Online Hold ’Em Strategy
The following tips and suggestions can apply to the game of poker at large, but are particularly useful for new online players at low-stakes Hold ’Em tables, whether in cash games or tournaments. Remember that these tips and observations are generally true. Particular game circumstances can change everything in a heartbeat.
Choose the Right Table
Many poker players will tell you that this is the single most critical decision you will make in the game. Serious poker people know that the only way to win money consistently and over the long term is to play at tables with inferior players. When you’re overmatched at the table, you will lose in long run, no matter how many good cards you catch in a particular game.
The truth of the matter is that the game of poker can be played at many different levels. You need to be able to honestly assess your own game and stay away from tables where your opponents are too tough. For the new player in the online realm, this usually means sticking to micro-limit tables, low-stake limit games, or low buy-in tournaments.
In terms of Texas Hold ’Em, beginners are well-advised to keep their real-money play in the low-stakes rooms initially. If you have a real yen for no limit or pot limit games, consider playing in the smaller single-table tournaments. This is the best way to get a lot of poker playing for a minimal investment.
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