Online and Offline Poker Tells

“Poker tells” are indications or signs that your opponent is showing unknowingly when he has a certain hand (good or bad). Usually those tells are based on psychological indications who can reveal a poker player. Poker tells can be divided into two sections: Online tells and Offline tells.

Online tells

  • In Limit Texas Hold’em a fast call within a board that has flush or straight draw potential can be a good indicator that this player needs one more card.
  • In Limit Texas Hold’em a fast raise after the flop usually is a sign for having top pair.
  • Usually when an online poker player takes himself more time for his next move and then makes a raise it’s less likely that he is bluffing.
  • Somebody who is raising preflop all the time, even with medium strong hands is being on Tilt.

Offline tells

  • If an inexperienced player puts his cards in front of his mouth then this usually means that he has a strong hand.
  • If an poker player is reaching for his drink way too often it’s also a sign of being nervous.
  • If a weak player keeps looking at you, generally it means he is bluffing.
  • Once a poker player starts to count his chips right after the flop, then he likely has a very strong hand.

Poker Table Selection

The selection of the right table is a critical factor in poker. Many new talented poker players try to improve their skills in order to win more often, but the way to greater success lies in choosing the right poker table.

You should sit at a table where you have an advantage over your opponents. No matter how well you play, if you are sitting at a table with Sharks, it’s almost impossible to earn good money. The luck factor and the table fees would shrink the long-term profits.

So the logical conclusion would be that you find players you can beat, but how do you identify such poker players? There are several quick ways to analyze your opponents and see if you should participate in the game:

1. You know your opponent already. If you play in the same casino (online or offline), then you know your opponent after a while. Either you remember them or you’re simply making notes whether they are strong or weak poker player and who you see through the best.

2. Find out how loose or tight the game is. A loose game is a good one, because it has a high flop percentage and people are calling with medium strong hands. A tight game can also be a good one and it can be recognized when there are not many raises. If the players do not bet that much in a very good hand, then they will let you see the cards favorable. Against passive poker players you won’t lose much if you lose and against loose players you will win a lot if you win.

3. Another factor for choosing a table would be the number of fundamental errors a poker player is committing. Assuming you have read most of our poker articles then you should be familiar with basic poker strategies. So if you see people calling preflop with pretty weak hands and then they continue betting with a flush or straight draw on the turn/river without pot odds, then it is definitely the right game for you to join. Players that go along with such bad cards are doomed to lose.

Don’t Rush It

Once you start playing online poker on the Internet, you usually begin at the lower limits. To beat these limits you don’t have to be a poker champion, rather it’s enough to simply outplay your opponents with patience and knowledge. On the other hand to beat poker players on way higher limits it takes a lot more work and effort.

The reason why the lower limits are so simple is that there is no one taking care of your actions, but rather they only look at their own cards. Bad players will keep playing bad, no matter if you are in the pot or not. For those guys other poker players are nearly invisible. So like I said before, for beating these kind of poker players you need a solid poker strategy that will pay off on the long-term. Play tight and don’t try too many bluffs, because amateurs always want to see your cards so they know why they did lose. If you think you have the strongest hand then you have to bet high and always remember to use pot odds.

When it comes down to fool such kind of poker players, then slow playing works very well. Weak poker players very easily think that they have the best hand with hitting top pair on the flop, which of course doesn’t have to be the case. If you know that you have the Nuts then let them see the turn and raise hard at the river.

Concentrate and perfect the selection of starting poker hands. Rely on pot odds if you have to make difficult decisions. Play aggressive if you have the best hand and don’t try any psychological games at these poker limits, because they simply won’t work and nobody is going to throw away his cards for your 5$ raise.

Online Poker Tips

As a poker newbie who wants to start playing online poker most people feel helpless and insecure at the beginning of their poker career. The reason for that should be pretty obvious, since nobody wants to lose his hard earned money for a game that he yet doesn’t even fully understand.

To minimize that risk and to give you a little advantage over other amateur poker player here are some useful online poker tips that will help you:

What do you need at the beginning?

-Poker Basic Knowledge
-Poker Rooms for playing
-Money
-Overview

Poker Basic Knowledge

Most people who want to start playing online poker usually played poker with their friends at home. Be aware that online poker has nothing to do with the game you played with your buddies, since this is all about money and how to win it. You should read these articles first before continuing How to Improve your Poker GameSmall and Big Poker MistakesWhen to quit a Poker SessionDifferent kinds of Poker Players.

Poker Rooms

I will just mention the biggest and most popular rooms for playing, however you can choose any room that suits you:
pokerstars.com, fulltiltpoker.com, 888.com

Money

Of course you need a basic bankroll by what you can play with. I would advise you to start with a lower sum of money, before going for the big game.

Overview

Always keep track about the amount of money you paid in and of course keep record about the amount of money you have won/lost. You have to do this so you don’t lose control. Losing control means absolute chaos for a poker player and that is the last thing we want!

The 3 P. – Professional Poker Player

Many poker players envy the lifestyle of pro poker player. I mean who wouldn’t want to earn a lot of money with the game he loves. Also don’t forget that you determine your own working hours. At first sight you would call it a dream job, but how do you become a professional? You can’t go to college and become one. Actually the case is that you proclaim yourself as a pro. To be honest there are even player who keep losing all the time, but still call themselves professional.

The first obvious reason why somebody would go pro is to make more money than he could earn with a regular job. To ascertain if somebody can make a living just with poker he needs to have documented how long he plays and how much he earns per hour. If he/she over a long period has earned more than he would at his standard job then he might decide to generate his money only through poker.

Now we will discuss the second reason why somebody would go pro.

Another reason for going pro is to have a lot of freedom and to be able to enjoy earning money with the game you love. However the most pro player see their poker career as a temporary job. Only a few actually see themselves earning money with poker for the rest of their lives.

Like anything in our life even this has its downside.

* You won’t get to know many people if you play poker only online

* Even today earning your money this way is in most cases not socially accepted

* After some time the game as your only income will become very monotone

* The pressure to need to win, or you will go broke

My advice is to go semi-professional. You will still earn a lot of money and have fun with the game, but at the same time you will have another source of income and that will take a lot of pressure from you.

Play Independent

What do I mean when I say Play Independent? I’m talking about that people seem to forget that Poker is an evolving game like for example chess. The way of playing poker lets say 30 years ago ain’t the same as it is played today and it won’t be the same as it’s going to be played in the future. The meaning of this is that you can’t expect that a poker guide tells you exactly what you have to do in every possible position. There isn’t just one optimal play style for poker. You can achieve that with different poker strategy.

For example one player is more aggressive than the other, but this doesn’t mean that they both can’t have success! You have to find your very own style for playing poker whom you can modify whenever needed. That’s the only way to make some real profits out of this game.

To be among those who make some real money with poker you need to be good at difficult situations as well. Sure those simple slow plays with a monster hand can bring you some bucks, but losing or winning the big cash does result from those hard decisions. The main and most important thing at these cases is to have trust in your own decisions.

How To Pit Against Strong Poker Players

I already mentioned in the Table Selection article that you need to watch out against who you actually play and that you need to look for weaker player. However, if you are by some circumstances compelled to face strong and experienced poker players then this post will show you some tactics that you can use.

A very good way to confuse your opponents is to constantly vary your game. This means that if the other players start to believe that you bluff a lot, then you bluff lesser. And when the other guys start to think that you are very conservative, then you start playing more aggressive.

Like you can see from this example the main point is to irritate your opponents as much as possible, but when exactly is this strategy most efficient? I would say for No Limit poker with 5 or less players and also the stacks need to be large enough so you could successfully bluff at the turn or river. Once you are familiarize with this change of poker game style, your opponents will have serious trouble to find out when you are actually changing the pace! So my advice is to practice a lot.

Important Keys For Poker Success

To have success in poker over a considerable time you need to be able to handle the most important skills. These are as follows:

Calculations

A good poker player knows the importance of percentages. They know that you have nine outs if you need one more diamond for a flush on the river. Also a solid poker player needs to know how to calculate pot odds, because the outs are irrelevant unless they are compiled into useful betting. It is never wrong to check the pot odds once you know that you have a x% chance of hitting something.

Position

One of the most important things that separates a good from a bad poker player is that the solid player is always trying to find a way to put himself in a better position. This could be achieved with swift changes of pace.

Various game styles demand different kinds of poker players. A good No Limit player doesn’t have to be a good Limit player.

Also an excellent player does know when to quit the game. Be it because he has a bad day or maybe even because he is on Tilt.

Words of Poker Advice

Here I will list 7 poker tips who will help you getting better at poker.

1. Never drink while playing     

This can ruin your game, your bankroll and much more!

2. Choose an online room with reputation

This will make sure that you can play safe

3. Learn all terms that are regularly used at Poker

This article will help you with that

4. Always stay focused on your cards and your opponents

One moment of absence can cost you a lot of money

5. Don’t play over your limit

Having bad beats on tables that are way over your limit can ruin you

6. Use all data that you can get from your opponents

Knowing your poker opponents strong and weak points will help you a lot

7. Don’t rush things

Poker is a game were patience is one of the most important attributes

Basic Omaha Poker Strategy

Here we will cover the basics of Omaha poker and some simple guides you can follow for more success in this poker variation.

Starting Hands

The starting hands in Omaha can already implicate how much potential your hand has to make several strong combinations. For example King (diamond), Queen (heart), Jack (heart) and 10 (diamond) is a great starting hand since it gives you a lot of options for strong hands. Such a card combination enables you to have three Straight Flush, also Royal Flush and many other strong hands.

The Flop

Once the flop appears you need to know which hand you are going after. Be aware of your cards strength and if you are “well-placed” you need to bet high.

Turn and River

Omaha is that kind of game where the most crucial decisions are being made on the turn or river. Just because you had the strongest hand on the flop it doesn’t mean you will have it at the river as well. In other words for having success in Omaha poker you need to know how to play the turn optimal.