games
  • Learn how to stop tilting

Now instead of writing a huge long essay here on how to do all this I decided to put it all together in a free poker ebook that you can download and read on the go.

Blackrain79 free book

And don't worry, it's not super long. It's only about 50 pages.

Therefore, you should be able to blast through it in about an hour.

If you start consistently applying the concepts in this ebook you will without a doubt start seeing better results in the lower limit games online or in the casino.

You can download this book for free right here.

My Poker Strategy Articles

The next best place to learn how to start crushing the micros are my poker strategy articles on this website.

I have written over 500 in-depth strategy articles and that is why is one of the most popular small stakes poker strategy websites in the world today.

I have broken it down for you below into my most popular articles for each skill level, beginner on through to professional.

Feel free to bookmark this page because I am always updating and adding to this list.


The Ultimate Poker Cheat Sheet for 2018

47 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

How to Play Against the Fish Who Doesn't Fold Anything


How to Beat Online Poker in 2018

The Only Checklist You Need to Launch Your Poker Career

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


Can You Win at Online Poker Without Using a HUD?

How to Optimize Your HUD for Today's Micro Stakes Cash Games

The Ultimate 6-Max Poker Strategy Guide

How to be a Poker Shark - Getting Ahead and Winning Big

Professional Poker Player

10 Years as a Poker Pro: This is What I Have Learned

How to Kick Ass in Poker, Business and Life - 12 Simple Actions Steps

The Top 3 Poker Tools Used by Online Pros

Becoming an Online Professional Poker Player

Poker Strategy Books

Crushing the Microstakes BlackRain79
If you want to go even deeper into my most exclusive content, I am also the author of 3 best-selling poker strategy books which focus specifically on how to CRUSH the low limit poker 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.
  • The Micro Stakes Playbook (Brand New Release). To learn more click here.

Poker Video Training Courses

The Upswing Poker Lab: The #1 poker course available today in my opinion. Taught by some of the best poker players in the world like 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk. Hundreds of lessons, charts and tools to get you winning big. This course is a must have for any serious poker player. You can check out my full review of The Upswing Poker Lab right here.

Elite Cash Game Mastery: This course is only for  extremely serious poker players who are looking to take their skills to a world class level. This course is taught by Andres "educa-p0ker" Artinano who is one of the biggest winners online in the last few years with over 2,000,000 (yes million) in profit. If you want to learn from the very best, it doesn't get any better than this. You can learn more about the Elite Cash Game Mastery course right here.

Poker Sites

Blackrain79 poker sites
If you want the best results in poker then it is incredibly important that you consistently play in soft poker games (lots of bad players).

So I have put together a list of the top 5 fishy online poker sites that I personally play on and recommend.

You can find my list of the top 5 softest online poker rooms in 2018 right here.

Poker Videos

There are tons of great YouTube and Twitch streams out there these days that you can watch to help improve your poker skills.

However, if I had to recommend one, it would of course be my own!

On my YouTube channel (subscribe here), I release several new poker strategy videos every single week. And what's even better, is that unlike most others, I focus 100% on the stakes that you actually play.

All of my videos are made for people who play at stakes like NL2, NL5, NL10 and NL25 online (zoom or regular) and $1/$2 or $2/$5 live.

Once again, you can subscribe to my Youtube channel right now by clicking here.

And make sure you hit that little notification bell so you never miss a single video!

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.

Believe me, 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 Facebook. This is also the best way to make sure that you never miss out when I publish a new post or video.

Cheers and all the best at the poker tables!

- Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams

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