Benefits of online poker

The introduction of online poker rooms opened a whole new world for poker game fans and especially new players. While before, the desire to play a card turn could only be satisfied by a trip to the casino, with long waiting times before sitting at a table and also being surrounded by regular sharks that took advantage of newbies, these conditions are now a thing of the past.

Without doubt one of the most obvious advantages of online poker is its accessibility. No matter what time of day it is or where in the world you are, all you need is an Internet connection and a PC, and you’re ready to play. Thanks to the large number of games on offer and the tables to choose from, you can always find the perfect game for you, without having to endure long waiting times.

Cost is another notable benefit factor of playing poker online. A trip to the casino includes round-trip spending, paying rake at tables, tipping waiters and maybe buying a drink or two. Instead, online gaming eliminates most of these expenses. While poker players continue to pay rake at the tables, online poker rooms only ask for a fraction of what you would pay at a real casino, and since you can see the deal as it is being done by computers, there will never be mistakes made with cards or bets out of turn.

A great advantage for beginner poker players is the wide variety of limits that poker offers on the Internet. You are no longer required to invest $ 100 simply to try a game that you know very little. Thanks to the micro-limits offered online, a player can now sit at tables of $ 0.01 / $ 0.02 and get used to the game, while only investing a dollar. And if this sounds like a risk that you are not willing to take yet, why don’t you start at the fictional money tables, where you can play completely for free to develop your skills and increase your confidence to then move on to the levels of real money.

Other advantages of playing poker online include a faster-paced poker experience (playing more hands per hour), the option of playing at several tables at once, heads-up poker (1-on-1), playing from comfort of your own home, without forgetting that it is an activity that offers you a lot of fun.

Playing poker online has many similarities with playing in a house or casino. After all, you keep playing the same game, with the same rules, hoping to end your session with a profit. However, there are a couple of differences in terms of online poker strategy that you should not underestimate.

The most obvious difference is the lack of any kind of visual signs of your opponents on which you can base your decisions. However, not being able to see the other players at the table does not mean that there is no sign through which you can get information about their hands. One of these signs is the speed with which a player bets. A quick bet is usually a sign of a stronger hand, while a late bet often indicates that the player is posing as thinking about how to get the most out of his “great hand.” The use of ‘auto-play’ boxes, with which you can pre-select an action before it is your turn to act, can also say a lot from the hand of your opponent. If, for example, the big blind immediately passes his pre-flop hand, you can assume he has already checked the ‘pass / withdraw’ button, indicating that he had no interest in matching any type of climb with his weak hand. On the other hand, a player who uses the ‘raise anyone’ button seems to be very sure of the cards in his hand. Following what is happening in the chat window on your table can also give you a good idea about which player is in ´tilt´ and his emotional state in general.

A great advantage of playing poker online is the large number of tables you can choose, which means that you can be very selective as to where you choose to play. Many players will automatically go to the tables with the highest jackpot average, thinking that this is where more money can be made, but this happens rarely. Often a large average of the boat indicates that many players stay in the boat until the showdown, which means that bluffs will not be a success and in most cases, you will have to have the best hand to win the boat. A good jackpot average would be around 8 × 10 times the big blind, so for a $ 0.10 / $ 0.20 table, it would be around $ 2. Preferably, you also want to have 1 or 2 loose players and 1 or 2 conservative players at your table, giving you more options to mix your playing style.

The speed of the game in online poker is something that players have to get used to at the beginning. While at a live casino table you can see around 20 hands per hour, at virtual tables this number can exceed 100. The advantage of this is that you do not get bored too quickly waiting for a good hand to play and you are not tempted to match mediocre cards simply to get some kind of action. The option to play on more than one table at a time extends the advantage even more, especially when playing Sit & Go tournaments, where a conservative hand pick is the key to success.

Bankroll management is one of the most important concepts in poker if your goal is to become a profitable player. The term “bankroll” means that you should always adhere to strict guidelines and play within your limits (in relation to the amount of money in your poker account) whether you are playing money games or tournaments / sit & go’s.

The reason why bankroll management is so important in poker is due to the luck factor. Even if you are the best poker player in the world and always win your money with the best hands, there will still be times when you will lose big jackpots, even though you were a favorite to win. In addition, all poker players eventually reach a bad streak in which they could spend days or even weeks without playing a profitable session. The key to overcoming these “changes” is to always play within the limits of your bankroll to avoid going bankrupt.

An important thing to remember about bankroll management is the existence of different guidelines for cash games and poker tournaments. When you play no-limit poker and cash games, the general rule is to have 20 buy-ins for the limits you choose to play. For example, let’s say you are playing $ 0.01 / $ 0.02 bets, a standard buy-in for this table would be $ 2 (100 x big blind), so in order to play at these tables you will need a bankroll of at least $ 40. Once you increase your bankroll to $ 100, you can climb to the tables of $ 0.02 / $ 0.05. However, when things are not going so well in the major game, it is important to have the discipline to go back to the minor game when you have less than 15 buy-ins left, in this case less than $ 75.

When playing sit & go’s (1 table, 9-10 players), you must ensure that you have a minimum of 40 buy-ins in your poker account. The reason why this number is higher than for cash games is the highest variation (due to the increase in blind levels) that you feel playing in tournaments. Often, these sit & go’s, will only pay to the top 3 classified, so it is not unlikely that you can have periods in which you do not charge for 10-20 sit & go’s in a row. This variation is even greater when playing multi-table tournaments (MTTs), because the more players there are, the more the luck factor of the game increases. The general MTT suggestion is a minimum of 100 buy-ins, so, with a $ 100 bankroll, you should stick to the $ 1 tournaments.