Practice makes you perfect; this should be the motto if you want to succeed in life. No matter what you are doing or want to do, you have to be consistent. You have to keep working hard. It doesn’t matter if you are a cricketer or a poker player unless you are consistent. That is how you improve yourself at your game and, being a poker player is not as easy as it looks. As a player, your first instinct will be to work on improving your game, reviewing more sessions and learn the advanced concepts. One fundamental factor in playing this game is to take a closer look at your opponents. Why? Because it’s obvious to say that the weaker your competitors are, the more money you are going to make. Sometimes though, poker players ignore this factor and let their ego to decide for them to make non-optimal decisions. So before any further delay, here are the tips that you should keep at your fingertips when you are playing poker.
1. No fish, no match
This statement won’t come as a shock to most, but it’s worth telling you that; poker is not like any separate game or sport from others. It is hard to sit down and win money against a staunch opponent, even if you have a thin edge in skill.
The primary goal of this game is the rake. If poker were a boxing competition, the rake would be like the referee hitting the two boxers whenever he seemed to like it, with no one permitted to knock him back. If one fighter is much stronger than the other, then he could defeat the other boxer quick enough, and the referee’s hits wouldn’t make a big difference in the game. But, in a close poker contest, the only likely winner will be the referee, who represents the rake.
2. Try to have superiority on weaker fish
Being seated with at least one fish is a good thing, but having a position on all of them is even better. You will be able to exploit their flaws more efficiently and play loads of pots in placed against them, which will translate to a very productive session very often. Try to imagine a timer being above the head of a fish, because he will give his money away quickly rather than later, and you need to ensure that you have the best chance of claiming a big piece of it by playing as many pots against them.
3. Try to keep yourself safe from aggressive poker players
Being last to act is always an advantage, but it becomes even more critical when contesting pots against offensive players.
The explanation for this is straightforward: by having a position, you will be able to pick on each hand whether you want to close the betting round and see the next card without adding extra money to the pot. This gives you the authority of the size of the pot, which is very necessary versus opponents who like to put a lot of money in the middle of the board.
Having strong players, or those that play a simple style sat on your left is also preferable, as you’ll rarely be put in tricky spots, and will have a fair idea of what your competitors are doing when they are applied pressure.
4. Tagging and watching the lobby of a poker room
It would be natural to think that table is selecting is something that only occurs at the beginning of your session, but in fact, you should not ignore about trying out promising tables while your session is running. You should be scanning the lobby for big tables, and being realistic with yourself about whether the tables you are currently sat at are still paying. If one or two players leave a table and those seats are taken by new members, it can have a significant impact on who you have a position on and how paying your board is overall. There is no regret in quitting a table once a line-up changes. To help yourself select tables optimally, you should colour code your opponents based on how they think. Add some notes too if you have accurate reads on opponents. Try to colour code all members at every table you sit at and then update the tags based on further knowledge as it becomes available.
5. Starting tables
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the ideal table. The obvious answer to that problem is often to sit at a new one. You might be stunned at just how frequently a fish sits across from you. The reasons for this are: stronger opponents don’t want a table that is two or three-handed if they are multi-tabling because decisions come around more immediately. Also, if you are a strong player, other good players may have you tagged as strong and will not want to sit, improving the odds that the next player who sits will be weaker.
Moreover, weak players just want a quick fix of poker and don’t care who they play against, or if it’s short-handed. Another valuable tip for you is if you see a strong player sat at an empty table, just watch and wait for a fish also to sit, then jump in to claim the position on him. If you begin at a table and it instantly fills with regulars, and a waiting list forms, this is usually a warning that you are seen as a weaker player.
6. Select the time of day that you play
The standard of play at tables can shift depending on the time of day you choose to play. Some people will tell you specific hours are better than others, but it’s always best to try different times out for yourself. As a general rule, weekends are still better than weekdays. Through a method of trial and error, you should soon be able to find which times of the day are sufficient.
7. Go further: site select
It may appear like a solution that involves trouble and unfamiliarity, but if you consistently fight to find good games despite what times you want to play, it may be time to think about attempting a new site. You will often be surprised at just how similarly juicy the games set out to be. It suggests that you will have to change your habits, but you don’t have to give up your preferred poker site altogether. Even rotating sessions between different sites can give your profit margin a critical boost. Having two lobbies open will also improve your chances of finding an excellent table to sit at.