Sharks vs. Fish

This is also something that isn’t really associated with your skills at online poker, but again it can/will impact your potential profits.

A lot of new players tend to ignore who their actual opponents on the table are and for that reason they simply join the first game they see. THAT is one of the biggest mistakes you can do in this game! Again you can question why does it matter who I play against if I’m a good poker player? Well, the real question should be:” Why risking to lose a lot of money against a Shark if I could be as well winning a lot of money against a Fish? “

Shark = Very experienced player who probably plays semi/full professional (he pays his bills with online poker)

It won’t be easy to play a Shark since he will try as hard as possible to minimize your potential winnings against him, but also he is going to try to take as much money from you as possible.

You can determine whether a player is a Shark or not if you check his buy in and the number of tables he is playing. Multiple table players usually are very good and dangerous player and for that reason they are called Sharks.

Fish = This is usually a newbie to the game and he lacks a lot of experience. It makes him very profitable for you.

The most easy way to determine if a poker player is a Fish or not is to see how many tables he plays at the same time and also does he buy in with the max. buy in? If he neither does play more then one table nor does he play with the max or he is allowed to buy in then he is very likely a Fish.

Poker Hand Rankings

Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the weakest Poker hand to the strongest.

High Card
If a Poker hand has no other combinations, then it’s valued by the highest card.

Two cards of the same value (10, 10).

Two Pair
Two separate pairs (4, 4, King, King).

Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (5, 5, 5; or A, A, A)

Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (8 of hearts, 9 of hearts, 10 of diamonds, J of diamonds and Q of spades).

Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (2, 5, 8, J and K of diamonds).

Full House
Three of a kind combined with a pair (9, 9, 9 with 7, 7; or Q, Q, Q with 6, 6).

Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (5, 5, 5, 5; or 10, 10, 10, 10).

Straight Flush
Any five-card sequence in the same suit (7, 8, 9, 10, J of spades; or 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of hearts).

Royal Flush
This is the unbeatable hand in standard five-card Poker. A, K, Q, J, 10 and all of them with the same suit.

Starting Poker Hands

If you are playing Texas Hold’em then you should know what are good and what are bad starting hands. Also you should be aware which you should call, raise or fold. Of course there are a lot of factors who can impact your actions. Some of these factors are:

-the number of players
-loose or tight opponents

Howsoever, for a beginner, who is playing in low-limit poker following classification of starting hands is fully sufficient.

Note: The following poker guidelines are only for fixed-limit Texas Hold’em

Starting hands you should raise with:

AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, AK, AQ

These are preflop hands that you should raise for the pot to increase and give you more potential winnings.

Starting hands you should call with:

AJ, KQ, KJ, QJ, J10, 99, 88, 77

With these above hands you want to see what the flop is bringing you and if you want to continue playing with them. With those poker starting hands you should not call three bets. Call only one ore two.

Risk and Yield

Poker players like to take a risk, but only if they know that the risk is worth it.

Good poker players know how much money they can use for playing poker and how much money they need for everyday life.

Good poker players are basically somewhat risk-averse, that is, they don’t like too much risk. There are also players willing to take risks and risk-neutral players. For a venturesome poker player the yield may be smaller then the risk. For a risk-neutral player the yield must be equal to the risk. And for a risk-averse player, the yield must be greater than the risk!

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When you play poker, then each dollar should have the same value for yourself. You should just focus on making the right decision. If you for example buy in a 0.10-0.25 blinds table and there is a 52% chance for you to double your money, then you should take the risk, even if there is a 48% chance to lose your money.

Generally one should be risk-averse, so you always have a few chips left to play the next day.

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.

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

Having Success in Poker

Sometimes it appears that some people have natural talent for playing poker, while others no matter how hard they try they fail to be victorious. The ones that lose too often are always blaming the bad luck but every professional player knows that if you want to have success in poker you should have the knowledge and also follow some principles.

Having success at poker is usually linked to three factors:

  • discipline
  • self-confidence
  • intelligence

You don’t have to have all these factors on top level to be successful, but if you don’t have at least one of these factors, being a winner will be very hard.

Let’s talk about discipline first. Every professional poker player will tell you that good discipline is one of the keys for good playing, although many long time players struggle with it. When we talk about discipline linked with poker, there are few sides that need to be observed. For example, every player needs to practice discipline when it comes to techniques used in a game. Because proper play can be dull, it takes some discipline in the choice of your game, so if something is not “working” for that game try another technique, but once you choose it stick to it. It is extremely important to practice discipline in order to stay calm after a few mad hands. You don’t want your opponents to see your emotions and totally ruin your chances for winning.

Having discipline when it comes to bankroll management is also very important because you can lose your money very fast.
If you plan to be a professional poker player, discipline is crucial not only to preserve motivation on high level, but also to treat poker as a profession and consistently implement the recommended time at the poker table.

Whether you are currently winning or losing self discipline will help you exclude the emotions. Although it sometimes seems that playing good for a longer period will never end, and that you can start playing on sums that you can’t afford because of the good “luck”, it takes some discipline to stay sober  and to remember that bad luck might appear at any moment and you can’t do nothing about it.

Having success at poker is sometimes linked with intelligence. It takes some intelligence to understand the basic rules of poker and to apply the guidelines and advises at the table. You have to be critical, and react quickly at a given situation. If you are not that good at making quick decisions and solving problems it will be very difficult to become successful.

Self-confidence is the third factor that determines successfulness in poker. Although this factor is often linked with how someone feels about his looks and his ability to talk with girls, when we talk about poker this self-confidence means being strong and consistent while making decisions at the table.  Poker is not a game for insecure people. You need to be confident and bold enough to make intelligent moves.

If you think that you don’t posses all three factors don’t feel bad. They can all be practiced and rarely any player has all these factors on high levels. Keep working on them and the results will come.

Start with a big or a small deposit

When you decide to start a game of poker this is the question that comes first on your mind. This is a very serious question that can certainly affect the style of your play and of course the chances of winning or losing.

Having a small deposit can lead you to unnecessary risk. It is natural to think that you won’t lose much and so it not that wrong to place the deposit even if the cards are not good. In this way you will turn away from your own guidelines and you will keep playing in situations where you should fold. Eventually you will figure out that taking unnecessary risks is not the way to make profit no matter how much is at stake.

However if you place a big deposit, that is way bigger than the once that you usually play with or compared to the budget that you have, you will play too cautious and too scared. The feeling that you have a lot to lose will put pressure on you and you will start to make wrongful decisions in different situations.

Remember that it is hard to find a perfect balance but finding the proper deposit is something that is very important. This question is especially difficult for people that have just started playing poker. They are usually not sure how much money they are willing to risk in the world of poker. There is no definitive answer to this question because it depends on many things.

Everyone should consider their financial situation and their willingness to risk some money in order to get profit via poker. If you are beginner we advise you to start playing with smaller deposits. Because it takes time to feel the game. You can have all the theoretical knowledge but practice is something completely different.

Some say that you should think of a sum and then divide it in two. Let’s explain this trough an example. If you have a budget of 200$, divide it in two and we get to a sum of 100$. Now divide that sum with 10 and you will get to a sum of 10$. Now find a table that accepts deposit of 10$ and you are good to go!

How did we get to this number? Well, although poker is a game of knowledge and skills you might enter a bad period and lose more than 20 hands in a row. So by using this strategy you will still have money to get back on track, overcome the bad period and start earning. In this way you will be protected against bad series but be careful because even if you follow this rule you still might end the game without success.

The total amount of money that you have invested should not be something that will affect your style of life. So if you have lost all your poker money take a break and invest the same amount of money after a while.

Whether you choose to play with big or small deposits, always be careful and remember that poker requires patience and a good strategy.