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Useful Online Poker Tips for an Online Novice

May 16th, 2013 7:32 am

If you’re new to the world of online poker there are probably a few things you will need to learn to get you on your way to becoming a winning player.

Everybody can win at online poker tournaments by following certain tips and strategies. Also, you must be patient almost to point of becoming bored.

However, there are many different tools and techniques that will help ease the transition for live players that are new to playing online. If your not a math genius these types of things come in very handy, they tell you all about what you can expect from a certain hand and provide you with all the information you need when it comes to down to playing your hand.

Here are some useful online poker tips to assist beginners that are new to online poker or want to improve their game to consistently win at poker.

If you’re just getting started one of the main things you will need to do is find a poker room that suits your skills and ability. Starting with lower-stakes online is advisable.

Pay attention to the game. Keeping an eye on your opponents is the key to winning online poker. If you already have a good idea of what your opponent is going to do next, it will make it easier to exploit this and give you an advantage in the game.
Brush up on the rules of poker. You never know when this might help. It is important to know as much about the game as possible.

While some players are against utilizing software while playing online poker, the author takes the stance that as long as it is allowed by the site’s terms of service then it is a tool available to all, and therefore is fair game. There are different types of software available to assist a player in becoming a better online player, and to neglect all types of poker software is to miss out on finding ways for the player to significantly improve his game.

There are many software that enables an online novice to improve their poker playing abilities is very important, other poker software aims to assist the grinder with multi-tabling. As the novice makes the gradual transition to intermediate player and beyond, this type of software can be very useful. For a live player, transitioning to playing online poker can pose many challenges, but remembering to begin gradually, create an ideal environment, and utilize software are all keys that will aid in the player having a successful journey towards becoming a winning online poker player.

The Continuation Bet in Texas Holdem

August 2nd, 2012 2:24 am

While continuation betting is a valuable weapon in every poker player’s arsenal, it must be used correctly to show a profit over time. These raises should also be mixed with ‘value bets’ – by making the same bet when you are really strong it becomes difficult for opponents to get a read on your hand. Below are some ideas helping you ensure that your continuation bets are more effective.

As Few Opponents As Possible

The ideal number of opponents to continuation bet into is just one. Unpaired starting hands in Texas Holdem will miss the flop 66% of the time. Against a single opponent a bet after the flop will show a profit even if you get raised the 33% of the time your opponent does hit. While it is possible to continuation bet into 2 opponents, any more than this should stop you doing this. There is just to high a probability that one or more of them hit the flop

Good ‘Flop Texture’ For Continuation Betting

Some flops are more dangerous than others for continuation bets. For example a flop of 10-J-Q of one suit compared to 2-7-J of 3 different suits. The number of draws and high cards should determine your betting frequency after the flop. Since opponents are more likely to play high cards and suited cards a flop containing these is more dangerous than a ‘raggy’ flop with widely separated cards.

Your Table Image/ Bet Frequency

If you continuation bet every time that you make a raise before the flop then opponents will (rightly) start to become suspicious. They will know as well as you do that most flops will miss most hands and assume that your bets are bluffs a large percentage of the time. If you find yourself in a position where your continuation bets are being played back at often then this may be the reason – slow down for a round or two!

To sum up, continuation betting is a powerful poker strategy, taking the pot a large percentage of the time when you have shown strength before the flop. Good strategy for these bets involves being aware of the number of opponents still in the hand, the texture of the flop and the image which you have established at the table.