This is a discussion on table selection within the online poker forums, in the Live Poker section; Hello friends, how do you make a good table selection when you play live? since it happens to me that when I arrive at the
Hello friends, how do you make a good table selection when you play live? since it happens to me that when I arrive at the casino, the casino supervisor notes me after giving my data (name, limit that I will play ..) and sends me to the corresponding table that he already has for the next player that has to come, the distribution is made by them based on the number of players they have waiting, or already sitting at the armed tables, that is, I do not have much choice to choose, regardless of that I do not have many clear ideas of How can I do to find the table that I consider can be more profitable! I would appreciate your advice! thank you very much and good luck at the tables (sorry for my bad english)
After you're seated, or even before you're seated, you can ask the floor (supervisor) for a table change. Most casinos will put you on a list of players to change tables. Then when a seat opens you can chose to move there ahead of any new player that is waiting. Identifying a better table is a whole separate discussion. Eventually you will recognize all manner of fish and whales from having played with them before. On the flip side you will recognize solid players from having played with them before. You can scan tables to identify drunk or tilting players. Some people may stand out as looking out of place or being new but that could just be because they are used to playing online. Another thing to consider is that if you're moving to sit at the table with the drunk guy, they may bust before you get there and then is the table still good? I would feel out my assigned table first unless I already know it's bad and keep an eye out for a better table with more than one spot that we can move to. As you get to know more and more players the process becomes easier but I still wouldn't make a habit of moving too often. I could probably stand to table select more as I typically sit where assigned unless it's a bad table. And if I get the table transfer I've never asked for a second transfer in a single session. Some guys are constantly hopping from table to table which can be annoying. Keep in mind, every table is going to be turning over new players periodically. So even if your table starts as average it could get much better.
Another consideration is what your poker goals are. If you are there to make money (and little else) than you will be on the constant look out for easier tables to take advantage of. If you are trying to learn from the better players, or move up in stakes, then staying at a table you know is tougher may be a good trial run before you move up. Naturally, you will lose more money this way than seeking easy tables: but many players prefer improvement over their financial status. Plus, this can still be cheaper than moving into higher stakes that you are not ready for. Of course, there are also those who almost never switch tables and are just there for the game/fun; some people don't care about improvement, but if you are reading this post, then chances are that this doesn't apply to you.
There are countless tips and considerations for what tables to move to, but it should come down to what your poker goals are. Are you there to make money (go to easier tables), or to improve and take a shot at the higher levels (stay at tougher tables)? Some players don't mind their table and other players can't get away from their current table fast enough.