So you want to be a big shot, stay cool and win that freeze-out tournament. You have an inkling that poker is something you were born to do, but where you live no one you know knows the rules, there is no casino in over one hundred miles and you’d feel intimidated anyway. pokerjazz77 So the option is to find the best online poker sites you can and get cashing in your hard earned chips.
When looking for online poker sites you have to find the ones that are right for you. Here’s a few tips when looking for a site:
- Find one that has a free trial period or offers you some free incentive. That way you can get to try the place before committing to regular payments or subscriptions.
- Stay away from scams that promise an easy way to ‘beat the system’. The only way they beat the system is by getting you to give you their money instead to all the genuine poker sites.
- Get yourself to a listing site that gives up to date reviews and details of events hosted by each casino. Not all casinos are ranked the same on all awards sites and the more you know the better your chances of choosing the right site for you.
- Get yourself a calculator. You can’t play poker if you can’t calculate the odds, you have to know the math behind poker plays and you have to know what hands beat what. If you aren’t sure what to bet with you simply ask the cashier “what card should I play?”. The worst thing you can do is to pick your cards based on their color or on the layout of the hand.
- Walk into any casino and watch a few tables being played. It is possible that a good player will be sat with a terrible hand having just been playing for a couple of hours. Once you have experience of a few tables you can spot the sickness or the bubble or whatever else is happening. Just watch for a while and you will know what to look out for.
- This one is obvious but remember to stand back when it is your turn. I always keep my opponent in the hand if I can help it but if I know I am going to raise then I’ll let him know I am going to raise. It never hurts to have the respect of your opponent.
- Don’t be put off by a low card falling. Often times a low card will not indicate a hand particularly. It could be a stinger or just that the person has no clue how to play poker (which is actually not uncommon).
- Take breaks as you need them. The Games are always going to go to far just because you are playing a lot of poker. Take occasional breaks to clear your head of deadwood. I know this seems like Advice to Always Play Late, but you will thank yourself for it if you can stick to it.
- Study the other players at the table. Look for TDs (dealers), how they play their hands, how they bet etc. Also look for easier to bluff players and look for tells, signs that they may not have a great hand.
- Remember you are playing another human being and they are playing a human being. They will bend, everything will bend in the end. Don’t be afraid to push your chips in when you are sure you have a very good chance of winning.
I know this can be very tricky to start with, and if you start to feel pressure then probably you are pushing too hard. But pressure can only be a motivating factor. If you are only ever nervous about doing the wrong thing the game is not going to be very profitable for you.
Good luck at the tables, see you at the tables!