Online Poker - 10 Tips for Winning
Concentrate your table position and strong starting
This is a common rule and one that should be
adhered to if one is to become a successful online poker player.
This is due to the fact that most online players are involved
in way to many pots and see way too many flops, mainly with
marginal to weak starting hands. It is permissible to play
marginal hands in late position when there is no action in
front of you. The way to beat these super-loose online players
is to just tighten up and wait for the right cards at the
right time so you can felt someone.
Avoid playing too lose online
Again, this goes back to tightening up your
play against these super-loose online players. In the long-run
you, as a tighter more disciplined player, will be more successful
and take down more pots. These loose-as-a-goose players try
to see way too many pots, maybe because of the low limits,
maybe because of the action. Whatever the reason, tighten
up your play and take down those pots.
Practice reading the flop
Since the speed of online play is part of its
allure, the games move at a much faster pace. Being able to
immediately scan a flop and determine the "nuts"
or best possible hand, is imperative. Does the flop have a
possible straight or flush draw? Who may have hit the flop?
More importantly, who missed the flop all together? McEvoy
recommends sitting out a few rounds the first time you start
a game or new table session to get a feel for the style of
play you're up against.
Adjust to the speed of the online game
This one is pretty self-explainitory, but important
still. In a Brick & Mortar casino a player can expect
to see around 30 hands an hour. This number can be expected
to easily hit 50 hands per hour in an online casino and one
must be able to adjust to the faster pace. There are several
reasons for this; first, the online "dealer" is
much faster than a live dealer in a casino. Second, there
is a time clock that immediately begins to run as soon as
the action is on you which causes an annoying beep when you
have delayed too long. If a decision isn't made 10-20 seconds
after this period, the player’s hand is automatically folded
and play continues. There is a way around this however, a
player may request an additional period of time when faced
with a very tough situation such as an all-in call. This feature
is available on most gambling websites.
Take notes when you play
This one, in my opinion, is a biggie. On most
sites there is a little "notes" box that you can
click on and jot down small tidbits of information along and
along during a game. An example of this would be keeping a
list of hands that a particular player shows down. Another
example would be to keep track of your own play so that you
can review it at a later time and fine-tune your play. Also,
when playing online at a particular site, one will notice
that at certain limits and in certain rooms, it is common
to see the same players so keeping track of their betting
patterns and what hands they show down is extremely helpful.
To this I would add: there are a few great programs out there
that auto track lots of information, one must just be certain
not to become dependent on this software and use it strictly
as a supplement.
Look for tells
While tells are typically reserved for live
games, there is information one can garner from other players
online. When you flop a pair and check from first position,
if the table checks all the way around rapidly, it denotes
the use of the automatic-check button, which can usually signify
weakness. Also, when a player takes a fair amount of time
before bringing his hand in for a raise, be sure to keep track
of that hand at the showdown, so next time you have a better
idea of what he might be holding when he pauses before coming
in for a raise.
Play smaller tournaments first
The reasons for this are many, but mainly to
gain confidence at the lower levels if you are able to dominate
them. Playing in these small buy-in tournaments, one can receive
a ton of experience for just a little bit of cash, with incentive
to win some pretty decent prizes if you make it to the end.
Schedule your tournament play
There are so many tournaments online, scheduling
them and remembering which ones you have scheduled is difficult.
Also when scheduling, remember to leave your schedule open
so that you can be assured sufficient time to finish a tournament
that you start rather than having to watch the clock.
Don't play poker to escape other things
Don't play when you are in the midst of an argument
or to avoid doing something that is weighing on your mind.
You cannot, and will not play your best game if you are preoccupied
with something else. If you must play when preoccupied, do
so at a lower limit table so that you can handle the swings
in your bankroll without really being affected by them.
Don't put more cash in your online account than
you can afford to lose
This is a bankroll management tip, but very
important nonetheless. This is an often-ignored rule strictly
because we as humans tend to chase our losses or move up in
limits to recoup a loss at a lower limit game more quickly.
Always remember to quit when your situation has deteriorated
to the point where you are "on tilt" or making bad
decisions. Chasing cards, making bad calls, or playing inferior
hands. In short, don't use the grocery money to gamble with,
and when your allotted gambling money is gone, don't throw
good money (not planned for gambling) after it.