Busted through the five digit mark today on FTP: 10,676 right now after scooping a 7cs hi/lo pot worth almost 1000 with a King high diamond flush and a 7 high low that put me over the top.
* Fold, fold, fold. I find it easier to throw away marginal hands by multi-tabling and doing email/blogging/surfing between good starting hands. I don't get invested too much in a hand. I look for good starters and optimally I will catch something on 4th street that means I have a ton of outs to make a good hand on the last three streets. If I brick I don't mind paying a small bet to see what 5th street brings but if there is any action at all I get out. I don't even know what a good high hand is. I regularly fold big pairs either split or down. Don't care about them if they can't make me a low. Haven't been rolled up yet but I'll play that for fun. I will also see if I can improve if I start with three to a straight flush but any hand with a card 9 or higher is definitely the exception. Fold, fold, fold then fold some more.
* It's good to be low. Basic strategy with high/low games but hand selection is critical. You basically want to start with a Razz hand and hope to improve to a straight or flush. Sometimes you back into two pair and that wins sometimes too but obviously the margin for error there is slim to still make your low. Essentially you aim to always win the low and sometimes scoop. You see so many d0nks complete or raise with a King showing and you know they are going to feed the pot when you are involved in a hand. They think that when they pair their Jack that they're golden because they have one Jack down and nobody will suspect how "powerful" they are...even though they have been check calling until the Jack hits and then they lead at the pot...sneaky indeed!
* The play in Stud is a lot like what was happening in Pass the Trash. Once things become clear where people stand then it becomes a jam fest. The low is pushing as much as he can and the two highs *have* to call either because they are already there or because they just need the one...last...card to make their stupendous hand. Again, by going low you can tax these d0nks by keeping half of whatever the three or four of you put in. Once you get your low or scoop hand and are up against someone who likes their hand, everyone else gets middled and end up feeding the pot, they keep check calling in hopes to see a cheap card even though two other players are in a raising war.
* I like shorthanded tables, maybe 4 or 5 players. The problem is that if you have too many players, once two of them make their hands then it gets too expensive to see your next card if you aren't already there yet. Smaller tables makes it easier for you to control pot size by check calling until you are ahead then jamming the pot.
* Betting stations are your friend as long as no one else has made a hand before yours. Just check/call until you are home free then you get all the action you want. But if you get two betting stations at the same table it's time to leave. Even with a fantastic starting hand it is just too expensive to try to make your hand when they are capping every street. Though the odds are with you holding a A23 suited, it's just not worth the hassle of paying full price just to see brick or 4th street.
So that's what I've found. I'm looking forward to padding my roll a little more then starting in on higher stakes so I can get to six digits. And while I've been blogging I've taken my roll to 11,070.