Playing poker online is certainly an exciting hobby. But if you are really interested turning your hobby into a profit, there are some general good guidelines that you should always keep in mind when you decide to play poker online. Although there are no secrets in how to make profits out of poker games there are some advices that can certainly help you improve.
The more advanced players have always a technique that they use, they call it a poker strategy. Depending on the game that they play (Texas Hold’em, Omaha or other), the bet limits (pot limit-fixed limit or no limit) and the type of the table (cash game or tournament) because online casino sites have all these variations, they vary their poker strategy according to the circumstances that they are facing. In poker there is no such thing as stability either that means your poker strategy or your poker image. The more you vary your play the better.
- Learn how to adopt to the different conditions that are generated by the game that you are playing by reading the different strategies that appeal to each type of game. For example playing in a No Limit Ring Table is a totally different condition than playing in a Fixed Limit Table and participating in a Multi-table Tournament is a whole different experience than in a Sit & Go Tournament. So it is critical to learn the different strategies that are used for each type, limit and variation of the specific poker game that you prefer to play. The more you read the better appreciation you will have of the way you should act and controlling your decisions will become easier.
- Become familiar with the different poker players that you will come across at the tables and learn about their weaknesses and how you can win them. There are four main categories of online poker players to start with; the Tight-Passive Players, The Tight-Aggressive Players, The Loose-Passive Players and the Loose-Aggressive Players. The more you learn to distinguish your opponents according to their poker profiles the more you can control their game. For example a Loose-Agressive player or a Maniac makes high bets even with very weak starting cards (example 5-6) and the same bet he will make with a good pocket pair (example J-J). This attitude will make it impossible for you to understand the cards he is holding at each round (you will rarely see him fold). In order to beat him you should avoid confrontations with him as longs as you do not have very good starting cards because he is putting you in a big risk. But you should be able to play quite aggressive against him when you make a strong connection to the board. In this case your patience will reward you. Distinguishing the different poker images has many benefits because it can protect you and your bankroll from opponents that you will certainly come across but if you don’t know much about them you will not stand a chance against them.
- Make decisions based on logic and mathematics and not decisions based on intuition nor feelings. Read about the Pot Odds, the Implied Odds and How to Calculate your Outs. This three different mathematics approaches of the game (that are related to each other) can help you decide what are the right bets you should put and if your bets at the current moment are justified by the money that are in the pot in relation to the strength of your hand. Even though at the beginning you might find it hard to calculating everything if your practice for an extended period of time it will come to you as a necessity.
As you can see for yourself playing poker and make winnings out of it is a whole chapter that needs to be explored. If you are really fond of the poker games get your self acquainted with all the practices and the methods that are used worldwide. It is these practices that transform poker and especially Texas Hold’em one of the most popular and favorite poker games from a game of chance into a game of art.