Making a read online
This is what I find so impossible about online play, I just don't know where I am in a hand.
Most of the time I'm guessing.
Live I usually have a good idea and it has to be very close before I'm not sure, or someone has to really slow play a monster. Online I pay off way more than I should.
Online, how do you guys do it?
What's that quote from Sklansky's theory of poker, something like:
Every time your opponent does something that they wouldn't do if they knew your cards, you win. Every time you do something that you wouldn't if you knew their cards, you lose.
So it's a very important skill, I'm not even talking about the monster reads here where you can call the other guy's cards, just to be able to call his range 90% of the time or more would be nice but I'm nowhere near that online.
How do you do it?
Betting patterns, right? I can never make sense of that as a stand alone system, it compliments your read but relying solely on it is horribly unreliable, at least at my low level of understanding of it. How can I improve? Any good advice/reading material?
Also, when you're playing 4 tables at once, do you really study everyone?
Or do you just study the guys nearest your left and right on every table?
I realise that most of this is very general, there's no specific "in this situation, what do I do", so it could be hard to answer. But some of you guys make some good money online, you must be good at this, so what do you know that I don't?