MCU poker tip: Small-limit games too loose to beat?

Many poker players complain that small-limit rake games are so loose that good players with solid strategies can’t win in the long run. That’s wrong. You should never complain about these small-limit games being too loose. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be able to beat these games if you were against sensible opponents, even if you had a skill advantage.

The rake

Why? It’s because the rake in small-limit games is a larger burden compared to the size of the pot. While you might outplay more conservative opponents, you probably won’t be able to overcome the rake. You need those super-loose opponents to overcome the rake, even though it may be frustrating because they hang in there and draw out on you so often. Just remember, you’ll have to endure that frustration to win.

The truth is simple: If you’re in a small-limit raked game, you need loose opponents in order to make a profit. This means you’ll be drawn out on more often. But you can still win. — MC

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Mike Caro

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  1. On The Small Limits Games….YEP!….Mike Is Correct As Usual! Thanks…(In Fact, One Afternoon At The Bellagio– 4-8 Limit, There Were 3 Local “Hustler Low Lim. “Pro’s” (Kinda..Real Tight Anyway.) After I Had Been Playing… So I Even Did A Table Change!) “Chuckle”

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