T and how to beat 25NL 6-Max

Poker Tutorial 1

For fun I have decided to write a series of poker tutorials which when read would hopefully improve the readers success at poker. In particular this series will be focused on 25 6-max, a game which I played for a long time with great success.

First I’d like to state that I practice 20 buy-in bankroll management, which means you need a bankroll of $500 to comfortably play $25. I will also say that I did not have a bankroll that size when I began playing $25 and it depends on your comfort level, fear of losing one’s role, and skill level. When I started playing the games were quite a bit easier and you could nut-peddle if your bankroll was in trouble.


Second, invest in or pirate poker tracker and a hud program. Stat tracking is an unfrotunate reality of online poker and you will be at a disadvantage if you don’t use it.

Third, once you get comfortable learn to multi-table. It will make a big difference in your bottom line and stop you from getting bored when you play.

Onto the tutorial:


Basic strategy if no one has opened the pot:

Position                Range

SB                        B(A10+, 22+, K10+, Q10+, 56s+) C(Ax, Kx, Qx, Jx, almost any 2 suited)

BB                         N/A

UTG                     22+, AQ+, Ajs, 56s, 78s

UTG+1                22+, AQ+, Ajs, 56s+, KQs

CUTOFF             22+, Aj+, A10s, KJ+, K10s, QJs, J10s, 56s+

BUTTON            22+, 56s+, K9+, Ax, Q9+, J8s, 75s, 68s, 79s

First and foremost do not limp! If it is good enough to limp with raising will be better. I break this rule occasionally but try to raise as much as possible. It benefits your strong hands and your weak hands. Second, do not play KJ and the like from early position. These are money vacuum hands. I put 56s and 78s in the UTG section, this also means 89s and 45s and other suited connectors, the key is to raise with them occasionally when you find yourself card dead. It balances you pre-flop range so opponents can’t float you on weak flops and gets you action for your strong hands.

If there is a preflop raiser your calling range and re-raising range are dictated by your opponents pre-flop raising frequency, temperament (could he be tilting? Is he stuck a lot and wants to gamble to catch up), and position. If a tight opponent raises under the gun, their range is likely JJ+, AK. Accordingly do not call with AQ-, KQ- etc… Do call with any pair and a lot of suited connectors. If you have position and you get a good flop you can stack tight players. You see tight players tend to suck post-flop and at $25 they will go broke with a pair of overpair easily. On the other hand if the raiser is quite loose you can re-raise all the way down to AJ+ and 88+. If he is a very good loose player you will occasionally need to re-raise with a couple of suited connectors to balance your range. Against a normal raiser (12% at 25NL) you can reraise with JJ+, AQs+ and ocasionally some other hands when you feel like the player is weak. You should call all pairs and most suited connectors. You should fold KQ, AJ and the like, let me say it again, do not call a raise with KQ or AJ. You will not make money doing this unless the raiser is raising A10 and KJ and even then it’s tough. You should generally 3-bet 3x the original raise, maybe a bit more if you are out of position.

If you get 4-bet against a normal player depending on bet sizing you generally should get it in with KK+, maybe AK and fold everything else. Nobody is 4-betting light at 25nl.

Next, do not defend you blinds too much. Even if you think you are getting robbed you will be playing out of position against an above average hand. If someone is getting out of hand start re-raising preflop more, do not start flat calling with weak hands. Also, against a steal raise do not call with as many pairs and suited connectors because the odds aren’t there. Here you should call with the AJ and KJ hands because you will be against weaker aces and kings. How do you know if it’s a steal raise? Pay close attention to how often the Cutoff and Button raise when it is checked around to them. You should be able to figure out whether they are playing it straight or not. Then adjust to their range.

Generally your raise size should be 4xBB + 1 BB for every limper. If these raises don’t get respect bump it up to 5x, if they get too much respect (never gonna happen at 25) go down to 3x. Never adjust raise size for strength.

If the gets checked around to the blinds be aggressive. Raise and re-raise liberally. In the BB if the SB tries to limp every time punish him by raising most of the time. If he only limps occasionally raise with your strong hands and limp with your weak hands. If they raise occasionally treat it like any other raise from an earlier position. If they raise liberally re-raise them a lot. If you are in the SB try to limp a lot first. If the BB lets you do this, then do it. If they do not then begin limping in with a mix of weak and strong hands, when you get your strong hands re-raised 3-bet.

Part 2 tomorrow (or the next day)…


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