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Online Poker Strategies

Author: Sylvia Garcia

There are many training videos, books and forums that are dedicated to teaching you how to improve your online poker game. And if you are a new player, you can pick up a lot of pointers from watching these videos or participating in these forums. However, to get to an elite level, you need to go beyond the realm of popular knowledge.

So how do you do that? Here are a few simple tips:

  • Seek out a popular player look-up tool. Look at the hand histories of the biggest players. Find out which hands reached showdown and why. Analyze the why. Study the decisions they made and isolate the ones that were different to the ones you would’ve made. The folks who are winning the most know what they’re doing, so you should first figure out what it is, then emulate those methods.

  • Make some poker friends. Try to find the better players and pick their brains. If you can’t find someone who plays better than you, hire a coach. If you don’t want to go that route then find friends on chat sites who are at a similar skill level as you. You can learn quite a bit from each other and become better players.

  • Keep in mind that you are as good as the company you keep. If you always play with friends at a higher level of skill, then chances are you are on the path to improving your game. It’s okay to play poker with friends who are on the same level as you, however the higher level players can offer better advice and have the ability to think more comprehensively about all the variables. The better the company you keep, the better you will become.

  • Make a video of yourself playing poker and post it to forums asking for a review of your play. If you get a lot of people to view your video, you will likely get some useful constructive feedback. You may be surprised at how many improvements other players will point out. Use this feedback to improve your game.

  • Purchase premium poker e-books such as Bobo’s Bible, The Memoirs of Aejones, CTS’ book Let There be Range, Improva’s book The Poker Puzzle, and Baluga Whale’s book Easy Game. These books are excellent and worth the money. As a professional player your mind is your most important asset so you need to invest in it.

  • Visit training sites. Training sites are probably the best value and easiest way to improve your game quickly. Once you get to a certain level, training videos become less effective. These training sites allow you to be privy to the concepts and theories of the big winners.

If you like to learn from poker training videos, a good suggestion is to watch them on mute sometimes. Keep rewinding and fast-forwarding over hands. Analyze plays and ask yourself ‘why?’, then turn up the volume to listen to the responses.