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13 Tips to Becoming a Better Online Poker Player

Want to become a better ONLINE player, fast? Follow these 13 tips which we gathered from different sources including onlinepoker, lowdown and poker.about for you. Hope you will boost your poker performance & profits.

1. Pay Attention to Your Human Needs

You are human.

Humans require constant maintenance and upkeep to stay healthy. If you’re not healthy and feeling good, you’re not going to be playing your best poker.

The most important of these factors for poker:

Hunger: If you’re not eating well or just plain hungry, you’re not going to be thinking as quickly or proficiently as possible.

Also, if you’re hungry, that’s just one more distraction to keep you from thinking about poker.

Comfort: If you’re uncomfortable, you’re distracted. Get a good chair, a good monitor, and set yourself up as ergonomically as possible.

family guyy poker

2. Don’t Play Drunk

Now, while not drin­king may seem ridi­cu­lous at an event where there is an open bar, you can’t play serious poker when your jud­ge­ment is impai­red. If your goal is to win, con­si­der not drin­king, or seriously limi­ting your­self to one or two drinks an hour. Other­wise if you are just there to have a good time and enjoy the open bar… Come sit at my table.

Drunk poker

3. Don’t Play When Mad, Sad, or in a Generally Bad Mood

When you play poker, you shouldn’t do it to escape from being depressed or having a really bad day. You start out on tilt — playing emotionally, not rationally — and you won’t play your best. Likewise, if during a poker game, you lose a big hand or get sucked out on and feel yourself going on tilt, stand up & take a break until you feel calm later on. Fellow players will sense your mood & take advantage of it.

Mad poker

4. Don’t Play Every Hand / Do Fold More

Probably the number one mistake beginning poker players make is that they play far too many hands. When you’re just starting out playing poker, you want to play poker, and that means staying in hands that aren’t very good just to be part of the action. But playing more doesn’t mean winning more, it usually means losing more.

5. Begin by Playing at the Low-Stakes Poker.

Even for a person used to playing high-stakes cash games, starting with lower-stakes online is advisable. The goal of these first sessions, other than playing solid poker, should be to familiarize one’s self with the nuances of playing online.

Starting out at lower stakes also enables the novice to begin playing online with a smaller smaller bankroll. This can alleviate undue stress about losing sessions, and allow the player to focus on the long-term goal of becoming a successful online player.

6.Don’t Bluff Just For Bluffing’s Sake

A lot of beginner’s understand that bluffing is a part of poker, but not exactly how. There is NO rule that one must bluff a certain amount or at all during a poker game, but many players don’t feel like they’ve won unless they’ve tried a poker bluff. Bluffs only work in certain situations & against certain people, and if you know a player always calls to the showdown, it is literally impossible to bluff that player. It’s better never to bluff than to bluff “just to bluff.”

Bluffing poker

7.Don’t Stay in a Hand Just Because You’re Already In It

Another common mistake beginners make is to think that “Well, I’ve already put that much in the pot, I have to stay in now.” Nope. You can’t win a pot just by throwing money at it. There may be cases when pot odds warrant a call, but if you’re sure you’re beaten, and there’s no way your hand can improve to be the best hand, you should fold right away. The money you’ve already put in the pot isn’t yours anymore, and you can’t get it back just by playing a hand all the way to the end.

8. Don’t Call at the End of a Hand to “Keep Someone Honest”

A lot of players look at another player’s final bet, look at the hand, and say “I know you’ve got me, but I have to keep you honest,” as they throw in a final call. It may be worth it to see if a player really has the hand if you’re not sure and you’re gaining information that will help you later on, but if you really feel a player has the hand he’s representing and you’re beat, why give him another pile of your money?

Poker CBW

9.  Do Pay Attention to the Cards on the Table

When you first start playing, it’s enough just to remember how to play and pay attention to your own hand. But once you’ve got that down, it’s incredibly important to look at what’s going on at the table. In Texas Hold’em, figure out what the best possible hand would be to fit the flop. Make sure you notice flush & straight possibilities. In 7-card stud, pay attention to what’s showing & what people have folded when you consider calling opponents.

10.Use proper table position.

Playing too many hands is the number one mistake made in online poker. Bad poker players have tunnel vision: they can only see the value of the cards in front of them. Good poker players measure the value of their hole cards in relation to their position at the table (as well as a number of other factors). 

11. Play pocket pairs carefully.

Pocket pairs can get you into much trouble online. High pocket pairs like Queens, Kings and Aces need to be played aggressively pre-flop because it is unlikely you will improve your hand.

12. Play at multiple tables.

Multi-tabling ensures two things: that you’re not going to bring all your money to one table, and that you won’t have the time or the inclination to be distracted on the internet. Start out with just two tables. See how well you can balance playing and taking notes. If you’re playing at too many tables, you won’t have the time to take notes and it also becomes quite difficult to pick up on any tells or betting styles your opponents’ may have.

13.Do a table search for fish and high pot tables

Before you sit down at a table online you can search to see what kind of players you will be up against. A good habit to get into before you sit down is to click on the “Average Pot” tab located in most lobbies under the list of tables to choose from.

The tab will tell you how much the players are betting per pot and will let you know if they are aggressive or tight. If you are an aggressive player you would obviously choose the tight table and vice versa for a tight player. You will also find that the high “average pot” tables are full of fish. You can expect large swings at the higher “pot average” tables but expect to win big pots as well.

Good Luck!

By Shiva Parizad
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