Canadian poker pro Nathan “Blackrain79” Williams is the biggest micro stakes winner in PokerStars history. In fact, he has pulled in $30,000 in profits while playing the $0.01/$0.02 and $0.02/$0.05 stakes alone. This being said, it’s no wonder why Williams is one of the most popular coaches at DragTheBar, where players can get free poker training through RakeTheRake.
In regards to Williams’ record micro stakes profits, he was quoted as saying, “I guess (people were impressed) because no one was playing as many hands as I was and getting such high win rates. And people just thought it was crazy.” He continued by saying, “At the very lowest stakes, I have the most winnings ever on PokerStars at 2NL and 5NL.”
The micro stakes phenomenon also discussed how he got into poker coaching at DTB by saying, “I’ve been blogging for a long time, and in 2010, I got involved with coaching and now I work with DragTheBar.” Since then, he has been giving other players poker strategy advice, and helping them improve their profits. But it appears as if Williams wanted to reach a wider audience with his teachings, so he recently wrote a book called “Crushing the Microstakes.”
One of the more eccentric tips offered in this book includes making preflop raises of 10 times the big blind or more with excellent poker hands to thin out the postflop field. Also, Williams advocates rarely bluffing because of the tendency for micro stakes players to call, and shoving your stack frequently with the nuts because low stakes players overvalue hands and might call.
“Crushing the Microstakes” is definitely an interesting read for those who are having trouble beating low stakes poker games. After all, many players claim micro stakes games can’t be beaten because they use conventional poker strategy methods that don’t work at low limits. Of course, those who perform the best at this level, like Williams, normally use more extreme methods to exploit recreational players who populate the micro stakes.