10 tips for winning online poker

diabloblanco

diabloblanco

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I bought a great book called "Beat Texas Hold'em" by Tom McEvoy and Shane Smith. Due to copyright laws I cannot post verbatim what he writes and this post should be NO substitiue for buying this book. Having said that, I will paraphrase a few of these tips in order to give some much needed information to members here. Specifically, this information relates to the game of Online Hold'em.

I decided to post this for the simple fact that I know that others don't buy and read these books, which is crazy, but true. If this thread is received well, I will post my little book reviews or cliffs-notes on future occasions and on different books in my library. So here goes, enjoy!

Bear in mind that this is more for the beginner and not the advanced skil levels.

Concentrate your table position and
strong starting hands

This is a common rule and one that should be adheared to if one is to become a sucessful online poker player. This is due to the fact that most online players are involved in way to many pots and see way too many flops, mainly with marginal to weak starting hands. It is permissiable to play marginal hands in late position when there is no action in front of you. The way to beat these super-loose online players is to just tighten up and wait for the right cards at the right time so you can felt someone.

Avoid playing too lose online
Again, this goes back to tightening up your play against these super-loose online players. In the long-run you, as a tighter more disciplined player, will be more successful and take down more pots. These loose-as-a-goose players try to see way too many pots, maybe because of the low limits, maybe because of the action. Whatever the reason, tighten up your play and take down those pots.

Practice reading the flop
Since the speed of online play is part of its allure, the games move at a much faster pace. Being able to immediately scan a flop and determine the "nuts" or best possible hand, is imperative. Does the flop have a possible straight or flush draw? Who may have hit the flop? More importantly, who missed the flop all together? McEvoy reccomends sitting out a few rounds the first time you start a game or new table session to get a feel for the style of play you're up against.

Adjust to the speed of the online game

This one is pretty self explainitory, but important still. In a Brick & Mortar casino a player can expect to see around 30 hands an hour. This number can be expected to easily hit 50 hands per hour in an online casino and one must be able to adjust to the faster pace. There are several reasons for this, first, the online "dealer" is much faster than a live dealer in a casino. Second, there is a time clock that immediatelt begins to run as soon as the action is on you which causes an annoying beep when you have delayed too long. If a decision isn't made 10-20 seconds after this period, the players hand is automatically folded and play continues. There is a way around this however, a player may request an additional period of time when faced with a very tough situation such as an all-in call. This feature is available on most gambling websites.

Take notes when you play

This one, in my opinion, is a biggie. On most sites there is a little "notes" box that you can click on and jot down small tidbits of information along and along during a game. An example of this would be keeping a list of hands that a particular player shows down. Another example would be to keep track of your own play so that you can review it at a later time and fine-tune your play. Also, when playing online at a particular site, one will notice that at certain limits and in certain rooms, it is common to see the same players so keeping track of their betting patterns and what hands they show down is extremely helpful. To this I would add: there are a few great programs out there that auto track lots of information, one must just be certain not to become dependent on this software and use it strictly as a supplement.

Look for tells

While tells are typically reserved for live games, there is information one can garner from other players online. When you flop a pair and check from first position, if the table checks all the way around rapidly, it denotes the use of the automatic-check button, which can usually signify weakness. Also, when a player takes a fair amount of time before bringing his hand in for a raise, be sure to keep track of that hand at the showdown, so next time you have a better idea of what he might be holding when he pauses before coming in for a raise.

Play smaller tournaments first

The reasons for this are many, but mainly to gain confidence at the lower levels if you are able to dominate them. Playing in these small buy-in tournaments, one can receive a ton of experience for just a little bit of cash, with incentive to win some pretty decent prizes if you make it to the end.

Schedule your tournament play

There are so many tournaments online, scheduling them and remembering which ones you have scheduled is difficult. Also when scheduling, remember to leave your schedule open so that you can be assured sufficient time to finish a tournament that you start rather than having to watch the clock.

Don't play poker to escape other things

Don't play when you are in the midst of an argument or to avoid doing something that is wieghing on your mind. You cannot, and will not play your best game if you are preoccupied with something else. If you must play when preoccupied, do so at a lower limit table so that you can handle the swings in your bankroll without really being affected by them.

Don't put more cash in your online account than you can afford to lose

This is a bankroll management tip, but very important nonetheless. This is an often ignored rule strictly because we as humans, tend to chase our losses or move up in limits to recoup a loss at a lower limit game more quickly. Always remember to quit when your situation has deteriorated to the point where you are "on tilt" or making bad decisions. Chasing cards, making bad calls, or playing inferior hands. In short, don't use the grocery money to gamble with, and when your allotted gambling money is gone, don't throw good money (not planned for gambling) after it.

I hope these tips can help some of the forum members and if this is accepted well, I will delve deeper into my personal library and take excerpts from great poker books I have read, and summarize them for the members here in an easy to read, simple format. Enjoy. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
 
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colin_147

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Nicely written, diablo

These tips are pretty common but useful nonetheless, particularly to players just getting into the game
 
~~Shelynn~~

~~Shelynn~~

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How to play A-K suited?

:dontknow: :confused: :help: Have a question about playin A-K suited. Have had this situtation a couple of times and have won and lost on it. I've got a lot in pot and commited to it,it's sink or swim time. Waiting on the river with 2 ways to play cards ,if I hit I could have either a flush or A high straight,the other player goes all in,what do you do? :banghead: :confused: Hope some one can help me here. Good Luck and Good Cards.:deal: :wavey:
 
Four Dogs

Four Dogs

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You've got about a 25% chance of catching the straight or the flush. Was the pot giving you better than 3:1 odds?
 
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colin_147

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~~Shelynn~~ said:
:dontknow: :confused: :help: Have a question about playin A-K suited. Have had this situtation a couple of times and have won and lost on it. I've got a lot in pot and commited to it,it's sink or swim time. Waiting on the river with 2 ways to play cards ,if I hit I could have either a flush or A high straight,the other player goes all in,what do you do? :banghead: :confused: Hope some one can help me here. Good Luck and Good Cards.:deal: :wavey:
Depends on the number of chips involved, tourney position etc.

Rule 1) Dont chase cards. You dont even have a top pair, why risk your tourney life on it? Play a freeroll and give it a go, see how your fair.

From my experience...If I chase cards I lose, when people chase cards against me, they normally hit them. So I never chase them.

If you KNOW you will hit it, then you will...I know that is gonna sound crazy but its just a feeling you get sometimes, if your 'in the zone' cards just seem to fall into your lap

Good luck
 
diabloblanco

diabloblanco

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This is a rather rudamentary bunch of advice, but it is designed for the rank amateur that (as we all know) most likely isn't going to purchase any books straight away. Just an effort to help those that don't have access to literature and are just startig out.
 
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radrichmn1

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great tips

Thanks for the tips. The tell tips were a big help. Also i am taking notes now. Mostly on my own play because i do not seem to run inot the same players too often.

Thanks again for these tips
 
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pookyman

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The AK deal depends of course on how big the all in bet is. In my experience, unless the pot odds are really super, I don't like to call on a draw.
 
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jojowins

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i think the ak is the most over rated hand out there,,,i treat them as anything else,,i check em to see what flops.
 
Devilpoker78

Devilpoker78

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Good guide for newcomers, bascially thats what you need to survive tournament poker at its most rudimentary level. Great job, thumbs up.
 
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Poker Player 100

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Yea there pretty good for a begginer, But i dont really like Tom Mcevroy( or watever his name is)
 
twizzybop

twizzybop

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One minor problem,

This one is pretty self explainitory, but important still. In a Brick & Mortar casino a player can expect to see around 30 hands an hour. This number can be expected to easily hit 50 hands per hour in an online casino and one must be able to adjust to the faster pace. There are several reasons for this, first, the online "dealer" is much faster than a live dealer in a casino. Second, there is a time clock that immediatelt begins to run as soon as the action is on you which causes an annoying beep when you have delayed too long. If a decision isn't made 10-20 seconds after this period, the players hand is automatically folded and play continues. There is a way around this however, a player may request an additional period of time when faced with a very tough situation such as an all-in call. This feature is available on most gambling websites.

First of all the time clock can be set to off so you don't have to hear that annoying beep, 2nd there really is no thing for speed. Yet brings me to #3 based apon that reason of #2 you will be bringing yourself into the online tells.
 
MicheleW

MicheleW

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Hi DiabloBlanco - Excellent book report! Looks like you actually read the book. :)

I enjoyed reading your notes and found I do most of the things you suggest. I am one who does not read books mainly because I tend to change my play and then don't fair very well. I stick to my personal style and seem to do well. I do enjoy tips like yours though and hope you continue to post them. Thanks again!
 
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newmania20000

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I never chase a draw unless I have to correct odds too, which is almost never.
 
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Chambers84

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Great tips man. Thanks for posting them. Regardless of what level your at, they are helpful.
 
KingCurtis

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Hey this is pretty cool...I have seen similar tips in Negranue's book...but there are some diff. ones in yours...thanks for the tips
 
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philapoker409

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tightening up

I agree with below. Some people play way too loose and part of being a successfull hold em player is the ability to be diciplined. Play tight, don't allowed other plays to take you off your game.

Super Systems says its' best to fold 7 out of 10 Hands. I agree. I've won more playing tight and being patient than playing wild and wreckless.

My friends at my home games love to play every hand and wonder why I win so often.

In poker patience is the best skill, cause eventually the cards will come out your way.
 
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