In late January I sucessfully made the progression from NL4/NL5
to NL10 (finally!
I failed 3 times in 2016 for different reasons).
In this post I'm going to write down what I noticed is different
in both limits.
I only have 35k hands on NL10 until today, so I talked to other
players who recently made the transition on partypoker/bwin from NL4
to NL10 Fast Forward to have a bigger samplesize and more opinions to
work with. I hope this Topic will help everyone to be better prepared
when making the jump to a new, higher limit.
Regs try to trap more with monsters
This is the biggest change I have experienced while moving up.
Regs start to hide their monsters better.
When a Reg on NL4 hit his Set on a dry Flop he would most of the times
raise you up right on the Flop.
At NL10 they hide it better and will just keep calling you down and
only raise you up on the later Streets.
While on NL4 it was very easy to lay down an overpair it is way
harder(and more costly) to figure out where you stand at NL10.
Potcontrol gets more and more important!
As Daniel Negreanu already wrote:
"The truly great players recognize the problem with playing big pairs
like A-A, K-K, and Q-Q and make the necessary adjustments. Rather than
over value their big pairs, they proceed cautiously in the face of
danger."- Hold'em Wisdom for all Players
Light-3-Bet and Light-4-Bet (Preflop)
On NL4 most of the Regs will hold a Monster when they 3-Bet (i.o. AK
or Q-Q+) and would only 4-Bet the Preflop Nuts (K-K and A-A).
While it is boring as f**k to play against them you still can easily
abuse that (by folding! lol).
There are not many bluffs in their ranges (if any!).
That changes drastically on NL10.
You have alot of Regs who 3-bet(8-12%) and even 4-bet (4-6%) you light!
After playing on NL10 for a few thousand hands it finally felt like I'm
playing "real Poker" for the first time in quite some time. Finally I
had to filter out for myself for every individual player what the best
line against them would be.
You can win alot of money if you know your Oponnent and how to abuse
them. They look good on the first glimpse, but when u work with
positional stats you can find out their tendencies.
Alot of them love to 3-bet light from the button, others love to 3-bet
from the blinds vs the button.
Light 4-bets in the right spots can be very very profitable!
On the other hand they have 4-Bet- and even 5-Bet-Bluffs (All-In most
of the time) in their ranges. Easy to say against some of them we can
narrow down our All-In calling range. May the Snapcall be with you!
Regs are more balanced
In General the Regs on NL10 are more balanced. It is harder to find
leaks. Yet we are still on the bottom of the Micros and pretty much
everyone should still have
(huge) leaks (so do we), we just have to dig a little deeper.
While it was easily profitable on NL4 to adjust to a few players and
play "against" them on NL10 it will be harder. Players will adjust
towards you aswell (which was rare on NL4).
"vs Hero stats" get more important. Autopilot won't work as well as it
did on NL4.
NL10 is more agressive
It's common sense that the higher you play the more agressive the
games will be. Agression means money in poker (if done well). Jumping
from NL4 to NL10 you will notice that increasement of agression.
Fish are Fish!
Recreational players are in it for the fun!
On NL10 are not as many fish as there are on NL4. (because it is the
lowest limit) But there are still plenty.
They don't want to improve and only play the game for fun and the
adrenaline! They just want to make their herocalls or bluff you out
of a huge pot. Winrates don't matter to them. Just let them win (suck
out on you) from time to time and they will come back and deliver new
money to the Ecosystem of Poker.
The Playerpool is smaller by around 20-30%. During Prime-Time
there's no major difference.
But at certain "Off-Times" it can get tricky. There are positive
things and negative things.
-You gather hands on the individual Players quicker
-Fish to Reg ratio increases (Some Regs only play when ther are 50+
players in pool)
-Tables start with only 5 or less players (which is not necessarly bad)
-Hands per hour go down drastically (from ~1200 to <600 on 4 tables)
Your Winrate will be smaller
The Increasment of general skill will lead to us having lower
The lower Winrate will result in longer Downswings so
Bankrollmanagement is key!
From my experience the Winrate will go down 25-50%.
Still, if you are comfortably beating NL4 there is no reason why
you shouldn't beat NL10, too!
How to take a shot!
The most important thing to have in mind is, it's not a big deal
if you fail your shots at a higher limit. Everyone failed (multiple
times) when trying to climb the ladder. Just stick to your plan,
rebuild your Bankroll and try again.
Set out a fix amount of money which should not be more than 33% of your
bankroll. If you have lost it just go back to your old limit.
It's very helpful if you play less tables to acclimate to the new limit.
Get used to the playerpool and the tendencies first without taking the
risk to spew money to fast.
When you just went up a limit it also should be one of your daily
habits to review the biggest hands (winners and lossers) of the day
before. Also look for some mid sized hands you won if you left Value
at the table.
Reviews are very very important when you've just joined a new
Stay calm and may the Odds be ever in your favor!