Originally Posted by ashershi
If i'm sitting at the table with more fish's than sharks then I play Big Stack poker and bluff a lot. Raising pre-flop and a continuation bet on the flop. Study your opponents very well so you know when to fold and when to raise. Calling is not in my vocabulary.
The first half of what I quoted, is part of your leak I think.
Bluffing A LOT in online poker just doesn't work well. There are times when you can bluff. I was playing in the FT freeroll today. We were in the money already. I don't remember all of the details, but, I had KJ and flop was Axx. I didn't think either of the two people in had an ace. These are CC players remember, not your everyday players. I took a stab, and took it down.
NORMALLY tho, you're not playing with people who care if you see their showdown. Normally you've got 8 other people at the table, and one or two of them will have a fair enough hand to call you, or at least to think that they do.
The second half is an "ok" strategy, but, you can't ALWAYS raise. I guess that I shouldn't say can't, but, you SHOULD mix up your play...call raise 3x bb raise 5x bb.....if you ALWAYS go 3x BB, while people will never know what you're raising with, they'll eventually figure out what your range is.
Continuation bets are also not as effective in online poker. If you didn't pair that ace...and someone paired their 8 when they're holding 87s, if they put you on AK. They're going to call or raise.
You have to remember, you cannot look into these peoples eyes and try to get a read, you have to just notice the pattern. Do they always make a Cbet, and this one time they didn't?? Does that mean that they have the nuts?? Does it mean that all the times before they DID have the nuts and this time they don't? There are just so many things that can go wrong. Play solid poker and hopefully you'll do just fine. I said before, I'm not a real good poker player, but, if I am on...and patient, with a few moves thrown in here or there, I do alright.
There are many good articles and posts here, read some of them, and good luck on the tables...