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
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 Game, Small and Big Poker Mistakes, When to quit a Poker Session, Different kinds of Poker Players.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
To have success in poker over a considerable time you need to be able to handle the most important skills. These are as follows:
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.
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.
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
Here we will cover the basics of Omaha poker and some simple guides you can follow for more success in this poker variation.
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.
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.
Having high pairs at the beginning of the game is always good because most often these high pairs are enough to win the round without seeking any new combinations. But you should be aware that high pairs are not that often and odds are lower if we go higher.
In order to understand the importance of high pairs think about this – what are the most often cards that you keep in your hand waiting for a match? The answer of course is high cards.
Even though high pairs give you an advantage it is always wise to play these pairs adequately prior to getting to the top. Keep in mind that you can choose where, when and how you play high pairs. In case you are looking for steady money play them under your own conditions. There are several things that you should consider how to play with high pairs.
A standard play would be raising and when we talk about the sizing it really depends on the game and the players involved. Are there any limpers? If the answer is “yes” then you can raise one more time. Feel free to size 2x or even 3x if the game is right. There are several reasons for the raising – you’ve got strong pairs (sometimes even Aces), of course you want to narrow the field and start building the pot as soon as possible.
Let’s explain this with an example. In case you have high pairs in the preflop, let’s say a pair of queens, and a higher card is on the table after the flop (a king for example), it is highly possible that someone on the table has a pair of kings and of course this is connected with how many players have paid the preflop. However you must be aware that sometimes you will have to fold even though you had high pairs in the preflop. This is always hard especially for the amateurs because they think they can win the game because they have been lucky at the start. This is very wrong and can lead to foolish actions that can cost you a lot.
Try to determine what the flop means to you and what does it mean to your rivals by evaluating the cards and their reactions of course. If you believe that the flop has been good for some of your opponents don’t be disappointed and fold. But if you think that the flop has brought you an advantage over the other players play a bet and try to take other players out of the game, especially those who try to get a better hand than you. Sometimes when you are waiting for one card to get flush or straight it is good to play check on the flop. A completely free card that can solve all your doubts is more than welcome. In case you have the strongest hand possible play check or call. In this way you can keep your opponents in the game and not scare them off.
These are few things that you can do when you have high pairs in the preflop, so be wise and use your good starting position.
Depending on your position, your opponents and the actual poker game you are playing you can handle middle pairs preflop in different ways. Lets see through some examples here
- If you are in a tournament and you are near the bubble playing middle pairs depends a lot on position. Actually if you are in early position I would recommend to even throw the hand away, since we are near the money (bubble) you don’t want to get in a nasty situation where you might get kicked out of the tournament. Here is a simple way how this could happen. You have 9 9 preflop and your are 3 betting from early position. Remember you are near the bubble and the blinds are already big enough so that a re-raise from another player could cost you nearly all your remaining chips. Even if he does not re-raise and the flop shows 10 Q 2 then your opponent could easily have a higher pair and you might be forced to throw away the hand and lose a lot of chips that you would need for the later part of the tournament.
- If you are playing a NL poker cash game with 6 players you can play a middle pair from pretty much every position. All-in and re-raises from other players after you already did a 3 betting should not be called with a mere middle pair, since there is a good chance (depending on your opponent) that he has a higher pair than you have.
- If you are playing SnG where the blinds are usually increased pretty fast a middle pair can become a double-edged sword. My advice is to play for example 8 8 and 9 9 more often at the beginning of the SnG when the blinds are still small and you can see the flop for a rather small chip count. While you should play them more cautious once the blind start increasing.
In all these examples I just listed you always need to consider that there are several elements who can affect these mentioned situations. Like the moods of the other poker players, or the position from where you starting. The amount of chips you still possess (tournament) can also be a big factor.
Playing small pocket pairs preflop is always somewhat tricky, because you will always be confronted with higher cards who can become higher pairs for the other poker players on your table. That is why small pairs like 3 3 and 4 4 need to be handled with cautious.
Of course you will hope to hit three of a kind with the flop, but realistically this won’t happen that often. My recommendation is not to play them too aggressively at the lower tables since bluffs usually don’t work against the new players at the lower tables. The reason for this is that amateur players tend to act like the Policemen.
However, once you reach higher tables with bigger blinds the small pocket pairs can become pretty handy. At those tables even if you did not hit three of a kind you can still pretend to have a good hand and if you are in the right position then you can apply some pressure on the other players.
Lets see how such a situation could look – You have 5 5 preflop, you are playing from early position and you are standard 3 betting. One player did call and the flop shows 7 J A. This isn’t as bad of a flop as you would think, since we expected over cards anyway. Yet, you played from early position and it’s not that unlikely that you actually could have an A! This is what we are going to use for our advantage (the advantage of position). The next bet we are making shouldn’t be neither too high, nor too low otherwise the opponent might see through are intention. Betting 1/3 of the pot is more than enough, since we do not want to lose too much money if the other guy might have the real A. This way we can make the most from our small pocket pair.