Beginners Online Poker Tips


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The main reason why people are attracted to online poker is because of the fact that skilled players can win huge profits over a prolonged period of time. This is in contrast to many online casino games where the house has an advantage over players. 

But even with this being said, new online poker players need to understand the high degree of skill it takes to become a successful grinder. Assuming you're up to the challenge, here are some beginners poker tips to start out with.

Tip #1: Limit the Amount of Poker Hands you play

The biggest downfall of many beginning poker players is playing too many hands. The reason for this mistake is that players want to see the flop in hopes of hitting something. However, the problem with playing too many hands is that A) you waste money by calling preflop bets and raises, and B) you put yourself into difficult situations postflop by playing marginal hands. 

Expanding on the latter, if you play K-6 unsuited and the flop comes up K-9-A, you have a middle pair here; however, you also have to consider that somebody could've paired their ace, or there could be an even better hand than top pair out there. Long story short, always think about what you'll be able to do with a hand postflop before deciding to play it preflop.

Tip #2: Focus on Table Position

As poker players always say, knowing your opponents is very important. And the key to knowing opponents and what hands they could be holding involves collecting information on them. This process is always a lot easier when you act later in a hand because you get to see what your opponents' betting actions are. 

The best possible spot to be in is the dealer position because you're the last player to act. The worst spots to be in are the blinds (especially postflop), and seats to the immediate left of the blinds because you're one of the first players to act. When you're in these seats, you need to have a stronger hand to make up for the bad table position.

Tip #3: Have a Goal behind Every Bet

One concept that is often lost on beginning players is having a goal before making a bet. For example, let's say you want to make an opponent fold because you think their hand is slightly better. In this situation, you could shove your entire chip stack in to steal the hand; however, what if they call and have an excellent hand? You could lose an entire stack while trying to steal a small pot.

So rather than doing this, a smarter idea is to bet the minimum amount that you think the opponent will fold to if they don't have a great hand. If you've observed this particular opponent folding to a pot-sized raise in the past, only make a pot-sized raise so you don't risk too many chips while bluffing.

Likewise, if you have the best possible hand (nuts), you should bet the maximum amount that you think an opponent would call. For instance, if you had quad 10's and you think your opponent only has a pair, they'd be unlikely to call an all-in raise. On the other hand, they might be willing to call a half-pot-sized raise just to see another card. In any case, just think about your goal with each bet, and bet the correct amount of chips that you think will get the job done.