Here are some top tips to sharpen up your game
Are you currently struggling to get to grips with online poker? Would you say that you find yourself more often than not just around breaking even?
Well, there’s plenty more poker players in the same boat as you and we’ve assembled some top tips on online poker that can make big adjustments to your game.
These may seem like small tweaks, but combined the below information could turn your poker game from average to a higher level.
1. Consider ranges, not hands
An easy way to see the difference between an average poker player and a shrewd one is the way they consider their opponent's hands, not their own.
Whilst an average poker player will try and assign a specific hand to an opponent, a shrewd player will think in ranges.
A range is a complete spectrum of hands that said opponent could have whilst playing. For example, your opponent could have a flush, top pair, middle pair, bottom pair, a draw, ace high or even a bluff.
Always consider your opponent’s range over what you think they have specifically. Nobody gas a specific hand in online poker, only ranges.
2. Don’t always play your favourite hand
Let’s face it, everyone has their favourite hand. Your eyes will light up when you’re dealt it, but that doesn’t mean you should play it.
For example, I personally love when I’m dealt an 8 of clubs and a 10 of clubs, but as we all know that doesn’t make it a ‘good hand’.
Of course it makes sense in some scenarios, for example, late position in an unopened pot. However, that hand should normally be folded in an early position.
It’s important to remember that poker is about the percentage chances and maths, not backing your superstitions.
3. Get yourself a consistent strategy
To be profitable in poker, you have to stick to your winning strategy. It’s important not to suddenly chance things just because you’re bored or annoyed at your game.
Having studied the game, you will have a vast amount of knowledge indicating how to play the game and make profit.
But that only comes into the equation if you apply your strategy at all times. Every hand, every game.
The crème de la crème of the poker community apply their same winning strategy repeatedly, regardless of how their results have been recently.
4. Always have a reason
There are occasions when the poker top dogs change their strategy, but only for obvious reasons.
An average player might start raising an 8 and 6 suited in early position because he is bored wants some action from the game.
An elite player, on the other hand, will raise with this hand because he has made an observation that the table is playing passively.
In this case, there is clear reasoning that the aforementioned hand could be a profitable move in this hand.
Essentially, if you have reasoning and rationale behind tweaks in your game, then you can deviate from your normal strategy.
5. Know when not to use your aces
Again, another huge difference between an amateur poker player and a poker player is knowing when to fold on an overpair.
We all know the giddy feeling when we see the pocket aces, but then go on to lose a tight raise all-in on the turn.
You think you should have used your strong hand, but you weren’t paying attention to the table.
This is particularly important when playing online when it is definitely a good idea to fold on an overpair.
6. Don’t play in bad games
One tell-tale sign of an amateur poker player ruins their results are by consistently playing in games that are full of decent level players.
If there’s no one at the table playing poorly, then why are you there except from ego?
The only instance where this is fine if your aim of playing poker is for the challenge or pleasure. If you’re in it to be profitable, then it is not.
Think about a football analogy – why would you want to take a penalty into Manuel Neuer when you could take one against a Sunday league keeper?
You win big when you’re playing against players who make fundamental poker errors, not experienced pros. Switch up your table if it's proving difficult.