A guide to playing micro stakes tournaments

July 14, 2021inPoker

A Guide to Micro Stakes Tournaments

MicroMillions is back! The 2021 MicroMillions series features 122 tournaments with more than $4.7 million in total guaranteed prize pools. The fun begins tomorrow with the series lasting from July 15-26.

Here’s the full schedule of events with buy-ins at $1.10, $3.30, $5.50, $11 and $22.

While the buy-ins are small, these events will be attracting some large fields that will create some seriously big prize pools, making for some eye-popping ROIs for those who go deep and/or win.

If you’re looking to shore up your micro stakes tournament strategy, let us recommend PokerStars School‘s Dave Roemer‘s four-part series of strategy articles that contain a lot of useful advice to help you navigate those massive MicroMillions fields.


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Micro stakes tournaments typically attract a wide range of players, including inexperienced players who aren’t necessarily the most skilled. Dave has a nice article describing different ways you can profile opponents in these large field, low buy-in tournaments. Being able to identify the loose-passive chasers, the maniacs, the nits, and the newbs can help a great deal as you choose an appropriate strategy for playing back.

From there Dave shifts from the early to the middle stages of the tournaments with an article offering advice about how to play (and play against) different stack sizes. During this part of the tournament, stack sizes can vary wildly. Sometimes the stacks around the table can make opening a medium-strength hand a good idea, but other times the stacks are such that you should just fold and avoid having to decide what to do when a short stack three-bets all in.

For the third part of the series, Dave moves on to discuss how strategy changes once the money bubble bursts and the big pay jumps start coming. He discusses when it makes sense to fold during the mass exodus of min-cashers and when you should be trying to chip up with steals and resteals. He also talks about how your strategy can shift once you’ve accumulated a relatively big stack with which to pressure others.

Finally Dave shares some useful final table strategy in micro stakes tournaments. As you did at the start of the tournament, here is where you can again try to categorize your opponents. Figure out which ones are new to final tables and might be feeling the pressure, looking mainly just to survive long enough to ladder up to the next pay jump. Also figure out who is playing to win. You can make these determinations by observing your opponents’ actions, their stack size movements, and even their chatbox chatter (if there is any). You’ll want to adjust your strategy depending on which group your opponent falls into, but as Dave explains, you can find ways to attack both the “folders” and the “playing to win” players.

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With 122 tournaments packed into 12 days, you’ll have plenty of chances to apply these tips over the next couple of weeks. Best of luck to all!

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