Winning Strategies for Online Poker Players
Moving from traditional or “offline” card rooms to online ones can be a tough transition.
While all of the games are basically played the same, there are subtle differences that can be difficult to adjust to if you’re used to the rigors of live card games. First and foremost, you’re not squaring off “face-to-face” with the other players—they’re just images on a screen. It limits certain factors (most notably “tells”) that affect how you play the game.
Also, the anonymity of the environment makes people more comfortable playing a wider range of hands, betting foolishly, and otherwise doing things that they normally would never try with a table full of faces staring back at them. In many cases, such poor play as is often found online is a huge perk—since a solid player will triumph numerous times for every bad beat and “suckout” they suffer. But as any online poker player with experience will tell you, it can be a very frustrating experience at times.
And that’s what this chapter is all about: getting familiar with the always entertaining, but sometime aggravating, world of online poker. We’re going to discuss the ins and outs of a variety of popular poker variations including Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud. While we’re here, we’ll also talk about some basic strategies for each game, optimal starting hands and even tips designed especially for online players. Ready?
Shuffle up and deal.