Luck in Online Poker

Every professional poker player will tell you that poker is not a game of luck or chance and that it is more a game of skills. It is the beginners who believe in luck because sometimes it is possible to win without much thinking or calculation. But when we talk about poker and online poker in a long run luck is only a minor factor.

There are many reasons why online poker is different from games of chances. All games of chance are designed according to strict mathematical concepts that ultimately ensure a profit only for the casino while winning in a poker game whether it is online or traditional one requires much more.

The knowledge and experience are the main factors that make players differ in their “luck”.  Take roulette for example. This classic game of luck is not affected by the players’ behaviour or skills. The probability of winning is always the same no matter what numbers or colors you have chosen. Of course it is possible to win even a dozen times in a row or more, but when we talk about playing for an extended period of time you will lose up to 5% of every stake you make and there is nothing you can do about it because roulette is a game of chances.

Poker is something completely different and there is no room to complain how unlucky you are if you are closely following the game and your opponents. You have the possibility to make a decision that can change the flow of the game at any time. With this opportunity you can always affect the final outcome. Everything begins with the selection of the initial cards. If you think that you don’t have good cards, you can immediately withdraw from the game. Waiting for the luck to come into play and thinking that maybe after the flop I will get miraculously lucky is not something that serious poker players would do.

You can always wait for the right cards because there are many turns so you don’t need to rush, maybe in the next hand you will have pair of Aces. Of course, in poker you will often lose because the opponent had more luck than knowledge, but always keep in mind that one lost hand does not mean anything. Keep calm and be cautious, don’t let the emotions make you do something foolish. Having luck in a poker game is something that occurs temporarily and lives shortly. This factor is negligible in a long term and the player with better skills and knowledge always wins in the end.

It is good to remember that there are periods when mathematics and probability look like they are not really on your side, but that is not a matter of luck. Playing the wrong way can happen to anyone, but instead of thinking how unlucky you are, think about how bad you play. Stay focused and you will get back on track in a short time.

When it comes to luck there is no difference between online poker and traditional poker so these advices apply to both types of poker.

Taking Player Notes

Watching your opponents moves and predicting their future moves based on that observation can be a very useful tactic. But when we talk about taking players notes we surely don’t mean that you should prepare a notebook and a pen and start taking notes for every single move on the table.

If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you – Paul Newman

First of all it is not practical and you probably won’t have time to write down everything and even if you do, you won’t be able to analyze that while the game is on. Second, you would probably be considered as a beginner and even ridiculed by other players if you bring a notebook on the table. You certainly don’t want to start the game with a pressure like that!

But when we talk about online poker this becomes a completely different situation. If you have played poker online you have probably seen that there is an option to take notes (at least this is an option on every popular site that is offering online poker). The thing is that most of the players don’t use this option and think that it is useless.

This is not true, especially if you want to be successful and take advantage of other players mistakes. By taking notes you can find out which are the weak spots of your opponent and even predict their future moves. This is something that can be very useful and probably make you victorious in a long run. Taking notes will keep you focused and determined to win. Now that we have concluded how useful taking player notes are, the real question is how to perform proper note taking.

Keep three things in mind (especially If you play tournaments) – stack size, position on the table and what period of the game is. Put these three parameters in front of your note.

Remember that you are not writing a novel. You are simply writing down important facts about opponents style of game that should help you later in the game. One thing that is important is when does the opponent raise. When does he feel comfortable to invest more? Is it when there are certain cards down or does he bluff? By taking noted you will be able to tell the answer.

Mark the players using the site’s features. Many of the websites have this system where you can quickly change the notes for the players that you watch. Once you click on them you will get the notes that you have written previously. So you don’t have to write down everything in one place.

Taking player notes is not something that should make you lose focus. This technique is only here to help you but the main thing is to follow the game closely. So if you are sometimes distracted with these notes, think what you want to play instead of writing it down.

Having useful info about your rivals will certainly help you as a poker player. So don’t underestimate the importance of this future in the world of online poker and start using it.

Disappointment and Motivation

Having a good motivation is one of the most important things in life and in poker also. Different types of people have different motivation to start playing and keep playing poker. People have various reasons why they join the table and some of them will be exposed here.

It is always a good thing to ask yourself why you want to join the game. That reason or reasons will affect the way you play. Your tolerance to losing, your reactions and mood during the poker game will be affected by the motives that made you join it. There are some excellent reasons why people start a poker game but there are also some unclear and bad motives that are disastrous for their mood and their pocket too. This is closely linked to the disappointment that can occur when you have a bad period.

Every player is usually motivated when he starts to play. He has the money; he is eager to make some profit, but what happens if the poker player starts to lose and has the feeling that the luck has turned the back on him. A decline in motivation to play poker begins and instead of trying to get back the player falls even deeper. They start to lose faith in success that gave them the confidence to play victoriously.

People usually start to feel disappointed when they start to lose control after a series of bad results. It is no wonder why players that won three times in a row are motivated but we should be aware that we can change the situation even when we are losing. We are in control and things will change if we stay focused.

If you want to stay motivated set a realistic goal. Aim for a reasonable profit. That means that you should play carefully and by using good strategies. Never play when you don’t feel like playing. Poker is not a job that has to be done even when you are lazy and not in the mood. Some people set very high goals and when they lose they completely lose motivation. Don’t force yourself; sometimes being too eager can lead to foolish moves.

Stress is another factor that can have influence on motivation. Many people live stressful lives and they are constantly under pressure. That doesn’t mean that they should avoid playing poker.

Everything that we have talked about can be a problem in your game. Of course if you are not an addicted poker player, you can be a winning player even if you are not able to completely overcome these problems. However, do not forget that even if you win, those winning would have been much higher if you didn’t have bad motivation for playing like boredom or trying to make fast profit etc. So before starting a poker game think about what things can disappoint you and are there any things that can act as bad motivators.

Many players can see that the biggest fails in their annual result come from a very small number of sessions. These are almost always the sessions that were played when they were disappointed and they’ve lacked motivation. Don’t make that mistake, set a reasonable goal, pick a good strategy and stick to it!

Be Careful with Online Poker

Online poker is becoming more and more popular every day. The concept of online poker has caused revolutionary changes in the game itself. It was 1998 when the first online poker room was presented to the public by “Planet Poker”.

Because of its popularity several other companies have decided to open their poker websites in the following years. This industry was slowly becoming a vital part of the gambling industry. In the recent years there are dozens of websites that are offering online poker games.

But besides the improvement and the wide offer of online poker another thing is also taking place in this online industry and that’s a lot of scamming websites and cheating players. That’s why you need to be careful before you place your money online. There are few things that you should consider before starting a game of online poker.

Pick a reliable site
We would strongly advise you to choose a website that already has some successful history. As we have mentioned before, there are websites that are offering online poker for a decade. These websites are certainly reliable and safe. But you should not always pick the ones that have long history because the new websites often offer good promotions and discounts. If you want to choose some relatively newer site make sure to read a lot of reviews for it, join a forum that is related to online poker or find a good review website.

Faster game play means faster chances of losing
Thanks to the internet we are now able to play poker whenever we want from wherever we want. However this benefit can sometimes hurt our budget. At a real table there are small breaks between hands and you can leave the table more quickly compared to online poker. Because of its availability online poker is more addictive and sometimes if you are in a bad run you can lose money faster. Be careful and don’t forget your budget and your guidelines that you have set before starting the game.

Stay Focused
Although it seems that it is easier to play at home compared to a noisy casino with lots of people, sometimes playing at home can defocus you. This is especially noticeable if you are not alone at your home. If the TV is on or maybe someone is talking on the phone you can easily be distracted and start losing. So try to play only when there are good terms for playing.

Bigger chances to become addicted
There is always a chance to become addicted with poker but these chances are much bigger if you start playing online poker. The simple process to start a game with just a few clicks makes it available 24/7 as long as you have access to the internet. It’s very comfortable to play from your home for example. You can play, take a break and continue, while if you are playing conventional poker you have to go to the casino. That’s why you need to be careful and if you are a serious poker player make a schedule or time frame when are you going to play.

Having Issues With Draws?

There are a lot of players who don’t really know how to handle draws correctly. This issue doesn’t only concern new players, but also some vets. If you lose way too much money on draws then you probably ain’t playing them the right way. It’s not so rare that some people make their biggest losses with draws.

There is a simple solution for this problem called Odds & Outs. You can solve this pretty much with math alone. If the pot odds are in your favour then you pay, if they are not then you simply fold. The biggest mistake you can make with draws is to play them according to your gut instincts. If you do that then you will lose some money for sure, at least on the long run.

Especially when on NL tables you should never forget about the implied odds. That is also the reason why we hardly ever can fold draws against a bet on the flop. On the turn things look differently.