Texas hold'em online poker strategy guide III - for advanced Players

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Texas hold'em online poker strategy guide III - for advanced Players


When you play online poker you should generally consider the following 8 issues, preferably by every decision made:

1) What cards have you been dealt? The importance of a strong starting hand is gigantic.

2) Yours position in a given hand. It is always best to be the last to bet, then you can base your decisions on the information given by the players first to act. Simply put, you have more available information, when you are last to bet.

3) Your position vis-a-vis oppponents that bets and raises a lot. You should always be seated to the left of a player, who bets and raises a lot. When you have strong hand, you can take advantage of the manye bets and raises of a true raisedevil, by raising him and make drawers pay a high price for the next card(s). If your hand is very strong and you want the remaining players to stay in the pot, u can just call the raisedevil. You simply let the raisedevil do the dirty betting work for you, and no suspicion will fall upon your hand before its too late.

4) The size of the pot. Is the pot size high enough to call a bet, if you are drawing towards a strong hand?

5) How many players participate in the pot? The participation of many players with a low inclination to fold indicate, that you can expect to be paid well if you show the strongest hand. For example when you are drawing for at nut flush. When you calculate odds in this "expected" way, instead of the actual pot size, it is called implied odds.

6) How your opponents play in general. Are some of them on tilt due to a fast loss or gain? Do the hands almost always go to showdown? Etc.

7) Bankroll issues. There is no reason for paying (too) high pot odds for a hand, that cannot pay anymore, because the opponents stack of chips is gone. On the other hand you will get to draw cheaply in a hand, where you can go all-in early. At some online poker rooms, where new funds are easily brought to the table, there are players who always are seated with a very small stack of chips. This is because they want to protect themselves against aggressive play, and to exploit the all-in drawing option.

8) Average pot size. Almost all online poker rooms have statistics on (at least) average pot for each of their tables, these statistics are normally shown in the lobby. This is a good indicator for whether the game I loose or tight or in between. The higher the average pot, the higher the loose play can be expected to be. Remember that a high average pot can happen for in a tight game, if a large number of strong hand vs. strong hand-games has occurred. Generally the following outlined relationship between average pot, risk and expected return applies:

Expected Return

As the figure shows, higher average pot generates a higher expected return for the player that understands the game - but also a higher risk! The extreme situation is a game, where all players at the table put in the maximum number of bets per round, in all sequences of the game. These extreme games sometimes occur online , and they can be a goldmine for the player that is not hypersensitive towards risks. The strategy is straightforward: Wait for a very strong starting hand (AA, KK,QQ) and go to showdown.

It is always an advantage to have many callers when you hold the nuts. But sometimes the many callers draw you out with crap cards. This can seem very unfair, event though they principally are giving you expected return value as a gift. Remember you can loose your entire bankroll, even though you are a big winner in statistical value. So for very risk sensitive persons, there can be a good point in seeking games with fewer callers and less expected return. A smaller expected return that comes with higher certainty.

Written by Smith Jones - a writer at PokerPistols.com

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