Internet Poker Survival Rules
When you play online poker, your adrenaline will jump up and down as the game progresses and this is expected. This is fine as long as you remember the fundamental rules and that you follow them consistently to get the odds in your favor. With that said, here are the top ten tips you might find useful:
1. If you feel that an opponent is inferior to your skills, do not bluff them
If you happen to play against an opponent that you have confirmed is worse than you, try not to bluff specially if you notice that he makes a call on most of the bets. Usually, these types of players think that you are faking and call most of the time, thinking that they can get lucky. Not good. This will result in you losing money.
2. Do Not be Afraid to Go All-In Against a Superior Opponent
If you think the odds are in your favor, go for it, as what you see all the time in the World Series of Poker at Binion’s!. It sure beats a war of attrition that can go on for hours, and againts a superior opponent at that.
3. You Don’t Have to Win Every Hand in Heads-Up Play
You do not have to win every single hand. You do not have go all-in every time you think you have a strong hand. When you play heads up, the whole point is to chip at your opponent slowly (pardon the pun), so do not go for the nuke option to get all his chips in one shot. Slow and steady is the key. The bottom line is to pick your spots, you do not need to win every hand, just focus on the important ones. However, if you luck out on a really excellent hand, don’t place a humongous bet right away to start, place an amount that your opponents can call but make it large enough to get the most of your good fortune.
4. If Your Hand is Weak, Drop It
Sometimes, you will get into this streak where you get one mediocre hand after the other and it really becomes tempting to play them. Take a deep breath, count to ten, and hold off. Wait and see because the converse is also true, when a streak of good hands that you can capitalize on, will follow.
5. Excercise Patience
Online poker on the web is usually much faster than regular play, which can influence your ability to make the right call. So try to ignore these beeps and nags from your poker site and make full use of your allotted time.
6. Do Not Give Up Too Soon
You see this most of the time in tournament play when players give up too soon when chips start dwindling and they start to make really large bets to catch up or calling on really long shots. Cut it out and do not panic.
7. If You Do Not Feel Well, Do Not Play
If you are sick, then do not play. Simple eh? Just remember that online internet gambling will always be there for you, 24X7, so only play when you are in great shape.
8. Watch Out When an Opponents Style of Play Changes
If your opponent has played according to a pattern for most of the game, then plays totally different, you must pay attention. It’s possible that you are walking into a trap. You will see this in players playing safe the whole night then all of a sudden doing all-in, or betting the minimum after raising big all night, or even taking a bit longer when calling or raising on a big bet. If your gut tells you something is not right, trust it, then fold.
9. Mix it Up
When playing online, patterns of play are easily detectable, which opponents will take advantage of, since you have made yourself predictable. So learn how to mix it up, like alternating flat calling and variable raising a big blind pre-flop in Texas Hold ‘Em. Keep the other side guessing but do not go nuts by playing weak hands.
10. What the Hell Happened ? (Aka PostMortem)
Big words but all it means is reflect on each session that you did, irrespective of whether it was a win, lose or draw. Be critical of what you did good, what you did that is bad, and what you can do to fix the bad part. Then do the same exercise for your opponents style of play, especially those you feel are superior to your skills. This is the best way to understand and improve your game. As in any postmortem, write it down for future use, or even better, record it electronically on your PC. It makes it easy to dissect later.
By: Mario Lapheww
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Mario is a retired fireman who is rapidly getting bored in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. In an effort to relieve his boredom, while at the same time make some money on the side, he has gotten into IM to pass the time, promoting a random collection of sites, such as providing info on how to pick an ergonomic desk chair to finding the best identity theft lawyers.
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