October 18th, 2009
As you are probably already aware, there is no dearth of online poker rooms on the internet. There are rooms for all kinds of players. There are rooms for people who use betting online as a form of fun and play for chips etc. and there are those who play for money. Whatever it is that people play for; there are different levels of experience here as well. Having said that, betting online still has a long way to go in terms of playing when it comes to a definite plan and strategy. One of the reasons for this could be the fact that most online rooms do not really have seasoned players sitting at their tables. Here are some pointers that you can use in order to better your game:
Value the cards you have in hand
One of the most effective and fundamental strategies of betting online is to begin right. So how does one achieve this? The solution is simple. You need to start by valuing the cards that you are dealt. Valuing of cards is done at various levels. First you begin with looking at the inherent value of your cards. After this you value them in relation to the rest of the deck. This is the easy part. The next thing that you need to do is value your cards with respect to the rest of the people sitting at your table.
Positions and betting
You probably are already aware of the fact that when you play poker there are 4 positions, the dealer, early, middle and end position. Out of these the end position is the one with the maximum advantage whether you are betting online or in a casino. However in order to really take advantage of this position one needs to be extremely attentive and observant of his opponents as merely having the end position is not enough, you need to know what to do with it.
Card combinations and responses are more or less the same when you are betting online as well as when you are physically playing at a casino. The combination of the cards that you hold in your hand will tell you whether you should fold or call, raise or re raise. When it comes to this part of the game there are different strategies that one can choose. It is more about finding your style of playing the game by trying out a few techniques.
Whether you are betting online or betting at a casino, one of the biggest strategies that you need to learn or acquire is that of being able to judge your opponent. Sadly this is not a technique that someone can teach you. It comes with time and experience of the game. You must also realize that poker has a lot of psychology involved because of the fact that it involves human beings. Once you have understood this you should be able to read your opponents quite easily.