Saturday, December 13, 2008

5 Essential Poker Tips And Tactics Part 2

This is second part of the tips and tactics to play online poker these points will further help you in playing online poker in a more professional way.

1. Watch out for flops that are in consecutive sequence such as 6-7-8, because even if you have a high pair there is a high probability that another player will make a straight.

2. Sometimes being caught bluffing can work out in your favour. While getting caught may not be your primary goal, it will make it harder for your opponents to guess your next move. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t always bluff to try and fake out your players, eventually a really good player will catch on and end up taking all of your chips.

3. Carefully study your fellow opponents. Pay attention to the moves they make during the game. How and when do they bet, call, fold, call, check, raise or bluff? Do they take their time when it is their turn to make a move or do they act quickly? Even though players tend to jump around from table to table online, if you frequent a certain table often, you will come to know the type of players that filter through. Never forget – you can always learn something from others.

4. Keep a watchful eye on the high stakes tables, as they usually draw more experienced and professional players. By studying the actions of these players during the game, you will gain a better idea of what separates the pros from the armature and mediocre players. This is an excellent opportunity so make sure you take notes!

5. If you are learning how to play Texas Hold’em at the fun tables, don’t fall into the trap of shrugging off the games because the money isn’t real. This careless attitude will only cause you to develop bad habits. Instead, play as if your chips are the real thing, you’ll develop great strategies from this.

Just bookmark these point while playing any poker game online.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

5 Essential Tips And Tactics Part 1

This is a two part serious describing the tips and tactics of playing online poker or online gambling. The tips that you should remember when playing online poker,

1. If your two hole cards are a low pair, be cautious of how you play. It is a good idea to only stay in the hand if the betting is low. As the game continues, if you find you don’t have a 3 of a kind or two pairs, it is usually in your best interest to fold.

2. Don’t make the mistake of folding too quickly. REMEMBER, if you find everyone is checking, stay in the game and choose to check also; therefore you can move on to the next round without having to put in anymore money in the pot. After all, the next round may provide your hand with the card you’ve been waiting for.

3. As early as the second round of betting (after the flop) you will have 5 cards to work with, giving you a good idea of just how strong your final hand will look like, without putting you to much in the hole. At this time, carefully consider your odds and decide whether it is best to stay in the game, or quit while you’re ahead.

4. Don’t play at tables that you know you can’t afford to lose. Not only will this affect the way you play, making you more anxious and liable to make foolish mistakes, but high-stakes tables generally appeal to skilled players.

5. If you have a strong starting hand, play aggressively during the preflop and try to weed out as many players as you can who have weak hands. This will stop them from getting lucky during the flop. In addition it will ensure that players who think they have a shot at winning to put more money in the pot.

Therefore, do follow the tips and tactics of online poker as this will help in live playing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Good Player Often Play Bad Online Poker

Bad online poker play is not always the result of “poor skills”. In fact, countless players who are great in live games but cant stack up online.

What’s going on here?
The fact is there are several reasons good players can behave like amateurs online.

First, online poker takes away some key leverage points. One is reading tells another is bluffing frequently and another is a solid table image.

Instead, you have to leverage odds calculations, a disciplined hand selection, and increased post-flop “aggression levels”.

And making this switch isn’t an instant thing. It takes a lot of time and energy and willingness to rethink one’s belief and how to play poker.

Another major reason good players “go bad” is because of the bad beats. The plain and simple truth is many people can’t handle the swings. They blame the card room, they call it “rigged”, and they give up.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Online Poker Approach

Playing poker online is vastly different than playing it live. Players are constantly jumping around from table to table, which means you have to learn how to keep up with the fast pace online poker environment, forcing you to adopt a different approach than you would if you were playing poker live.

Poker, regardless where you play it, is ultimately about psychology and how you use it to gain the advantage over your opponents. For instance, many times during Hold’em the winner rarely has an impressive hand. Often a player wins by a low pair, such as a pair of 8’s. The point is it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an excellent hand, all that matter is that it is better than everyone else’s!

So how do you achieve the ideal online poker approach that puts you a step above the average Joe? Aside from practice, here are some aspects you should keep in mind and apply to your games:

It may not have occurred to you but many players are distracted when they play poker online. For instance, while playing, many players often:

* Play two tables at once
* Read or write emails
* Watch TV
* Talk on the phone
* Work
* Or busy themselves with other matters

Have you ever found yourself multitasking while playing poker online? It’s easy to do isn’t it? However, whether you’ve realized it or not these distractions have a negative effect on your game, because your mind is busy trying to focus on too many things at once. Remember, if you are planning on improving your game and winning, you need to take poker seriously, and to do that your full attention is required.

In addition, keep on the look out for players who may appear distracted, you can use their scattered mind to your advantage. Pressure them to fold early, or drag them further into the hand so they will add more money to the pot.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Online Texas Hold'em Poker Bad Beats

Bad beats, as I define it, is taking a winning hand and losing with it. Bad beats are no fun, but happen a lot more than the statistics say they should. The hardest part about bad beats is recovering from them.

Good Poker players will suffer MORE than their share of bad beats because good poker players are playing hands that are in the lead more than other players. If you can, you can look at a bad beat as a good thing. It means you were playing the hand correctly and had an advantage going into the showdown. THEY had to beat YOU. If the percentages work out, you win that percentage of the time.

Unfortunately, knowing you HAD the better hand and losing anyway doesn’t do any good to your bankroll or chip count. Bad beats are just a necessary evil of Poker. Deal with it, and move on.

Yeah, I can’t do it either. Bad beats tear me up more than just about anything because I DO know all the statistics. I know the supposed “percentages” of the other player catching a card. And most of the time that percentage is very low.

Here’s some advice.

Do NOT get worked up because someone hit an outside straight or a flush against you on the river. As far as percentages go, those are “good” percentages with one card to come. Right around 17-19%. Almost one in five.

Do NOT get worked up if a guy with a pocket pair gets his trips on the flop and ends up with a full house to beat your straight or flush. All that has to happen is ANY of the other 4 cards (or 5, 4 of a kind) pairs on the board. You CAN get a bit peeved if he hits his pocket-pair trips for a boat on the river.

Do NOT think it is a “bad beat” if you are all-in against someone pre-flop and get beat. A bad beat doesn’t happen until the river card. Just because you are taking your
AA vs. his 7-2os pre-flop, don’t expect to win. Realistically, in that situation, there are only 2 cards that will help you in the entire deck. If he pairs, and catches his trips or two pair on the river, then THAT is a bad beat.

Pre-flop showdowns have WAY too many variables to try to predict what will happen. Just hope for the best, and don’t take them too seriously. Unless you are beat on the river card.

The real “Bad Beats” are the 4% draws against you on the river. These just tear me up. These bad beats have cost me a few hundred dollars, and I really don’t remember making any money getting a 4% draw to beat somebody. I’m just not in the “behind in the hand” situation very often.