If you have never played on the Merge network before, one of the first things you will notice is that you generally have much less time to act per hand. This is awesome as it allows for more hands per hour per table. The bad thing is that, if you are used to the Revolution network, you can easily pull up way too many tables and before you know it, you are a rakeback bot.
So around hand 1700 this week, I made a conscious decision to have no more than 6 tables going at once at any given time, instead of the 9 I had been sitting in at. As you can tell by my red line, that was a very good decision.
I am now able to more readily spot light 3-betting and thin value betting spots as well as pay a lot better attention to game flow. But perhaps the biggest reward for the "less is more" philosophy, is the ability to look for the weaknesses in every player at the table. ALL players, unless they are Phil Ivey, have a weak spot or 10 in their game that you can and should be exploiting every time you sit with them. After all, that is what poker is all about.. playing the player.. or collective players in a particular stake.
For example, I was looking through my HEM database at instances that I have made small 3-bets instead of shoving all-in. In over 200 instances, my 3-bet success rate has been about 30%!!! In that same period, I enjoyed a c-bet success rate of 54%. So, not only do my pre-flop monsters get action more often from a small 3-bet, my 3-bet bluffs have the potential for giant profits against the typical micro-stakes fit-or-fold type players.
So, as a result, the latest evolution of my game is to use 3-bet shoves much less and instead strive to make smaller 3-bets with a polarized range, say 2.2 times the original raise. So in other words, when I make a small 3-bet, it is either a complete bluff, or for value. I save the "middling" value and bluff hands for shoves. Of course those ranges tighten and widen substantially based on the particular opponent.
The point I am trying to make here, is that it is very difficult to play a nuanced game when you are trying to play too many tables. So if you find that you have a free-falling red line, or feel like your game is stuck in neutral, try dropping a couple of tables and see if that helps.