Tips on How to Play Online Poker
Once you have reviewed some basic maneuvers, now we will give you some simple poker strategies to implement, and that will help you master your game:
- Think about your position
In poker, the order in which players act is already established for each round. In this sense, the last player is the one with the most information. Therefore, he can make a more considered decision about how to proceed in the game.
Also, the person to the right of the dealer, the bouton, potentially has more power than the dealer himself, since he can raise the bet and remove it from the play.
If you are in one of the top positions of the table, try to be more selective with the hands you play. On the contrary, if you are in the last, you will have some advantage when acting.
- Calculate Odds and Outs.
Enter a poker game without knowing how to do this calculation would be like driving blindfolded. You may be lucky in some round, but it is more likely that you will end up crashing.
What are they?
- Odds are the odds of winning that a particular hand gives you.
- The Outs are the cards that have not yet come out and that have the potential to improve your hand.
- Calculating odds will allow you to determine when a hand is profitable and when it is not, and depending on it, withdraw or bet. You can do it in the following way:
- [Number of outs] x 2: the probability of improving your hand with the next card.
- [Number of outs] x 4: the likelihood of developing your hand on the turn and river.
If you have a flush with nine outs, your probability of winning will be 18% to win [9 x 2]. It sounds a bit technical but in the end its basic arithmetic. To make your life easier, we leave you the following table with the outs and odds of the most frequent plays in poker:
- Know when to raise the bet
Now that you have done your evaluation of the situation of the poker table. You have several options; one of them is raising the bet (raise). When?
- If you think you have the best hand: bet big. This will scare weaker players to retire, reduce competition, and increase your chances.
- If you have a regular hand and do not need to see more cards to win, increasing the bet can cause players who do need the flop to fold.
- Bet to bluff or semi-bluff (bluff). If you do not have anything, but you think you can manipulate your opponents by making them believe that when they raise your bet, try it. It is a risk, but it can pay off. Even if they discover you, you can recover with the flop.
- Bet to have information. If you bet, the other players must upload, go, or fold. This can give you the necessary information about the cards they have in their hands.
- When to call
If you have an excellent hand, but you want to hide it to increase its benefits, matching can be a good option. You can also do it to bluff in the following rounds, giving you to think that you have a better hand that you have.
Another reason to match is when you have good odds and want to stay in the game, but limiting potential losses.