The ideal poker image you want to carry is that of an unpredictable player who could either be raising with the nuts or just a second rate hand. This keeps opponents constantly guessing, and you can either value bet or semi-bluff them when opportunities arise.
Of course, you aren’t just assigned a poker image; it must be earned while you’re playing. Sometimes you need to take a weak hand to showdown (when it won’t cost you too much) just to prove that you’re willing to play any hand. Unfortunately, this isn’t cheap and you’ll have to spend some extra chips to make your table image believable. It’s for this reason why you have to be selective when you decide to create a table image.
If you’re a micro stakes player, it’s almost pointless to create a table image because most of these players won’t even notice when you take weak hands to the river or value bet with great hands. On average, they don’t pay enough attention to games to realize what your table image is.
In addition to this fact, micro stakes games see players come and go more often, which means by the time you create a table image, the players will be gone. So once again, it’s a waste of time and chips to make risky moves that could result in you losing money. Essentially, you’re better off just sticking to sound strategy in micro stakes games, and playing good hands.
Of course, this isn’t to say that creating a table image at the lower stakes has no value – especially when you stick to the same limits. If this is the case, players will be familiar with you, and they could remember how you play, which means having an unpredictable table image will pay off.