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As technology develops and poker sites can use more sophisticated software, features for players will get increasingly better as time passes. Some features will obviously be better then others, as it is with current features. Each room offers different features and some offer completely unique options for players which may benefit them in some shape or form. However, what should a player be looking out for when observing which features a site has acquired? We will go through some of the best features for players, listing why they are beneficial and how to use them effectively.

Player Notes

Every poker site will allow poker players to save notes on each player at the table. Player notes are very important, as if you are constantly facing the same players day after day, you will gain a lot of knowledge about their game which you could forget next time you face them, without leaving a simple note. Players who make notes on their opponents often make better decisions when facing them, meaning better expected value odds and as a result, more money in their bankroll. Making a note on a player who has just made a terrible move will only take seconds, so you have no excuse not to make use of the feature.

Showing mucked cards

Only some online poker rooms will show your opponents mucked cards after a hand. This means once a hand has finished and a player mucked their cards at showdown, other players can view their cards from the hand history feature. This allows their opponents to gain great information about how they go about the game of poker and what sort of decisions and plays they are likely to make. If you have poker software running, it will automatically show the players cards on the table so you do not have to waste time and get distracted from the table, trawling through hand histories.

Hand History Reviews

Most, if not all, poker sites allow players to view the history of previous hands which have taken place at the table. This is great for a player who likes to observe their play after a poker session, as they can go through each individual hand and analyse how they and their opponents play. Also as mentioned above, players can view mucked cards to gain information on their opponents via the hand history feature.

Tile Tables

This feature will only apply to players who multi table. Tiling tables is hugely important for a player who multi tables and sites which do not offer this feature will often be rejected by these players. Tiling tables simply means the software divides up the amount of tables equally across your screen. This saves the player from having to resize each individual table, or go through numerous windows checking if it is your turn to act. Also doing this, you will not be able to fully observe what your opponents are doing, which will lead to a lot of misclicks and wrong plays.

Poker: Gambling or Skill?

admin On April - 5 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Recently, I taught Poker to some of my friends, and we were discussing about people’s opinions on it. From K’s comments, it seemed like there’s a lot of stigma associated with Poker. A lot of people don’t seem to understand the difference between a pure luck game like Roulette and Poker.

I think the confusion arises from the word “Gambling”. So, what is gambling ? According to Wikipedia, Gambling refers to “wagering money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money or material goods”. Fair enough and pretty clear definition.

If you read the above mentioned article, down below you see a list of games.

“Beatable” casino games

With proper strategy, a smart player can create a positive mathematical
expectation.

  • Poker (Also recognized as a game of skill)
  • Blackjack — card counting unless a continuous shuffler is used
  • Video poker — with proper pay table and/or progressive jackpot
  • Sports betting
  • Horse racing (parimutuel)
  • Slot machines — only slots where progressive jackpots or bonuses

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Finding a Good Cash Game Table

admin On March - 25 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

One of the most popular questions we get on the Forum is How to find a good cash game table. Of course there is never a one size fits all answer to this questions, but I’m going to give you a few simple guidelines you can follow. Depending on the type of game you are comfortable playing; you may want to make a few adjustments to these tips.

Table Selection Tips

When you start a poker session, you should always look through all the tables at the limit of your choice. I usually look first at full tables.

I look for:

  • High VPIP (% of the time the players see flops)
  • High pot size- this usually indicates that the table has “Action players
  • Higher number of hands per hour, and 2 or less short-stackers.

The hands/hr is important but sometimes mis-leading because if it is super high, that indicates at table that has only just filled up, so the %/players to the flop and hands/hr can be inflated.

Another quick way to find a good table is to look at tables that have a few players on the waiting list. Usually this will be a table with a few fish that players want to take money from

After you site down at a table, you need to keep a close eye on how the table is going. The seat you just took may have been a “live” player and the table action may be dead now. You don’t want to sit with a table full of other good players and swap blind all day and hope to cooler someone. The bottom line is, don’t get lazy once you take your seat. Keep evaluating how your table is and always look for better ones.

The best way to re-evaluate is just to keep an eye on the table vpip, and if it dips well below 30 (100NL 6max) or 25 (Full ring) Look around for a better table to jump on.

Another great tip I learned is to make sure you don’t stay in a seat where an aggressive player has position on you or it will be a long night. That is the great thing about Cash Games, you always have choices and you’re not stuck in one spot.

Good table selection will make the difference in your overall results. Remember that it is the little things in poker that make you money. Playing online poker has many advantages over “live” poker and you should be using these advantages to increase your bankroll.

The number one enemy of a poker player is predictability. If opponents can put you solidly on a pattern of betting relative to the strength of your hand, you are doomed. This is why it is so crucial to mix up your game when you play Texas holdem.

What it Means to Mix Up Your Game

Generally, what mixing up your game means is shifting gears. That is to say, if you’ve been playing tight for awhile and have developed a conservative image, mixing up your game might be to start throwing in a few bluffs or loose calls. Conversely, if you’ve been a maniac, bullying people left and right, slowing down and playing only premium hands can pay great dividends, especially if you’ve just been caught bluffing a few times.

How to Mix Up Your Game

If you’re not accustomed to playing a way differently from the way you normally do, it may take some getting used to. A good idea is to wait until a situation where you’ve had success with your given style. This way if shifting gears is not successful, you should still be ahead. The best time to switch up your game is immediately after your playing style becomes obvious. For example if you just got caught running a huge bluff in a big pot, it’s a great time to hunker down and wait for a monster. If someone has just remarked after you bet and dragged a pot about how you only put in chips with the nuts, it’s your cue to start bluffing and playing unusual hands.

Notes on Mixing Up Your Game

You shouldn’t necessarily take mixing up your game to extremes. If you’ve been playing tight, you don’t have to recklessly splash every pot with chips to take advantage of your image. A few well timed bluffs or stabs at pots that no one seems to be interested in will be fine. If you’re a maniac, you don’t have to take a time-out from the game to switch gears, just play the best hands in early position and strong hands in late position, then bet your hand when you hit.

Online Poker has been going strong for more than 5 years now. The Money Maker boom is still going strong, but the game of poker overall has changed a lot over these past years. Poker just like anything else goes thorough cycles. When the poker boom first started sit and go tournaments and multi-table tournaments were all the rage. then gradually players started to realize that even though the tournament guys get all the glory, the cash game players make more of the money.

As Players started drifting towards more cash games, the games got tougher and a new cycle started, the “6 max poker game” or the shorthanded games started becoming more popular. For an experienced disciplined poker player, shorthanded poker games are very profitable.

The reason 6 max or shorthanded poker games have grown in popularity is like we mentioned above, they are simply a more profitable game. Players get to see more hands vs a full 9 or 10 player table, they get to make more decisions per hour than full table, and many players do not know how to adjust to playing a shorthanded game.

Short-handed Texas Hold’em Strategy Basics

Opening up your hand range

As we mentioned above, experienced players can make a killing play 6 max tables with players that do not know how to adjust to the shorthanded format. When you are playing 6 max poker games you can open (Raise) with much weaker hands than you normally would in a full ring game with 9 or 10 players.

Raising with weaker hands in 6 Max NL games is pretty standard and confuses the less experienced players. In 6 max hand value changes dramatically from a full ring game. In a  full ring game AJs and 88+ are standard raising hands whereas suited connectors and weaker hands in general are perfect for shorthanded play. (more…)