by: Laura Bastowe
Online poker has exploded in popularity. More and more players are winning big money in tournaments and other money games. In order to win, you have to play like a pro. The best players are educated on all aspects of poker. These three tips should help your poker game improve vastly.
1. Don’t be afraid to commit to the pot. When you have a very good hand, you should always bet a fairly large amount. You can try to draw players into the hand with slowly increasing bets. If you make a large bet, and a player re-raises you, don’t be afraid to call. Some players attempt to scare others off by re-raising. If you know that you have a solid hand, then don’t be scared off by a re-raise. Committing to the pot is not bad when you know you have a solid hand. Someone who folds a good hand because of a raise is generally just throwing his or her money away. The best players play with a significant amount of confidence. Confidence is shown when you stay in a hand that you know you have a good chance at winning. In the end, poker is still a game of chance. The players who are willing to take chances (when they have a reasonably solid hand, of course) have the most success.
2. Avoid underbetting the pot. This goes along the same lines as “commit to the pot.” If you simply bet a small amount after every turn, then more players will be inclined to stay in. This increases the chances of someone hitting cards and beating you. The ideal betting scenario for someone with a good hand is to bet just enough to keep one person in. Or, if it is one on one, bet high enough to scare people off. This again relates to confidence. The best players are confident in their hands, so they don’t worry about betting too much. Tentative players may last longer than players who bet a lot in the beginning, but the winners are those who know exactly when to be tentative and when to be aggressive.
3. Know what to do with a draw. If you have a draw (you need one more card to have an awesome hand), you have to be very careful. For example, needing only one more card in order to have a flush is very nice, but many players get over excited. Players sometimes bet extremely high in these instances and then end up losing the hand. It is important to know what to do in case of a draw. You should either check or bet small. The only time you should bet high is if you think that the other player does not have anything.
It is difficult to win consistently in online poker. There is always new competition, and lady luck will not always be on your side. However, the pros always play smart poker, and make good decisions. These tips should help you make better decisions and have greater success with your poker game.
About the author:
Laura Bastowe writes about a variety of online games but specializes in online poker. Learn more at http://www.whichpoker.com.
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