Online Poker Strategy Basics – Plan a Bankroll – Maintain Composure – Play Strong
Sitting down for a few hands of online poker can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, that experience is always a bit more pleasurable if you win more than you lose.
Being a regular winner takes not only a fair amount of good fortune, but also a little skillful strategy. Here are some ways to boost what you can control; you poker playing skills, so you can begin to swing the pendulum of winning in your favor, more often than not.
Plan a Bankroll – And Stick to It
Planning how you want to use your bankroll when playing online poker is both essential to your level of enjoyment and your table strategy. If you have not preset a rigid bankroll strategy, make one now.
Without a good plan for your money, you’ll tend to chase bad money with good and run the risk of losing more than you are comfortable losing. Losing more money than you intended will suck the fun out your online poker experience.
Without a defined bankroll, you will be unable to use a betting strategy for each hand. Developing a good sense for online poker takes time. Without a solid budget for each sitting, you’re going to stand a good chance of blowing your financial bank long before you get a feel for the game.
Plan your online poker bankroll, write it down, stick to it and you will have a lot more success with playing poker online.
Many online players get frustrated when they are in a game with weak players. If the mistakes bother you, move to another table. On the other hand, you could capitalize on the situation. If you stick with the table and focus on minimizing your own mistakes, maintaining your composure while others fumble along, you will gradually turn a profit.
Finally, you understand playing strong vs. weak hands. To appreciate how the odds work in an online poker game, you need to only comprehend the basics. In a 5-player table setting, the probability for each chair winning a hand is 17%. That means roughly 83% of the time you are projected to lose.
To develop a sense between a strong hand and a weak hand, you should study the probabilities for each poker hand. You do not need to be a mathematician, able to calculate the actual statistical probabilities, but if you can gain a general idea of the odds, you’ll be able to know when you have a strong hand vs. a weaker hand.
Since you already know that you are likely to lose 83% of the hands, do not over play a weak hand. Why put more money in a pot that is has a higher chance of losing. Fold out and live to play another day. Focus on your big hands. Start your raise slowly to keep as many pigeons on the table as you can.
Walking away from weaker hands will retain more of your bankroll to raise the pot on your stronger ones. Know the basic odds of all the winning combinations in poker and use them to your advantage.
If you’re a novice player, or a seasoned casino veteran poker player, you should follow each of these three suggestions. Set that bankroll and stick to it, don’t get rattled, and play hard on your strong hands. ‘Let the Cards be with you’!