This week you’ll be practicing a very common situation in Small Stakes cash games. A primary feature of Small Stakes games is that larger open raise sizes are typical. For example, in a local $1-2 home game, the open raise will be often $10 or more.
In this spot, you’ll be open-raising to this larger 5BB raise size preflop from Middle Position with our opponent calling on the Button.
The larger preflop raise size causes the Stack to Pot Ratio (SPR) to be lower here than in other cash games with 100BB stacks. Recognizing how larger preflop raise sizing drastically impacts SPR on the flop is critical adjustment to understand when playing in Small Stakes games.
With the lower SPR, the in position player having a nut advantage is less important than at deeper stacks. When one player has more big hands than an opponent with deep starting stacks, the threat of those big hands causes strategic adjustments across all streets. As the SPR decreases, this concept becomes less important.
However, you will still want to check with many hands if the flop clearly favors the caller over the raiser. Against tough players, you should not c-bet with a 100% frequency here. Against weaker players, you can simply c-bet all of the time. They won’t play back at you often enough to make that strategy unprofitable.
Overpairs have a lot of value heads up, especially with the lower SPR. You should often bet larger amounts with these hands and your bluffs to balance. You can typically get lots of value from your opponent’s top pair hands in these Small Stakes spots.
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