Basic Tips To Note When Playing Poker Online

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scroll_mouse.png 2Poker has always been a little bit of luck and a whole lot of information. Online Poker has been proven doable but the first disadvantage is information about opponents is next to nil.

You see other players and yourself as caricatures on your screen. Facial expressions, hand gestures, body motions are all absent, as well as eye squinting, blinking or twitching. These ‘giveaways’ can only be seen in live tournaments or on TV. Talking about screen names; how do you know that Tiny Tina isn’t some card shark from Vegas pretending to be female and harmless?

To compensate for this not-so-small handicap, you need to know more than just the basic six poker actions of checking, folding, calling, raising, re-raising, or check-raising. First, you need to select a good poker site and then a poker game you are familiar with. After sitting at the table, careful note-taking and money management is mandatory

And while all players are indeed in caricature-form, they still have behaviours that can be noted. You can put their screen names under one of two lists: “tight players” or “loose players”. It will help to observe a few hands and label them before you decide to sit in. Too many tight players and your best bet would be to look at another table.

Tight players are strong opponents. Even as a novice they will fold a poor deal and play a good one. When they raise, more often than not they have the cards to back it up with. It will benefit you to keep them to your right, that way, you get to act after they do. Loose players are often called ‘maniacs’ because they love to bet and raise with very little in hand to back it up.

Loose players are most valuable if they are seated on your left when playing online poker. Advantages are, you get to see how these players react to the bets before it’s your turn. And, at times if you check, the maniac will bet of course, this allows everyone else to call before you raise the bet and collect the additional cash.

Of course a table can be tight or loose. Ideally a loose table is better and the first sign is how many players see the flop; the more the better. If many are playing the flop, the pots are healthier. 30% of the table playing all the way to the flop is a good gauge. Anything less is not worth sitting in.

Before you choose a fictitious name and start playing with real money, have a look at our poker school, read through our poker strategy articles,download our free eBooks and play your chosen poker game with “fun” money until you are ready for a real investment.

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