When considering an effective online poker strategy understand, first of all, that online poker strategies can be slightly different from the strategies that may be applied by players competing in an actual casino. The games are all still the same, but the atmosphere live can be a bit more intimidating than when playing online. This is actually a pretty good thing for those just starting out.
These days, it seems like just about everybody wants to become good at playing holdem poker because it’s relatively easy to learn, though it can be hard to master. For those who are determined to go ahead, try to have at least a basic strategy for diving in. The first thing you should do is work hard at coming up with consistent starting hand rules.
What starting hand refers to is the cards that you are dealt at the beginning of the game. Learning to judge the hands you should stay in on and hands you should fold is very important. Many people think that the two cards dealt in holdem means they don’t have to worry about such things, but they are wrong. You should play tight when you’re just a beginner, meaning folding if your cards aren’t strong.
There is an old saying that, in poker, “tight is right.” This is a good idea when it comes to games that involve holdem rules. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the two cards you’ve been dealt up front can always be improved on following deals. Sometimes, they can, but many times people following a two card strategy end up out of luck and money.
With this strategy, the three things to always remember are; position, the action before you and hand strength. If you’re in an early position (i. E. One of the first to act before the flop) you should play a little tighter. When looking at the actions that took place before you, such as any raises that occurred, you generally should have a stronger hand before you get involved in the play.
Lastly, your hand strength refers to where your position is. If you’re early only play big pairs or big cards like the Ace/King or Ace/Queen combo. If you’re in the middle, most pairs are good for openers as well as most big cards of King/Queen or Ace/10 or better. If you’re late you can play all pairs, big cards and the Jack/10. Always think hard about selectivity in starting hands above all.